Greetings Volunteers,

No doubt there is much happening at the shelter, in the country and around the world. And yet, we cannot overlook the fact that today is National Dessert Day! We hope you treat yourself to something sweet and special — you deserve it! Also, please let us know your favorite dessert recipe, be it a new vegan recipe or an old family favorite, and we can share with the volunteer team 🙂

Shelter update: We currently have 146 animals in our care: 45 animals in foster and 101 animals in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 58 cats, 24 kittens, 11 dogs, 3 rabbits, 1 turtle, 2 parakeets, 1 bearded dragon (!) and 1 ball python (!!). Just an FYI, all stray and emergency board animals are included in the “number of animals in the shelter” stated above.

Adoptions update: Here’s this week’s slide show of adoptions! Since March 16th, we’ve done 1,173 adoptions! Congratulations to all the adopters who took home a new friend last week. We thank you for adopting! 

Happy ending! Hank was surrendered to us a little bit ago after his most recent home didn’t work out. While the guardians said that he was a confident and outgoing guy, Hank was terribly uncomfortable in the kennels at the shelter and was very nervous most of the time. Last week, Garry, one of our transport volunteers, picked-up Hank from Marin Humane and drove him two hours to a hound specific rescue. Animal care supervisor Kyle Dunlop reports that he’s fitting right in with the other rescue hounds. And even better, they already have an adopter lined up! 

Looking for a few more volunteers: As mentioned last week, we’re looking for a few more Outside Greeters to manage the flow and needs of our customers in front of the shelter (here’s the Outside Greeter Job Description). A volunteer greeter will assist with monitoring the needs of our customers. Currently the flow of customers is fairly light and we expect that to increase as we offer more services in the coming months. Right now, though, we want to staff the Outside Greeter Station with volunteers Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. If you’re interested in volunteering in this role, please email Candace at with the day and time you’d be able to help as an Outside Greeter. Thanks!

National Veterinary Tech Week!: It’s National Veterinary Technician Week and believe us when we say we’d be lost without our RVTs! Their hard work and dedication to the animals keeps the clinic – and the whole shelter! – running smoothly. Marin Humane has two RVTs (Registered Veterinary Technicians) that we’d like to recognize and celebrate for their invaluable contributions. Andrea Reese, who’s been at Marin Humane for 28 years and in our veterinary clinic for 22 years, has this to say about her job: “I love being an RVT, and working for Marin Humane is the icing on the cake! The best part of my job is being able to give an animal the best possible experience during a stressful time (like having surgery). I love having the skills to alleviate their pain and make them feel comfortable. To be honest, the opportunity to snuggle with puppies and kittens for a living is a pretty amazing gig. 😊.” Charles Graber has been at Marin Humane for nearly five years. After spending 25 years in the financial services sector, he followed his heart and became an RVT … and we are so glad he did as he is part of the awesome veterinary clinic team!

Tails of Marin! You might not think about it often but in this week’s Tails of Marin, we discuss  canine distemper and the vaccines available for your pet. Check it out here.

Here’s a little PSA, a social distancing guide for dog people.

Enjoy and happy Dessert Day everyone!

Anne and Candace