Greetings Volunteers,

Almost every week we’re asked, “when is the shelter going to get back to normal? And when can the volunteers come back?!” Both very good questions. It’s understandable that we want some sense of normalcy back in our lives with so many disruptions and changes over the past seven months. Marin Humane is adapting to this “new normal” in a number of ways we’ve mentioned in this Volunteer Blog. 

For example, adoptions are being done almost every day with the process taking place virtually or remotely; the customer service staff come in to the shelter during regular business hours, Tuesday-Sunday, answering a myriad of calls with questions or concerns; we are accepting stray, guardian-surrender, and emergency board animals (albeit with a slightly different process since the shelter doors are still closed to the public); we are transferring-in animals from neighboring shelters; dog training classes have resumed and are taking place in the outside fields across the bridge or in the pavilion with doors wide open; the veterinary clinic is fully operational for the shelter animals; and, of course, our animal care staff are rockin’ it seven days a week taking care of all the animals, doing laundry, and anything else our critter residents require. 

Some volunteers have also returned to campus in select roles such as dog training assistants, helping with laundry, training on the feline intervention team and the new outside greeter position. So, while shelter operations and volunteer services look different than it did in the past, we are in the process of reopening our programs and services as we feel it is safe for everyone, animals and people alike.

Shelter update: We currently have 137 animals in our care: 53 animals in foster and 84 animals in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 51 cats, 17 kittens, 11 dogs, 1 rabbit, 1 turtle, 2 parakeets,  and 1 ball python.

Adoptions updateWelcome to another beautiful week and another slideshow full of happy adopters! You, too, could be this happy – all you have to do is adopt :-). Since SIP began in mid-March, we’ve done 1,207 adoptions, just a slip dip from adoptions during the same period last year. We’re so proud of our adoptions team who work so hard to make these “happy endings” matches every day!

No Place Like Home: If you or your friends are ready to adopt but don’t see your dream dog or purr-fect cat on our site, take a moment to check our No Place Like Home listings! Plenty of people around the community need to find new homes for their fur friends, and our listings allow them to find those homes without having to bring their pets to the shelter. You’ll find dogs, cats, and smalls, all in need of a new, safe place to land. 

Happy ending/happy beginning! A happy adopter sent us this nice update: “Thank you so much for matching Vinnie up with us! He fits in perfectly and is a great little kitten. It only took a few days for our other cats to accept him and our big, black male cat even let him snuggle with him and was grooming him. Thanks for all the work your organization does!”

Got a kiddo who loves wildlife? Don’t miss our upcoming Virtual One-Day Camp on Saturday, October 24! Designed for Marin students ages 8-12, this online camp is a fun peek inside the world of our shelter and the local wildlife here in our county. Kids will go on a “virtual ride-along” with one of our Animal Services Officers, meet wildlife ambassadors from WildCare, and learn about some exotic companion animals. They’ll also receive a kit delivered before camp containing fun crafts and swag! Ready to sign up? Just click here.

Employment opportunities: Join our fun-lovin’ crew and help animals at Marin Humane! We’re seeking to fill a couple of positions — Animal Care Technician, License Program Assistant, and Dog Training Instructor. Take a look at the job descriptions on our employment page and spread the word to your family and friends!

Tails of Marin! This week’s Tails of Marin article focuses on the “do’s and don’t’s” for proper training equipment for your dogs. It also celebrates the great news that Petco has stopped selling shock collars. 🙂

Have a wonderful week!

Anne and Candace