Greetings Volunteers,

Brrr, baby it’s cold outside! Last week, a Novato resident went to start his Prius, which was parked on Redwood Blvd., when he heard a suspicious mewing sound. We’re so glad he took the time to check under the hood because, sure enough, there was an adorable little kitten hiding out in there! Perhaps the lil guy was trying to find a place to keep warm as the temperatures dipped dramatically at night. It took two Animal Services Officers and a member of our maintenance crew more than an hour (and a whole lot of tools) to get the kitten out safely!

Now he’s at the shelter where he’s recovering from his dramatic ordeal. He’s still on stray hold as we wait to see if he has a family who’s missing him, but if no guardian comes forward, he’ll eventually be made available for adoption. It’s actually pretty common for outdoor cats and kittens to seek warmth and refuge under the hoods and in the engine compartments of cars when the temperatures drop. On particularly cold nights and mornings, especially if you live in a neighborhood where you frequently see outdoor and/or feral cats and kittens, take a moment to knock on your hood or give the horn a honk before starting your car. This will usually startle any feline residents out of hiding! Here’s our new fuzzy friend getting comfy here at the shelter. Thank you to our Animal Services Officers and Dave in Maintenance for going above and beyond to rescue this kitten!

Shelter update: We currently have 189 animals in our care: 57 animals in foster and 132 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 27 dogs, 3 puppies, 41 cats, 22 kittens, 9 rabbits, 9 guinea pigs, 14 rodents, 4 reptiles, 2 birds, and 1 fowl.

Adoptions update: Happy holiday week! Warm up on this truly wintery day with some forever family fabulousness! Congratulations to all the adopters! There’s nothing quite like giving an animal in need a home for the holidays so if you or someone you know needs a companion to keep you cozy, head to our website to meet all the furry friends still waiting. Enjoy this adoption slideshow and get more details with the Adoption Report.

Another story of compassion in action! From Brigitte Sanchez, Customer Service Supervisor: “This time of year often brings great joy. However, for many people in our community it can also create or exacerbate anxiety, sadness and despair. We are blessed to have built trusting relationships with many of our clients who struggle with mental and emotional instability. For most of these clients their animal companions give them the purpose and strength to carry on. When they feel that they might be facing challenges that will jeopardize their ability to provide the best care for their pet, they often reach out to myself or my team.

Last week, one of our clients contacted us and let us know she needed to get herself into professional care, and wanted to be sure her beloved dog would be taken care of. Unfortunately, the mental health system isn’t always a smooth streamlined process. Finally, she got in touch and informed us she was going to try to get admitted into care. And her dog was in her apartment. But she didn’t want him picked up in case she wasn’t admitted. After waiting hours, she was accepted into care. (Can you imagine having to fight to be admitted for care when your mind isn’t healthy!?)

To our delight, this particular rehab facility has worked with the client and our team to allow clients to have their dogs with them at the facility. They have realized the benefits canine companions provide to mental wellness. Now came the tricky part: there was only one officer on duty, plus there were major logistics just to gain access to this client’s apartment. So that had to be coordinated just to allow the Animal Services Officer in. Then, we had to confirm with the rehab facility that the dog would be allowed. Because the client didn’t know she would be admitted and also because of her challenges, she didn’t bring any personal belongings. The client asked if we could grab undergarments and a sweater for her. Again, let me reiterate that all this is happening at 5pm, with just one officer to cover the entire county. I expressed to the officer that the dog was our main priority.

But it doesn’t end there. This particular dog is very fearful and protective of his home. It has taken multiple officers in the past hours to remove him from the property. But I had no one to send. Then it dawned on me, Sam Winegarner (Animal Care manager) is working. I contacted Sam and asked if she would accompany officer Chelsea Meyers on this call. And without hesitation, Sam said sure. Before this becomes a novel, I’ll cut to the chase. Sam and Chelsea went to the client’s home, not only collected the dog safely but also took the time to gather 2 pairs of jeans, 3 pairs of socks and undergarments, 2 jackets, and a sweater, along with collecting the dog’s bed, food, bowls and leash. And then delivered it all to the client at the rehab facility. All with generous hearts and positive attitudes. This is who we are, this is what the holidays are truly about, and this is what has driven and motivated me to be part of Marin Humane for over 30 years. Great job Sam W & Chelsea Meyers!!!


Tails of Marin: Enjoy this week’s Tails of Marin about these beautiful and interesting creatures, written by our friends at WildCare: “The amazing role turkey vultures play in our ecosystem.” It’s one of those articles when you say to yourself, “I didn’t know that, oh, and I didn’t know that either!”

Egg cartons needed (again)! Well, our canine residents have powered through all of the egg cartons and toilet paper rolls that you so generously donated the past couple of months. We had an abundance, but now our stock pile has drastically decreased, and we need to replenish our supplies. Please start collecting egg cartons (just the cardboard kind), toilet paper rolls, and even paper towel rolls. You can drop them off in the donation bins in the front of the shelter and they’ll find their way to animal care. Thank you!

Ho ho ho and have a wonderful holiday week!