Greetings Volunteers,

I was walking around my neighborhood Monday afternoon and was a little surprised to see so many houses a-blaze with holiday lights! Yes, it was after Thanksgiving, but it was not December yet either. It was delightful to see and I found myself quite cheered up by the sparkling lights and Christmas trees in front windows. I think many people are starting earlier with the festive decorations to jump start our moods into the holiday spirit. Let’s face it, it’s been a tough year. If all it takes are some twinkling lights to be cheered up, I’ll take it!

Shelter update: We currently have 157 animals in our care: 92 in the shelter and 65 in foster. The shelter residents include: 43 cats, 6 kittens, 29 dogs, 7 puppies, 3 rabbits, 2 birds, 1 guinea pig, and 1 turtle. Interesting stat: in the last two weeks we have transferred in 58 animals. This includes 14 dogs, 10 puppies, 3 cats, 29 kittens, and 2 guinea pigs. Overall, YTD we have transferred in way more animals than we did in 2019. Three cheers for the Pet Partnership Program!

Adoptions update: This post-Thanksgiving week, we are very thankful for the many adoptions that took place over the past two weeks. In fact, we’ve had 1,418 happy adoptions since March 16th. For bonus happy points, enjoy two adoption slideshows: from last week, and this week

Double dose of Tails of Marin! In this week’s edition, Tails of Marin focuses on our outreach programs for struggling pet parents (also see below for the Holiday Pet Food Drive). Last week’s Tails of Marin article celebrated our older feline friends by offering the many reasons to consider adopting a senior cat.

Holiday Pet Food Drive: The annual Holiday Pet Food Drive is in full swing! We are asking people to help us fill our shelves with pet food for hundreds of Marin pets whose guardians are facing especially tough times. We’re helping over 600 Marin families through our Pet Safety Net and Pet Care Assistance programs, and with the many donations we hope to receive, treasured pets will get to stay in their loving homes. If you’re interested in learning more about the easy ways to give, please click here.

A few more Outside Greeters needed! Thinking about getting back in the volunteer saddle? Well, we need a few more Outside Greeters to assist customers who come to the shelter: directing them where they need to go, answering questions, receiving donations, and generally enjoying being back at Marin Humane. We currently need Outside Greeters on Saturdays (10am-12pm, 12-2pm, and 2-4pm) as well as Wednesdays 2-4pm and Sundays 2-4pm. If you’re interested in learning more, please email Candace at calexander@marinhumane.org. BTW, the Greeter Station is located in a tent that has sides and a heater to ensure your comfort during these colder months :-).

How to train your cat: Cats often get a bad rap for being “untrainable,” but that couldn’t be farther from the truth! In our virtual How to Train Your Cat workshop on 12/6 not only will our cat experts teach you how to communicate with your feline companion while using positive reinforcement to train away unwanted behaviors, you’ll also create a special bond with your cat. Now that sounds like the cat’s meow! Get all the details and register here.

Be well!

Anne and Candace