Greetings Volunteers,

I don’t know about you, but with the cornucopia of stressors these days, I’ve been craving comfort food. Good ol’ fashion comfort food and healthy comfort food. I’m thinking soups to get me through the cooler evenings, maybe some pasta or warm stew. These foods can trigger a positive emotional response, perhaps even a (temporary) feeling of stress relief. The good news is that vegetarian and vegan recipes abound. We’d love to hear from you on what comfort foods you’re craving and preparing right now to carry you through the winter :-).

Shelter update: We currently have 104 animals in our care:  35 animals in foster and 69 animals in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 44 cats, 8 kittens, 16 dogs, and 1 turtle.

Adoptions update: We had a busy week with loads of adoptions, so thank you to everyone who brought home a new furry family member.  Enjoy this slideshow of adoptions! Adoptions are going strong. In fact, we’ve made 1,285 happy matches since we started doing virtual adoptions during this pandemic. And, drum roll please, we have now done more shelter adoptions than we did during the same period last year! Hurray for the animals!!

Happy ending/happy beginning! “I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for calling me a few weeks ago and suggesting that my family adopt Flash — now renamed Albus. He has been such a wonderful addition to our family. The whole family adores him, and he’s formed a special bond with my 8-year old daughter, keeping her company as she attends her virtual classes and snuggling up with her in bed at night. (I’m impressed she can sleep through his jet-engine purr!) I’ve attached a few photos of him in his new home. Suffice it to say that he is having a blast with all his new playmates and cuddle buddies, and we are absolutely head over heels in love with him. Thank you so much for the wonderful work you do!”

Timely Tails of MarinIn 2020, more than any other year, people have been enduring a huge amount of stress. In this week’s Tails of Marin, “If you’re feeling stressed, spend some time with a pet,” the antidote may be lying at your feel or curled up in your lap. And if you don’t have a pet at home, maybe you can “borrow” a family member’s pet for some extra lovin’.

We need you! Are you very (or even a little bit) interested in learning more about dog training? Well, our behavior & training department has a full roster of classes and we need Dog Training Assistant (DTA) volunteers to help in classes. The classes are held in the open-air Pavilion with loads of physical distancing and safety protocols in place. If interested in learning more — or getting started right away — please contact Jane Aten, B&T K9 Volunteer Coordinator, at jaten@marinhumane.org.

Virtual One-Day Camp for Kids! Speaking of dog training, we’re calling all aspiring kid dog trainers! On Saturday, November 21st, there’ll be a virtual one-day camp where kids will learn dog training techniques used by Marin Humane’s very own dog trainers. Kids will receive a kit with all the supplies they need. They just need to provide the dog! Click here for more information and to register for this fun camp.

Take good care of yourself,

Anne and Candace