firstyearblogThe launch of the new Marin Humane Society website is very exciting! We worked hard to make it more informative, exciting and easier to navigate–we hope you bookmark our site and visit often! Although founded in 1907, MHS continues to evolve and our new website launch is proof.

Next month I wrap up the end of my first year at MHS and in Marin. Wow, the year has flown by faster than I ever would have imagined. I’ve met a lot of the MHS family (still working on learning everyone’s names), attended many great events, and facilitated many meetings. Most of all, in my first year at MHS, I have witnessed the dedication and compassion our staff and volunteers give each day to the animals. Every month I also have the pleasure of working with the MHS Board of Directors—a special group of talented, committed and diverse volunteers. Together we are carrying out the MHS mission of improving the lives of animals and people through advocacy, education and support.

We opened the new dog adoption housing area (October 2011), which continues to receive a lot of praise. Between the Pet Partnership Program bringing in animals from nearby animal shelters and having enough room for any owner surrendered animals and strays, the flow of animals has been a steady one. And looking ahead, we anticipate it will increase during the spring and summer months.

Additional facility improvements continue to be made throughout our campus, so in addition to visiting our website, please stop by and visit us in person!

MHS is your local humane society. We are a private, not-for-profit organization and not a chapter or branch of any other animal organization. Therefore, the work we do locally—and beyond—is made possible only by the financial support of our individual, corporate and foundation contributors.

As I begin my second year, MHS is looking forward in an organized and focused manner. We have launched a strategic planning process and formed a working committee which has both board and staff representation. Critical to the setting of priorities is gathering data input from all our stakeholders. If you receive a request to participate in one or more of our upcoming surveys, please respond. Thank you in advance for helping to ensure continued success with our mission and in determining our vision for the next three to five years.

On behalf of the animals,