Greetings Volunteers,

Just a reminder that the Marin Humane Calendar Photo Contest fundraiser is heating up! Check out all the cute entries … and add your pet to the contest! It’s easy to participate: take your favorite photo of your pet, submit it online, and then get your family and friends to vote for your pet’s adorable picture. All photo entries will receive a copy of Marin Humane’s 2022 calendar in the fall and all funds raised help the shelter animals.  It’s a win-win! (Contest closes June 4th.)

Shelter update: We currently have 208 animals in our care: 123 animals in foster and 85 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 20 dogs, 29 cats, 19 kittens, 7 rabbits, 5 guinea pigs, 2 hamsters, 2 rats, and 1 pigeon. Phew, that’s a long list :). 

Adoptions update: We had a busy busy busy week matching people with their new companions and we’re ready for more match-making this week! Congratulations to all the adopters on their new family members! Check out all these cuties heading to their new homes in this week’s going-home slideshow.  

Happy ending: Oh my!!!  Luna is such a happy little girl. She so loves the cat condo tree her dad and I bought her last week. She loves sitting on the top looking out the window enjoying the sun and looking at all the birds and squirrels in our backyard. Again thank you!” What a wonderful life for sweet Luna!

Special kitten fosters needed: Speaking of kittens — it’s kitten season at Marin Humane! Frequently, we get kittens that have Ringworm, a fungus not a worm. These kittens need a special foster to help with their treatment. These kittens are just as playful, silly and active as other kittens; they just get a daily oral medication and every few days a special skin treatment that fosters do at home. Years ago we didn’t treat Ringworm but we realized these kittens deserve a second chance just like all of the other kittens that arrive here. If you need a great distraction right now (and who doesn’t) and want to go the extra mile to save lives, contact Suzanne, Foster Care Coordinator, for more information: sgollin@marinhumane.org. We will provide everything you need and you’ll get a lot of joy in your home by helping with these very special kittens.

Tails of Marin: As you may have heard, a black bear was spotted in San Anselmo last week wandering around a neighborhood and soon after, spotted high up in a tree in a resident’s backyard. We’re so grateful the bear made it safely back to open space and no humans were harmed. In this week’s Tails of Marin, we’re reminded how lucky we are to live in Marin County for many reasons, one being our rich ecosystem, and that it’s important to be aware of the wildlife around us and keep our community — and the animals — safe.

B&Tea blog: In this week’s B&T blog, you’ll find a fascinating story, “The Dog with the Big Heart – Saving Baby Rhinos.” Volunteer Neil Lurssen gives us a peek into the amazing life of canine brothers, Hunter and Duke, who work in the South African wilderness protecting young rhinos from the deadly international trade in rhino horns. A must-read (and maybe have a tissue handy, too).

Small paper bags needed: With over 80 kittens in foster, plus another 40 animals in foster on a regular basis, Suzanne our foster care coordinator says she could use small paper bags for all sorts of items! If you have any PAPER bags (no plastic, please) you can bring them to the shelter (you can give them to one of our volunteer Outside Greeters or leave in the donation bin). It doesn’t matter if the paper bag has holiday décor or name brands on it, we can use them. Any size up to 9″ x 12″ would be great. Thank you so much for any you can donate.

We hope you enjoy the upcoming long weekend!

Anne and Candace