Greetings Volunteers,

Let us be among the first to wish you a happy New Year! I think we can all agree we’ve been looking forward to saying goodbye to 2020 and welcoming-in a healthier 2021. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If not yet, check out our Tails of Marin article for “13 New Year’s resolutions for animals.”

Shelter update: We currently have 88 animals in our care: 56 animals in foster and 32 in the shelter. The shelter residents include: 18 cats, 10 dogs,  1 puppy,  2 roosters,  and 1 snake. 

Adoptions update: We’re glad to say that “happy beginnings” are happening throughout the holidays, even a few on Christmas Day! All are now warm and cozy in their new homes. Thank you, adopters! Check out this week’s adoption slideshow for a peek at all the happy adoptions! We’ve now done 1,540 adoptions since the March 16th :-).

A precious gift: Last week, our development team received a card with a generous donation enclosed from a recent adopter. We thought it’s well worth sharing: “In 14 months, I lost my mom, dad, brother, dog and cat. My son reached out to one of your volunteers, and with her help, a beautiful puppy being fostered by Laura was given to me. Thanks to your wonderful agency and the kindness of so many of your volunteers and workers, a devastating time has been transformed into a time of joy. You saved my puppy ‘Little Sparrow,’ but you also saved me. I hope this donation can help you do even more.”

A video to make you smile! Recently, we started thinking about what kind of video our shelter animals would make if they could. We’re pretty sure they’d want to show their gratitude for our caring staff and volunteers who show up every day to give them tasty food, fun toys, and lots of love. They’d also probably want to show themselves — happy dogs, kitties and small pets — grateful to be in cozy foster homes. And of course, the thousands(!) of critters who found new homes this year. So, we created a little thank-you video on their behalf. Enjoy!

Cats!  Why do they do the things they do? Like knocking that glass of water over or pouncing on your head at 4 am? Do you wonder why she has less-than-perfect litterbox etiquette, or attacks your feet when you walk by? Our “Why Does My Cat Do That?” class will help you to understand why your cat does the things she does, and give you strategies to help manage these pesky behaviors. Get all the details and register here.

Wishing you and your families a very happy, healthy, and peaceful 2021!! 

Anne and Candace