Greetings Volunteers,

Woofstock is our groovy, dog-friendly, family-friendly, fun-in-the-sun charity music fest coming up on Sunday, May 7th! It’s one of our largest fun(d)-raisers that supports the shelter animals.

If you’re interested in attending, volunteers can get a 50% discount through March 31st with the promo code VOL50. Purchase tickets here.
If you’re interested in volunteering, stay tuned for more info about volunteer jobs & shifts to come from me in early April.
If you’d like to donate an item to the Woofstock raffle, please use this 2023 Woofstock Raffle Donation Form. Perhaps you have an unused gift card to a restaurant or retailer, have a product or service, or something else you’d consider donating? Any questions, feel free to contact Event Manager, Molly Foley, at mfoley@marinhumane.org.
Shelter update: We currently have 152 animals in our care at Marin Humane: 44 animals in foster and 108 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 28 dogs, 4 puppies, 42 cats, 2 kittens, 9 rabbits, 10 guinea pigs, 8 rodents, 2 reptiles, 1 bird and 2 fowl. Hopalong has 65 animals in their care, 18 animals in the Oakland office and 47 cats and dogs in fabulous foster homes or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: There’s nothing quite like a bit of sunshine to kick-start your Wednesday! If the sun isn’t enough to cheer you up, we submit this slideshow of last week’s adoptions for your consideration. Congratulations to all of the adopters! And if you need a little more cheer, here’s the Adoption Report, too!

Hopalong happenings! It was double the fun this weekend, with one mobile adoption event on Saturday and another on Sunday! At the San Rafael Woodlands event on Saturday, three of the four adorable pups attending found their forever homes! Then on Sunday, we featured two wonderful large adult dogs (Hawke & April) and some adorable little puppies at Happy Hound’s anniversary celebration in Oakland (pictured). And we’re already looking forward to an eventful April, when the 12 puppies who arrived at Hopalong on Monday will be ready for adoption!

Happy ending: Did you know that our wonderful foster care coordinator and small companion evaluator, Suzanne Gollin, will help with “bunny bonding” for interested rabbit adopters? She certainly does, and it’s a great service we offer the public. Recently, Suzanne hosted a bunny bonding session with one of our rabbits, Coco (the white/tan bun) who had been in foster since February 4th, and the adopters bunny, Ella. Suzanne reported that it took about three hours, but was so worth it! The family came from Stockton, saying they liked our rabbits and that our website was the most updated. The adopter emailed us this update: “Everything is great with them! They are soo in love lol. Thank you!! Coco goes by Milo now😊”

Youth photography workshop: If your kids loves photography, animals, or both, our upcoming Youth Photography Workshop is a must-do! Kids get to meet and photograph animals around the shelter, all while learning useful tips from an experienced photographer. Some of their photos will even be displayed in an art show at the shelter, too! This workshop is coming up on Saturday, April 1st! It’s designed for kids ages 10 -14 years. You can save your kid’s spot here.

Tails of Marin: This week’s Tails of Marin starts with this story: “Recently, a beautiful German shepherd we dubbed Meadow was found as a stray and brought to Marin Humane. She was scanned for a microchip and we were glad to see she had one. The only problem: It was registered to a microchip company in Germany! Fortunately, we happen to have a German-born staff member who was able to translate the information and help us track down to whom the chip was registered. The answer was a breeder in Germany. Meadow (whose given name was Viona) had been shipped as a puppy all the way to the buyer in California. Earlier this year, the owner asked the breeder to take Meadow back but the breeder said they could not — not surprising since Germany is around 5,600 miles away. Meadow is doing well and was adopted by a loving family but her story illustrates why buying puppies from breeders out of state — and indeed, out of the country — is so problematic.” Read the full story, “Think Twice About Importing A Pet.”

Gone fishin’! Well, I’m not actually going fishing, but I am going on vacation! I will be out of the office from Friday, March 24th through Wednesday, April 5th, which means that this blog will be on vacation, too! Look forward to catching up with you on April 6th!

Be well,

Candace