Greetings Volunteers,

Another busy week at the shelter with lots of news to share, so let’s get to it!

Shelter update: We currently have 180 animals in our care: 68 animals in foster and 112 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 24 dogs, 2 puppies, 40 cats, 21 kittens, 6 rabbits, 7 guinea pigs, 6 chickens, 2 roosters, 2 reptiles, and 2 hamsters. If you’re interested in caring for some of these animals, shoot an email to and I’ll let you know all the ways you can support the Animal Care staff!

Adoptions updateLast week was a magical week of making awesome matches! We also found homes for four dogs from Tulsa, OK – within just a couple days of their arrival! We thank everyone who adopted and also to everyone who supported us during the Tulsa transfer. Here’s the adoption slideshow of some of the animals for found their forever homes 🙂

Happy ending … and another tale of microchips working! “Last week, we received a stray cat that was brought in by a Good Sam. This cat (Callie) had a microchip with current information. We were able to get ahold of the owner and she was so surprised her cat was found. They live in Santa Rosa and the cat was last seen 3 years ago. They have no idea how Callie ended up in Marin County. Callie went home today with her owner! This shows how important microchips really are!! Callie’s mom texted this to us: ‘Callie was very calm & quiet all the way home. As soon as I got my room all set up for her and we let her out of the carrier, she went and hid where she always used to hide, which was/is up inside the box springs of my bed. I cannot thank your organization enough for the joy you have brought back into my life. You guys are awesome!’” 

Gorillas I Miss: Volunteers Kim Bromley and Susie Harper regale us with their latest B&Tea blog post, “Gorillas I Miss.” This tale of a trip of a lifetime is accompanied by some beautiful photos. Enjoy!!

Puppies, puppies, puppies! In “How to set up your puppy for success,” this week’s Tails of Marin article addresses how important it is to get off on the right paw with your puppy by taking puppy classes at Marin Humane!

Scenting for Shelter Dogs: Bravo to volunteers Burt Greenspan and Donna Kalal for hosting Scenting for Shelter Dogs 2-3 days/week. This enrichment outing for the shelter canine residents gives them an opportunity to use their innate abilities, curiosity, desire to hunt, and love of food and exercise, and getting rewarded along the way! Thank you to volunteer Peter Ornstein for creating this video of adoption dog Bear becoming an outstanding hunter of scents!

Gala donations needed: Gala 2021 is in full planning mode and set for take-off on Saturday, September 25th! As in previous years, the silent auction is one of the most popular features of the evening and an important piece of the fundraising pie. Could you donate — or procure a donation — for this year’s auction? Popular donations we’ve received in the past include event tickets, gift certificates/cards, wine packages, travel, and one-of-a-kind experiences. If you have some contacts you’d prefer us to reach out to, just pass them along Molly Foley, Events Manager, at or 415-506-6265. Here’s the Auction Donation Form Gala 2021 for any donations you can obtain. And if you’re interested in attending Gala 2021, click here for early bird tickets!

Sports Basement discount: Sports Basement is offering Marin Humane staff, volunteers, supporters, and their families a discount from July 30 to August 14. See this flyer, Sports Basement Special Offer Summer 2021, for more details. Happy shopping!

Be well,

Anne and Candace