Special Cases

34 "Tuxedo" Cats and Kittens Abandoned at Marin Humane Society

For the fifth time in the past four years, a large group of cats and kittens was anonymously abandoned in cardboard boxes outside the Marin Humane Society in the middle of the night on Sunday, Sept 4. The 34 felines are believed to be from the same group of people who've abandoned cats at MHS four previous times.

MHS staff is busy vaccinating, spaying/neutering and medically and behaviorally evaluating these cats and kittens. To help alleviate the overcrowding, we are waiving the adoption fee for all adult cats until the end of September.

While finding adopters for these cats is key, financial support is also essential. The cost of readying these cats for adoption can cost up to $500 each. Because of this, those who donate more than $500 to the shelter can have the opportunity to name one of these special kitties. To learn more, call 415.506.6259 or visit MarinHumaneSociety.org/34tuxcats

We still don't know who is bringing these cats and kittens to our shelter. Please contact us if you have any information about these kitties so we can offer our services and the support that is needed.


Nine Puppies Left


On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, a good Samaritan spotted nine puppies beside a dumpster in San Rafael and brought them here to MHS. These sweet puppies appear to be in good condition and will likely be available for adoption after they’ve been evaluated and spayed/neutered. It’s heartbreaking to think of someone dumping these adorable puppies like trash but we know they’ll soon find good homes!

Stay tuned to our recently adopted page to see when they are adopted.

You can help animals like these and others who come through our open doors.

Two Dogs Saved in Saudi Arabia Adopted from the Marin Humane Society
Two dogs who were rescued halfway around the world have found their way to the Marin Humane Society (MHS) where they were adopted!

Porter is a young shepherd mix who was living on the streets of Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia when Mill Valley native Christopher Salisbury first saw him. He was teaching English there and fell in love with the homeless puppy and soon brought him to his apartment. He tried to find a home for him but was unable so he made the decision to keep him.

Christopher didn’t plan on taking in another dog but after seeing six-month old, Bandi, a hound mix whose ears had been crudely cut off, surrounded by boys armed with rocks, he became concerned. He watched as two men arrived and put a rope around Bandi’s neck and started to drag him off. He grabbed the rope from the men, and brought the frightened dog to the safety of his small apartment to join Porter.

After trying unsuccessfully to find homes for either dog, he saved up enough money to transport them all the way back to the US, where he brought them to his parents’ home in Mill Valley.

While Christopher’s parents have tried to keep them in their home, with an elderly dog and cats already in residence, it has proved too much so they have placed their trust in MHS to find forever homes for these very special dogs.

Within a matter of days both Bandi and Porter were adopted into new homes.


More “Tuxedo” Cats and Kittens Dumped on Our Doorstep

The story of the tuxedo cats dumped at the Marin Humane Society (MHS) has generated a lot of interest.We are excited to share that most of these cats and kittens have found forever homes.


It’s still a mystery as to who is bringing these cats to our shelter but one thing we do know is that we’re relying on the generosity of the community to help us support them. Please, contact us if you have any information about these cats and kittens so we can offer services and support that is needed. 

Learn more about the low-cost spay and neuter services that our Veterinary Clinic offers.

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What does the fox say?


This Wednesday evening (July 30, 2014) a team of Marin Humane Society staff were able to successfully free a fox from the mouth of a broken glass jar that was stuck around his neck. 

MHS was notified by a Good Samaritan in Bolinas that there was a fox showing up on their property with something around his neck, initially thought to be a piece of plastic.

The MHS Animal Service Officers designed a plan to safely capture the fox and remove the foreign object. Once the fox was safely secured in the trap he was transported to the Marin Humane Society where our team of veterinarians and officers were standing by.

Upon arrival Captain Cindy Machado, Lieutenant Steve Hill and Officer Adrienne Russo transferred the fox from the trap to an examination cage. An attempt to remove the object with forceps was unsuccessful. It was determined that the glass would have to be broken off. 

A mild sedative was administered by Dr. Evans, DVM and Registered Veterinary Technician Andrea Reese. Capt. Machado and Officer Russo safely secured the fox, while Lt. Hill carefully utilized a metal ruler under the glass, protective towels and a small hammer to break the glass away from the fox’s neck. All the glass was removed, the area was examined, and luckily, no injuries were found.

A second injection to reverse the sedative was given and the fox was placed back into the trap.

Officer Russo monitored the fox, ensuring his full recovery. The fox was then returned back to the location to join his two siblings.

Our animal services department responses 24 hours a day to domestic animal and wildlife issues.

So, what does the fox say?

The fox says, "thank you!"

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This incredible cat was found injured and starving.
When Dot was brought to us, she had a large, deep laceration under her armpit resulting from her front leg getting stuck in her collar while she was lost. She requires special surgery in order to repair the laceration in an area that is very difficult to heal. After seeking advices from a veterinarian in Colorado, who is experienced in this type of surgery, we repaired the laceration and sent Dot to foster care where she could rest and rehabilitate. We are so happy to report tha Dot has made a full recovery and has found her forever home with a loving family!





Dr. Belinda Evans with Valencia Castillo and Pookie.


Without treatment, she would have died!

Ten-year-old Pookie was surrendered to MHS after her guardian was forced to move and could not take her beloved cat with her. Our veterinary team discovered that Pookie had a benign tumor that was producing too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism). “Without treatment, the condition causes problems with multiple organs, and eventually death,” says Belinda Evans, director of veterinary services for the Marin Humane Society.

Pookie underwent radioactive iodine therapy, a treatment for hyperthyroidism, at a clinic in San Mateo. There she caught the eye of veterinary technician Valencia Castillo, who remembers a laid-back, affectionate cat.

Following treatment, Pookie spent a couple of weeks recuperating in a loving foster home while we waited for her radioactive levels to return to normal. “Whoever is lucky enough to give Pookie her forever home will be duly rewarded with an insurmountable amount of affection,” boasted Pookie’s foster mom.

Meanwhile, Valencia Castillo could not get Pookie out of her mind. As soon as Pookie returned from foster care, Valencia drove to MHS from her Alameda home to finalize the adoption!

Junior reunited

Jeanne Blum of Novato has been reunited with her cat, Junior, after six long months.

Junior went missing shortly after Jeanne moved to Mill Valley. Jeanne immediately posted missing cat posters and spent weeks canvassing the neighborhood, looking under cars and in trees for her beloved kitty.

By the time Jeanne moved to Kentfield six months later, she had lost all hope.

It was during a stormy evening in early March that Junior showed up at the house of Peggy Chenoweth’s neighbor. Junior had been seen in the area for about a week, approximately five blocks from where his guardian used to live. Peggy, a long-time volunteer at MHS, brought Junior home with her and took him to MHS the following day.

Because Junior has a microchip, we were able to locate Jeanne to let her know that her beloved cat was safe and sound at MHS!

Junior has settled back in at his Kentfield home with kitty companion Miko and dog friend Angie. “He was the missing link between everyone,” says Jeanne.

Junior’s reunion is a great reminder of the importance of pet identification. You can get your dog, cat or rabbit microchipped for a nominal fee anytime during our business hours.



Half Pint
When it comes to animals, sometimes there’s more going on than meets the eye (they can’t speak, after all). This was the case with Half Pint, a sweet little fellow who recently came to us as a stray.

When Half Pint was under anesthesia for his neuter surgery, we discovered that something was wrong with his hips.

What the x-rays revealed horrified us: Half Pint had been shot, and the pellet is still lodged in his leg. His pelvis is also fractured, likely due to the impact of the pellet.

Half Pint underwent a successful orthopedic surgery, followed by some time to rehabilitate in our Pen Pals program at San Quentin.

Half Pint has made a full recovery and is now available for adoption and waiting to meet his forever family.

This x-ray shows a pellet lodged in Half Pint's leg.


Gumdrop ready to go home

Gumdrop (left) with his brother before he went missing

A "sweet" start to the New Year


Gumdrop the cat reunited with her family

We just had a wonderful reunion at the Marin Humane Society!

Gumdrop the cat was reunited with the Dimmick family of Tiburon after missing for one year.

The Dimmicks went on vacation in February of 2013, when they returned, Gumdrop was gone. The last time they saw her was on February 20, 2013.

We don't know how she traveled more than 15 miles to Novato, but luckily Gumdrop was rescued by feral cat caretakers and brought to the Marin Humane Society. Because Gumdrop has a microchip, we were able to locate her guardians to let them know that their beloved cat was safe and sound at MHS.

Gumdrop's reunion reminds us of the importance of pet identification. You can get your dog, cat or rabbit microchipped for a nominal fee anytime during our business hours.

Gumdrop is on her way home to Tiburon, where she will also be reunited with her brother. What a "sweet" start to the New Year!


Injured. Scared. Helpless.
That’s how Rodi came to MHS in late November after being hit by two cars in Novato.

Rodi had multiple pelvic fractures and required corrective surgery. No one came forward to claim the poor guy. Working with Pet Emergency & Specialty Center of Marin (PESCM), MHS was able to arrange for Rodi’s surgery. Even with a significant discount, the surgery was expensive but necessary for him to live a comfortable life.

After having multiple plates and pins inserted into his hips and legs, Rodi returned to MHS for post-operative care. Once he started to feel better, the sweetest, most loving dog emerged.

Rodi spent time at San Quentin through our Pen Pals Program rehabilitating. He will receive round-the-clock rehabilitative care and socialization from a specially selected, low-risk and highly trained inmate.

When Rodi returned he was adopted by an PESCM employee who fell in love with him while he was there for surgery.

Stories like Rodi’s occur all too often. Your support will help provide the care these animals need to get better and live a happy, healthy life.


Moose, the 32 lb cat
Moose arrived at MHS weighing a hefty 32 lbs. His guardian had been hospitalized and was unable to care for him.

In addition to his weight-related issues, Moose also developed a severe upper respiratory infection. He became very sick, very fast, and soon began going into liver failure. To save his life, we surgically inserted an esophageal tube so that we could feed Moose and give him medicine to fight his respiratory infection.

To ensure he could receive his meals and medicine through his feeding tube on schedule, our own veterinarian, Dr. Belinda Evans became Moose’s foster mom. After a week, he began eating by himself, and after two weeks he had recovered and his feeding tube was removed.

After nearly four months of care, Moose was finally ready to find his new home. As luck would have it, he was adopted by the McFarland family of San Rafael the very first day he was made available! Thanks to the support of individuals like you, we are able to go to great lengths to help cats, dogs, small companion and farm animals in their time of need.

21 cats dropped off overnight
In the cold hours before dawn on Monday, November 25, a silver SUV drove up to the Marin Humane Society’s night kennel and dropped off several cardboard boxes. When our Animal Services Officer on duty discovered the boxes, he heard a chorus of meows.

Inside the boxes were 21 cats.

The 12 adults and 9 kittens were immediately brought inside MHS’s doors, where they were given food, water, and clean kennels with fresh bedding and blankets. All of these cats will be given medical care, behavior evaluations, socialization, spay or neuter surgery – and lots of love.

MHS is currently caring for 150 cats and kittens, and we are near capacity. As an open-door shelter, we are dedicated to caring for each and every animal who comes to us for help. But we cannot do it without you.

Your gift this season will help find more animals homes for the holidays – and beyond. Please make your gift to the animals today.

You can also help us find more animals homes for the holidays by spreading the word: MHS is waiving adoption fees for cats age five months and older! Every cat who finds a home creates more space in our shelter to save even more lives.

Thank you for making a world of difference for animals. 

Your donations make it possible for us to continue our life-saving work and keep creating happy endings.


Marin Humane Society

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

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