Greetings Volunteers!

Did you know that today, May 20th, is World Bee Day?! There are important reasons these furry little pollinators have their own special day; they’re critical to the health of our environment. Read more in this week’s Tails of Marin. But of course, every day is a good day to celebrate bees!

The Behavior & Training department writes an invaluable Noseletter every month which includes heart-warming stories (and can’t we all use those right now?!), updates, interesting articles, stats, and happy endings. Enjoy the latest installment, April B&T Noseletter.

Shelter Update: We currently have 136 animals in our care.  (108 are in foster and 28 are in the shelter). Of our shelter population: 7 dogs (one is from a confirmed COVID-19 positive household), 10 cats, 8 kittens (8 going to foster tomorrow), 1 quail, 1 turtle and 1 bearded dragon.

Adoptions Update: Since March 16th when shelter-in-place went into effect, we have done 217 adoptions (6 adoptions scheduled for today as well), and we are less than 20% behind in adoptions compared to last year (which is pretty good, considering!)

New Wheels, More Lives Made Happy! Last September, we asked guests at our Gala to reach into their hearts–and their wallets–to help us buy a customized vehicle to save more animals, help more pet guardians, and better serve our community. We were truly overwhelmed by their generosity during the Fund-a-Need! The new vehicle has dedicated space to safely accommodate up to 22 animals and enables us to take Marin Humane on the road! We can provide a much higher level of comfort and safety for animals, conduct adoptions, respond to disasters, and provide a broad range of services for the community. We look forward to sharing it with the community soon. Thank you GALA 2019 attendees and sponsors!

Summer Camp Update: The Community Engagement team has made the following announcement about Humane Summer Camp 2020: “We’ve appreciated your patience while we waited for guidelines on summer camp from the Center for Disease Control and the American Camp Association. We have made the very difficult decision to move our 2020 Humane Summer Camp from our Novato campus to an online format. In these unprecedented times, the safety of your children and our staff are our priority, and that was the number one reason for our decision. We simply do not have the resources available to safely host camp on our campus.

But just because we can’t be on campus doesn’t mean we can’t offer a fun and dynamic experience! We are determined to make our 2020 Humane Summer Camp an exciting, educational, and fun experience. Our staff is working to create an amazing camp for your family, which includes a kit for each camper and different options on how to participate — in real time or when it’s convenient for you. We’re also looking at this as an opportunity to offer MORE content than ever before!

We’re offering our virtual camp at half price AND you’ll receive priority registration for our 2021 camp! This not only provides educational fun for your child, but you’ll be supporting Marin Humane at a time when we need it most. Again, thank you for your patience, as we work to honor your child’s love for animals.” If you have any questions surrounding summer camp, please contact Julia Cole,  Humane Education Coordinator.

Staff Morning Briefing Resume: Back in the “old days,” pre-SIP, we hosted daily “morning briefings” for any staff (and volunteers) that were on campus at 9:30am. Since the vast majority of the Marin Humane staff has been working from home, we’ve really missed the daily morning briefing. We not only got a snapshot of the happenings within the organization, but the briefings offered an opportunity to see folks from many different departments. Well, starting this week, there will be twice weekly Zoom morning briefings! We’ll be sure to keep you apprised of tidbits of interest 🙂

Take good care and stay healthy!

Anne and Candace