Greetings Volunteers,

As this is the last Volunteer Blog of the year (where did 2023 go?!), we wanted to share a few highlights. To date, our volunteer corps has dedicated over 50,000 hours in 2023! That’s amazing, woo-hoo for you! Fosters play a pivotal role at Marin Humane + Hopalong: so far this year 1,752 animals have been in foster homes for a cumulative 33,035 foster days! And last but not least, there have been 2,871 adoptions! Thank you for all you do to make countless lives happy!

Shelter update: We currently have 285 animals in our collective care. 210 are at Marin Humane: 65 animals in foster and 145 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner, including: 22 dogs, 1 puppy, 50 cats, 36 kittens, 9 rabbits, 10 guinea pigs, 7 reptiles, 8 birds and 2 fowl. 75 animals are with Hopalong: 12 animals are in the Oakland office and 63 cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies are in foster or offsite adoption sites!

Adoptions update: It’s a great start to the holidays when one of our long-term doggo’s goes home! Mia, pictured here, was with us for 158 days! Luckily, Mia enjoyed much of her time in our San Quentin Pen Pals program while she awaited her forever home! Her handler, an inmate in the prison firehouse, lived and trained with Mia every day. Here’s what he had to say about Mia: “Mia is a great companion and friend. Be sure to make time for cuddling and be ready for wet kisses! Mia will make a great indoor dog to hang out with and watch movies. Mia is working on her fetch manners, so right now, make sure you have two balls when playing fetch with Mia. She has the energy of a much younger dog. But Mia knows what she can and can’t play with and does not touch anything that is not hers. Mia is extremely intelligent and will do anything for treats! Mia deserves a great home! I will miss her.” So glad Mia did find a great home :). If you’d like to know more details on who else found a great home, here’s the adoption slideshow and Adoption Report.

Hopalong happenings: Lucy was adopted from Hopalong almost three years ago, and recently had an exciting and unexpected family reunion! When she was rescued in Oakland years ago, it was clear she had recently given birth, but she was found alone with no puppies to be seen. After a short adjustment period, she settled happily into her new life with her adoptive family. A few years later, her adopters heard from the shelter – there was a dog there who looked just like Lucy! The family decided to meet the pup, named Ronnie. When the two dogs were introduced to each other, a joyful reunion took place. It was clear they had a special connection, so Ronnie was adopted and joined the family! Soon enough, DNA testing confirmed that Lucy was indeed Ronnie’s mom. As you can see, these two sweeties have been connected at the hip ever since being reunited! You can read their full story and find more adorable pictures here.

ASO Trumper to the rescue! “Earlier this week, Officer Brett Trumper responded to a call in Belvedere to help a deer that was reported to be trapped in a fence. Upon arriving at the scene, Officer Trumper recognized that he had freed a trapped deer from this same location last year. As you can see in the photos, there is a gap between the retaining wall and the chain link fence where animals can fall down and get stuck, posing a serious concern for both wildlife and domestic animals. Officer Trumper requested assistance from the Belvedere Department of Public Works. Before they arrived, though, Officer Trumper was able to connect with two individuals working in the area who had the skills and the tools to safely cut a hole in the fence, successfully freeing the deer. Officer Trumper determined that the fence belonged on private property, and now he and Belvedere DPW are in contact with the property owner about removing the fence. The deer fortunately sustained only superficial injuries while trapped, but it was unknown how long the deer had been in there. Thankfully, a passerby noticed the deer and knew to call Marin Humane. Officer Trumper’s quick thinking, use of resources, and public outreach saved this deer’s life, and likely prevented other animals from becoming trapped in the future.” ~ Conner Cimmiyotti, Animal Services Officer

Do you speak cat? If not, we can help! Our Zoom “What Is My Cat Saying?” workshop is taking place tonight at 7pm, and will set you on the path to feline fluency. This online workshop, tonight at 7pm, is all about learning to read cat body language. If you’d like to better understand what your cat is saying and how your body language affects your communication with your feline friends, join us by registering here!

Tails of Marin: This week’s Tails of Marin article, “What a hoot! What to know about owls in Marin,” is written by our friends at WildCare. Did you know that there are at least 250 species of owls in the world, but only a few are more commonly seen (and heard) in Northern California and across the United States. The most common owls you’ll encounter in Marin are the great horned owl, the western screech owl, and the barn owl. WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital also frequently admits northern spotted owls, northern saw-whet owls, and even the occasional pygmy owl or burrowing owl. These wonderful birds come in a variety of shapes and sizes! Learn more here!

B&Tea blog: Another super-entertaining piece from volunteer and writer-extraordinaire Neil Lurssen: “Dognapping is Bad, but Dog-Napping is Good.” Enjoy!

Pet Food Express discount card! Pet Food Express has been a good friend to Marin Humane and more than 300 other shelters and animal rescues across California. They created the Pet Superhero discount program to thank the hard-working employees, volunteers, foster families, and countless other supporters that keep shelters and rescues running. The Pet Superhero program includes a Pet Food Express discount card. If you don’t already have one, get yours today at the Volunteer office! Once you get your card, simply register it on the Pet Food Express site, then enjoy 10% off food and litter and 20% off everything else! In addition, a special shout out to Pet Food Express for supporting California shelters during the holiday season! Learn more about their Holiday Shopping Spree initiative here!

Ho ho ho and happiest of holidays to you and yours :)!