Greetings Volunteers,

Two years ago today, life changed in so many unexpected ways. COVID-19. The Coronavirus. Shelter in place. Facial coverings. Six feet of physical distance. All words and phrases with such deep, visceral meaning that became part of our every day lexicon and life. Two years later, we’ve learned so much and changed many of the ways we go about our daily lives, and the way the shelter operates. We are so grateful that you have stuck it out by our sides, that you have adjusted to some new ways of doing things, and that you continue to support the mission of Marin Humane in so many ways. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Shelter update: We currently have 154 animals in our care: 73 animals in foster and 81 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 23 dogs, 1 puppy, 31 cats, 5 kittens, 14 rabbits, 1 rodent, 4 reptiles, and 2 fowl. 

Adoptions update: Well, if it’s Wednesday, it must be time for another adoption slideshow! We were especially thrilled to see so many bunnies and guinea pigs find their forever homes this past week because we have LOTS and lots of small and special pals ready for adoption. Here, too, is the Adoption Report with more details.

Save the date! After a two-year hiatus, the Volunteer Appreciation Party is back by popular demand. So … mark your calendars for the party of the year on Saturday, April 23rd at 2pm! Join us in the pavilion to enjoy delicious food, refreshing beverages, fun games & raffle, and of course, the excellent company of your fellow volunteers!

B&Tea blog: This month’s B&Tea blog post, “What the dog experts don’t teach you,” continues on the themes of Mistaken Identity and Spicy Chihuahuas. Neil Lurssen reminds us that some things you just have to learn on your own. Enjoy Neil’s take on Beagles and a shelter Chihuahua he once befriended.

VCA animal hospitals discount! If you take your pet to a VCA animal hospital, they have generously given Marin Humane staff & volunteers a VIP Pet Perks discount card. This card offers a free first exam as well as 20% off many veterinary services. If you would like the VCA discount card, please email me at calexander@marinhumane.org

Job opportunity: We’re currently accepting resumes for a Vice President of Philanthropy. Please see the VP Of Philanthropy Position Description for details. While the job is posted on our website, we’re working with Scott Miller Executive Search. If you’re interested in applying or know someone who might be, please refer candidates to Scott Miller directly at Scott@ScottMillerExecutiveSearch.com or (415)613-1354. Interested in additional ways to join our animal-lovin’ team, click here for a list of all open positions.

Volunteer opportunities, too! A few departments could use your help. Enjoy working with kids? Our Humane Education team needs some help giving tours to birthday party groups, Scout groups, and other youth groups. Check out the Tour Docent Job Description. More interested in working independently? If so, our Development team needs a volunteer to pick-up canister donations in two locations in San Rafael. For more info on either volunteer role, please contact me at calexander@marinhumane.org.

Tails of Marin: We’re fortunate to live in an incredibly charitable county, which is something to be proud of. Unfortunately, it also means we’re ripe pickings for unscrupulous people. This week’s Tails of Marin, “How to support animals without being scammed,” is a bit of a cautionary tale. Shining a light on scams is important so people and businesses are comfortable continuing to give when they can — after they’ve done their homework.

Cedars of Marin: We invite you to share your love for your pet(s) by submitting a photo of them for a very special project with Cedars, a nonprofit that supports individuals with developmental disabilities. Cedars is hosting an art exhibition at their gallery in San Anselmo and the subject is animals from Marin Humane! Clients of Cedars will select the pet they wish to paint and their work will be proudly displayed in this beautiful gallery. 

Submitting your pet’s photo does not guarantee it will be painted however, if it is, you’ll have the exclusive opportunity to buy the art prior to it being hung in the gallery. When the exhibit is over, you can take your special artwork home!  Painting prices range from $65-$250 (half of the sale price goes to the artist, with the remainder going to Cedars and Marin Humane!). Paintings will be available online to view and pet guardians will have one week to decide before the show opens if they want to purchase their pet’s painting. If you opt not to buy your pet’s painting, it will be made available to the public to purchase in the gallery.  

If you’d like to be a part of this unique project which supports Cedars and Marin Humane, please provide the following information in an email to Molly Foley at mfoley@marinhumane.org by April 30th: pet(s) name; your name; your email & phone number; permission to be on Cedars mailing list (yes or no). The photo can be of multiple animals and species but must not contain any people. Hard copy photos can also be submitted and will be returned to you. Please reach out to Molly  if you have any questions.

Happy week to you all,

Candace