Greetings Volunteers,

Last week, there was a large hillside fire just a mile from my house. Smoke, sirens, airplanes and helicopters swarmed our neighborhoods. This was way too close to home! And, served as a big reminder to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Luckily, we did not need to evacuate but we did have our “go bags” ready. September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. No time like the present to go through your check list to make sure you’re ready to evacuate, and hopefully, you’ll never have to. If you need some help to get started, check out our tips here.

Shelter update: We currently have 192 animals in our care: 71 animals in foster and 121 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 27 dogs, 16 puppies, 28 cats, 29 kittens, 5 rabbits, 7 guinea pigs, 2 rodents, 3 birds and 5 fowl. 

Adoptions update: Check out all the adorable adoptions from last week on this slideshow, it’s sure to brighten your day. Three cheers to the adoption counselor staff and volunteers for making so many wonderful matches. And thank you to all of the adopters for coming to Marin Humane to find their next BFF!

We’re hiring! Come join the awesome Marin Humane staff! There are several job postings on our Employment webpage. Most recently we’ve added a listing for a full time (32 hours/week) Adoption Assistant/Alternative Placement Specialist at the Novato campus. Also check out the listings for an Adoption Program Assistant at Kitty Corner (16 hours/week) and an Animal Care Technician. 

Happy ending: The two kitties and I are as happy as pigs in mud. Oliver (formerly Aries) has chilled out and a bit diffident, stand offish even with me. However, I had a guy friend over last week and when I left the room and came back, Oliver was on my man friend’s lap! And Oliver was all over him the whole visit! Harry (formerly Fanta) is pure cat; he and I are inseparable. Together the kitties are so wonderful, theyplay, they sleep, they even leave food on their plates for each other. This is a perfect home for them, we are alone, they have plenty of room to live and play. Thank you Ruthie…you picked them for me, sight unseen, I trusted you…BRAVA!!!”

Tails of Marin: In this week’s Tails of Marin article, we address the oft-asked question, What’s the difference between service and support animals? Confusion over the roles of service animals and emotional support animals has grown over the years, so now’s a great time to learn the difference.

Pignic at Marin Humane! Wow! This year’s Bay Area Pignic at the end of August was an absolute blast! We had record-breaking attendance with 109 piggies joining us (along with 173 of their humans). Guinea pig enthusiasts joined us from all over the Bay Area to celebrate these special little creatures. All these piggies and their people participated in a veggie-eating contest, a costume contest, a silent auction, and a raffle, plus all the pigs received health checks upon arrival. And 5 guinea pigs who were up for adoption found their forever homes! Hooray! Thank you so much to the Bay Area Pignic team for such a stellar event whose proceeds benefit the shelter animals. We already can’t wait for next year!

B&Tea Blog: Last week, we wrote about Tammy, the senior Chihuahua/Terrier mix who worked her way into the heart of veterinary assistant Lizzie Louis. In this Happy Endings post, Lizzie brings us behind the scenes to the amazing amount of time and love that went into Tammy’s adoption. Once adopted, Lizzie opened her heart to Mina and Patches. We all thank Lizzie for her patience, kindness and extra special attention to get them ready for the new forever homes :).

Celebration of LifeIn August, we learned that our beloved Margareta Luff passed away. Margareta was a dedicated champion to the care, treatment and welfare of all animals, and we were so very lucky that she called Marin Humane home for over 40 years. Margareta was hired first as a veterinary assistant and then later became an animal care technician. She was also our microchip promoter, Pet Safety Net client nail trimmer, a hummingbird garden creator, and mushroom hunter. She supported WildCare and was a longtime volunteer there as well. She was a donor of thousands of microchips so we could one day say that all cats in Marin are microchipped. Margareta was a true example of what it means to live a life showing compassion for animals; she was also the embodiment of Marin Humane’s mission. There will be a Celebration Of Life For Margareta on Saturday, September 18th from 4-6pm on the back lawn at Marin Humane. To learn more about Margareta’s life, click here.

Be well and hug your loved ones,

Candace & Anne