Greetings Volunteers,

Giving Tuesday was yesterday, but you can still help us keep pets in loving homes where they belong by supporting our Pet Safety Net program! When families fall on tough times, affording pet food and veterinary bills can be a major struggle. No one wants to see beloved pets in the shelter due to financial hardship. Our Pet Safety Net is exactly that – a safety net to keep animals with their families by covering costs for pet food and supplies, assistance with essential veterinary care, free community clinics in under-served neighborhoods, and much more to pet parents in need. Last year alone, we served over 1,500 people with their 1,785 pets. That’s 1,785 pets who are still in the care of the families who love them! You can support this life-changing program by heading to our website here.

Shelter update: We currently have 293 animals in our collective care. 241 are at Marin Humane: 101 animals in foster and 152 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 21 dogs, 2 puppies, 58 cats, 27 kittens, 12 rabbits, 7 guinea pigs, 1 rodent, 1 reptile, and 4 fowl. 52 animals are with Hopalong: 10 animals are in the Oakland office and 42 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Happy Wednesday! What a wonderful week we had! Thanksgiving, family, friends, canines, felines, and other pets gathering together. And the cherry on top – lots of adoptions! Please enjoy a minute and a half of pure happiness in this week’s adoption slideshow. 🥰 Many more lovely animals still waiting for their forever homes! If you’d like more details on who went home, here’s the Adoption Report for the past two weeks.

2024 calendars! 2024 is nearly here (shocking, we know!) so if you need a calendar to keep you on track in the New Year, we’ve got you covered! Your wall will be 100% cuter with a Marin Humane 2024 Calendar, guaranteed. Each month of our calendar features a winner of our 2023 photo contest, and every single contest entry is included. That’s a whole lot of cute in one calendar! And all the proceeds support our shelter animals. Win-win! If you’d like to purchase one (or a few!), place your order here. We offer two convenient options: we’ll mail the calendar to you, or you can stop by our Novato campus to pick it up in person. But wait, there’s more! Before you toss out your 2022 or 2023 wall calendars, bring them to us! Students in our youth programs and summer camps use photos from old calendars in a myriad or art projects throughout the year :). Feel free to drop off your old calendars in the donation bins upfront of the shelter and we’ll make sure they get to the Youth Program team.

Volunteer High Five! “On Friday, November 10th we hosted a small film crew from AnimalZone. They expressed interest in featuring some of our amazing enrichment activities in one of their segments. I’d like to give a Volunteer High Five to the following volunteers in the Behavior & Training department who rearranged their schedules to allow the film crew to capture our dogs enjoying the Enrichment Room and Scenting for Shelter Dogs (and for bearing with us as we invaded their work spaces): Paul Ashwood, Laurie Bernstein, Emma Clifford, Kathryn Dougherty, Burt Greenspan, Donna Kalal, Rosemary Oliviera, and Peter Ornstein. You did us proud! Many thanks!” ~ Lisa Bloch, Director of Marketing & Communications

Tails of Marin: Please see this edition of our Tails of Marin column, written by one of our dog training instructors Christine Cambie. It covers the important topic of Tik Tok famous “dog trainers” and why they’re so dangerous – Choose the right person to train your dog.

B&Tea Blog: In this month’s Behavior and Training blog, Dawn Kovell (Director of Behavior &Training) writes “Gratitude, Guinea Fowl Style.” A most entertaining story, indeed!

We’re all about recycling at Marin Humane! If you’ve got a stack of newspapers heading to your recycle bin, wait! Bring them to us! Our animal care department uses newspaper for our small companion animal housing. Do you also collect small bags, just in case you’ll use them in the future? Well, guess what?! We need small bags for supplies for our foster families. And lastly, we will always take your extra brown paper grocery bags off your hands! Feel free to drop-off any of these items in the donation bins in front of the shelter! Thank you!!

Vote for Marin Humane! The Vintage Oaks Shopping Center in Novato is making a donation to three Novato charities (one of which is Marin Humane!) during their 12 Days of Holiday Giving. By voting for Marin Humane on the Vintage Oaks Instagram page, you can help Marin Humane receive an additional “Spread the Joy” donation. Click here for more details.

Hope you have a great week! We are VERY grateful for all the “giving” you offer Marin Humane … whether it’s with your time and open heart, financial donations, or newspapers and paper bags! Everything makes a huge difference!