Greetings Volunteers,

Good morning and welcome to September! We’re approaching six months since our lives changed in dramatic ways. What is your new normal? Are you helping your kids with their virtual learning, teaching your dog (or cat) new tricks, exploring new hiking trails, testing new recipes, picking up a new hobby, welcoming a grandchild into the world? Do tell! We want to hear from you and how you’re doing :-).

Shelter update: We currently have 180 animals in our care: this includes 100 animals in foster and 80 animals in the shelter. The current shelter population consists of 29 kittens, 18, cats, 8 dogs, 2 puppies, 3 birds, 1 turtle, 1 tortoise, 1 iguana, 2 rabbits, 14 fowl, and 1 quail. Phew, that’s quite a menagerie! 

Adoptions updateSince March 16th, we’ve done 896 adoptions. Woo-hoo! Our current return rate of adoption animals is 4% which is the same percentage rate as last year. For this week’s adoption slideshow, click here.

Need some good news?  Last week, our friends from the Animal Legal Defense Fund shared the wonderful news that AB 1788, the California Ecosystems Protection Act, passed out of Appropriations and is moving to the Assembly! Rodenticides (rat poisons) designed to kill rodents are poisoning California’s native wildlife. These persistent poisons are first consumed by rats, who in turn are consumed by other wildlife, resulting in secondary poisoning and contamination of the food chain. AB 1788 would ban the use of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides throughout the state, except for agricultural use or by special permit. Update: AB 1788 passed out of the Senate on Monday, August 31st, the last day of the session! Next step, the Governor’s signature.

An update on the Tule Elk: After much public concern about the welfare of the native Tule Elk at Tomales Point in the Pt. Reyes Seashore not having water, the Park Biologist reached out to Marin Humane to let us know they have been monitoring the elk for the past few weeks and have confirmed they have adequate natural water supplies to sustain them. He further stated they are prepared to continue monitoring them and ready to provide additional water sources if needed. This news should come as a relief to those concerned. Please read the Tule Elk Press Release for more information.

Columbia Sportswear Employee Store – Volunteer Discount: The Columbia Sportswear Employee Store is offering Marin Humane volunteers its annual invitation to shop at greatly reduced prices. Columbia is stocked with the latest season’s arrivals from their family of brands for your buying pleasure. Marin Humane employees and volunteers have exclusive access to the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store from August 28th – September 20th only! To access the store, please bring this Columbia Sportswear Store Invitation (printed or shown on mobile phone); organization ID (volunteer badge); and personal photo ID. This invite is valid for you + 4 guests (you must be present). Happy shopping!

Gala 2020 – Saturday, September 12th: “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home …” Click your heels (or click here) to buy you tickets to this year’s gala, a fun virtual fundraiser! Support Marin Humane’s efforts to find homes for hundreds of animals every month. From the comfort of your home, you’ll enjoy a program of inspiring stories and much more. In fact, you can preview some of the live and silent auction items.  We hope to “see” you there!

Tails of Marin: What if you’re a cat lover who fell for someone with allergies? Or you love dogs, but your partner doesn’t. Either way, there’s still hope – with a little bit of compromise. Enjoy this week’s Tails of Marin.

Be well. Be safe!

Anne and Candace