Greetings Volunteers,

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a relaxing enjoyable New Year’s weekend. At the shelter, we welcomed the “first babies of 2021,” pictured on the right. What better way to bring in the New Year than with 4 baby chickens? :-).

Shelter update: We currently have 78 animals in our care: 54 animals in foster and 24 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 13 cats, 6 dogs, 1 rabbit, 2 roosters, 1 pigeon, and 1 snake. Keri Fennell, our director of shelter services, adds: “We are intentionally keeping our animal population low so that fewer animal care staff have to come into the shelter on any given day.”

With regards to volunteers, we understand how much you want to return to campus. We’re waiting for more information from Marin County on how long they may be extending the restrictions. We’ll certainly keep you apprised of updates as soon as we have them. Until then, we appreciate your patience.

Adoptions update: We celebrated the first adoption of the year on January 1st. And rain or shine, adoptions continue strong. Yay! Thank you, adopters! Check out this week’s adoption slideshow for a peek at all the happy adoptions. We’ve now done 1,557 adoptions since the March 16th and a total of 2,007 adoptions in 2020. This is a 10% decrease over 2019; however, when you consider that Kitty Corner has been closed for 10 months and most adoptions have been done virtually, the numbers are darn strong 🙂

Lives made happy: Do you need a little lift in spirits these days?  Please take a gander at the latest edition of our Lives Made Happy magazine!  We hope you enjoy reading about the many lives made happy by the hard work of staff and volunteers and supported by our generous donors.

Happy endings! “I just wanted to thank you for finding such a wonderful kitten match for us! A little over a month ago I adopted Rousey with your help. She has since been renamed Leia for her fiery spirit and she has captured all of our hearts including our German Shorthair Pointer, Pepper. This photo was taken on Christmas Day as they napped the afternoon away after a long morning of chasing wrapping paper balls and new toys. When they play Leia is always the instigator and Pepper is so gentle with her. No one can believe how quickly they have taken to each other and we so very happy that everyone is getting along so well! I just wanted to share with you some of the joy you have brought our family. Thank you for your time and advice working with me to find a great fit for our family!”

Tails of Marin: A few posts ago, I mentioned that the Marin Humane staff is multi-talented. And as you’ve probably already noticed this year, our director of behavior and training Dawn Kovell is an excellent and entertaining writer. Read her latest entertaining and informative Tails of Marin contribution, “How to manage resource guarding among your pets.”

In memoriam: We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Georgia Anker, one of our very beloved Thrift Shop volunteers. Georgia volunteered at the Thrift Shop for ten years and served as one of its leader volunteers by taking charge of the daily operations of scheduling volunteers, bookkeeping, and accounting. We will miss her quick wit, tremendous love of the volunteers and customers she worked with, and her deep dedication to Marin Humane. You can read more about Georgia’s life here.

With best wishes for a healthy and happy 2021!

Anne and Candace