Greetings Volunteers!

How about this heat wave? Tell us what you’re doing to “beat the heat!” Any suggestions for shady hikes? And how do you keep your feline friends cool and entertained with the temperatures rising? Well, the good news is this is a short heat spell, and Marin will go back to experiencing our lovely weather later this week.

Stay cool and enjoy this week’s updates and news!

Shelter Update: Our current shelter population is 146 animals. There are 112 animals in foster and 34 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 8 dogs, 11 cats, 10 kittens, 1 turtle, 2 guinea pigs, 1 quail and 1 rooster. 

Adoptions Update: As we’ve reported in previous posts, our adoptions team is firing on all cylinders! They are matchmakers extraordinaire, especially now while potential adopters are sheltering in place and most of the animals are in foster homes! The adoptions team of Catherine, Ruthie, Patricia and Mary, have adapted to SIP and are finding the right pet for each adopter: they email photos from fosters to adopters, relay personality and behaviors by phone, and voila! find forever homes :-). Since March 16th, we have done 252 adoptions, and are just 16% behind in adoptions compared to last year! Way to go adoptions team!!

Marin Humane Calendar Photo Contest! If you’re anything like us, having our pets nearby during the COVID-19 pandemic has provided such comfort – and an opportunity to get even more great photos of them! Whether it’s recent or your favorite from long ago, we’d love you to submit a photo to our second annual Calendar Photo Contest. It’s easy to participate – just submit a favorite photo of your cute canine, fabulous feline, or other companion animal and encourage family and friends to vote for it (all donations will benefit the shelter animals). Top vote-getters will be featured on the cover or as one of the pets of the month throughout the year. Calendars will be mailed to more than 10,000 homes in Marin and beyond and every entrant will receive their own copy of the calendar.

What Is My Cat Saying? Cats are probably one of the most misunderstood of all domestic animals. Myths and myth-understandings abound! Would you like to better understand what your cat is saying and how your body language affects your communication with your feline friends? Carol Byrnes, creator of the “What is My Dog Saying?” PowerPoint for dog trainers has collaborated on this project with Certified Cat Behavior Consultant Jacqueline Munera of Positive Cattitudes to create a workshop for those interested in learning more about reading cat body language. This program will be held this Thursday, May 28th at 7pm and will give you new insights into cat behavior.  This is an hour and 1/2 online class using Zoom, a good internet connection is necessary. Not sure about Zoom? We will help you get set up before the workshop starts! Free to volunteers! RSVP to Beth Weil at bweil@marinhumane.org. Have friends who would also like to learn about cat language? Special SIP pricing is $15! Your friends can register here.

“Fear Free Shelters” Online Training Opportunity: If you’re looking for more free online training videos, we recommend the Fear Free Shelter Program. This goal of this program is to improve the experiences of animals by educating shelter and rescue employees and volunteers about their emotional needs. Keri Fennell, our Director of Shelter Services, said, “Of all the mandatory trainings I have done this was the best. I also got a lot of positive feedback from my staff.” To sign up for your complimentary Fear Free Shelters membership, you’ll just need to show proof of working or volunteering at a shelter, rescue, or animal welfare organization (you can take a photo of your Marin Humane volunteer badge and that’ll suffice 🙂

Are You Shopping Online (and Who Isn’t?!)? Since we’re all at home all of the time, online shopping has become an even bigger past time! If you shop through Amazon, you can choose Marin Humane to benefit from all your shopping (at no cost to you) through Amazon’s smile program; register at smile.amazon.com.

Virtual Pet Loss Support Group: Facilitated by a professional grief counselor from Hospice by the Bay, this free virtual meeting will allow you to connect with others who have experienced the loss of a loved animal. The grief we experience when we lose an animal companion is unique, so come share your grief and learn skills to help you on your journey toward healing. Click here for more detail on how to register to receive the direct Zoom link.

Stay cool and be well,

Anne and Candace