Greetings Volunteers,

Gala 2020 will be unlike any other event at Marin Humane! This year, stay safe at home and help the animals while enjoying all the fun and excitement delivered to your door! Join us for a “furtastic” night celebrating the thousands of happy animals who found their forever homes thanks support our amazing volunteers, staff, and donors. The online Gala program will feature heartwarming stories of animals and a very special, historic Fund-a-Need that will enable us to save thousands of additional animals in the coming years.

While the pandemic won’t allow us to gather in person this year, your support has never been needed more as Marin Humane continues to find homes for hundreds of animals every month. Please join us from the comfort of your home for one of the most exciting nights in Marin Humane’s 113-year history. The evening will feature silent & live auctions and inspiring stories … plus all animals are welcome! Click here for ticket and sponsorship information and e-mail for updates.

Shelter updateWe currently have 110 animals in our care. This includes 54 animals in foster and 56 at the shelter. The shelter population includes: 20 kittens, 18 cats, 6 dogs, 2 puppies, 1 duck, 1 quail, 1 pigeon, 3 parakeets, 2 guinea pigs, 1 iguana and 1 box turtle … oh my! 

Adoptions update: Last week we celebrated our 750th adoption since the shelter-in-place order in March! To say we’re thrilled that we’ve been able to continue finding forever homes for SO many animals, even in the midst of a pandemic… well, it would be an understatement. We’re truly over the moon! And as of today, we’ve actually done 797 adoptions! For this week’s adoption slideshow, click here. 

Important Message from Captain Cindy Machado: “Due to the complications of multiple disaster scenarios happening at the same time in the next few months, I wanted to advise you of some important highlights:

  • Due to our limited resources during the current pandemic, Marin Humane will only be offering emergency pet boarding in a disaster to Marin residents. Confirmation of their Marin residence will be required upon intake of any pets received for emergency disaster assistance.
  • Marin Humane will not be able to provide assistance with co-habitated or co-located pet shelter during potential Marin emergency evacuations. Our main shelter will be the designated shelter for emergency boarding.
  • We have readied additional portable power sources and will ensure cooling fans are available for animal areas during power outages and extreme heat events.
  • The stray holding dog area will be utilized first for any emergency boarding of dogs. Cats and other animals can go in the cat and small companion animal areas. 
  • The dog intake area will remain reserved for potential COVID-19 dogs.
  • Non-animal services staff may be called into the shelter to assist with animal intake.
  • No guardian visits will be allowed for emergency animal boarding and we will continue to follow all current COVID-19 protocols.
  • We anticipate being very limited, if at all, in our ability to provide assistance for outside disaster response deployments.

As always, we will continue to remain positive, flexible and resilient in handling all of these challenges. This is a great time to ensure your own personal readiness.”

Tails of Marin: Forget lightening, heat waves, and COVID, the real news is that August 22 is National Take Your Cat to the Veterinarian Day! 😉 Here’s our Tails of Marin about that very topic. 

Thanks Officer! Just a little reminder to please, please, please pick-up your trash! Litter can be dangerous for Marin’s wildlife, like this poor skunk in Novato who got stuck in a soda cup. Luckily, Officer Sleight-Panizo was able to remove the cup — without getting sprayed! — and the skunk was able to waddle off on their way, unharmed. Thank you, Officer!

Stay safe everyone!

Anne and Candace