Greetings from Volunteer Services! August 26, 2020

Categories: Blog, Other, Volunteers

Greetings Volunteers,

I don’t know about you, but for my family with the pandemic, rolling power outages, extreme weather conditions, and now the wildfires, a good disaster plan is top of our minds. While disasters can happen any time, we’re coming up on September, which is National Disaster Preparedness Month. It’s a good time to be reminded of the importance of preparedness for every member of our family, pets included. In this week’s Tails of Marin, we provide more details on creating a solid pet disaster plan. You can get additional information on Marin Humane’s disaster preparedness webpage here.

Shelter update: We currently have 130 animals in our care: 56 animals in foster and 74 at the shelter. The menagerie at the shelter includes 29 kittens, 21 cats, 11 dogs, 1 puppy, 1 rabbit, 4 guinea pigs, 3 parakeets, 1 pigeon, 1 iguana, 1 tortoise and 1 red ear slider turtle.

Adoptions updateSince March 16th, we’ve done 831 adoptions. This week, we transferred in 52 animals. A majority of these were from some of our neighboring shelters that are currently taking in evacuee animals. Cheers to another successful week. For this week’s adoption slideshow, click here.

Got some spare towels? Our animal care department is in need of bath towels and washcloths (thanks, but we don’t need hand towels at this time). If you have some towels you’re looking to giveaway, please leave them in front of the shelter main door; one of the staff will bring them to our animal care department throughout the day. Thank you!

The Thrift Shop needs your help! The Marin Humane Thrift Shop in San Anselmo is open and they could use a few more volunteers to join their team. If you’re looking for a way to help the shelter but your regular volunteer position is still on hold, please consider helping at the Shop a few hours a week. If you’d like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Emi Leeds at Emeline.leeds@gmail.com. Thanks so much!!

Does your cat need to go outside to be happy? It is a common belief that cats need to go outside to be happy. In fact, cats can lead fabulous lives indoors. Indoor cats live two to three times longer than cats that go outside. Indoor cats appreciate an environmentally enriched home that will keep them stress free and healthy. Read more here about how to provide indoor enrichment for your cat(s). 

While young cats that haven’t had any experience outside and cats that have had a bad experience outside are happy to live indoors, some felines previously exposed to the outdoors are intent on going out. For these cats, an outdoor enclosure is recommended. These may be simple structures — often referred to as “catios” — added on to your home or created in your yard. Many companies offer prefabricated, custom and DIY options. If you have a catio, snap a photo with your kitty enjoying their time outside and send to Candace at calexander@marinhumane.org.

Please don’t leave water out for wildlife fleeing the fires: WildCare does not advise leaving water out, especially right now with hemorrhagic adenovirus (deadly and highly contagious) showing up in deer again. In fact, there are a lot of diseases that can be spread at artificial watering holes. However, if you feel you must leave water out, the water source must be emptied and refilled DAILY and scrubbed and bleached at least once a week. Info and cleaning instructions are on their website here.  

Another risk of leaving water sources out is that it attracts wildlife to our homes which can lead to other dangers, like getting hit by cars or getting in fights with our pets. Please remember that wildlife is very adept at finding water sources, even in times of scarcity. 

Gala 2020 – There’s No Place Like Home: Tickets are still available for the most anticipated event of the season! Support Marin Humane’s efforts to find homes for hundreds of animals every month. From the comfort of your home, you’ll enjoy a program of inspiring stories, live and silent auctions, and the gratification of supporting an organization near and dear to your hearts. Click here to purchase tickets.

Happy endings: Hope you enjoy this update on Lancelot who was adopted a few weeks ago. “Hi! Good news – our new pal, Buddy (formerly known as Lancelot) – is doing beyond amazingly at our home with everybody and everything including swimming, on-leash walking, thunder, lightning, other dogs, cats and more! Thanks again for your help, we are totally smitten with him and he is also super happy.”

 

Stay safe everyone!

Anne and Candace