Greetings Volunteers,

As we pass the mid-year mark, and week #16 of sheltering in place, we also ring in a new fiscal year for Marin Humane.

From Nancy McKenney: “Our new budget (for FY 2020-21) was approved by the Board of Directors in June. I want to let you know it was a very difficult budget to craft due to the unknowns from COVID-19 and the Shelter-in-Place (SIP) mandates. We had to make some assumptions, and if these assumptions change, we will be drafting a revised budget (most likely during or right after second quarter closes).

The new budget contains a reduction in operational revenue (including B&T training classes, adoptions, and public spay/neuter surgeries) due to the SIP and on-going physical distancing requirements enacted to keep our staff safe.” Please stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Shelter Update: We currently have 132 animals in our care: 81 are in foster and 51 animals are in the shelter. The shelter population includes 19 cats, 19 kittens (though five already have adopters :-), 8 dogs (two will be adopted this week), 1 duck, 1 rabbit, 1 guinea pig, 1 conure, 1 cockatiel, and a partridge in a pear tree (not really, just wanted to see if you were paying attention :-)!

Adoptions Update: Since March 16th, there have been 510 adoptions. This is a 6% increase in shelter adoptions compared to last year. Factoring Kitty Corner adoptions, our overall adoptions are only down by 10%.  For this week’s adoption slideshow, click here.

Happy ending! From one of our recent adopters: “I just wanted to reach out and thank you so much for calling me about “Bella.” We renamed her Maddi and she is just the best little thing ever. She’s getting so much braver and is just a joy to have in our lives. I can’t thank you enough. You were right, you guys did have my dog!”

Kitty cat training classes: The behavior & training department is offering a variety of workshops that span basic cat care for young and old to best practices for dealing with kitty behavior issues. Check out some cat workshops that could: 1) improve your cat’s quality of life with enriching games; 2) alleviate problem behaviors like jumping up on the counter and scratching furniture; 3) teach him/her practical skills like targeting to allow you to move around easily; 4) teach your cat to come when called and do fun tricks. Training helps you communicate clearly with your cat and deepen your relationship. You’re welcome!

“Is your dog really under voice control?” In case you haven’t seen the most recent Tails of Marin article in the Marin IJ, here’s another terrific piece from director of behavior & training Dawn Kovell.

2020 Census Reminder! Please make sure to fill out the 2020 Census online, by mail, or by phone before October 31. The Census ensures our community gets its fair share of federal funding for schools, healthcare, highways, and more. For more information or to fill it out, visit www.2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 for English and 844-468-2020 for Spanish.

Also, please register to vote!  You often hear the adage, “it’s your civic duty to vote.” It’s also a right and privilege. Click here for the top 10 reasons to vote. And it’s never been easier to register to vote. Just 118 days until Election Day. Register today!!

Stay well and strong,

Anne and Candace