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.
Mom & pups fly 400 miles for a second chance
At the end of September a Southern California animal rescue organization put out a plea to rescue a three-year-old Miniature Schnauzer and her six puppies from an overburdened Los Angeles shelter.
Your Marin Humane Society has answered the call for help! On Friday, October 4 mom and her pups landed at the airport at the Novato County airport, thanks to a volunteer pilot from Pilots N Paws.
MHS Pet Partnership program volunteers were waiting at the airport, ready to transport the dogs to a foster home where they will spend several weeks socializing--and growing--before the puppies reach adoption age. We anticipate that the cost for these puppies' care--including food, spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and other wellness care--will exceed $2,000.
Due to the high adoption rate we enjoy at MHS, and ongoing financial support from individuals like you to rescue and rehabilitate animals in need, we are in the enviable position of being able to ease the burdens of under-resourced shelters throughout the state. In fact, our Pet Partnership program networks with more than 30 shelters every year to bring more than 1,500 animals to Marin to find their forever homes.
Thanks to your support, these animals are getting the second chance they deserve.
Interested in adopting mom or any of her pups? Check back with our Adoptions team in a few weeks. In the meantime, we'll keep you updated on their progress!
Check out all of the animals available for adoption at MHS here.
Say hello to Franco Sinatra!
This adorable 8 week old kitten was brought to MHS with only a few skin abrasions thanks to Tony Franco of San Rafael. Franco rescued the frightened kitty in early August after he spotted him on I-880 in Oakland.
Our blue-eyed kitty needed a name, so we reached out to you for help! We received 315 name suggestions (thank you!), including the very popular "Franco," and decided that "Franco Sinatra" (a tribute to his rescuer AND beautiful blue eyes) suited him best.
Our lucky winner, Kathleen, has won two tickets to our Woofstock benefit concert on September 28!
We are happy to report that Franco Sinatra was adopted on August 22 by Alia of Forrest Knolls! His new mom says, "He's doing great! He's still a little timid, but he's adjusting. In general, he's a happy, docile guy who purrs a lot...we are taking it slowly and he gets more confident and curious every day. He's a wonderful boy and I'm so happy I was able to bring him home!"
MHS is the key investigation team in the largest animal cruelty case in U.S. history
In Early December 2012, Captain Cindy Machado was specifically requested by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to assist with an investigation of animal abuse at the Global Captive Breeders located in Lake Elsinore, CA where the company raised rats and snakes sold to pet stores and swap meets. In what is now being called the largest animal cruelty case in the United States, more than 18,000 reptiles and rodents were found suffering in deplorable conditions or already dead. Once on scene, it was apparent that additional help was needed. Four additional Marin Humane Society staff members, experienced in handling reptiles and with humane euthanasia, were dispatched – Animal Services Officers Andy O’Brien & Robert Wooster; Animal Care Manager, Samantha Winegarner; and 20 year MHS veteran, Kim Lanham-Snyder, director of special programs and projects.
On Friday, July 19 the Riverside County district attorney filed 106 felony animal cruelty counts against each the business owner and the business manager who were then arrested.
Learn more about this case:
Marin Humane Society aids in bust of SoCal reptile Breeders
Two arrested after keeping 20,000 rats and reptiles in disgusting, squalid conditions in Southern Calif. warehouse
Officer removes unwanted head dress from young deer
In April 2013, we began receiving calls from concerned residents of the Mill Valley and Tam Valley areas reporting a young deer with netting and a four foot Manzanita branch tangled on his antlers!
For two months, with the assistance of citizens and residents in the area, the situation and well being of the animal was monitored. Even with more than ten sightings of this deer, a safe opportunity to get close enough to help the deer never presented itself.
On June 20, during the night shift, Marin Humane Society Animal Services Officer Robert Wooster received a call that the deer was in a yard and might be approachable.
With calm and quiet patience, a little wrangling, and a mild tranquilizer Officer Wooster was able to sedate the deer and safely remove the unwanted head dress. Officer Wooster checked the deer for injuries, and finding none, monitored the deer as he woke in good health to continue roaming southern Marin.
Wildlife rescue assistance is never easy and requires keen skills. Officer Wooster capitalized on a unique opportunity to take action. His field training and compassion for animals guided him to a fantastic result for the deer.
Dramatic Horse Rescue in Marin
Marin Humane Society Animal Services Officer Robert Wooster was dispatched in the early evening on Monday, May 27 to a horse that had fallen into a well on the horse owner’s property on North San Pedro Road in San Rafael. The fire department was also en route to assist with what would undoubtedly be an intense situation. Officer Wooster called the Sonoma Marin Vet to have them assist with the horse to ensure the animal’s well-being. The horse, Buddy, was inside a 10 foot wide by 20 foot deep well. The well was filled with 16 feet of water. The owner of the horse had been able to get a halter onto Buddy to hold his head above water. After consulting with the San Rafael Fire Department it was decided that the best way to get the horse out safely was to fill the well up to the top, and then they could make a sling out extra fire hose and 3 inch thick webbing.
More than 20 people arrived on scene to assist with the rescue, including Dr. Castle from Sonoma Marin Vet, Dr. Williams who is horse rescue trained, members of the Marin County sherriff’s horse posse rescue unit, San Rafael Fire Department, Southern Marin Fire, Marin County Sheriff Deputy’s, California Highway Patrol, China Camp Park Rangers and others.
Due to Buddy being exhausted and not as reactive, they decided they would need some way to lift him out of the water. The horse owner called a crane service located in Novato, who responded swiftly. Once the water level was to the top of the well (thanks to San Rafael Fire), a harness was wrapped around Buddy, along with his halter to keep his head up, the crane was able to lift him out of the water with ease, and buddy literally walked out of the harness like nothing ever happened.
Buddy was very cold and shaking, had multiple cuts on his face, over his eyes and on his chest. It is unknown how long Buddy was in the well before he was found at 4:15 p.m. By 6:30 p.m. thanks to the amazing resources and teamwork Buddy was on his feet again!
Lucky for Buddy no serious harm was done. Dr. Castle updated us at 9:10 p.m. Monday evening that Buddy was in good shape, had minor cuts and scrapes, and now his body temperature was now normal.
MHS rescues 14-pound cat stuck in five-inch drain pipe in Ross
When Kilo the cat didn't come back to his home in Ross for two days, his guardian Michelle Battelle and her family tried not to think the worst.
The 14-pound cat's whereabouts became known on Monday, March 4 when a neighbor heard Kilo's meows coming from inside a five-inch drainage pipe on Glenwood Avenue in Ross.
MHS Animal Services Officers Lisa Nausin and Adrienne Russo, and Lieutanant Steve Hill, arrived on scene with a small optical camera that's designed to assist with these types of rescues. The officers slid the camera on a snake-like wire into the pipe and discovered that Kilo was wedged about six feet from the nearest opening, facing backward. Officers spent about an hour carefully nudging Kilo with the camera, moving him backward until Officer Nausin could maneuver her arm down the pipe to grab him.
We'll probably never know how Kilo managed to get inside a five-inch diameter pipe. Perhaps he was chased by something or maybe something was chasing him. Luckily, the very frightened kitty was able to return to his home with the Battelle Family several hours later after being treated by his veterinarian for dehydration.
"The officers saved his life," Michelle Batelle said. "We are so thankful and greatly appreciate their handling of our scary situation."
Turner reunited with family after TWO YEARS thanks to microchip
Turner the cat was reunited with his guardian on February 28, 2013 thanks to a microchip. He had been missing for two years!
The 10-year-old orange tabby lives with the Hafner family of San Rafael near Peacock Gap. He was rescued by Marin Friends of Ferals approximately five miles away from home on Francisco Blvd near the Lexus dealership.
Dad was all smiles when he saw Turner. He said that his three daughters cried when Turner went missing. When they found out Turner was coming home, they cried again.
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