Greetings Volunteers,

Tis the season for holiday shopping! Yes, this is the same opening as last week’s blog, but it was such a good opening line thought we’d use it again :). This week, think about shopping small, as in small business, as in small spaces, as in the Marin Humane Thrift Shop! The Thrift Shop offers a range of merchandise, and all proceeds from the store support our veterinary clinic in all their amazing work for the shelter animals.

Mask mandate: Beginning today, December 15th, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is requiring that masks are worn in all indoor public settings regardless of vaccine status through January 15, 2022, at which point California will make further recommendations as needed in response to the pandemic. Thank you for complying with wearing a face covering in all Marin Humane buildings.

Shelter update: We currently have 141 animals in our care: 46 animals in foster and 95 animals in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 21 dogs, 44 cats, 5 kittens, 5 rabbits, 6 guinea pigs, 5 rodents, 6 reptiles, 1 bird, and 2 fowl. 

Adoptions update: It’s been a wet and windy week but we have some sunny smiles to share in the adoption slideshow! We’re sending lots of love to last week’s adopters, and if you want to be this happy and have a special pal in your home for the holidays, we have lots of cute and cuddly critters ready for adoption. For the full list of adoptions, here’s the Adoption Report for last week. 

Happy ending: Talk about a sky-scraping rescue! Last week, we received a call about a raccoon stuck in a tree in Tiburon – and not just stuck, but dangling upside down. When Officer Leathers arrived on the scene, she assessed that the raccoon’s leg was stuck in a crevice…about 20 feet up! She enlisted some backup and another member of our Animal Services team, Evie, arrived in a flash with a ladder, an extendable control pole, and a net. The pair climbed on the roof of the residence with the assistance of the homeowner, where they were able to carefully lift the raccoon up using the control pole and shimmy the leg free. Luckily, the raccoon was uninjured and able to climb down on its own. We’d like to say thank you to the homeowner for calling us so we could help, and three cheers for our Animal Services team for this difficult rescue!

New law cracks down on emotional support animal fraud: Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed the first bill in the nation to crack down on fraudulent practices concerning emotional support animals, while protecting public access rights for people with legitimate service dogs such as guide dogs or service dogs for physical disabilities. The legislation addresses the growing online sale of fraudulent emotional support and service animal certificates by opportunists who promise consumers access for their pets equal to that of people with legitimate service animals. Read more about this bill here.

B&Tea Blog: In “Mistaken Identities, Part 2,” Marin Humane blogger Kim Bromley follows up on Neil’s previous blog about mistaken identities with her own take of feline mistaken identities. 

Tails of Marin: While recent research refutes the belief that gifted pets are more likely to be surrendered or returned, it’s still vitally important to make a good match. Read more in this week’s Tails of Marin, “Think carefully before giving a pet as a gift.” 

Have a wonderful week,

Candace and Anne