Greetings Volunteers,

As you know, the State of California relaxed its statewide mask/face covering mandate as the Omicron surge continues to wane. Marin County Public Health strongly recommends that we maintain face coverings in indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status, until Marin returns to the ‘moderate transmission’ (yellow) category – likely another few weeks. Therefore, effective today, at Marin Humane: face coverings are optional, but strongly recommended, for all staff and volunteers who are fully vaccinated and boosted; face coverings are required for those not fully vaccinated and boosted. 

Since the situation remains very fluid, the above may be subject to change. We will keep our eye on what Marin Health and Human Services, California Public Health Department and CalOSHA are mandating or recommending and pivot as needed. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Shelter update: We currently have 136 animals in our care: 37 animals in foster and 99 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 24 dogs, 9 puppies, 33 cats, 7 kittens, 8 rabbits, 6 guinea pigs, 2 rodents, 4 reptiles, 1 bird and 5 fowl. 

Adoptions update: Happy Wednesday! Congratulations to all the adopters who added a very special new valentine to their families last week! There’s nothing quite like the love of an animal, am I right?! You’re sure to enjoy this week’s going-home adoption slideshow. And here’s the Adoption Report with all the details!

B&Tea Blog: New posts to the B&Tea blog are roughly posted monthly, so I bet you’re excited to read this new installment from Kim Bromley, aptly titled, “New beginnings.” Kim writes: “New beginnings are what everyone hopes for. Clean slates. Fresh starts. Read on for a very engaging piece :).

Tails of Marin: It’s 5 a.m. and your cat jumps on your head, pounces on your feet and meows dramatically in your face. You throw your pillow over your head, grumble and then succumb, getting up to feed the cat so you can go back to bed. Congratulations! You’ve just rewarded your cat for this routine and made it more likely to happen again. If you need help getting out of this cycle, read this week’s Tails of Marin, “Yes, you can train your cat to let you sleep in.” Our cat behavior experts can also help! Join us for the next virtual How to Train Your Cat workshop on March 20th; you can register here.

Pet sitter/dog walkerWe are in process of updating the Home Care/Pet Sitter List as we are receiving calls for recommendations as people are making vacation plans this year. The list is for staff and current volunteers (who’ve been active at least three months) to market their independent services to the public. If you would like to be added to the pet sitter/dog walker list please provide the following info to by March 5th: 1) your name; 2) service(s) provided: for example, pet boarding, pet sitting, pet visits, dog walking, etc.; 3) locations covered: for example, Marin, Sonoma, Novato only, etc.; 4) contact info: phone &/or email address

Have a great week!

Candace and Anne