Greetings Volunteers,

What a year it’s been! On March 16th, 2020, all staff were informed that Marin Humane would be closing its door for three weeks as mandated by the State. Our first thoughts were wondering what we were going to do at home for three weeks? How were we going to work remotely when we were so used to working at the shelter and interacting with volunteers every day? What would we need from the office to work at home?  How would we stay connected to our wonderful volunteers?

Do you remember that day, that moment, when you found out that you would be “sheltering in place” for three weeks? What were your first thoughts?

Well, 52 weeks later, a lot has changed and patience continues to be the watchword. For a look back and a look forward, please read this message from Nancy McKenney.

Shelter update: We currently have 82 animals in our care: 33 animals in foster and 49 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 16 dogs, 20 cats, 2 kittens, 2 parrots, 1 pigeon, 2 rabbits, 2 hamsters, and 4 guinea pigs. In the past year since the shelter-in-place began, we have done 1,776 adoptions!

Adoptions update:  Spring has sprung and new families are blossoming! Check out all the happy adoptions from the past week on this adoption slideshow.

Happy ending: Here is another slightly unusual “Happy Beginning” story from adoption manager Catherine Tryon: “A dog was brought to our attention by a dog pet pal. She volunteered at a cat rescue in Sonoma County. This rescue somehow ended up with this dog, and he lived there (amongst the cats) in a kennel for many years. He was available for adoption, but given the environment (a cat rescue), there really was no opportunity for him to be adopted. Feeling badly for him, the volunteer asked Virginia Grainger (shelter behavior manager) to take a look at him and asses if he would be place-able through us. Ollie was a lovely boy, and not without a couple of quirks. We took him in, and he was soon adopted! The rescue group asked if we had any news on how Ollie was doing. I received an immediate response from the adopters and have connected them with the cat rescue people (who are now “crying with joy”).” And here’s what the adopters have to say about Ollie: “We’re so happy that he’s a part of our family now and that he’s such an excellent adventure dog! He loves any body of water, the snow, car picnics, walks/ hikes, snuggles, and playing chase. He’s definitely grown a lot (as have we) since he’s come to live with us and we’re so grateful of all the laughs and love he brings us. We’re obsessed!”

Tails of Marin: This week’s Tails of Marin is all about the box. The litter box, that is. Feline behavior coordinator Beth Weil writes that on any given day, about a third of the calls to Marin Humane’s cat behavior advice line involve cats “thinking outside the box.” That is, relieving themselves in the wrong place. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do. Read on here.

Columbia Sportswear discount: Once again, Marin Humane employees and volunteers have access to the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store from March 12th – April 4th only! Please read the Columbia Sportswear Store Invitation for specifics on what the store offers and what to bring. 

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience!

Anne and Candace