Greetings Volunteers,

Happy second day of spring! Hope you’ve been out enjoying these beautiful sunny days! Lots to share, so let’s get to it!

Shelter update: We currently have 200 animals in our collective care. 164 are at Marin Humane: 45 animals in foster and 119 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 21 dogs, 9 puppies, 60 cats, 8 kittens, 6 rabbits, 5 guinea pigs, 1 rodent, 5 reptiles, and 4 birds. 36 animals are with Hopalong: 10 animals are in the Oakland office and 26 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Happy day! Spring is in the air! ☀️🌼 Congratulations to all of last week’s adopters! I’m sure you’ll enjoy the adoption slideshow and this week’s Adoption Report!

Hopalong happenings! Many of you may have seen a fair number of big dogs passing through Marin Humane’s doors, and the high number of big dogs in overcrowded shelters has reached a critical number nationwide, even appearing in local and national news stories. We are launching a big dog foster home recruitment campaign this week as we REALLY need more foster homes for the larger dogs coming in! Did you know that the top reason for dogs being surrendered to shelters is because of moving? This means many of these dogs lose their homes and guardians/parents overnight, and have a hard time adjusting to a shelter environment so quickly. We are trying to get the word out there with this campaign, so please help us spread the word to your friends and family, and feel free to share that all supplies (food, bedding, toys etc.) are provided! Fostering a dog is incredibly rewarding and entertaining, with the added benefit of knowing you’re making a huge difference in the life of the dog :). For more information please visit this foster page.

Volunteer High Five! Recently, we had a serious gas leak that took several days to repair. During that time, we had no heat and no hot water. We scrambled to make sure to have plenty of portable heaters to keep our animals warm and cozy. But then we thought, what about laundry? Sure, we could wash everything in cold water (with a bit extra bleach) and use the dryers, which also only had cool air. Seeing how much laundry started to pile up, some of our laundry volunteers took some bags of laundry to laundromats. But we needed more help as the days passed. Candace sent an email to volunteers asking for a few more helping hands, and she received A LOT of responses. We were so impressed with the response that after two days all of our laundry was done! Thankfully, the gas leak has been repaired and the heat is back!   

On behalf of the animal care team, I’d like to give a High Five to ALL the volunteers who stepped in to help. Personally, I thought that was one of the nicest gifts you gave to us. Thank you to all the volunteers who brought home bags and bags of dirty towels, beds, and toys, all with a smile and a “no problem, happy to help” attitude. You realized how a clean, soft bed or toy can help calm an animal who has just come into our shelter. You also now know how many towels are used throughout the shelter in a day! We are so fortunate to have volunteers pitch-in at a moment’s notice, even with some of the grimy tasks! ~ Suzanne Gollin, Foster Care Coordinator

San Quentin update! Welcome back to another San Quentin update! Each week, we share stories from our Pen Pals program at San Quentin prison, which matches specially-selected inmates who work in the prison firehouse with shelter dogs in need of a little extra TLC. Our favorite part of this program is how the love and support between dogs and handlers go both ways. Everyone has a bad day now and then, and the handlers are no different. Ostensibly, the dogs are the ones receiving the extra care while they wait for their forever homes, but their handlers also reap the rewards of that relationship. The shelter dogs almost function as therapy dogs, giving the love back to their handler when they need it most. Whether it’s a full body wag, a snuggle in their bed, or a big sloppy kiss, the dogs in the Pen Pals program are just as happy to be there for handlers as the handlers are happy to be there for their furry friends. And since folks are often concerned about the void left when a dog moves on from the program and gets adopted, allow us to reassure you that there’s no shortage of new dogs waiting to move down to San Quentin to enjoy the good company! ❤ You can learn more about this special program here.

You’re invited!to join us on Wednesday, March 27 from 12-1pm in the Auditorium at Marin Humane for a special presentation on mustang rescue! 
Carina DeVera, our Digital Marketing Manager, recently completed a week-long sabbatical with the Wild Horse Rescue Center in Florida. Curious about the fascinating world of American Mustangs? At this brown bag presentation, Carina will share her recent volunteer experience at the renowned Wild Horse Rescue Center! Bring your lunch and an open mind as we learn more about these special creatures, and the dedicated individuals working tirelessly to protect them.

Woofstock 2024! Two great opportunities! 1. Join us at Woofstock as a Vendor! Get in front of 750+ animal loving, music loving guests! Booth space with table and 2 chairs – $150-200; booth space with table, 2 chairs AND a tent – $225-275 (price depends upon location). Please contact or 415.506.6265 to learn more, or complete this Woofstock 2024 Vendor Application. 2. Volunteers needed to distribute Woofstock postcards around Marin. Do you walk around your local, downtown neighborhood? Would you be willing to drop off Woofstock postcards at your local shops?  Or do you visit other high traffic businesses where you can drop off postcards? We would love your help distributing Woofstock postcards around Marin! Looking for assistance the first two week of April. If you can help spread the word, please reach out to Molly Foley – or 415.506.6265.

Tails of Marin: It’s peak hiking season in Marin! Waterfalls, wildflowers, sunshine. And of course, you’d probably like to enjoy it all with your dog by your side, right? Here are some dog-friendly spots to hit, along with some tips on how to be respectful citizens on the trails: “A guide to hiking with your dog.”

Calling all creative kids! Ask your kids or grand-kids to get their art supplies out and help us design this year’s Humane Summer Camp t-shirt! Open to kids in grades 1 – 8, this annual contest runs through April 26. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from each age-based category will have their artwork displayed at Marin Humane. Plus, the Grand Prize winner will see their artwork on Marin Humane’s 2024 Humane Summer Camp T-Shirts – worn by more than 300 students! Artwork should be all-original, flat, and fit on an 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Aside from that, let your animal-loving dreams run free! Find all the details here.

Do you know a teen interested in dog walking? Tell your teens and tweens, we’re offering a chance to learn the basics of dog walking from Marin Humane staff! In this workshop on March 30, kids will learn how to use treats and positive reinforcement to: *get to know a dog *put a collar/harness and leash on a dog *take a dog for a well-mannered walk *troubleshoot common issues *communicate with dog guardians and the public. Practice new skills with therapy dogs and build confidence! This workshop is for ages 10-14, and space is limited, so register today here!

Hope you have a fantastic week, and thank you for reading this blog post 🙂