Greetings from Volunteer Engagement! June 8, 2022

Categories: Blog, Other, Volunteers

Greetings Volunteers!

Summer is just around the corner, as is the warmer weather. So, it’s a good time to send a friendly reminder on the Marin Humane volunteer dress code. We offer brightly colored blue shirts which recognize you as a volunteer. Please wear your volunteer t-shirt during your shifts, especially if you’re handling animals. It’s important we’re able to easily identify who is a volunteer and who is a member of the public. In addition to wearing your volunteer t-shirt, please wear long pants (no shorts, Capri pants, or skirts), closed-toed shoes, and your volunteer name badge. If you have any questions or want more details, just shoot me an email :). Don’t these volunteers look fabulous in their bright blue volunteer t-shirts!

Shelter update: We currently have 224 animals in our care: 108 animals in foster and 116 animals in the shelter/Kitty Corner. Our residents include: 29 dogs, 2 puppies, 35 cats, 29 kittens, 11 rabbits, 8 guinea pigs, and 2 birds. 

Adoptions update: We hope your week is off to a good start. Ours is as we celebrate last week’s adoptions! Here’s the adoption slideshow to add some joy to your week. And for more details, check out this week’s Adoption Report.

No Place Like Home: Marin Humane launched a private rehoming program – No Place Like Home – several years ago in an effort to keep pets out of the shelter. We like to say that Marin Humane is a pretty nice shelter, all things considered, but it is still a shelter. Wouldn’t it be better for animals to remain in their homes instead of coming to the shelter while the find new homes? The answer is YES! We started to track stats from the free No Place Like Home (NPLH) program and thought you’d like to know that since the end of last year, the NPLH program has had an 88% success rate of keeping animals out of the shelter! That’s 184 animals that did not end up coming into Marin Humane! I’d call that a win-win!

Tails of Marin: Along with the warmer summer months come the dreaded foxtail, the bane of all us dog guardians who love to hike on beautiful Marin trails. In this week’s Tails of Marin, “Dogs and foxtails, an unhappy relationship,” you’ll learn about more about foxtails and some precautions you can take before heading out for a walk or hike.

Toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, and egg cartons needed! As noted in last week’s post, we attempt to give dogs in our care enrichment twice a day. The items we use the most frequently are cardboard egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, and paper towel rolls. They are easy to stuff with treats and fun for the dogs to tear apart! We really do go through them quickly, using about 40+ egg cartons a day! Please think of the shelter dogs and save your toilet paper & paper towel rolls along with your egg cartons; you can simply place them in the donation bins in the front of the shelter. Thank you!

Have a great week!

Candace