If you come to the Whittell building at the shelter in Novato, you’ll find a terrific art display in the lobby from one of our Behavior & Training volunteers, Cris Welisch. Read more about Cris:

“I am a recently retired HR professional, originally from Marin. I now spend my free time focusing on those things I love to do, which includes volunteering in the Behavior and Training department at Marin Humane. Over the past two years, I have provided Dog Behavior, Dog Evaluation, and Dog Training support to the team. I thought I knew a great deal about dogs, but have enjoyed learning so much more! I am grateful to be part of such an incredibly important organization.

In June, I adopted my first dog from Marin Humane (rescued by The Kern Project) and am totally smitten! I adopted an all-white, male, Havanese-mix dog. Funny, how I said to myself over the years I would never adopt a fluffy, white, male dog!  Never say never, huh? 🙂  Thankfully, he’s the sweetest, calmest, cutest dog, and I am SO grateful for the help from the adoption group (especially Catherine) in finding my new “Buddy.”

When not volunteering, I enjoy working with clay at Sweet Spirit Ceramics in San Rafael. I always considered myself an artist, however, the last time I worked with clay was when I was about 10 years old, so it’s been about a 50-year gap. It is so relaxing and satisfying to create with clay. I seem to be drawn to making various critters and owls, mostly. Happily, the people in my class have become good friends, too. Some of them are showing their artwork with me at Marin Humane this month, too. Hope you enjoy it!”