Greetings Volunteers,

Have you ever wondered if your companion pets have a sense of humor? I think all of us who have a pet or three in our homes know they have a range of emotions. In fact, we often describe our cats or dogs as being sensitive or stubborn, shy or smart. Well, check out Dawn Kovell’s latest blog post, “On Dogs & Flies,” to learn more about what animals tell us — if we’re paying attention. 

Shelter update: We currently have 202 animals in our care: 74 animals in foster and 128 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 24 dogs, 2 puppies, 37 cats, 37 kittens, 6 rabbits, 6 guinea pigs, 4 parakeets, 2 roosters, 5 chickens, 1 turtle, 3 hamsters and 1 rat. 

Adoptions updateCheck out this slideshow of some of the lucky animals who found their forever homes last week. Thank you to everyone who decided to adopt not shop! If you or someone you know is considering expanding your family with a new furry or feathered member, our top-notch adoption team would love to find the right fit for you!

Happy ending! There’s never a dull moment in the life of a Marin Humane Animal Services Officer! Lili, one of our Customer Service reps shared this story: “On Monday of last week, Officer Russo responded to a call in San Anselmo for a baby bobcat. Upon arrival she assessed the baby and spoke with WildCare to see what the best course of action would be for the little one. They determined that it would be best to leave the baby in hopes that mom would return. The baby was very feisty and kept escaping from the boxes she was placed in. She was upgraded three times from a cardboard box to a clear tote and then finally a deeper black tote that she wasn’t able to get out of. A few hours later the reporting party was happy to share that mom came back for the baby! Coincidently their son had just purchased a trail cam a few days before so they were able to get a photo of mom coming back to retrieve the baby. Great job to Officer Russo for ensuring that the baby was set up properly for a successful reunion!”

Kitty Corner job opportunity: We’re accepting applications/resumes for two part time (16 hours/week each) Adoption Program Assistants for Kitty Corner. You can read this job description for the Adoption Program Assistant At Kitty Corner. To apply, please use this link to create an applicant account, complete an employment application and upload your resume.

Icky sticky glue traps: Earlier this week, one of our Animal Services Officers shared her experience with “glue boards” also known as “glue traps”: “Glue traps are horrible and often times small animals get stuck in the adhesive and suffer slowly. Luckily, I was able to safely transport a couple of rats and a dark eyed Junco, that were found still alive in glue traps, to WildCare. It’s a time-consuming process to remove animals from the glue without injuring them further. Staff members use mineral oil to get fur, feathers or scales off of the sticky boards.” Glue traps are inhumane and should never be used. You can learn more on the HSUS site here.

Tails of Marin: While it’s never too early to start preparing for wildfire season, it’s equally important to try to prevent – and have a plan for – house fires. Tomorrow, July 15, is designated as National Pet Fire Safety Day, so it’s the perfect time for us to increase our preparedness. Read this week’s Tails of Marin for many helpful tips.

Columbia Sportswear Employee discount: This is the last week to enjoy the Marin Humane staff and volunteers exclusive access to the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store. This Columbia Sportswear Store Summer Invitation provides all the details of what to bring, store hours, COVID precautions, and other FAQs. Happy shopping!

Have a wonderful week!

Anne and Candace