Greetings Volunteers!

Can you imagine having to give up your pet simply because you couldn’t afford food or veterinary care? Sadly, many people in our community are facing that very real dilemma. So we’re helping hundreds of families through our Pet Safety Net, providing: free community clinics with vaccinations, microchips, flea meds, and more for hundreds of dogs and cats each year, pet food deliveries to people’s homes and local food pantries. This holiday season, we’re seeking donations so we can continue helping treasured pets stay in their loving homes. Click here to see three easy ways to help! Thank you!!

Shelter update: We currently have 318 animals in our collective care. 254 are at Marin Humane: 124 animals in foster and 130 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 16 dogs, 58 cats, 26 kittens, 12 rabbits, 7 guinea pigs, 1 rodents, 4 reptiles, 2 birds and 4 fowl. 64 animals are with Hopalong: 14 animals are in the Oakland office and 50 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Did you know it’s Animal Shelter Appreciation Week? How lucky are we to have so many wonderful supporters and adopters who help make these happy endings a reality? If you could use a dose of gratitude today, a peek at some of last week’s heart-warming adoptions. And if you’re interested in more specifics, here’s the Adoption Report.

Hopalong happenings! Help needed in the Oakland office! It’s still kitten season, based on what we’re seeing here and hearing from local shelters. So, we’d love to have some more volunteer help with kitten and cat care in our Oakland office, particularly on Fridays and weekends. If you’re interested and available to help occasionally or on a regular basis, please reach out to Sam McNaughton ( We’ve got 25 amazing regular cat care volunteers who are here every day of the week to make sure cuties like this get all the care they need, and we’d love for you to join their ranks!

Charming article: Dawn Kovell is the Director of Behavior & Training and an excellent story-teller. Check out Dawn’s most recent, most entertaining article, “Gratitude, Guinea Fowl Style” in this month’s Bay Woof.

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.

100 cat challenge! Can you help us find fur-ever homes for 100 adult kitties? A friend of our shelter felines recently passed away and left an incredibly generous legacy by paying the adoption fees for 100 cats. Adoption fees for adult cats (5 months and up) will be waived until we hit 100! We can’t think of a better way to honor their lifetime love for kitties. Follow along as we update everyone on our progress to 100 and help us spread the word! Meet our cats on our website here.

READY, PET, GO! Join us for a free “People, Pets, & Preparedness” Zoom webinar tomorrow, November 9th, to learn more about how you and your pet can be ready in case of disaster. Register for this special Nov. 9 webinar from ReadyMarin here.

Tails of Marin: Now that kitten season is winding down, older cats waiting patiently in shelters for adoption can now bask in the spotlight a bit more. While few things are cuter than kittens, we think there’s plenty to purr about when it comes to older cats, especially senior ones. November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, so it’s a great time to consider adopting a mature feline. Older shelter cats are just as loving, loyal, and delightful as young ones, but typically they’re the last to be adopted. Read this week’s Tails of Marin article, Why you should adopt an older cat, for loads of reasons to adopt a senior kitty today!

Arts & Crafts Day! The ACTION committee at Marin Humane is looking to host a Marin Humane Arts and Crafts Day and wanted to gauge interest and check to see if there were any artists and craftsman that would like to showcase and sell their wares. We’re looking at doing this in the Education Room/Whittell lobby on Thursday, 12/14 starting around 5:45pm and going until about 7pm. The ACTION committee will set up tables for the “vendors,” so all you’ll need to do is set up your pieces. All Employees and Volunteers are welcome. If you’re interested in being a vendor at this Arts & Crafts Day, please email our HR Director, Valerie Robbins a

Hope you have a marvelous week!