Greetings Volunteers,

Golly gee whiz, have we got a happy ending story for you this week! Scroll down to read this amazing story, sure to bring a smile and happy tears to your face!

Shelter update: We currently have 203 animals in our care: 105 animals in foster and 98 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 12 dogs, 1 puppy, 32 cats, 25 kittens, 8 rabbits, 5 guinea pigs, 4 hamsters, 2 rats, 1 turtle, 1 pigeon, and 7 ducks. No partridges! Since March 16th 2020, we have adopted 2,012 animals!

Adoptions update: Three cheers and big congrats to everyone who adopted a new furry family member last week! There’s no other feeling quite like it. Enjoy this week’s going-home slideshow.  

Happy endings, a successful reunion! We hope you enjoy this extraordinary story of a successful reunion, as told by Kyle Dunlop, Animal Care Supervisor: “A few weeks ago we received a dog named Mac from a pet partnership trip. Mac had a microchip which the previous shelter looked up but had been unable to track down an owner. When Mac arrived at Marin Humane, Sam (Sam Winegarner, Animal Care Manager), saw the microchip had been researched already but decided to do some additional digging. Sam was able to find out the original owners information and immediately made contact with them. It turned out that Mac had gone missing about 2 years ago in New Mexico (where they live) and they were really missing him!

The next step was to figure out how we were going to get Mac back to New Mexico to be with his original family. Nancy McKenney was able to establish a connection with one of the shelter directors in New Mexico and they were willing to provide a safe reunion location for everyone. Now how in the world were we going to get Mac all the way to New Mexico?! Pilots n’ Paws? Ground transport? Well, Suzanne (Suzanne Gollin, Foster Care Coordinator) has built amazing relationships with the foster volunteers and thought that Josie and Malcolm might be up for the drive (17 hours one way). Suzanne texted them and within minutes they had agreed to drive Mac all the way to New Mexico. From there, I was able to coordinate with the owners, the New Mexico shelter, and with the volunteers to get Mac back to New Mexico. It took some time but the plan came together and Josie and Malcom picked up Mac on Sunday for their road trip.

Josie and Malcolm were lovely and extremely communicative the entire trip. They would send us  updates every day with photos and Mac updates. They finally arrived in New Mexico on Thursday (May 6th) and Josie said that both Mac and his family were overjoyed to see one another. (Read this wonderful travelogue, Josie, Malcolm And Mac.)

The moral of the story is that – microchips work! The only way we were able to reunite Mac with his owners is because of his microchip and Sam’s due diligence. Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers involved in Mac’s happily ever after story.”

Kitten season arrived with a bang! We already have 89 kittens in our care, with many more on the way. Last year we cared for 883 kittens (!!!) so you can probably imagine how many supplies we’re going to need in order to prepare for the annual influx. After all, they’re super cute, but they aren’t low-maintenance. If you’d like to help us out, check out our Amazon Wish List and consider making a donation. When you purchase supplies through our wish list, they’re sent straight to the shelter so we can get straight to work helping more kittens. It’s easy-peasy and makes a big impact for the kittens in our care. Thank you for your support!

B&Tea Blog: In this week’s Behavior & Training Blog, Susie Harper (who just celebrated her 30 year anniversary volunteering at Marin Humane!), writes about “My Life as an ACT.”  She states, “I call my job as an Animal Care Tech my ‘love job.’ It is the hardest job I ever had, and also the best, the one I loved the most.” Read about Susie’s adventures as an ACT here.

Using animals as props is inhumane and outdated: Marin Humane recently published a post on our Advocacy blog (and in this week’s Tails of Marin) in regard to a CA gubernatorial candidate using a live Kodiak bear as a prop during campaign stops and in his advertising. Marin Humane has a long history of fighting against the use of wild animals in entertainment and continues to work on this important topic. To voice your concern, contact your local legislator or John Cox’s campaign directly at johncox.com/contact-us.

Community Veterinary Clinic: On Saturday, we held our 2nd free community clinic, located in Point Reyes Station, where we provided cursory exams, vaccinations, microchips, flea meds, dog licenses, food, and leashes/collars to residents of West Marin. Special thanks to Marin County Credit Union for sponsoring this community clinic. Stay tuned for future dates.

Be well and have a wonderful week!

Anne and Candace