Greetings Volunteers,

Happy (almost) New Year! It’s been a busy, interesting, rewarding year. Do you have a favorite story about volunteering or perhaps a favorite happy ending?  And what about New Year’s resolutions or New Year’s “intentions”? I’ve got a few in mind … what are yours?

Shelter update: We currently have 171 animals in our care: 84 animals in foster and 87 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 19 dogs, 29 cats, 11 kittens, 4 rabbits, 8 guinea pigs, 7 rodents, 4 reptiles, 4 birds, and 1 fowl.

Adoptions update: I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend, and hopefully it involved some cozy cuddles with a furry friend. Look at all these lucky animals who scored new homes just in time for Christmas! Now let’s see how many cuties we can send home in time for the new year. BTW, do you remember the story from last week, about the incredible rescue of a kitten from the depths of a Prius at a nearby business? Well, the gentleman in the hat in the photo to the left is the owner of the Prius. He parked his car at the bank, got out, and watched this kitten run from some bushes and into his car engine. That’s when our Animal Services Officers and Dave (from maintenance) came to the rescue! This family had recently lost their senior cat and suffered through other personal tragedies, so this adoption of sweet kitty “Dave” meant more to them than we realized. A definite happy ending! And to find more details on who was adopted this past week, here’s the Adoption Report.

A win for big cats! We are THRILLED that President Biden signed the Big Cat Public Safety Act into law last week! It’s been more than 2 years since we first wrote about the sad reality behind Tiger King. This bill will prohibit private ownership of big cats and make it illegal for animal exhibits to allow people to have direct contact with tiger cubs. This is a HUGE win for animals and we’re proud to have supported it from the beginning.

Tails of Marin: Brrr! It’s been freezing lately — OK, Midwesterners and East Coasters, go ahead and laugh — which means heavy jackets, boots, and warm blankets for everyone in the family. But what about our pets? Most people, especially in temperate California, assume our pets don’t need anything extra in the wintertime, and that their fur and instincts are enough to protect them. But that’s often not the case.” Learn more in this week’s Tails of Marin article, How To Keep Pets Safe And Warm In Cold Weather.

Cheers to a happy & healthy new year!

With much gratitude for all you’ve done for the shelter animals and the community,