Greetings Volunteers,

I hope you had a safe and relaxing holiday weekend! And, hopefully, you got to spend New Year’s weekend on the couch with a furry friend! 2023 was a year of memorable and magical moments, full of heartwarming adoptions, wildlife rescues, second chances for animals in need, phenomenal volunteer dedication, and so much more. Thank you for being a part of it all!! Here’s a sweet video looking back on some highlights from 2023.

Shelter update: We currently have 222 animals in our collective care. 180 are at Marin Humane: 55 animals in foster and 125 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 30 dogs, 6 puppies, 44 cats, 16 kittens, 8 rabbits, 10 guinea pigs, 4 reptiles, 5 birds and 2 fowl. 42 animals are with Hopalong: 7 animals are in the Oakland office and 35 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

update: Welcome to the first adoption slideshow of 2024 … celebrating the final adoptions of 2023! Here’s to a year of furry friends, cozy cuddles, and forever homes. And if you want a second adoption slideshow, here are few more lucky animals who had their wish come true just in time for the holidays! Here’s hoping your New Year will be merry and bright! For those who want the “deets” on all the animals who were adopted the last few weeks of December, here’s the Adoption Report.

Grocery bags needed! Keep ’em coming! We continue need of grocery bags (with handles)! We use the bags to deliver pet food and cat litter to our clients in the Community Engagement Pet Care Assistance and Pet Safety Net programs. Please drop off whatever you have in the donation bins in front of the shelter. If you live in the East Bay, can deliver bags to the Oakland Hopalong office East Bay and they’ll get to us in Novato :). Thank you!

Volunteer High Five to Kim Oga, foster extraordinaire! “Meet Buddy. He’s a had a very long journey in his 7 years. Buddy came to Marin Humane via our Pet Partnership back in 2019. Fortunately he was adopted quickly into a loving home. But in June of this year his guardian became ill and had to go into the hospital. We understood that he may be there for a long time. We observed Buddy for several days but quickly could see that he was not coping well in the shelter. He stayed in the back of his run, was eating very little and didn’t want to go out for walks. I was asked to get him to a foster home. I knew he needed a very patient foster family, someone who could help coax him to eat, someone who could keep him possibly for several months and preferably had dogs for him to interact with.  That’s a tall order but I had a gut feeling who might fit the bill: Kim Oga and her family. 

Kim has been a Marin Humane foster for several years; mostly dogs and puppies, but occasionally, a rabbit or guinea pig. And, her pack of small dogs have been wonderful with every foster they’ve taken in. So off to Kim’s house went Buddy. Well, he turned out to be a pretty difficult foster as Buddy was still shut down, very hard to get to eat. Fortunately, he’s housebroken and good with her dogs but would not walk on leash. The real world was just too scary for him.  We knew Kim was determined to get him into better spirits and to eat more. After about six months Buddy was more perky around her family, would finally eat without being coaxed, and while not greeting new people with a wagging tail, wasn’t as shut down as before. 

During those months his guardian realized he wouldn’t be able to take Buddy back. Sadly, Buddy became Marin Humane’s. A few months later, with a lot of help from our great Behavior & Training department, Buddy was ready to go up for adoption.  But now came the tricky part of finding just the right home for Buddy. Just two weeks after becoming available for adoption, a young woman named Laura called to ask about him.  She had been looking for a year for the right friend for her small dog. When we told her about Buddy’s quirks she didn’t even flinch. Many of his quirks she had dealt with, or was still dealing with, her own dog. Long story short Laura was the perfect person for him. Their first meeting went smoothly and then he settled in right away in his new home. 

As Kim said when we got a recent update on Buddy: ‘This is absolutely a Christmas Miracle! Buddy hit the jackpot and is in the perfect home! Thanks to everyone who gave him a chance and didn’t give up on him. This is the type of situation that brings so much satisfaction about fostering!’ A big high five to Kim Oga for opening up her home to Buddy for so many months. And, for always being ready to take in a foster (so far, 49 fosters and counting!” ~Suzanne Gollin, Foster Care Coordinator

Tails of Marin: Last week’s column in the Marin IJ tells the heartwarming “tail” of a happy reunion. A little miracle, just in time for the holidays – A lost dog found, just in time for the holidays!

Another Tails of Marin! It’s a new year, and also a new Tails of Marin this week: Make it a happy new year for animals!

Community Clinic**: Our next drop-in Community Clinic for low-income pet parents of Marin County will be on Saturday, February 3, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Marin City! Bring your canine companion or feline friend to our mobile clinic at 101 Donahue Street, Marin City, from 11:00am – 12:30pm to get: *Free vaccinations (DA2PP, FVRCP, rabies)! *Free microchipping! *Free flea/tick treatment! *Free mini-check-up by a veterinarian! *Free pet food and supplies! (This is a FREE event to help low-income Marin County families struggling to meet their pet’s needs.) **Weather permitting: In the event of bad weather, we will reschedule the clinic to a new date.
With much gratitude for all you do for the shelter animals and the community,
Candace