Greetings volunteers!

Hope you’re enjoying the first days of fall. There’s a lot to like about this season — what’s your favorite autumn activity, or favorite fall food?!

Shelter update: We currently have 202 animals in our care: 86 animals in foster and 116 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 24 dogs, 46 cats, 20 kittens, 7 rabbits, 7 guinea pigs, 1 rodent, 4 reptiles, 6 birds, and 1 fowl. 

Adoptions update: There were many wonderful adoptions this week, but one stands out as a particularly happy ending! Monte and Grant didn’t arrive together but they become the best of pals since meeting here at the shelter. Monte had been with us for 10 months and Grant 6 months, so we’re especially happy to they found a loving new home. Monte’s eyes look a bit unusual since he required surgery to treat eyelid agenesis, a condition he was born with that caused his upper eyelids to form incorrectly. Monte can see just fine but he does have a unique look that we think adds to his charm! Now they’re both settling down at home in a comfy lap purr up a storm!

Congratulations to all the families who found a furry addition last week! Enjoy the adoption slideshow! Click on the  Adoption Report for all the details on who was adopted this past week.

Community clinic in October: If you’re struggling to afford basic care for your dog or cat, or know someone who is, we can help! Join us on  Saturday, October 22nd at Marin Health & Wellness in the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael from 11am-1pm for a FREE Community Clinic. Bring your dog or cat to our mobile clinic for vaccinations, microchipping, flea/tick treatments, food/supplies, and a mini check-up by a veterinarian. That’s right – all for free! Call 415-506-6238 for more info.

Tails of Marin: Most people associate spring with baby animals, but it’s not common knowledge that early fall can be a busy time for babies, too – specifically, baby squirrels. That’s why WildCare and Marin Humane ask you to please “respect the nest” and delay non-emergency tree trimming until November and December, when the risk of cutting down an active squirrel nest is at its lowest. Get more info in this week’s Tails of Marin, “Keep an eye out for baby squirrels.”

Volunteer High Five the awesome cleaning crew! I’d like to give a big high five to Audrey, Suzy, Laurie, Amanda, and Larken for spending a few hours of their Saturday last weekend to deep clean Intake Dogs. They spent hours scrubbing the kennel floors and drains, washing walls and windows, and dusting fans and piping. Hard, gritty work, but they did it all with smiles and can do attitude! I wish I’d taken a ‘before’ and ‘after’ picture because Intake Dogs has never looked so good! Thank you from the animal care staff and the kitties for all of your time, hard work, and attention to detail!!” ~ Kyle Dunlop, Animal Care Supervisor  

Blessing of the pets: One of our volunteers has let us know that there will be a “Blessing of the Pets” on Sunday, October 9th at the First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael. Please see this Blessing Of The Pets Flyer for details.

Dog license promotion! Keep your dog’s paw on the right side of the law… get them licensed. All dogs in Marin are required to be licensed. And starting now through October, our friends at Pet Food Express will give you 20% off your entire purchase with your new dog license! So purchase your license in-person, through our website, or by mail, and you will receive a voucher for a 20% discount at any Pet Food Express store in Marin.

Wishing you a wonderful last week of September!

Candace