Greetings Volunteers,

Yesterday on June 15th, the Governor lifted the bulk of the coronavirus restrictions in California. What does this mean for Marin Humane? Our senior leadership team continues to assess next steps, but for right now, we’re continuing to require staff and volunteers to wear a facial covering when inside any of the buildings, and if you’re within six feet of another person when outside. We will continue to keep you updated as our  protocols change in the coming weeks. Thanks for your patience 🙂

Shelter update: We currently have 161 animals in our care: 75 animals in foster and 86 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 21 dogs, 30 cats, 14 kittens, 5 rabbits, 6 guinea pigs, 1 hamster, 1 rat, 1 pigeon, 4 parakeets, 1 turtle, and 2 snakes.

Adoptions update: If you could use a little boost, check out this week’s slideshow of happy adoptions – we bet it’ll brighten you day! If you, your family, or friends are considering adopting a pet, don’t forget that we’re waiving the adoption fees for all adult cats (five months and up) during the month of June to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

Three cheers to Animal Services! Talk about a dramatic rescue! Last weekend, our Animal Services Officer Ruben Cervantes assisted in the rescue of a dog that had gotten stuck in a drainage pipe. Georgia, an English Springer Spaniel, decided to investigate a pipe where some local raccoons often hang out, when she ended up getting stuck deep in the ground and around a corner. Scary! The rescue took over 2 hours and required a rope plunger system and pipe cameras! Thanks to the hard work of Officer Cervantes, the Ross Valley Fire Department, the Kentfield Fire Protection District, and two workers from Sewer Tek Co. – who just happened to be working on a job nearby and graciously stepped up to help – Georgia was finally lifted to safety. Obviously Georgia’s family was thrilled that she was safe and sound! We’re so glad that our officer could help Georgia get back to her family’s arms.

B&Tea Blog: For a laugh-out-loud experience (seriously!), you’ve got to read this latest post on the B&Tea Blog, “The Cat, the Rat and the Girl.” Written by Dawn Kovell, you’ll appreciate the recent dilemma she faced in the wee hours of the morning.

Guest Services Volunteers needed: The shelter is a busy place, even when we’re generally open by appointment. That’s why we have Guest Services Volunteers (formerly known as Outside Greeters) to warmly welcome guests who come to the shelter with questions, donations, appointments, or any other issue. The 18 Guest Services Volunteers are Marin Humane’s ambassadors and they’re doing a fantastic job! Wouldn’t you like to join this team of outstanding volunteers? If you said, “yes!,” woo-hoo! We need folks for regular shifts as well as to fill-in as subs when volunteers go on vacation. If you’d like to learn more about next steps, please email Candace at calexander@marinhumane.org. Thank you!

Tails of Marin: The inability to find pet-friendly rental housing is a leading reason why animals are relinquished to shelters. At Marin Humane, it’s the most common reason given when someone surrenders a pet to us. In this week’s Tails of Marin, “Programs help renters and pets stay together,” our Advocacy Committee has worked hard to help keep renters and their pets together by creating tools so people don’t have to choose between housing and their pets.

Have a wonderful week,

Anne and Candace