Greetings Volunteers,

We hope you had a sweet Thanksgiving holiday weekend and are now ready to tackle the rest of the holiday season :).

Shelter update: We currently have 168 animals in our care: 63 animals in foster and 105 animals in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 18 dogs, 45 cats, 11 kittens, 13 rabbits, 4 guinea pigs, 9 rodents, 4 reptiles,  and 1 fowl. 

Adoptions update: Happy Wednesday! Soooo many lucky animals found their forever homes – puppies, cats, rats, and even a snake – so we definitely enjoyed it! If you’d like to keep the gratitude going into the new week, we suggest checking out the slideshow for lots of happy adoptions.

High Five to the Thanksgiving Day Volunteers! “In Animal Care, we heavily rely on, and really appreciate, the help of our dedicated volunteers every day, however in this high five I would like to highlight the Animal Care and Behavior and Training volunteers that came in on Thanksgiving day. We really appreciated their help!  

From the B&T department: *Ann Marie and Joann came in for a few hours in the morning to walk dogs. Thank you! *Chris and Mike came in for a few hours in the afternoon/evening to play with and socialize the cats. Thank you!

From the Animal Care department: *Megann came in to help us clean Adoption Cats. Thank you! *Theani, David, Carol and Renee came in to help us feed all of the cats and dogs. Thank you!  *Christine came in to help us with laundry (and keep Fred company). Thank you!

Thank you to all of these wonderful volunteers.”  ~ Kyle Dunlop, Animal Care Supervisor

Think resale not retail! As you start your holiday shopping, be sure to stop by the Marin Humane Thrift Shop at 360 San Anselmo Avenue in downtown San Anselmo. There are treasures to be had at very affordable prices — housewares, clothes, jewelry, and so much more — and all the proceeds support our veterinary clinic! It’s a win-win: great gifts while supporting the shelter animals!

B&Tea Blog: Though Thanksgiving is in the rear view, there’s always time to count our blessings and be grateful. In the most recent B&Tea blog post, Kim, Dawn, Neil, and Susie, the B&Tea regular contributors, share the things for which they are grateful. Another wonderful, inspiring read!

Giving Tuesday: Can you imagine giving up your beloved pet just because you couldn’t afford a vet bill? When Debra experienced homelessness in Marin County, she knew she had to make a drastic change. She was afraid of going to a shelter, and worried that her beloved dog Bear would not be allowed to come — he was her everything! Marin Humane helped Debra license and vaccinate Bear through our Pet Safety Net program, which works on preserving the bond between people and their pets. Because of this, Bear was able to stay together with Debra at the homeless shelter. (Watch this moving video on Debra’s story.)

Since the start of this program only a few years ago, we’ve been able to assist more than a thousand pets — and the people who love them — by providing pet food, supplies, and financial aid for veterinary care. When the pandemic hit, demand for this already popular program skyrocketed. 

Though Giving Tuesday was yesterday, you can still make a donation so Marin Humane can continue our life-changing programs. From all the animals and their loving families – thank you!

Tails of Marin: Winter is fast approaching, which means it’s time to bring out the heavy coats, rain jackets, boots, and warm blankets for everyone in the family. But what about our pets? Most people, especially in temperate California, assume that our pets don’t need anything extra in the wintertime, that their fur and common sense are enough to protect them. But that’s often not the case. Get more tips in “It’s important to keep your pets warm this winter.”

With gratitude to all the volunteers,

Candace and Anne