Greetings Volunteers,

We’d like to continue expressing our gratitude to all of you during this especially important National Volunteer Appreciation Week! In fact, we have a video to share, made just for you, with heartfelt appreciation. Enjoy!

Shelter update: We currently have 174 animals in our care: 76 animals in foster and 98 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 17 dogs, 9 puppies, 28 cats, 25 kittens, 2 rodents, 1 bird, 7 rabbits, and 9 guinea pigs.

Adoptions updateKick up your heels and take a look at all these happy adoptions from last week! Enjoy this week’s adoption slideshow, and thank you to everyone who gave one of our adorable animals a new furever home. 

Happy ending: “Literally not a day goes by where my husband and I look at each other and wonder how we got so lucky to have Izzy in our lives. I love her so much and it has been such a perfect fit — thank you! We love taking her on hikes, visits to the beach, and when it’s cool out she loves lying by the fire. She’s a great friend to everyone at the park and loves to run. Here are a few photos of her — our phones are FULL of them so I held myself back on sending just a few 🙂 Thank you!” 

Scenting for shelter dogs: Twice weekly, volunteers Burt & Donna, hold “scenting for shelter dogs” in the auditorium. Much like Nose Work classes we offer the public, Burt & Donna host a similar opportunity for shelter dogs to work at something s/he “nose” how to do naturally. Scenting is engaging, can be quite calming, and helps build confidence in shy or shut down dogs. Using their natural curiosity, desire to hunt, and love of food, shelter dogs learn to hunt for treats then scents with lots of rewards. Check out this video of Teyo discovering the fun of scenting.

Tails of Marin: In this week’s Tails of Marin,  we’re getting ready to celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week soon (though we all know we should be kind to animals every day). Enjoy this article.

The Farallon Islands: The Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary is home to more than a quarter million seabirds, as well as countless marine mammals. It’s the largest seabird colony in the lower 48 states! So why is the US Fish and Wildlife Service proposing a helicopter dispersal of 1.5 tons of rat poison pellets right in the middle of this crucial habitat? They’re hoping to curb the overpopulation of mice on the islands, which attract burrowing owls, who in turn disturb the ashy storm petrel population. But this poison would have a devastating affect on ALL the wildlife living on the Farallones. There are safer alternatives, such as non-toxic contraceptive baits and a relocation program for the 6-8 owls that arrive on the islands each year.

We need your help to stop this dangerous proposal! Please reach out to the Coastal Commissioners to voice your opinion on this proposed poisoning. You can send your comments (and view a sample letter) here. You can also send an email directly at farallonislands@coastal.ca.gov. Learn more about this issue on this site and here.

Cat toys: One of our volunteers, Anni Black, is going to make Kickaroo cat toys for the shelter cats. This cat toy appeals to a cat’s instinctive desire to stalk and capture prey. The Kickeroo’s size, shape and material were specially chosen to promote wrestling and hind paw kicking. Anni makes Kickaroo’s with Velcro closures so we can add fresh catnip that comes in a tea bag to each toy when it is given to a cat. The Kickaroo’s that we purchase are already made and quickly become uninteresting as they go through the wash multiple times. With Anni’s Kickaroo’s we can use high quality catnip, so they remain very interesting to the cats, even after multiple washings. Anni is in need of batting material so if you have batting material (polyester preferred) left over from a project, please email Beth Weil at bweil@marinhumane.org. Thank you!

B&Tea Blog: In this week’s B&Tea Blog, Dawn Kovell entertains us yet again with her post, Strange and Wonderful Things to Do with Dogs – Sport Version Dock Diving.

Have a wonderful week!

Anne and Candace