Programs & Services

Thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of our supporters, the Marin Humane Society is able to offer a comprehensive range of programs and services.

County Animal Services
In addition to our role as non-profit animal shelter, MHS also has a contract with the County of Marin to provide the county's animal services. Animal Services Officers are on the job 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing assistance with stray animals, animal emergencies, citizen complaints, and much more. We also administer pet licenses and offer pet euthanasia and cremation services.

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Behavior & Training
Every animal available for adoption at MHS is first thoroughly evaluated by our expert Behavior & Training staff. The B&T department also offers are multitude of training classes, behavior consultations and educational workshops.

Humane Education
Hundreds of children attend our summer camp programs every year, and participants in our after-school programs work on projects that directly benefit the shelter animals. We also give presentations at our shelter as well as throughout Marin, provide student volunteer opportunities, and act as a resource for students and teachers. Additionally, hundreds of adults learn about animals through workshops and classes that are open to the public.

Pen Pals of San Quentin
Through the Pen Pals of San Quentin program, specially selected inmates at San Quentin Prison help shelter dogs overcome behavior and medical problems. These pups need quality time with a person--and time is something the inmates have in abundance. The dogs spend almost all of their time with their handlers for about a month before they return to MHS to be available for adoption.

SHARE (Special Human-Animal Relationships)
The SHARE program provides a variety of services that keep people and their pets together. Dozens of volunteers and their pets regularly visit senior communities, schools, libraries and hospitals around Marin as part of our Animal-Assisted Therapy program. Our SHARE a Book program helps children improve literacy skills by having fun reading to specially trained dogs. And our Side-by-Side program provides pet care assistance to more than 200 low-income seniors, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people under hospice care.

Volunteer Services
Hundreds of volunteers support MHS in a variety of ways, from fostering sick animals to staffing the MHS Thrift Store to acting as matchmakers in the Adoptions Department.

Veterinary Clinic
As an open-door shelter, MHS accepts all domestic animals regardless of health--some of whom are stray, orphaned, or victims in humane cases. Every one of these animals benefits from the skill and knowledge of our veterinary team. Last year the MHS veterinary clinic performed more than 2,200 spay/neuter surgeries and microchipped more than 2,770 animals.

Pet Partnership Program
Our Pet Partnership Program helps alleviate the burden faced by overcrowded shelters and gives animals facing euthanasia a second chance at life. We regularly travel to more than 50 shelters and rescue organizations across California to bring back more than 1,000 dogs, cats and small companion animals to the MHS Intake Center so they can be adopted into permanent homes.

These are just some of the programs and services offered by the Marin Humane Society. Please explore our website or call 415.883.4621 for additional information. 


Marin Humane Society

171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato, CA 94949
Phone 415.883.4621

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