Marin Humane Society - The Place To Go For Lost Pets

Posted by Kathleen Emrey on Saturday, May 17th, 2014 at 6:52am.

Our pets are family; we cherish them and try to keep them safe.

When my beloved 15-year-old cat, Blanche, disappeared I was devastated. At first I didn't know what to do. After checking all of the hiding places in the house and asking neighbors, I went to the Marin Humane Society - a Marin County treasure. The staff was so helpful and understanding and said that visiting the shelter and utilizing its resources would increase my chances of finding her.                                                                                                                                                                        black_cat_93

At the front counter a staff person helped me fill out a lost report and insert it into the specific binder for Lost cats. It is somewhat heartbreaking to see the number of owners who have filled out these reports. Then I was shown the separate binder for Found cats. This binder offers hope and thankfulness for the people who have brought in kitties they deemed as lost.

I was asked if Blanche had a microchip for easy identification and was somewhat reassured when I said that she did indeed have one. 

A volunteer then escorted me to the feline housing to see if she was in one of the various sections: stray, adoption, isolation and quarantine. Unfortunately she was not there but I was impressed by the level of care the cats received.

Each evening after 6:00 pm I called 415-883-4621 then punched in 378 for lost cats and listened to a recording which was updated daily for all strays brought in during the past 48 hours. There is also an extension for lost dogs and other animals.

I also emailed to lostanimals@marinhumanesociety.org a photo of Blanche with my name, the date, phone number and city where she went missing.

A helpful pamphlet that was offered outlined other avenues such as posting on Craigslist, calling local veterinarians, hanging signs and distributing flyers to neighbors, the mail carrier and other locals.

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Two helpful websites that were recommended are catsinthebag.org and missingpetpartnership.org. These two sites offer invaluable tips.

Sadly Blanche never returned but I felt I had done all possible to find her and will always be grateful to the Marin Humane Society for providing me so much help and support. On a very positive note, it is also where I found my new love, Rose.

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Kathleen Emrey, Broker Associate, SRES

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