Greetings Volunteers,

Not sure where the first four months of the year went, but Happy May! The days are getting longer, warmer, and full of blooming flowers and trees! It’s a great time to see butterflies and bees returning to our gardens :).

Shelter update: We currently have 274 animals in our collective care. 176 are at Marin Humane: 63 animals in foster and 113 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 26 dogs, 52 cats, 4 kittens, 9 rabbits, 7 guinea pigs, 6 reptiles, 4 birds, and 2 fowl. 98 animals are with Hopalong: 10 animals are in the Oakland office and 88 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Happy Wednesday! Look at all the happy matches we made we last week! We’re hoping for even more amazing matches this week. We’re so grateful to everyone who chose to adopt and not shop. ❤ And don’t forget to check out this Adoption Report to see all the happy matches! 

Hopalong happenings! We were thrilled that there were a handful of adoptions at this past Saturday’s mobile adoption event in Novato, including Waldo, Wazowski and Strawberry! You can see photos of them and their new families in this week’s adoption slideshow! For those pups who didn’t find homes at the event (such as gorgeous Tobi, pictured here), they’ll have lots more chances to find adoptive families in May. We’ll have five mobile adoption events this month, rotating through our usual Woodlands Pet Food & Treats locations (Mill Valley on the 4th, Greenbrae on the 11th, San Rafael on the 18th, and Novato on the 25th), plus we’re having a special mobile adoption appearance at Happy Hound’s anniversary celebration on May 18th in Oakland. We’re particularly excited about this event as it’ll give us a chance to show off some of our larger dogs who are fostered at Happy Hound, including Tobi (check out his adoption profile). It also gives our East Bay based volunteers the opportunity to get involved in an adoption event without having to drive too far! Let Sam (smcnaughton@marinhumane.org) know if you’d like to join us for the Happy Hound event, especially if you’re able to handle a big pup!

Woofstock – wine needed! Woofstock is just a few short weeks away and one of the big fundraisers at the event is the Dog Collar Wine Toss game. To facilitate this event, our event manager Molly Foley is looking for donations of all varietals of wine, anything priced $5 and over (no Two Buck Chuck please), keeping in mind that guests are paying $10 to participate. If you have a bottle or two that you’d like to donate, you can drop them off to Molly in the MarCom Office or the Development Office, both in the Whittell building. Any questions, feel free to contact Molly at mfoley@marinhumane.org. Thank you in advance for your donations!

Woofstock – raffle set up volunteers needed! Another wonderful feature of Woofstock is the rockin’ raffle! We could use some helping hands to set-up the raffle on Saturday, May 18th, starting around 11am. If you have an hour or two to spare and enjoy making raffle items sparkle at the event, please let me know: calexander@marinhumane.org.

Tails of Marin: Encountering wildlife in their natural habitats can be awe-inspiring and may contribute to urgently needed conservation efforts. Tourism dollars can fund animal sanctuaries, and the rise of whale watching famously helps educate visitors and allows scientists to collect data on whale behavior. Unfortunately, distinguishing between ethical encounters and harmful ones isn’t always straightforward — and slick, professional marketing can blur the lines between conservation and exploitation. With the summer travel season coming up, it’s important we educate ourselves so our dollars don’t contribute to inhumane treatment of animals. Read our Tails of Marin article, “Think twice before booking an animal encounter.”

Licensing special! We’ve got some sunny news for you! We’re extending our Springtime Licensing Special through May! Get your pup ready to romp through the season with a license, all while supporting the shelter and getting some paw-some rewards from Pet Food Express! Purchase a new license or renew an existing license for your dog and we’ll send you a coupon for 20% off your purchase AND a free self-service pet wash at Pet Food Express. Wondering why you should license your pup? Here’s why: 🐾 In case your furry friend ever goes astray, a current license tag helps reunite you quickly and easily. 🐾 Licensing fees contribute to crucial services like animal services, sheltering, and pet welfare initiatives. 🐾 It’s the law in Marin County! Avoid fines by ensuring your pup is licensed. Let’s make sure every pup in our community is safe, licensed, and ready to frolic in the springtime sun! Click here to get started!

Estate planning webinar: Looking to create an estate plan or change existing plans? Join us on Thursday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m. for a special Estate Planning Basics webinar with Marin County attorney Karolyn Poppin. This 1-hour Zoom webinar will provide an essential overview of the fundamentals of estate planning. Whether you’re married, single, have kids, have pets, or have minimal personal assets or property, you should have a plan! Karolyn Poppin is a knowledgeable, efficient, and compassionate trust and estate attorney with over 20 years of experience working with a variety of clients to create estate plans, change existing plans, and administer plans when there’s been a change in family status. When she’s not working or spending time with her family, you can find Karolyn with dogs, Elke and Colby Jack – and cats, Princess Leia, Blue and Echo. Please feel free to forward this invitation to a friend, too. Register for this webinar here.

Hope you have a terrific week!
Candace