The Best Animal Care Organizations in Marin

Some are looking to adopt a new pet, some are hoping to find the next best charity to support. And some just really love cute animals. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, there’s plenty of animal services in Marin that fit the bill. The 2023 readers’ choice Best of the County winner is the Marin Humane Society (pictured above). For the rest of the Marin Magazine‘s Best of Marin County Animal Care picks see below.

Our 2023 Philanthropy category sponsor is Chambers + Chambers.

We’ve broken it down by region: Southern, Central, and Northern Marin.

Southern | Central | Northern

Southern Marin

The Marine Mammal Center


Although the public is welcome to come visit, see the exhibits, and take a tour, the Marine Mammal Center is as far from Sea World as you can get. This is the world’s largest marine mammal hospital that does work in various conservation efforts, trash clean up, and medical research. Consider supporting them with their Adopt-a-Seal program!

2000 Bunker Rd, Sausalito, 415.289.7325

Cat Clinic

Mill Valley

This full service clinic is all about kitties. While some of their routine exams are walk-ins, if your cat needs something more intensive like a surgery or dental treatment, make sure to call ahead and schedule an appointment.

142 Lomita Dr, Mill Valley, 415.383.1195

Central Marin


San Rafael

As the name would imply, WildCare is a dedicated wildlife hospital. They’re dedicated to wildlife advocacy and additionally double as a natural education center to make sure that anyone in the area going out for a hike can learn how to be careful and respectful of the animals they might encounter.

76 Albert Park Ln, San Rafael, 415.456.7283

Northern Marin

Marin Humane Society


This independent nonprofit has been caring for and serving the animals of Marin County since 1907. All animals are accepted at their open door shelters and hundreds are adopted every year into loving homes. Between their volunteer foster parents and animal advocacy programs, they can go above and beyond for every furry friend that ends up in their arms.

171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato, 415.883.4621


Chambers + Chambers Architects: 2023 Best of the County Philanthropy

Focused primarily on custom residential and interior design services, Chambers + Chambers is a boutique architectural practice in Mill Valley. Understated elegance, richness in color and texture and classical detailing are signature elements of Barbara Chamber’s award-winning designs.

What got you interested in philanthropy?
Giving is an expression of spiritual gratitude that makes the world a better place for everyone. I have a huge soft spot in my heart for children and so I’m compelled to give to those organizations.
Do you have a favorite charity?
Tribe Rising India is working to lift the Santal tribe out of abject poverty through education. By building the first-ever high school dedicated to Santals, they are overcoming caste prejudice and creating generational change. 
Why is it important for someone to give?
I believe our gifts are meant to be shared. When we do, we change individual lives and also impact our world.