Greetings Volunteers,

The Woofstock t-shirts are in! Come by the adoption area to check out the groovy selection while they last! T-shirts are $20 (plus tax); credit cards only, please. Woofstock tickets are still on sale – use promo code WOOF5 for $5 off your tickets. And if you’re not sure about attending but want to check out the festivities, there are a few volunteer shifts still available. If interested, contact me at calexander@marinhumane.org.

Shelter update: We currently have 230 animals in our care: 137 animals in foster and 93 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 22 dogs, 3 puppies, 33 cats, 12 kittens, 4 rabbits, 11 guinea pigs, 1 rodent, 2 reptiles, 2 birds, and 3 fowl. 

Adoptions update: Hooray for Wednesday! We’re celebrating an abundance of amazing adoptions this past week, including Anita, who patiently waited 270 days for her forever home (you can spot her in the photo to the left). Thank you to all of our wonderful adopters! Here’s this week’s adoption slideshow and the detailed Adoption Report.

Marin Humane is on Tik Tok! Social Media & Marketing Specialist Julia Lamont made this announcement last week: “I’m happy to announce that we have finally joined the year 2022 we are finally on TikTok! If you’re a TikToker (I believe this is what the kids call it 😉), feel free to follow along @marinhumane and please tag us if you post any of our adoption animals. Thanks!”

Community Clinic this Saturday: If you’re struggling to afford basic care for your dog or cat, or know someone who is, we can help! Join us this Saturday, May 14th, at Novato High School from 11am-1pm for a FREE Community Clinic. Bring your dog or cat to our mobile clinic for vaccinations, microchipping, flea/tick treatments, food/supplies, and a mini check-up by a veterinarian. That’s right – all for free! Call 415-506-6238 for more info.

Workshop invitation: We’re excited to bring back an updated version of the workshop called Animal Decisions/Outcomes Workshop. This is a good session for all volunteers, particularly those interested in what goes into our decision making process as to what happens to animals under our care and how we decide if an animal goes up for adoption vs transfer out, foster, or euthanasia. This workshop will be presented on two different dates, both will be virtual presentations: Thursday, May 12th, 6:30-8:00pm and Tuesday, May 24th, 4:00-5:30pm. Please let me know which session you’d like to attend and I’ll send the Zoom link. 

Volunteer High Five to Diana Lammer! “Back in February, a young gentleman reached out to us asking for help with his very large, senior dog Merle. Life had thrown quite a few curve balls at him and he was living in his car with Merle. While he knew this wasn’t the best life for his best friend, he didn’t want to surrender or re-home Merle and asked us if there were other options. He was connected with one of our staff who coordinated our long term foster program through the Pet Safety Net. We asked if he could give us a few days to find a foster for Merle. Even though he said Merle was a sweetheart he was big ….and we mean REALLY big. Merle weighed in at 138.2 lbs! A gentle giant for sure. After contacting a few fosters who sadly said they couldn’t handle a dog that size we found the perfect foster for him: Diana Lammer. Diana was used to large dogs and works with horses so Merle’s size was nothing to her. This would be no ordinary foster. The Pet Safety Net program offers up to three months for animals to be in a foster home, and the foster is not allowed any information about the guardian or their pet’s history for many reasons. When Merle arrived he was vaccinated and we ran a senior blood panel on him. We discovered he had high thyroid so he was put on meds. With a proper diet, daily walks, and medication, Merle was 23.4 lighter when recently reunited with his guardian!

This High Five is for Diana for taking excellent care of Merle for three months until his guardian could get back on his feet. Having a foster that long can be very hard emotionally. But the whole time Diana said she was having such a great time with Merle and was so happy she could give him a home until his home was ready.” ~ Suzanne Gollin, Foster Care Coordinator

(Because of confidentiality …we are not able to share a picture of Merle. If you are interested in providing this type of fostering for other people who may be in transition, please contact Suzanne Gollin, Foster Care Coordinator, at sgollin@marinhumane.org).

Parking guidelines: Now that the shelter is back to (mostly) normal operations, we’d like volunteers to follow the parking policy as set in place prior to Covid: please park over the bridge every day the shelter is open (Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5:30pm). On Mondays and holidays when Marin Humane is closed, you may park in the spaces in the front lot heading up to the bridge. If you are a foster volunteer and you’re at the shelter to pick-up or drop-off your foster animal, you can park closer to shelter. Thank you for your cooperation! 

Tails of Marin: In “Dog parks can be great, but not for all dogs,” you’ll read why some dogs do great at dog parks but some might be too bold, too defensive, or have resource guarding issues to play safely. One of Marin Humane’s behaviorists described dog parks this way, “Imagine you’re a total introvert but someone has forced you to attend a big, loud party. Annoying people keep coming up to you, getting in your face, talking excitedly, or trying to get you to play games you have no interest in, and on top of that, you have no escape. That’s what a dog park feels like for some dogs.” Happy tails, err, happy reading!

Have a wonderful week!

Candace