Greetings Volunteers,

Wishing all of you a Happy Valentine’s Day!! Hoping you get to spend this day with your special honey, whether that includes a human, canine, feline, bunny, guinea pig, birdie, or other critter. Sending you loads of  ❤  full of gratitude for the love you share with Marin Humane + Hopalong animals and guests.

Shelter update: We currently have 225 animals in our collective care. 164 are at Marin Humane: 44 animals in foster and 96 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 23 dogs, 2 puppies, 49 cats, 4 kittens, 6 rabbits, 6 guinea pigs, 3 reptiles, and 5 birds. 61 animals are with Hopalong: 21 animals are in the Oakland office and 40 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: It’s Valentine’s Day and time for Happy Wednesday! Lots and lots of adorable pups went home last week, plus a couple kitties, too! Check ’em out in this week’s slideshow! To get a full list of who went home, here’s the Adoption Report.

Hopalong happenings! This week we’re sharing some sweet updates to prior blog stories to brighten your day! Do you remember Seamus? He came to our program last month at a whopping 29 pounds, and when we shared his story on January 10, we were hoping to find him a foster home. Since then, he’s settled in a wonderful foster home, where he’s slowly and steadily shedding the extra weight. At his last weigh in, he was down to 24 pounds, hooray! No doubt he’s already feeling better, though he’s still got a way to go before he’s ready for adoption. And how about adorable AJ and Meadow, from the January 24 blog? Time sure flies when you’re a puppy! Last week they got spayed and neutered, and both found their adoptive families not long afterwards! We’re wishing both of them wonderful lives, and hoping we get some photo and weight updates in the future (and maybe some DNA test results?!). They were closing in on 20 pounds each at only two months old, with new colors and textures appearing in their coat. We sure hope we get to see them as they mature into adults!

Capt. Cindy Machado retires! “Through animals, we can make the world a better place. That’s what drove me. Animals can bring out the best in people.” Cindy Machado started at Marin Humane as an animal services officer in 1984 after answering a newspaper advertisement. Now retiring after a remarkable 40-year journey at the shelter, she stands as a beacon of compassion in the realm of animal welfare. Her unwavering belief that every creature deserves a chance at a better life has made an impact across the state, the country, and the world. Read more about Cindy’s remarkable career in the Marin IJ and the recent issue of Lives Made Happy.

The Buffalo Soldiers presentation: As a part of our DEIB celebration of Black History Month, one of our staff has arranged for a presentation with the Buffalo Soldiers, the only United States Army regiment that African Americans were permitted to serve in during the 19th Century. During the hour-long presentation tomorrow, Thursday, February 15th at 12pm, you’ll find out how the Buffalo Soldiers got their name, learn about their work with horses, and even meet the first Black Officer who graduated from the military academy at West Point. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to Michelle at And feel free to bring your lunch. too.

Tails of Marin! In this Valentine’s Day edition, our Tails of Marin article starts, “On Valentine’s Day, I’m reminded of the love animals bring into our lives. And it’s even sweeter when we can share that love with others. For more than 32 years, Marin Humane has trained dog and guardian pairs to serve as animal-assisted ambassador teams. These teams of guardians and pets visit people in all kinds of settings. From visiting patients in hospitals to 911 operators at emergency dispatch centers to stressed students at schools during finals and so much more, these duos bring comfort and joy to those who need it.” Here’s the full article on our animal ambassador teams: “Specially trained animals bring love and comfort.” And three cheers to Welly and Meaghan getting in the spirit as they share the love at Compassion Corner!

San Quentin Saturday! Every Saturday, we share stories on social media about our incredible Pen Pals Program at San Quentin Prison, where specially-selected inmates are matched with dogs who need a little break from shelter life. Last Saturday, we shined a spotlight on a current Pen Pals resident, Tamari! Tamari is a stunning, 2-year-old pittie gal who gets overwhelmed by all the activity here at the shelter. She’s much happier getting lots of one-on-one attention – including a lot of fun training! – from her handler at San Quentin. Tamari gets to live with her handler full-time while he works in the prison firehouse, which is a great fit for her affectionate nature! Here’s some of what her handler has to say about her: “Tamari is an energetic dog when she’s outside and she loves to play ball. Even though Tamari is energetic, she calms down very easily. She loves to hang out in bed and cuddle! Since she loves attention, she gets along with kids perfectly! Tamari is definitely a family-oriented dog!” Tamari has been waiting for her new home for almost 3 months. As much as she loves her temporary home at San Quentin, she’s ready for a forever home now! Help us find this sweet and special dog a forever home!

Save the date: We’re excited to offer the Animal Decisions/Outcomes Workshop next month. This is a “must” session for  volunteers, particularly those interested in what goes into our decision-making process with animals under our care and how we decide if an animal goes up for adoption vs transfer out, foster, or euthanasia. This workshop will be presented virtually on Zoom on Tuesday, March 19th from 4:00-5:30pm. Please save the date and we’ll send out the Zoom link in a few weeks.

Have a super sweet day!