Greetings Volunteers,

Lots of updates and news, so let’s get to it …

Shelter update: We currently have 155 animals in our care: 60 animals in foster and 94 animals in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 59 cats, 16 kittens, 16 dogs, 1 turtle, 1 rabbit and 1 snake. 

Adoptions update: Congratulations to a whole bunch of happy adopters and thank you so much for giving these animals the loving homes they deserve! Here’s this week’s slide show of adoptions! Since March 16th, we’ve done 1,127 adoptions! (just a 2% decrease in adoption comparted to the same period last year).

Happy ending! From time to time, our adoptions team receives emails from adopters about how things are going with their new pet. Here’s one we just had to share: “We couldn’t be happier with Mona, she’s the sweetest little pup. She and our dog Tanner are completely bonded to each other and have settled into a cycle of play hard, sleep hard, and walks in the park. Here are a few photos we’ve taken. Happily, I’m now two for two with Chihuahuas from Marin Humane :). Thanks again for your help.”

New volunteer opportunity: As you’ll recall from last week’s blog, we anticipate allowing customers, on a very limited basis, into our buildings for specific business needs — completing an adoption, buying a license, bringing in an animal, signing up for a training class or consult, or having their animal microchipped. These services, for the most part, will be by appointment only. In addition, we will continue to have customers bringing in donations, returning a foster animal, and asking questions about the services we offer.

Here’s where we need your help! We’re looking for volunteers to manage the flow and needs of our customers in a new role called Outside Greeter (here’s the Outside Greeter Job Description). A volunteer greeter will be positioned in front of our main building to assist with monitoring the flow and 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. 

This is a brand new “pilot position” and we’ll ask for your feedback to make changes and improvements as we go along to best serve our community and visitors. The shift for this new role of Outside Greeter is two hours. If you’re interested in volunteering, you may sign up for more than one shift, even back to back shifts on the same day. Please email Candace at calexander@marinhumane.org with the day and time you’d be able to help as an Outside Greeter. Thanks!

Be Zen and foster felines! Are you looking for something rewarding to do while sheltering in place? Do you want to be more “Zen” and help save lives? We are in need of fosters who will transform our scared and unsure felines into confident and socialized adoption animals. Marin Humane provides all of the supplies and behavior assistance you’ll need to help you with these special adoption candidates. As a foster you’ll see firsthand what that feline needs and play an integral role in matching him/her to an adopter. Watching a scared kitten or cat blossom is extremely gratifying and rewarding. Join our “shy kitten” Zoom workshop on Sunday, October 25th from 11am-12pm. Please RSVP to feline behavior coordinator Beth Weil at bweil@marinhumane.org. After the workshop, we hope you’ll decide to foster a shy kitty and make a difference one animal at a time :-). 

Thrift Shop update: The Thrift Shop in San Anselmo is up and running! If you’re interested in stopping by to peruse the treasures, the shopping hours are Monday through Friday, 11 am to 3 pm or shop by appointment on Saturdays by emailing marinthrift-shop@yahoo.com. With the shorter shopping hours and limited customers in the store, we are not accepting donations at this time.

Virtual one-day camps for kids: On Saturday, October 10th and Saturday, October 24th, Marin Humane will be hosting virtual camps for kids! The camps are designed for kids who 8-10 years old and want to know what things are like at Marin Humane right now. Register your kiddo for a fur-tastic morning learning all about how we are staying committed to helping animals. Click here for more details.

Halloween and your pets: Though Halloween will certainly be different this year, like many milestone events, it is a fun day for humans but can be a stressful and dangerous time for pets. The Tails of Marin column this week offers some safety tips to make it a grand day for all in your household.

 

Happy hump day! Be well,

Anne and Candace