Greetings Volunteers,

Last week, Marin County entered the Yellow Tier and the shelter is entering the next phase of reopening the campus to the public. We’re taking a cautious approach to reopening the shelter, with moderate changes initially. The Guest Services Volunteers (formerly known as Outside Greeters) will continue to provide assistance to the public coming to our main doors, answering general questions, taking donations and, starting this week, assist us with monitoring our limited public entry in the shelter lobby for Customer Service business. We will continue to emphasize scheduled appointments for most services (such as guardian surrenders, redemptions, microchip requests, guardian-requested euthanasia, or license transactions) and will not turn members of the public away if they come to our campus without an appointment.

Adoptions will continue as they have been – remotely and by appointment. With the lessons learned during COVID and our increased use of foster homes, the adoption rooms will not be open for public viewing. 

We will continue to keep you informed of other changes as they take place in the coming weeks and months. Once again, we appreciate your support and patience!

Shelter update: We currently have 185 animals in our care: 89 animals in foster and 96 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 26 dogs, 1 puppy, 29 cats, 17 kittens, 5 rabbits, 6 guinea pigs, 1 hamster, 1 rat, 1 chicken, 4 reptiles, and 5 birds. Quite a menagerie! 

Adoptions update: We bid very fond farewells to a lot of cuties this past week and we’re so thrilled for all the adopters who added new family members! Check out all the animals heading to their new homes in this week’s going-home slideshow.

B&Tea Blog: In “Some of my friends are rats,” Neil Lurssen, intrepid Dog Pet Pal volunteer, tells us that rats have a major public relations problem. They really are the nicest pets, but often get a bum rap. Read Neil’s entertaining blog post here.

Volunteer opportunities: Are you ready to return to volunteering? Do you need your “shelter animal fix”?! We sure hope so! We’ve got a variety of openings in our Animal Care department, and they sure would love your help. There are opportunities in the mornings and afternoons to feed the cats and feed the dogs. If you‘re a morning person and also want a bit of a workout, we need some volunteer help cleaning cat rooms and dog kennels. Looking for a “Zen” job? How about doing laundry on a Sunday afternoon? Fred the cat would love your company by the washing machines! Contact Candace at to learn more about all the different roles in Animal Care!

Tails of Marin: In this week’s Tails of Marin, we learn about some “Misconceptions about the betta fish lead to unnecessary suffering.” It’s important to remember how to create a humane environment for all critters great and small.

Happy ending: “I just wanted to send you a note to let you know how Rosy (formerly Ava) is doing! We adopted her on February 3rd. Rosy is such a wonderful happy little girl. She fit in immediately and loves her big brother Speedy. She basically rules the roost! She loves watching the gulls and other birds outside our window. Thank you so much for bringing her into our lives and thanks also to her foster mom for taking such great care of her. Many, many thanks!”

Have a wonderful week,

Anne and Candace