Looking to give a lucky cat or dog — or guinea pig — their forever home? Even though the process has changed, you can still adopt through Marin Humane. When shelter-in-place was ordered on March 16, the organization shifted gears like many others around the country. “We began sending all our animals into trusted foster homes so that we could have as few staff as possible working at the shelter,” says Lisa Bloch, Director of Marketing and Communications. This didn’t mean operations ceased by any means. A core group of staff remained at the shelter to care for animals who were under veterinary care or otherwise couldn’t go to foster homes, and Animal Services like wildlife rescue, lost and found, and cruelty complaints continued to be provided around the clock.
An unfortunate sign of the times, one facet of Marin Humane grew significantly. “Our Pet Safety Net program which provides free pet food and supplies for those needing it saw a huge increase in requests,” says Bloch. “We also began home deliveries to those in our Pet Safety Net program so that they could safely shelter-at-home with their pets and not have to worry — normally these clients would come to the shelter to pick these items up.”
Dog training courses, the humane education program and the spay/neuter clinic were all closed, as well as the in-person summer camp and the popular music benefit, Woofstock. Fortunately, other programs have gone virtual, including the summer camp and the upcoming big GALA in September. Prospective pet owners can’t drop in anymore and now need to schedule adoptions by appointment, but Bloch says they’re undeterred. “A tremendous amount of people contacted us about fostering or adopting!” Here are some of them.
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