Greetings Volunteers!

There’s a first for everything, and this year, Woofstock is a SOLD-OUT event! If you’ll be joining us this Sunday, be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to find parking (offsite), BYOWB – bring your own water bottle – because it’s going to be a warm one and water is free :). Of course, beer, wine, and soft drinks are available for purchase. Another tip: you might also want to consider bringing a picnic lunch (there will be food trucks, but the lines might be long). And most of all, have fun, enjoy the fabulous music, the awesome raffle, the vendors, Kids Zone, and your friends & family! P.S. If you’re wondering if you should bring your dog to Woofstock, read this week’s Tails of Marin, “Dog friendly events are great, if your dog is a fan of them.

Shelter update: We currently have 218 animals in our care: 131 animals in foster and 87 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 19 dogs, 3 puppies, 29 cats, 16 kittens, 3 rabbits, 10 guinea pigs, 1 rodent, 1 reptile, 2 birds, and 3 fowl. 

Adoptions update: Hooray for Wednesday! For a little mid-week pick-me-up, enjoy the adoption slideshow! And get even more details in this week’s Adoption Report. Thank you to all of our wonderful adopters!

Community Clinic a HUGE success! This past Saturday, we held our community clinic in Novato which was by far our most successful clinic yet. We provided examinations, vaccinations, microchips, pet food, leashes, collars, harnesses, flea medications, and dog licenses to 100 guardians and their 138 pets (111 dogs and 27 cats). This surpasses our previous total number of animals served by 51 animals! A community clinic of this magnitude definitely takes a village – in fact, 25 staff & volunteers, to be exact :). Extra huge thanks to three veterinarians who worked pro bono on Saturday: Dr. Erin Bennett (San Marin Animal Hospital), Dr. Monica Ortiz (San Marin Animal Hospital), and Dr. Paige Farnell (relief vet).

One more workshop: If you weren’t able to join us last week for the workshop, “Animal Decisions/Outcomes,” there is another opportunity next week: Tuesday, May 24th, 4:00-5:30pm. 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. Please let me know if you’d like to attend and I’ll send the Zoom link. 

B&Tea Blog: Agility, what is it, and how do I get started?! Well, Dawn Kovell, Director of our Behavior & Training department, is a dog trainer for others as well as her own three dogs. In this month’s B&Tea post, Dawn sheds light and enthusiasm on agility. Enjoy the post!

Volunteer High Five to Inga Grace: “Last week, Inga emailed me to let me know something was wrong with the Dog Pet Pal (DPP) calendar. We use a Google Calendar for DPP shift coverage. Everyone has editing permissions, so they can add themselves to shifts when they’re free and remove themselves when they need a week off. Turns out, a volunteer accidentally deleted everything in the calendar. Yikes! I emailed the Dog Pet Pals to let them know the calendar was down and that it would take me a while to rebuild. The email ended with a request to the tech-savvy volunteers to create their own personal shifts, if they felt they could.

Within a few minutes, I notice the Google calendar populating with a few shifts. Inga plugged herself in for her weekly spots. Then I noticed Inga’s shift-mates were being added. (At this point, I presumed it was Inga adding them.) Then she started plugging in people on other shifts from memory! I shot her a quick email of gratitude, and she asked me for the list of all the volunteer shifts. Next thing I know, the calendar is completely back together again! (Not to mention, color-coded in the way I originally made it, too!) Next time you see Inga—she’s here almost every day walking Elektra—please give her a high-five and extra thanks! She saved me hours of work, and all without hesitation. Thanks, Inga!” ~ Jane Aten , B&T Canine Volunteer Coordinator

Have a groovy week!