High Five to Kathryn Dougherty! Kathryn has done so many things for the B&T department, over the years but we want to give her a special shout-out for two achievements: 1) managing the DPP Mentor program, including planning and conducting semi-annual Mentor Meetings, scheduling the mentoring sessions with Mentors and their “newbies,” and staying on top of all the details. And, 2) for organizing and hosting the annual DPP meeting, which took place on Sunday, August 19th.

Not only did Kathryn set the agenda for this meeting, she made an amazingly delicious spread of food for the 50+ guests. She spends hours shopping, prepping, cooking and assembling the variety of sweet and savory goodies that everyone enjoyed! Kathryn is a mixture of mentor, organizer, baker and dog aficionado! We can’t thank her enough for all she has done for us!

~ Kathleen Call, B&T

High Five to the Adoption Counselor Volunteers! Ruthie sent out an SOS for this weekend (8/4-8/5) and the response was over-whelming. Saturday and Sunday we had volunteers willing to change schedules (Bill, Jane and Lynn), add shifts (Nancy, Janine and Joanie), and volunteer from other departments (Mark).  And those who came in and worked your normal schedules and those who help us out earlier in the week, thank you too.  You all are the reason we are able to have such a successful department. On behalf of the whole Adoption Department, thank you so much for all you do, your flexibility and hard work. 

~ Mary McDermott and the adoptions department

High Five to Rex Johnson! A big High Five to Rex for being an awesome greeter at the Fly Away Home bird adoption event last month. Rex welcomed everyone that attended the event and even agreed to watch two of our feathered friends at his table (surprise guests). He helped me check in on the rescues that were attending and even offered to help us with some technical problems in the Conference Room at one point. I was really impressed with his enthusiasm and willingness to learn about birds at the event. Thank you Rex for helping make the event successful!

~ Kyle Dunlop, Animal Care

High Five to Gordon Robinson! When Mary Stumpo came up with the idea to create a Dog Handling Workshop, she decided that a training  presentation & video would be the best way to teach some of the basics of dog body language, & then demonstrate getting in & out of the variety of kennels where dogs are housed. This way, people could understand why we have very specific procedures in place for the volunteers’ safety & the safety of the dogs. The video starred volunteer Gordon Robinson!

Thank you, Gordon, for giving your time & expertise to this training video! We surely do appreciate everything you do!

~ Candace  Alexander, Volunteer Services

High Five to the Pavilion Painting Crew! Tuesday, August 21 was painting day at the Marin Humane Pavilion. Arriving at 9am, the project was already in full swing! Power washing away (mostly) over 30 years of dirt & grime was done. Taping & masking off edges and non-paintable surfaces complete. All that prep was accomplished by the Monday crew: Yuching Desch, Holly and Eric McArthur, Robert Kridler, David Abrams, John Reese, Cathy Marcoccio & Dawn. Now the real fun would begin.

It was time to lay down plastic to catch the inevitable spills, fill the paint trays & buckets with Marin Humane blue or gray, grab a roller or brush & get to work. What a great crew: Anne Marie Santana-Turina, Cindy Flinn, Rosemary Oliveira, J. Chris Flechlin, Ali Vorhies, Andrea Sirott, Dawn, Holly, Yuching, John & David. By 1 pm, the walls & most of the doors had 2 coats of paint & the place looked pretty spruced up with all that nice, new fresh paint.

Finally, the Wednesday crew took care of the final touch ups, extra coats, replacing hardware & all the other things that need to be done before you can really say “It’s done!” Great job: John, David, Holly, Ali, Amy McPherson & Kristin Herrera.

Thank you volunteers & staff for transforming the Pavilion! It looks fantastic!

~ Dawn Kovell, B&T