Greetings volunteers!

The Sweet 16 Gala was such a wonderful event and a tremendous success! Each and every volunteer played a role in creating yet another magical Gala filled with fun, inspiration, and incredible generosity. A round of a-paws to the nearly 50 volunteers who helped make this a special event, whether helping before the Gala or during the live event, we couldn’t have hosted such a sweet event without our amazing Gala volunteers!! (More photos below.)

Fund-a-Need: Back to Basics! Most of us feel the pinch in our pocketbook when it comes to expenses related to our pets. From the price of high-quality food to visits to the veterinarian, the costs of caring for pets have gone up substantially over the past few years. At Marin Humane, we’re experiencing this as well, and on a much bigger scale. Imagine buying pet food, vaccines, and other medical supplies for nearly 4,000 animals each year!

Our pet food orders will be over $67,000 this year. This is after our participation in an incredible shelter feeding program. Our medical supplies will cost approximately $233,000 for one year – and that’s after buying in bulk and on sale whenever possible. 

This year, we’re asking for your help – help we’ll give to each and every animal who comes through our doors. Our 2022 Fund-a-Need will cover the essentials we use every day to ensure the animals are healthy, well-nourished, comfortable, and ready to find their future family. If you’d like to help underwrite our annual medical supplies and pet food bills, giving peace of mind that these essentials are covered, please click here.

Shelter update: We currently have 224 animals in our care: 66 animals in foster and 158 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 26 dogs, 1 puppy, 56 cats, 22 kittens, 13 rabbits, 10 guinea pigs, 9 rodents, 5 reptiles, 7 birds, and 9 fowl. 

Adoptions update: Despite a massive heatwave last week, lots of lucky animals found their forever homes! Thank you so much to everyone who braved the high temperatures to meet our adoptable pals. Three cheers for cooler temps and the adoption slideshow! Hope you also enjoy the Adoption Report of all the animals that moved out of the shelter and into loving homes! 

Feel-ine like volunteering?! There are A LOT of cats in the shelter right now and our feline behavior team is looking for some new volunteers to join the Feline Intervention Team (FIT). The FIT volunteers provide behavior modification and socialization for all types of cats at the shelter. This may include cats that will ultimately be Career Cats (not suitable to go up for general adoption), cats receiving medical treatment, cats who will ultimately go up for adoption, but are not quite ready. There are some very specific requirements for FIT volunteers — read the Feline Intervention Team (FIT) Job Description — and if you love cats and fit the requirements, please contact our Feline Behavior Coordinator Beth Weil at Thanks!

Volunteer High Five to Paul Ashwood! I’d like to give a massive High Five to Paul Ashwood! Paul does all the things a Dog Pet Pal (DPP) can do: He walks dogs 3 times per week—sometimes 4 or 5 times per week! (Including the dreaded Sunday evening shift that no one else wants.) He works with brand new volunteers. He walks our most difficult dogs that are not approved for all DPPs. He helps with playgroups. He brings dogs to scenting. And, he’s always game to help with an impromptu doggie blood draw if we need help. 

In my opinion, the coolest thing Paul does is twice a week he’ll pick up a dog for a morning off-campus hike. From there, he’ll take the dog home for a few hours. It’s great for the dog because they get to spend some time on a couch instead of in a kennel. And it’s great for us so we can get a glimpse of what that dog may be like in a home setting. Next time you see Paul, please give him a high five!” ~ Jane Aten, Behavior & Training Canine Volunteer Coordinator

Treats needed! As previously posted, we offer enrichment to our shelter animals every day, usually twice a day! This is so important to ensuring the animals thrive while in our care. In addition to continuing to need paper products (thank you for donating egg cartons, toilet/paper towel rolls, and  Kleenex boxes!), we also need dog and cat treats to place inside these items. If you’d liked to purchase dog treats, here’s a link to our Amazon Dog Wish List; for cat treats, the shelter cats love Temptations treats :). Thanks so much for your generosity!

Tails of Marin: Recently, a sweet Maltese mix named Missy arrived at Marin Humane in rough shape. Her hair was horribly matted — a condition that can be quite painful and even dangerous for an animal. “I’ve seen a dog’s leg matted to their body and their eyes matted shut,” said Marin Humane animal care manager Samantha Winegarner. “You can’t brush or comb them once they’re badly matted, you can only shave them.” Grooming isn’t just about making your pet look good. It’s an important part of their overall health and comfort. Read this week’s Tails of Marin, “Pet grooming is not just for looks,” for more details on grooming your cat or dog.

Here’s a snapshot of the Gala volunteers who stuffed “swag” bags and set up the beautiful silent auction tables! Thank you all!!

Hope you all have a great week !