Greetings Volunteers,

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you get to visit with family, friends, and companion animals. It’s a great time of year to soak in the spirit of thankfulness, giving, and gratitude. All of us on staff are beyond grateful to all the Marin Humane volunteers!! You amaze and inspire us every day :).

Shelter update: We currently have 200 animals in our care: 61 animals in foster and 139 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 17 dogs, 1 puppy, 45 cats, 34 kittens, 7 rabbits, 11 guinea pigs, 16 rodents, 3 reptiles, and 5 birds.

Adoptions update: We’re feeling extra thankful for all our wonderful adopters! And if you (or perhaps a family member visiting for the holiday!) are still on the search for the perfect pet we’ve got lots of littles for adoption from guinea pigs to hamsters to rabbits — and of course cats and dogs! Three cheers for this week’s adoption slideshow full of furry friends! Thank you so much to all of last week’s adopters for giving these lovely, lucky animals the homes they deserve. And for more info, here’s this week’s Adoption Report.

Happy ending! From Sam Winegarner, Animal Care Manager, “A couple months ago, Kyle saw a posting about a Green Iguana on the loose in Novato and tried to help locate it, but to no avail. Fast forward to Saturday and we received the very same lizard as a stray! He was a bit thin and dehydrated, and something had chewed up his tail, but was otherwise in decent shape considering the risks to a tropical pet reptile outside in Northern California, with its share of predators and cold weather. He was a big grumpy boy at about four feet long and 6 pounds, and thankfully now safe.

Not expecting a redemption I was able to retrofit a dog run into a cozy warm and secure iguana enclosure and started brainstorming about how to best handle his future. However, later that day, his very ecstatic and relieved guardian called and immediately rushed down to retrieve him! She was literally sobbing with joy when she arrived at the night kennel, as she was sure he had not survived- and rightfully so, he had been missing for FOUR months! I can’t believe he made it, though he wouldn’t have much longer with winter temps dropping.

His name is Greenlee and she has had him for six years, since he was a tiny little baby. He must have been in great shape when she had him, for him to still look this good after four months fending for himself. His guardian was so grateful she brought us some delicious homemade cookies today in thanks. While I’m a little sad I won’t get to utilize my painstakingly-constructed Temporary Iguana Palace, I’m absolutely thrilled Greenlee is back home where he is so loved. Happy ending for sure!”

Holiday Sweaters! Are you feline festive? Get into the howl-iday spirit while helping the animals at Marin Humane! Our Not-So-Ugly Holiday Sweater will make you the star of every party this season and the proceeds will support the shelter to boot. That’s a very merry win-win! Our Not-So-Ugly Holiday Sweater comes in different colors and styles, all adorned with our cute, custom design. These goodies are printed in batches so order ASAP to get in on shipping before the holidays arrive. We set ourselves a goal of 50 holiday sweaters sold – can you help us meet it? Click here to get yours today! And use the code VOLUNTEER for 10% off!

12 Months of Cute: If you need help keeping on track in the New Year, we’ve got you covered! Your wall will be 100% cuter with a Marin Humane 2023 Calendar, guaranteed. Each month features a winner of our photo contest, and every single contest entry is included. Plus, all the proceeds support our shelter animals. If you’d like to purchase one (or a few!), we offer two convenient options: we’ll mail the calendar to you, or you can stop by our Novato campus to pick it up in person. Click here for the calendar order form.

Holiday Pet Food Drive! Our annual Holiday Pet Food Drive is underway! Help us make the holiday season merry and bright for all the animals in our community! Times are hard and so many people are facing the very real dilemma of giving up their pets simply because they couldn’t afford food or veterinary care. We’re helping hundreds of families through our Pet Safety Net, providing regular pet food deliveries and free community clinics around Marin. So, how can you help? Click here for details. And, thank you for helping us keep beloved pets with their families this holiday season and all year round!

Tails of Marin: Earlier this year, we wrote a Tails of Marin article about the long wait times for our pets to see veterinarians. For a long time, post-pandemic, veterinary hospitals were having to play catch up after being closed and/or have reduced hours, which meant pet guardians were experiencing wait times of weeks, even months, for their pets to be seen. The good news is that those wait times seem to be getting back to normal. The bad news is that the cost of veterinary care continues to increase. The critical shortage of veterinarians coupled with rising supply costs means it’s getting tougher and tougher for many to afford care. So, what’s the average pet guardian to do? Read this week’s Tails of Marin for some good tips. 

With tremendous gratitude to you all,