Greetings Volunteers,

You’re invited! Every year we bring together a cross-section of Marin Humane leaders to present the Decisions on Animal Outcomes Workshop. This super-informative presentation will take place next week — Tuesday, March 19th from 4:00-5:30pm. This is a “must” session for volunteers interested in a greater understanding of what goes into our decision-making process with animals under our care and how we decide if an animal goes up for adoption vs transfer out, foster, or euthanasia. This is a virtual workshop, presented on Zoom. If you’d like to attend, please email me at calexander@marinhumane.org and I will send you the link!

Shelter update: We currently have 167 animals in our collective care. 131 are at Marin Humane: 44 animals in foster and 95 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 18 dogs, 9 puppies, 45 cats, 3 kittens, 6 rabbits, 4 guinea pigs, 4 reptiles, and 3 birds. 36 animals are with Hopalong: 5 animals are in the Oakland office and 31 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Happy sunny Wednesday! From bearded dragon scales to wagging puppy tails, loads of animals found their forever homes last week! 🥰 Enjoy the adoption slideshow! Drum roll, please! Here’s the Adoption Report!

Hopalong happenings! It’s a funny expression to actually call it an “adult cat season,“ but we just love this time of year. In between kitten seasons, there is nothing better than watching so many adult cats get adopted without the friendly competition of little fuzzballs around them. We often reach out to other shelters further afield to help intake their adults, and recently cats have been arriving from as far away as Tehama and Fresno. This guy just stepped out of his crate after a long car ride with 4 other cats from Fresno yesterday, and is taking in his new surroundings. 😉 (Photo credit Christina Chan). Here’s to many more adults finding homes this time of year, and may the adoption rate stay strong, even after the kittens arrive come April. 

Happy ending! Not all heroes wear capes, but a lot of them wear ASO badges, and a special few are also skunk whisperers. 😉 Thank you to Animal Services Officer Cimmiyotti for rescuing this poor skunk who’d gotten trapped in a jar! Watch the video of the helpful hand from Officer Cimmiyotti. BTW, our compassionate ASOs are available 24/7 to respond to animal emergencies! Just call 415-883-4621.

San Quentin update! It’s time for another update from San Quentin! Each week, we celebrate our Pen Pals program, which pairs dogs in need of extra TLC with specially selected inmates working in the prison’s firehouse. Today we’d like to direct your attention to Jax, who’s currently enjoying his time at San Quentin by cuddling in bed to watch TV with his handler, learning lots of new tricks and commands, trying his paw at scenting classes, and basking in the sunshine. His handler says that Jax is his favorite dog he’s had yet in the Pen Pals program! And when Jax recently returned briefly to the shelter, he was so excited to get back to his handler, he jumped straight into the van back to San Quentin! But while he’s definitely enjoying himself, what he really wants is a forever home.💖

Jax has lots of energy but also enjoys a snuggle sesh, so he’s a nice combo of fun and affection. He’s 4 years old and probably has some shepherd mixed into his black lab background. Jax would be happiest as the only dog in his future home. Give us a call at 415-506-6225 if you’d like to meet him! 

Woofstock 2024! Mark your calendars for Woofstock 2024 on Sunday, May 19th! Tickets go on sale in early April. Before then, we’d love some help distributing postcards to retailers throughout Marin to publicize this fun event. Let me know if you can take a stack of postcards to leave with your favorite neighborhood retailers; if you do, you’ll get free admission to Woofstock!

Tails of Marin: Life throws us many curve balls that can affect our partnership with our pets. One thing that is no surprise is when your family is expecting to add a new baby to the family. And we know that a baby can change everything. So, if you’re expecting, prepare your fur baby for all the changes to come by reading this week’s Tails of Marin, “How to prepare your pet for baby’s arrival.”

Guardian program: Who would care for your beloved pets if you weren’t able to? An exclusive benefit of making a bequest in any amount to Marin Humane is the opportunity to enroll your pets in our Guardians Program. Guardians Program participants report great peace of mind, knowing that the expedited rehoming of their cherished pets will be handled by our experienced team, should the need ever arise. If you would like information about Marin Humane’s Guardians Program or leaving a planned gift through our Legacy Program, click here, or contact Nan Zimmerman at 415-506-6233 or at nzimmerman@marinhumane.org.

Have a wonderful week, 

Candace