Greetings Volunteers!

We’re officially in pumpkin spice season so you wouldn’t think we’d still be getting itty bitty kittens here at the shelter, but we are! It seems like kitten season isn’t ending any time soon, so if you feel so inclined, we’d love your help stocking up on kitten food from our wish list. The wet food is especially helpful for these young litters and we’re so grateful for our community’s support! Check out our wish list here. Thank you!

Shelter update: We currently have 307 animals in our collective care. 207 are at Marin Humane: 57 animals in foster and 150 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 21 dogs, 2 puppies, 57 cats, 42 kittens, 12 rabbits, 6 guinea pigs, 2 reptiles, 6 birds, and 2 fowl. 100 animals are with Hopalong: 16 animals in the Oakland office and 84 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: Yeah for another Wednesday adoption slideshow! Congratulations to everyone who adopted a new best friend last week, from pigeons and puppies to kittens and crested geckos! For more details, here’s the Adoption Report.

Hopalong happenings! Whether you’re curious about the foster experience or just need an uplifting story for the middle of your week, we’ve got you covered! Check out this story, recently republished by The Dodo. There’s an adorable video too! It follows the journey of a mama dog and her three puppies, from being found to being fostered all the way up through adoption. It’s a heartwarming story that inspires us and fills us with gratitude for all our amazing foster homes, past and present!

Volunteer High Five to Lee Blackburn and Christina Fisher! “I want to pass along my utmost appreciation to Christina and Lee who volunteered to help during the Ready Sausalito disaster preparedness event on Saturday at MLK Park. It was a pleasure getting to work alongside them and they were absolutely wonderful and engaging with the public. They represented the organization very well and Christina even got a segment on the local news about preparing pets for disasters! My many thanks to both of them for participating in this important event at the last minute!” ~ Conner Cimmiyotti, Animal Services Officer

Tails of Marin: In “Why it’s important to spay or neuter your pet,” this week’s Tails of Marin article explains that lack of spay/neuter is the single biggest contributing factor in the cause of unwanted pets. Pets in shelters across the United States face euthanasia simply because of pet overpopulation. That’s why at Marin Humane, cats, dogs, and bunnies are all altered, as we call it, before they go to their forever homes. We want to end the cycle of breeding unwanted or neglected pets that fill our nation’s shelters. Beyond preventing more unwanted pets, however, is the fact that there are many benefits — to the animal, to their guardian and to the community. Read the full article for great information.
Neil Lurssen with his black lab, Jack
B&Tea Blog: You’re sure to get a real kick out of this month’s B&Tea blog post,Jack the Lab – Escape Artist, Fierce Hunter and Schemer,” by volunteer Neil Lurssen. If you’ve got some fun “tails” about your canine, feline, or other pet, let me know!

Have a terrific week!