Greetings Volunteers,

There’s lots to share, so sit back and enjoy this post!

Shelter update: We currently have 190 animals in our care: 72 animals in foster and 118 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 22 dogs, 1 puppy, 38 cats, 30 kittens, 4 rabbits, 6 guinea pigs, 4 parakeets, 2 roosters, 6 chickens, 1 turtle, 2 hamsters and 2 rats. 

Adoptions update: Wowza! And welcome to another wonderful week of adoptions! We saw a ton of cats and kittens, as well as a few dogs, go home with their new families last week. Check out this slideshow of some of the lucky animals who found their forever homes last week. 

Teamwork makes the dream work! On Monday, there was an incredible display of teamwork and we’re so grateful to our fellow shelters for joining us to help these animals in need! More than 100 animals arrived by plane yesterday afternoon from a struggling shelter in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They were chaperoned by our Director of Animals Services, Keri Fennell, and welcomed by 13 shelters waiting on the tarmac to help them start their new lives! All the animals are now settled into their respective shelters and will be looking for their forever homes soon. Thank you again to the BISSELL Pet Foundation for helping us make this happen, and to our fellow shelters who stepped up: Berkeley Humane, East Bay SPCA, Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), Humane Society Silicon Valley, Humane Society of Sonoma County, North Bay Animal Services, Pets Lifeline of Sonoma Valley, Placer SPCA, Sacramento SPCA, Santa Cruz SPCA, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. Two of our lucky new Marin residents are already available for adoption!

Happy ending … and microchips rock! This super-sweet story was relayed by our Customer Service department: “Last Friday, one of our Customer Service Representatives Jessica received a call from a Good Samaritan, Donnie, who found a dog in Mill Valley. He was working at the time he found her, but stated he really liked the dog and wanted to hold onto to her to see if an owner called in to report her lost. Jessica kept in contact with him throughout the day and offered to scan the dog and provide him some dog food since he was willing to hold the dog overnight. Donnie stated he would be done working and could be at the shelter by 5pm. When he arrived, we scanned for a chip. To all of our delight, the dog had a chip! Her name was “Canela” which translates to cinnamon in Spanish. We ran the chip and called the owner WHO ANSWERED! We were worried because the chip was registered to someone out of county and thought it wasn’t current information, but they picked up! We advised them that someone had found their dog Canela. At first they were somewhat confused, because Canela had been missing for two months and they had assumed the worst. They had to move out of county and had given up hope on finding Canela, having to move all the way to Hayward without her. Jessica assured them the dog was alive and safe with us at Marin Humane. They asked if we could get Donnie in contact with them. Jessica provided Donnie the owners phone number and he called the owner right there in our lobby. Our hearts were warmed when we heard Donnie say, “I got you, I’ll drive her to you right now”! Donnie offered to drive Canela all the way back to the owner in Hayward that evening! Wow, what a kind gesture Donnie offered to someone he didn’t even know. About an hour later we received some reunion photos! Canela is now back home with her family because of one caring finder, a microchip, and a team of support!”

A Fish Called Boq: In this week’s B&Tea blog, enjoy this sweet story about Boq the Comet Goldfish.

Job opportunity: We’re accepting applications/resumes for a full time (40 hours/week) Humane Education Coordinator. Here’s the Humane Education Coordinator Job Description for more details. To apply, please use this link to create an applicant account, complete an employment application and upload a resume.

Hopalong Animal Rescue + Marin Humane = More lives made happy! As of July 1st, Hopalong Animal Rescue is now a division of Marin Humane. Hopalong’s employees are now Marin Humane staff, and working together, more foster and forever homes are available through our expanded network. We’re excited to be working collaboratively to enable both organizations to find more homes for even more pets in need!

Community Veterinary Clinic: On July 10th, Marin Humane held its biggest mobile community clinic yet and the staff and volunteers rocked it! It was a HUGE success, with cars already lined up before we opened to receive free vaccinations, microchips, mini checkups from a veterinarian, pet food, supplies, and more! All in all, we helped 56 guardians who brought a total of 81 animals! 

Spay/Neuter Clinic: The Marin Humane veterinary clinic serves all of the shelter animals as well as the animals at Hopalong Animal Rescue, now a division of Marin Humane. While we no longer offer low-cost spay/neuter surgery to the public, if someone is in need of financial support to get their pet altered, they can be assisted by the Pet Safety Net. For more information on the Pet Safety Net click here.

Rabbit fosters still desperately needed! A serious disease called Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV), previously only known outside of the US prior to 2020, has finally made its way here. Because this disease is extremely contagious and usually fatal (only to rabbits), we now must quarantine all rabbits that come into the shelter for two full weeks. This is most unfortunate for the rabbits that must be kept in total isolation for those two weeks and cannot be socialized, altered, or adopted until quarantine is over. It also has an impact on staff because of the strict quarantine procedures and because our housing options are becoming limited. The absolute best solution to this problem is to get our rabbits out into foster homes. In a foster home, quarantined rabbits may be handled and cared for normally, with the only limitation being there shouldn’t be any other rabbits in the home. Having our rabbits quarantine in foster rather than the shelter is infinitely nicer for them and for the other animals in the shelter that will no longer lose housing flexibility. It really is a win-win situation.

Lives Made Happy – The Magazine: Lives Made Happy (formerly Animal Chronicles) is a fun, practical, and information-packed magazine about animals and the people who love them. Published twice a year, click here for the Summer 2021 issue!

Have a wonderful week!

Anne and Candace