Greetings Volunteers,

What a week it’s been since we last shared this Volunteer Blog. We have no pearls of wisdom; we just hope to provide some solace with happy beginnings of pets finding their forever homes and other “good news” stories :).

Shelter update: We currently have 64 animals in our care: 48 animals in foster and 16 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 5 dogs, 4 cats, 1 kitten, 2 rabbits, 2 roosters, 1 pigeon, and 1 snake.

Adoptions update: With the latest shelter-in-place order, adoptions have slowed down a bit. We thank all the intrepid adopters this week! Enjoy this week’s slideshow of adoptions, including sweet Myra, one of our longer term feline residents.

A tale of patience and persistence: Our feline behavior department shared this story of incredible patience and compassion in getting a few kittens adopted. “This is the story of Boston and Chicago: five-month kittens who had never lived inside of a house are tricky to socialize, but we did it! These guys were particularly difficult because they were afraid of the wand toys (a typical way to draw out shy kittens) when they were in the shelter.” Enjoy the full Story Of Boston And Chicago.

Heart of Marin Awards: Last week, CVNL (the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership), hosted the Heart of Marin Awards (virtually, of course) to recognize outstanding nonprofits and the committed individuals who serve them. We are thrilled to have been nominated in two categories: Chip Smith, Marin Humane Board Chair, for Excellence in Board Leadership, and Marin Humane for Excellence in Innovation. To learn more about Chip’s significant impact on Marin Humane, click Chip Smith’s Nomination For Excellence In Board Leadership. Also read the inspiring Nomination For Excellence In Innovation.

Cats 101: Pawfect for new and experienced cat guardians alike, our online Cats 101 workshop on 1/17 will teach you practical tips for building positive relationships with your resident feline, including how to enrich your cat’s daily life through interactive play. You’ll also learn how to curb those pesky litter box issues and destructive scratching. Plus, find out our cat expert’s favorite food, litter, and toy products! Get more info and register here.

Tails of Marin: In the spirit of safety first, enjoy this week’s Tails of Marin article, “How to safely let your pup enjoy chew toys.”

Be well. Be safe.

Anne and Candace