Greetings Volunteers,

I hope you had a safe and relaxing long holiday weekend! And, hopefully, you got to spend New Year’s weekend on the couch with a furry friend! 2022 was a year of memorable and magical moments, full of heartwarming adoptions, wildlife rescues, lost pet reunions, second chances for animals in need, and so much more. Thank you for being a part of it all!!

Shelter update: We currently have 164 animals in our care: 51 animals in foster and 113 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 19 dogs, 1 puppy, 38 cats, 10 kittens, 13 rabbits, 12 guinea pigs, 12 rodents, 4 reptiles, 3 birds, and 1 fowl.

Adoptions update: Goodbye 2022 and welcome 2023! We closed out 2022 with a bang! There were lots of lucky animals who went home just in time to ring in the new year! Check out our final adoptions of the year in this sweet slideshow. To find more details on who was adopted this past week, here’s the Adoption Report.

Happy ending! Miracles do happen! Research shows that less than 2% of cats that are not microchipped ever find their way back home once they’re lost. So when a handsome tuxedo cat came into the shelter without a microchip, no one held out too much hope we’d find his guardians. After a while “Elf”s stray hold ended so he was neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, nd placed up for adoption. At the same time, one of our local news stations happened to air a story featuring Marin Humane. In that story they showed a brief clip of Elf the cat, which was spotted by an eagle-eyed neighbor. Lo and behold, “Elf” turned out to be “Lucas” and was owned by the Gomez family! Dad quickly came in and positively identified Lucas! Now microchipped and neutered, hopefully, Lucas’ days of roaming are behind him :).

Tails of Marin: The new year brings intentions to improve our lives, so it’s a good time to take stock of our role as pet parents. Are we doing all we can to ensure our furry, feathered, or scaled friends are safe, healthy, and happy? Here’s our first Tails of Marin article of 2023, How To Give Your Pets The Best Care In The New Year.

Go big, go home! It’s a new year and resolutions abound! Our resolution for all the big dogs? To go home! That’s why we’re waiving the adoption fees on all our big dogs (30 pounds and up) for the entire month of January! These dogs are ready to go big in 2023… and go home. Spread the news and help us get these big kids adopted!

What is “Petflation”?: In the San Francisco Examiner article, “Petflation leads to an increase in animal surrenders,” it states, “With a dramatic increase in the pet population, private and public animal welfare organizations around the nation and Bay Area are in crisis, packed to capacity with animals they are struggling to find space or homes for.” This is exactly why our Pet Safety Net program is so important! No one should ever have to give up their beloved pet because they can’t afford pet food, veterinary care, or help with behavior issues. Keeping animals in their homes is a win-win, for both their families and for shelters. If you’d like to support our Pet Safety Net Pet Food Drive, check out our wish lists and how you can help here.

Columbia Sportswear store discount! Didn’t get what you wanted for the holidays? Well, time to go shopping! Marin Humane volunteers have exclusive access to the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store in Richmond from January 6th to January 29th! Here’s the Columbia Sportswear Store Winter Invitation for more information. Happy shopping!

Cheers to more lives made happy in 2023!