Greetings Volunteers,

It’s the last day of the month and the shopping season is well-underway! If you’re looking for some hidden treasures, head over to the Marin Humane Thrift Shop! Centrally located in downtown San Anselmo on San Anselmo Blvd., our Thrift Shop’s curated selection of items are sure to surprise and delight! Proceeds benefit our veterinary clinic which, of course, supports all the animals! Shopping hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm. 

Shelter update: We currently have 181 animals in our care: 64 animals in foster and 117 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 20 dogs, 1 puppy, 42 cats, 14 kittens, 7 rabbits, 10 guinea pigs, 16 rodents, 3 reptiles, and 4 birds.

Adoptions update: We hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving week. To say we’re thankful for our adopters would be quite the understatement! Just look at all these happy matches made last week. And yes, that photo is of Jane Aten, our Behavior & Training Volunteer Coordinator, who adopted Shilo, a long-term shelter resident, who now has found the perfect home! Yeah for all the animals who found their forever homes last week. If you’d like more details, here’s this week’s Adoption Report.

Sports Basement discount! Sports Basement is offering Marin Humane employees and volunteers 20% off* their entire purchase from December 4 through December 11. Purchases made by Basementeers that have selected Marin Humane as their beneficiary will benefit Marin Humane – so please be sure you’ve named Marin Humane as your “beneficiary”! *Note: Basementeers get 20% off, non-Basementeers get 11% off.

How do you know when a dog wants to be pet? One of the best things about having a pet is some cuddling time. But just like people, dogs aren’t always in the mood to be petted. Some dogs are even uncomfortable or afraid of being touched by people. Asking a dog if, or when, they’d like to be pet can reduce the risk of putting the dog in a situation in which he feels the need to growl or even bite. How do we know if a dog wants to be pet? That’s where a “Petting Consent Test” comes in. Consent Tests are a way to see if the dog in front of you actually wants to be pet. This short video is a must-watch for all volunteers, and anyone working with or interacting with dogs. Enjoy!

Tails of Marin: The holidays usually mean house guests, travel, lots of food, and special treats. With all the hubbub, it’s easy to forget that our furry and feathered friends may come into contact with items that could be dangerous to them. In this week’s Tails of Marin, you’ll get some helpful tips on how to “keep your pets safe from harmful hazards.”

Wishing you a wonderful week,