Greetings Volunteers,

In the spirit of International Day of Charity on September 5th, we’d like to thank you for making Marin Humane the organization you’ve selected to give your time, talents, and hearts. We appreciate all that you do for the animals and people we serve every day!

Shelter update: We currently have 151 animals in our care: 65 animals in foster and 86 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 24 dogs, 4 puppies, 24 cats, 19 kittens, 7 rabbits, 3 guinea pigs, 1 reptile, 2 fowl and 2 parakeets. 

Adoptions update: A big thank you to everyone who came to meet our animals this past week despite another heat wave. Congratulations on your new family members! Enjoy this wonderful adoption slideshow!

Happy ending: Shelter Behavior Manager, Virginia Grainger, writes this week’s happy ending story: “As we all know, some animals come through the shelter and for whatever reason they immediately have a special place in our hearts. In April a little female, stray Chihuahua mix found her way to our shelter and into Veterinary Assistant Lizzie Louis’s heart. Tammy is a complicated little dog who made friends slowly and sometimes changed her mind. She was also extremely stressed in our kennels and would sit in a corner all day shaking when in the kennels. Lizzie took a liking to Tammy and Tammy took a liking to Lizzie. Soon, Tammy was spending time at Lizzie’s desk, sharing the office with (two other Veterinary Assistants) Laura and Stephanie too. Tammy relaxed during her desk foster time and was able to go back into the kennels at night and sleep, no more shaking. Tammy made friends with a core group of volunteers and her days were filled with walks, scenting class and sunning. 

We all felt a home was out there for Tammy and we just had to wait for them to come. Finally on August 8th a young couple looking for an easy to keep, small dog came in to ask about Tammy. They didn’t even try to touch or pet Tammy on that first meeting, then they came back four days later and hung out with Tammy again, then they came back three days later and adopted Tammy! Lizzie had faith that someone was out there for Tammy and it looks like they finally found their way to our shelter and Tammy. Thank you Lizzie for ushering Tammy through four and half months at our shelter, keeping Tammy’s stress down and her spirit up and to finally get Tammy to her adoption day!”

Volunteer High Five: “Paula Spencer has been an advocate and friend to the Marin Humane rabbits for many 15 years. She not only cares for them and enriches their lives while under our care; she also educates the public and our campers about rabbits and their needs. With campers back on campus she immediately offered to come weekly to share her knowledge and love of rabbits with the campers. Her education includes the importance of understanding rabbits so they can be loving companions. Paula has also inspired many adoptions! A big high five and thank you to Paula for her devotion to our rabbits and sharing her expertise.” ~ Darlene Blackman, Director of Community Engagement

B&Tea Blog x 2: Today we’re sharing two posts from the B&Tea Blog: one about goats, “How to Milk a Goat,” and one about a special cat, “Mario’s Story.” While both are super entertaining, you’ll find Mario’s Story is an example of the dedication, creativity, and time Marin Humane staff and volunteers will commit to a single animal to get them ready for adoption (also see Tammy’s story above). Simply heart-warming.

Tails of Marin – Squared: Since we skipped posting this blog last week, here are the Tails of Marin articles from the past two weeks: “Don’t let your pet pack on the pounds” and “Many reasons why it’s important not to feed wildlife.” With regards to this latter article, many animal lovers find the idea of feeding a wild animal can make us feel like we’re helping them. But feeding wildlife is not helpful; it is, in fact, harmful. Similarly, many people assume that leaving water out for wildlife, especially during a drought, is harmless, but our friends at WildCare strongly recommend against doing this. They point out that stagnant water is a breeding ground for bacteria and disease, which can spread easily among animals. Read the full article for more details

Volunteer needed in Community Engagement: The Pet Safety Net aims to keep pets healthy and with their guardians who love them. The program assists low-income people with the care of their pets. With the tremendous growth of our safety net programs, the Community Engagement department is in desperate need of a volunteer to help with data entry. This job can be done from the comfort of your home. You’ll work with the outstanding Community Engagement team to enter services provided to clients into their cloud-based programs. Do you have a few hours a week to devote to help this department which is dedicated to helping pets? If so, email Shilo Landis, Community Engagement Coordinator, at slandis@marinhumane.org. Thank you! 

Have a wonderful week!

Anne and Candace