Greetings Volunteers,

SOS! We urgently need donations to our empty pet food pantry! Can you help us go from this sad “before” photo to the awesome “after” photo? Our Pet Safety Net pantry helps us feed pets in need all around Marin County. With one of our free community clinics approaching and our supplies running critically low, we would love to stock up and fill the shelves ASAP. If you can help us out, please check out our Amazon wish list. Purchases can be sent directly to the shelter (you’ll find our “Registry address” in your list of available addresses when you check out through Amazon). Don’t use Amazon? No problem! We have a wish list on Chewy, too. Thank you so much for your help! (P.S., we could also use grocery bags, which we use to pack food for delivery to our Pet Care Assistance clients. We’ll take whatever you’ve got; you can just drop them off in the donation bin in front of the shelter. Thanks!)

Shelter update: We currently have 353 animals in our collective care. 199 are at Marin Humane: 93 animals in foster and 106 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 13 dogs, 5 puppies, 41 cats, 20 kittens, 12 rabbits, 8 guinea pigs, 6 rodents, and 1 reptile. 154 animals are with Hopalong: 13 animals in the Oakland office and 141 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Welcome to another magical Wednesday and another adorable adoption slideshow! Wishing many happy trails and wagging tails to all the animals who found their forever homes last week! For additional details, here’s the Adoption Report.

Hopalong happenings! This warm sunny weather is perfect for a nice drive along the bay! Hopalong is lucky to have some wonderful drivers in our rotation – some on a regular schedule, and some willing to fill in whenever needed. We appreciate each of them deeply and are looking for anyone else who might be able to help us with our regular drives, which are most often animal transports between Oakland and Marin on weekdays. If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering as a Pet Chauffeur, email Sam McNaughton, the Hopalong Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at smcnaughton@marinhumane.org.

Want to make your pet a star? You’re invited to join Marin Humane + Hopalong’s annual Photo Fundraiser Contest to raise funds to help the animals! For our 2024 calendar, we want to feature your beloved pet. It’s easy to participate! Take a photo of your pet, submit it online, then get your family and friends to vote for your pet’s adorable picture. You just might win the cover or a month! In addition, all entrants are guaranteed a spot and will receive a copy of Marin Humane’s 2024 calendar. Check the Contest Rules for more info on how to enter and our FAQs.

Whose land are we on? Marin Humane acknowledges that our Novato campus resides on unceded Coast Miwok land and Hopalong’s campus resides on unceded Ohlone land. The Coast Miwok and Ohlone peoples have lived here for thousands of years, serving as the ancestral and contemporary stewards of these areas. But who are these First Nations people, and what can they teach us about the land where we live and work? CVNL (Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership) and the DEIB Committee are excited to offer upcoming workshops to learn about the Miwok and Ohlone. Please join us to learn about the culture and history of these two indigenous communities, and to reflect on your own cultural history, experience, and beliefs. Click here for workshop dates and to register.

Cedars pet parade: We invite you to share your love for your pet by submitting a photo of them for a very special project with Cedars, a nonprofit that supports individuals with developmental disabilities. For the third year in a row, Cedars is hosting Pet Parade, an art exhibition at their gallery in San Anselmo and the subject is animals from Marin Humane! Clients of Cedars will select the pet they wish to paint and their work will be proudly displayed in this beautiful gallery. Opening night of Pet Parade will be Friday, September 8. Submitting your pet’s photo does not guarantee it will be painted however, if it is, you’ll have the exclusive opportunity to buy the art prior to it being hung in the gallery. When the exhibit is over, you can take your special artwork home! Painting prices range from $65-$250 (half of the sale price goes to the artist, with the remainder going to Cedars and Marin Humane!). Paintings will be available online to view and pet guardians will have one week to decide before the show opens if they want to purchase their pet’s painting. If you opt not to buy your pet’s painting, it will be made available to the public to purchase in the gallery. If you’d like to be a part of this unique project which supports Cedars and Marin Humane, please provide the following information in an email to events manager Molly Foley at mfoley@marinhumane.org by July: your pet(s) name, your name, your email, phone number, and permission to be on Cedars mailing list (yes or no). Photo can be of multiple animals but must not contain any people. Hard copy photos can also be submitted and will be returned to you. Please reach out to Molly if you have any questions! For more about the program see this article.

Tails of Marin: In this week’s Tails of Marin, “The dark side of horse racing,” Digital Marketing Manager, Carina DeVera writes that “The horse racing industry is just that — an industry driven by profits. It’s outdated and cruel, and it has proven again and again that it’s unwilling to regulate itself. It’s about time to take off the rose-colored glasses along with the fancy hats and stop romanticizing a ‘sport’ that routinely harms, discards and kills horses. In the meantime, there’s one simple thing you can do immediately to help: never, ever bet on horse racing.” Read the full article here.

Estate planning webinar: If you missed Marin Humane’s recent Estate Planning Basics webinar with Marin County attorney Karolyn Poppin and would like to watch it or share it with a friend, please click here. If you’d like to contact Karolyn Poppin, she can be reached at 415-273-8882 or at karolyn@poppinlaw.com. For information about Marin Humane’s Legacy Society or Guardians Program, please contact Nan Zimmerman at 415-506-6233 or at nzimmerman@marinhumane.org. Or visit our website here.

Hope to see you at the Volunteer Party on June 17th! RSVP today!

Candace