Greetings Volunteers,

Until you became a volunteer, did you think that Marin Humane only served cats and dogs? Well, you wouldn’t be alone. Many in our community are not aware of ALL of the different types of animals in our care. Recently, when nine large parrots lost their elderly guardian, our staff was ready to help at a moment’s notice! We immediately created a parrot-friendly environment for these fragile and sensitive birds. With a top-notch diet, regular veterinary care, and lots of love and enrichment from our staff, these gorgeous parrots flourished. Even during a pandemic, our shelters doors are open for all creatures great and small and our staff is prepared to drop everything and help animals in need. Watch these beautiful birds in this short video! We’re happy to report that all are now happily settled in their new homes and we’re so proud of our staff for stepping up and providing amazing care for all nine of them!

Shelter update: We currently have 120 animals in our care: 69 animals in foster and 51 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 21 dogs, 2 puppies, 18 cats, 4 kittens, 5 guinea pigs, and 1 pigeon. 

Adoptions update: We’re thrilled that so many critters found new homes last week. Three cheers to all the new family members. Apparently, it was also “dress like your dogs” for some adopters :). Since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, we’ve made 1,848 adoptions! Enjoy the adoption slideshow of the most recent happy beginnings.

Woofstock Raffle 2021! We’re so bummed that once again, we can’t host Woofstock, our annual dog-friendly music fest, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn’t mean our animals still can’t use your support! Celebrate Woofstock this year by entering to win your own personal wine cellar or a case of delicious pinot noir! The Woofstock 2021 raffle offers 21 chances to win! Tickets are $21 per ticket and the drawing will take place on 5/21/21 — I guess you see the theme here 🙂. Tickets are available to purchase either in person at our shelter (from one of our volunteer greeters), by phone, or by snail mail. Click here for all the details! If you’re interested in selling a packet of tickets to family and friends, please contact Molly Foley in Development at mfoley@marinhumane.org.

Tails of Marin: During spring, Marin County plays host to a variety of baby wildlife — from fawns to ducklings to baby squirrels to opossum babies riding in their mom’s pouch. This means the phone lines at Marin Humane and WildCare stay busy with calls from worried residents. So it’s a good time to be reminded about when to help, when to ask experts for help, and when to just hold back and let nature take its course. This week’s Tails of Marin explores the topic of when to help baby wildlife, and when to leave them alone. 

Happy ending: We love hearing from our adoption families and hope you do, too. “Bambi is just the perfect puppy. We renamed him Oliver and he is already very responsive. He is high energy but loves his naps. He is figuring out the potty training thing, and loves toys. Needless to say, we are obsessed with him. We will always be so appreciative of you and the whole group at Marin Humane for bringing this dog into our lives. Enjoy some photos of Oliver in his new home!”

B&Tea Blog: You’re sure to enjoy another entertaining post from dog pet pal volunteer Neil Lurssen on the B&Tea Blog, “Penny and Georgia and Me.”

Hope you’re well!

Anne and Candace