Greetings Volunteers!

Welcome to November! National Adopt a Senior Month is celebrated during November. And we couldn’t be happier that one of our senior dogs was adopted this weekend! Odie pictured on the right is about 12 years old and came to Marin Humane as a transfer from a rescue in Arizona where the person who ran the rescue died. While waiting for his day to come to go to his new home, he was fostered by Kim Bromley. Kim said Odin was a perfect gentleman while in their home, an elder gem who was easy to walk and lovely with all people and other pets. There are many reasons to adopt a senior pet, perhaps the most compelling is that they are often most-overlooked in the shelter and yet still have plenty of unconditional love to give :). Interested in adopting a senior pet, check out our website!

Shelter update: We currently have 321 animals in our collective care. 242 are at Marin Humane: 107 animals in foster and 135 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 22 dogs, 1 puppy, 61 cats, 28 kittens, 10 rabbits, 10 guinea pigs, 2 rodents, 2 reptiles, 1 bird and 4 fowl. 72 animals are with Hopalong: 7 animals are in the Oakland office and 65 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Yup, it’s Wednesday … which means time for the adoption slideshow! It was all treats and no tricks this week as we wrapped up #SubaruLovesPets Month! We’re grateful to all our adopters and to the ASPCA for supporting our adoption efforts this month. For more specific info on who was adopted this past week, here’s the Adoption Report.

Hopalong happenings! A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers who helped us spread some Halloween cheer in Marin over the weekend! We’re so grateful to all the volunteers who hosted our Mobile Adoption Event at DOGtober fest on Saturday, but a very extra special thanks goes out to Cynthia Bascara, Gwen Peake, and Rebecca Forth! These three stepped up on short notice to judge not one, not two, but three separate costume contests on Saturday!

And back in Oakland, the whole Hopalong office got into the Halloween spirit yesterday and we thought you’d get a kick out of seeing (almost) all our own pups dressed up! We hope you and your pets had a fun and safe holiday too!  Candy will be available at the Hopalong office for the foreseeable future, so let us know if you’d like a sweet treat while you’re here helping in the office, with a drive, or up at a mobile adoption event!

Volunteer High Five! Transforming lives is our mission. And, we help transform lives, especially when it comes to the bond between animals and people. At Compassion Corner, we welcome people with physical or cognitive limitations to come visit with specially-trained volunteers and their dogs, as well as kitties and small critters like guinea pigs. Hosted bi-monthly at our campus, Compassion Corner is a safe and comfortable space where participants can pet a gentle, smiling dog or watch kittens play. For some, Compassion Corner is their first experience spending time with animals; for others, it’s an opportunity to simply relax and enjoy unconditional love, reassurance and nonjudgmental acceptance. I’d like to give a Volunteer High Five to the many Animal-Assisted ambassador teams who’ve visited Compassion Corner this year: Bridget & Ben, Meaghan & Welly, Ellen & Willow, Debbie & Rosie, Mary & Gracie, and Kathleen & Donny (our only cat ambassador!). You make so many hearts happy by sharing your sweet pups (and cat) at Compassion Corner. Thank you!!

Tails of Marin: You’re in store for a sweet reunion story, thanks to a Good Sam, and Marin Humane staff member, and a microchip. Hope you enjoy this week’s Tails of Marin article, From lost to found, thanks to a microchip.

Happy ending!  “Thank you SO much for your help with our adoption process! We’ve been having so much fun with Gaia, and she’s already found her place in our hearts! Please send our gratitude to all of your small pet adoption crew! We really appreciated everyone taking the time to introduce us to your furry friends and guide us through our adoption journey. We’re so happy to have Gaia in our lives! Love, Emily, Carlos, Elena, & Valerie.”

Big fish need new digs! WildCare is looking for some leads for a community member on rehoming many large goldfish from a big pond at a property that is being redeveloped. Here is the message from the community member: “We are going to do a big project in the Woodlands, where we are tearing down an entire home. There’s a fish pond with dozens and dozens of big goldfish in the pond and some of them are as big as 6 inches long. They basically are mini Koi fish.” If you can help or know someone who can, please reach out to Zoe Anderson at WildCare,

Paws for Thanks: Kids Volunteering Event: Monday, November 20 — 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Humane Education is much more than learning about pet care or preventing neglect or abuse. Our activities engage children by raising their compassionate awareness of – and respect for – both animals and people. Spend a morning helping out at Marin Humane! Kids will learn about and help support the shelter’s Pet Safety Net program, tour the shelter, and enjoy a pizza lunch! Start the Thanksgiving holiday by helping the animals in the community and at Marin Humane. This event is for kids ages 8-10. Here’s the Volunteer – Youth Volunteer Workshop flyer. If you’d like to register your child for this morning of service, register here.

Here’s wishing you a wicked good week!