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!
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.
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.
A "sweet" start to the New Year
Gumdrop ready to go home
Gumdrop (left) with his brother before he went missing
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.