Greetings Volunteers!

Our youth programs are cultivating the next generation of Humane Heroes and yes, it’s as cute as you’d expect. Watch this video — Seeds of Compassion — to see how our programs are changing the lives of children for the better – prepare to be inspired! 

Shelter update: We currently have 321 animals in our collective care. 220 are at Marin Humane: 96 animals in foster and 124 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 18 dogs, 49 cats, 31 kittens, 9 rabbits, 10 guinea pigs, 2 reptiles, 1 bird and 4 fowl. 101 animals are with Hopalong: 12 animals are in the Oakland office and 89 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Happy Wednesday and welcome to another wonderful Going Home Slideshow! Congratulations to everyone who took home a new pal and thank you for adopting! For more details, here’s the Adoption Report.

Hopalong happenings! Three cheers for April, who found her forever home and was adopted in October! This beautiful tan pittie girl was fostered for many, many months at Happy Hound. Though she was happy playing there every day, you can see she’s even happier cuddling up on the couch and going for walks with her new family! Aah, there’s no place like home!

Make a big impact with a future gift! Though you may love and want to support our work, you may be reluctant to incur the expense of revising your existing will or trust to make a bequest to Marin Humane. The good news is there’s an easy alternative that does not involve the expense of creating documents or restating existing documents! Making a beneficiary designation from an IRA, retirement plan, or life insurance policy costs nothing, and requires just three simple steps: 1) Contact your retirement plan administrator, insurance company, bank, or financial institution for a Change of Beneficiary form. 2) Decide what percentage (1 to 100) you would like Marin Humane to receive and name us, along with the percentage you chose, on your beneficiary form. 3) Return your completed form to your plan administrator, insurance company, bank, or financial institution. If you would like information about making a planned gift from your estate to benefit Marin Humane, please visit this webpage or contact Nan Zimmerman at 415-506-6233 or at

Backpacks & grocery bags still needed: Do you have an old backpack buried in a closet you don’t need anymore? Community Engagement will take it! Our Pet Safety Net program occasionally receives pet food requests from people who are either on foot or bicycle so a backpack would really come in handy. Bring your gently-used backpack to the donation bin in front of the shelter. Thanks! Also, if you have any brown paper grocery bags hanging out on top of your fridge (is that just me?!), our Community Engagement team could also use these for pet food deliveries. Thanks, again!

Tails of Marin: From time to time, we include stories from our animal services officers in the volunteer blog; they do such incredible work for our community after all :). This week’s Tails of Marin article is penned by ASO Conner Cimmiyotti, featured in this photo. You’re sure to enjoy and appreciate, “Curiosity is the key to being an animal services officer.”

Gear up for Fall!  The Columbia Sportswear employee store perk has arrived! The Marin Humane + Hopalong offer is valid October 6th – October 29th. This offer is for store access (not valid online), please provide the Columbia Sportswear Store Fall Invitation + proof of affiliation / membership. You can bring up to four additional guests with each visit. A (shopping) adventure awaits!

Pet First Aid Workshop: Nothing’s worse than feeling unprepared in an emergency! Having solid knowledge to fall back on if something goes wrong can be life-saving. If you’re a pet guardian who wants to be prepared for anything, don’t miss our Pet First Aid & CPR workshop on Saturday, October 21. Peter Pay, an American Safety & Health Institute certified instructor, will be teaching basic pet first aid, CPR training, rescue breathing, restraint and muzzling, choking management, poison response, and more at this hands-on training. Get more details and save your spot here.

Hoping you have a wonderful week!