Greetings Volunteers,

Yesterday was Groundhog Day, but doesn’t it feel like we’re living in “Groundhog Day” the movie? It’s not that we’re stuck in a time-loop of one particular day, rather with the ongoing pandemic and shelter-in-place orders, it’s been a bit challenging to add a lot of variety to one’s life. What have you been doing to add some variety to your life?

Shelter update: We currently have 67 animals in our care: 38 animals in foster and 29 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 7 dogs, 14 cats, 1 pigeon, 2 guinea pigs, and 4 rabbits. Since March 16th, we have done 1,624 adoptions.

Adoptions updateWelcome to another beautiful slideshow of happy animals and their new families! Several cats went home this week, plus a few dogs, and even a parakeet (photo on left) headed off on new adventures. Congratulations to everyone who took home a new friend!

Happy ending: Sometimes we receive emails from recent adopters about how the newest member of their family is settling in. And sometimes adopters from years ago also stay in touch. Here’s one: “We just wanted to let you know that Stuben who is now named Fred just had his 5 year anniversary with me. Fred if you remember loved to talk to people and still does. He is a very happy healthy and fun cat. He has the energy of a kitten and loves to play but most of all he is such a good boy and just wants to be next or near me at all times. No wonder he was sponsored by someone. Thank you for what you guys do!”

Job opportunity: Love animals? Looking for a part-time, temporary job? Come work with us! Marin Humane is hiring an assistant for our Licensing program. This position will be about 25 hours per week for four to five months and most of the work can be done remotely! Check out the License Program Assistant Job Description. The deadline to apply is this Friday, February 5th.

Emergency cat bags needed: Do you like to sew? If sew (see what I did there?!), we have a project for you. We need “emergency cat bags” for our Animal Services Officers and other shelter staff. What’s an emergency cat bag, you ask? Well, it’s basically a large pillowcase-shaped bag with a sturdy drawstring on one end; these bags are used for emergency evacuations of the cats, small companion animals, and reptiles. If there was a disaster at the shelter and all of the animals had to be evacuated ASAP, staff would put the cats and small animals in the fabric bags and get them out of the shelter quickly. If you’d like to make a few of these for us, please email Candace at for details.

Tails of Marin: A little more than five years ago, Marin Humane received a unique opportunity to change the way we cared — and found homes for — the many cats that come through our doors. The Joe Willie Project supports older, special-need and semi-feral cats. Read more about this innovative program saving lives and finding homes for senior kitties in the Marin IJ’s Tails of Marin.

Be well, smile often, stay safe.

Anne and Candace