Greetings Volunteers,

Tis the season for holiday shopping! If you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving, and you want to support the shelter animals, consider one of these unique giving opportunities.

Shelter update: We currently have 160 animals in our care: 58 animals in foster and 102 animals in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 26 dogs, 1 puppy, 43 cats, 8 kittens, 7 rabbits, 5 guinea pigs, 6 rodents, 4 reptiles, 1 bird, and 1 fowl. 

Adoptions update: Happy Wednesday! Congrats and thanks to everyone who added a new family member this week — just in time to get festive! It’s also getting chilly out there so a great time to find a new friend to cuddle up with by the fire. Watch the adoption slideshow for lots of happy adoptions. If you’d like a list of all the adoptions, here’s the Adoption Report for last week.

Happy ending: Last week, we received numerous calls alerting us to this opossum holding on for dear life! Somehow this little critter managed to get onto the center divider closest to the carpool lane going north bound right before the Paradise exit in Corte Madera — in broad daylight! Officer Trumper carefully transported the little cutie to a safe space for release, where the possum gave a few hisses (let’s just say it was a thank you to our officer) and then scurried off, amazingly unharmed after the day’s drama (watch the quick video here). If you ever see wildlife in distress, we’re available 24/7 at 415-883-4621.

Volunteer High Five to Animal Transporters! “I would like to give a high five to the volunteer transporters! Our transporters travel near and far to pick up our Pet Partnership animals and drop off our animals needing to go to rescue. Sometimes the transport is just to San Francisco to drop off a senior dog but other times the trips can be 3 hours each way to drop off or pickup animals. We even had volunteers drive to another state this year to drop off a dog!! Marin Humane really depends on our volunteers and we appreciate all of the hours they spend doing the transports. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!” ~ Kyle Dunlop, Animal Care

Tails of Marin: This week’s Tails of Marin article was written by our friends at WildCare. Since you’re all animal lovers, it probably goes without saying that the answer to the question, should you use poison to control pests?, is a resounding no. Poison always affects animals other than those you’re trying to target. Pesticides are designed to kill, but the poison doesn’t just affect the targeted “nuisance” animals. Any time you place poison into the ecosystem you risk killing wildlife. Read more in “Poisons wreak havoc on wildlife.”

How to train your cat: We’ve all heard the phrase that “dogs have owners… cats have staff.” But believe it or not, you don’t have to live at the mercy of your kitty’s every whim! If you want to train them not to wake you up in the morning, not to jump on the dining room table, or address any other common cat naughtiness, we can help. Our “How to Train Your Cat” workshop is a 90 minute virtual session with our cat behaviorists and it’s a total game changer! The next online class is coming up on Sunday, January 9, and we still have spots available. If you’re ready to use a little positive reinforcement to get your cat on track in the New Year, click here.


Have a wonderful week,

Candace and Anne