Greetings Volunteers,

Is it me or are you also asking where the first six months of 2021 went? Well, as we close out June and welcome in July, we want to wish you a happy and healthy and safe July 4th weekend to you and your fur-friends!

Shelter update: We currently have 155 animals in our care: 79 animals in foster and 76 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 18 dogs, 2 puppies, 20 cats, 18 kittens, 2 rabbits, 4 guinea pigs, 1 hamster, 2 rats, 5 birds, 2 roosters and 2 chickens. No partridges.

Adoptions updateWe had a busy week full of adoptions and we’re ready to do it all over again! Thank you and big congrats to all of the adopters who added a new family member this past week. Enjoy this week’s going-home slideshow where there are lots of photos of cute kittens, and their humans, too!

B&Tea Blog: Whether you’re a snake enthusiast or not, you’re sure to enjoy this week’s installment on the B&Tea Blog, “They’re a Reptile,  (A Tale of Two Snake Stories).”

Columbia Sportswear Employee discount: Marin Humane staff and volunteers have exclusive access to the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store from June 25th- July 18th only! This Columbia Sportswear Store Summer Invitation provides all the details of what to bring, store hours, COVID precautions, and other FAQs. Happy shopping!

Calling all canine athletes! Canine Commandos is hosting their Wine Country Canine Fun Run on Saturday, July 10, with all proceeds benefitting our shelter. All dogs are welcome and no experience is necessary, so if your pooch loves to run, you can try their paw at canine sprinting! Invite your friends and family to cheer on your pup and choose from several flights to compete in for small, medium, and large dogs, with separate runs for puppies (at least 6 months), senior dogs, and for kids (11 to 17 years) with parents. Have a blast while raising funds for Marin Humane! And, if you don’t have a dog but want to come by, we need a few volunteers to help with the Marin Humane booth. Contact Candace at calexander@marinhumane.org to learn more about this volunteer opportunity!

Tails of Marin: This week’s Tails of Marin is about helping our pets adjust when we go back to working at the office. Or, even if your dog needs help adjusting when you go out to dinner! In addition to the tips offered in this article, check out the free workshop created by our B&T team called, “Wait, you’re leaving me?” Scroll to the bottom of this page to register to receive the link to the free workshop.

Rabbit fosters 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. Quarantined rabbits cannot be housed in the same room with each other or any other animal- we are losing the use of entire rooms and kennel wings with each incoming rabbit as we struggle to keep them isolated.

The absolute best solution to this problem is to get our rabbits out into foster homes, where quarantine is much easier because there isn’t a constantly changing population or any unvaccinated rabbits present. 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. But other than that, the care is the same as having your own pet bunny! 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.

Rabbits can be super fun, interactive, social companion animals. They all have their own personalities and are not any more difficult to care for than a kitten or puppy. If you’re interested in fostering a rabbit, or just want to learn more, please contact Suzanne Gollin at sgollin@marinhumane.org. Fostering is very rewarding and a great way to have a positive impact with minimal commitment.

Volunteer Survey: If you haven’t already done so, please take the very brief Volunteer Survey so we can learn about your plans to return to volunteering in the coming months. Thank you!

Happy Fourth of July! Hope you and your fur-friends stay healthy over this holiday weekend!

Anne and Candace