Greetings Volunteers,

Many humane societies in the late 1890s and early 1900s were organized by fearless women in order to prevent cruelty to animals, especially the horses being used for transportation. Marin Humane is no exception! Our advocacy and courageous compassion for all animals is rooted in the work of our founder, Ethel H. Tompkins. Yesterday was International Women’s Day; we thank Ethel for building an incredible legacy that Marin Humane is proud to continue! Read more about our founder here.

Shelter update: We currently have 121 animals in our care: 57 animals in foster and 64 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 21 dogs, 2 puppies, 22 cats, 2 kittens, 6 rabbits, 3 guinea pigs, 2 rodents, 4 reptiles, and 2 fowl. 

Adoptions update: Hello Wednesday! Spring is nearly here and new love is blooming along with the flowers. We’re so grateful to all of last week’s adopters for opening their hearts to our animals and giving them the homes they deserve. Here’s the adoption slideshow and the Adoption Report with more details.

Your dog’s lucky charm! A license could be your dog’s lucky charm! Did you know that a license is the first thing we look for when a stray dog comes to the shelter? If your pup ever goes missing, a license is the quickest way for us to reunite you – meaning you won’t have to go searching at the end of the rainbow. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’re waiving late fees on dog licenses for the whole month of March! No need to rely on a four-leaf clover when you can get your pooch licensed on our website, quick as a leprechaun. Just head to to buy or renew your dog’s license. Want to snag your license in person? No problem! Stop by the shelter during our open hours to speak with our licensing department.

We’ll also be raffling off a $100 Pet Food Express gift certificate to one lucky winner! Here’s how to enter: First, snap a photo of your dog sporting their license! Both your pooch and their license tag must be visible. Next, post it on Instagram with the hashtag #yourdogsluckycharm and tag @marinhumane (make sure your profile is public so we can see it!). We’ll randomly select a winner on March 31! We’ll contact the winner on Instagram so keep an eye on those DMs. The gift certificate can be picked up at the shelter or sent by mail. Questions? You can reach the licensing department at 415-506-6220.

Happy ending: As you’ve read in recent Volunteer Blog posts, we receive sweet notes from recent (and not so recent) adopters about the animals who came into their lives from Marin Humane. Last week, we received this note (accompanied by 20 photos of their life together :). “We adopted Rocky back in October, and wanted to share some special memories over the last 4 months. We love him so much, and I’ve also included his DNA test that we did through the Wisdom Panel. We are so in love with our sweet, snuggly boy, and cannot thank Marin Humane enough for changing our lives.” This doggo hit the jackpot, right?! 

Volunteer High Five to Barb Ross! As is often the case with endings, they can become beginnings too. One of our favorite and long-time Clinic volunteers, Barb Ross, is leaving her Clinic volunteer role and will be starting a new position at Marin Humane as a Veterinary Assistant! We would like to recognize all that Barb has done in and for the Clinic for the last several years. So many moving parts, new protocols, COVID restrictions, and ever-changing staff and volunteers – and through it all Barb has been a solid rock. Barb is just wonderful with our furry patients, while handling multiple competing responsibilities – and always keeping our animals safe – beginning with morning set up of cages, runs and food, then monitoring recoveries after surgeries, and the ever-present need for instrument care and packing, to finally cleanup in the Clinic at the end of the day. We could never do all the important work for these animals if it wasn’t for wonderful volunteers like Barb working tirelessly. We are certainly going to miss seeing Barb in the Clinic, but we get to look forward to seeing her now in the rest of the shelter doing her new VA duties! High Five Barb Ross!!” ~ Charles and Andrea, Veterinary Clinic 

Tails of Marin: Have you been thinking of adding a few chickens to your menagerie? Or maybe as your first pets? Well, read this week’s Tails of Marin article, “How to welcome chickens to your backyard.”

RSVP to Anne Oliver’s Party – March 25th: If you haven’t already done so, and would like to join us in toasting Anne for all her contributions to Marin Humane, please RSVP to me at Here is Anne’s Retirement Party Invitation.

Thank you! Quick shout out to all the volunteers who answered our call for grocery bags and rabbit x-pens! Thank you for your donations! And if you continue to collect paper grocery bags, paper towel & toilet paper rolls, we’ll take those, too (the rolls are for shelter dog enrichment!). Have we told you lately how much we appreciate YOU!

Have a terrific week,