Marin Humane Society opens renovated dog adoption center

The Marin Humane Society at 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, has opened its newly renovated dog adoption center.

The renovation reconfigured existing kennel space with modern housing, increasing the capacity from 17 to 22 rooms. Wider walkways and significantly improved soundproofing result in a calmer, more comfortable environment for the dogs and a better overall visitor experience.

The project was funded entirely through grants and private donations. More than $700,000 was raised for the renovation effort, which also provided the opportunity to include outdoor improvements to the adoption-dog “get acquainted” area.

Groundbreaking took place last April.

“The original dog kennels dated back 42 years and included chain-link fencing, narrow walkways, and high echoing ceilings, all of which created an unwelcoming atmosphere for adoption dogs, staff, volunteers and visitors,” said Carrie Harrington, spokeswoman for the Marin Humane Society.

The adoption center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays until 6:30 p.m.

Available services include licensing, microchipping, redemptions and relinquishments. The society also operates spay and neutering services, and operates a program that provides pet supplies for people who have companion animals but can no longer afford to care for them, such as low-income seniors and people living with HIV/Aids or receiving hospice services. Animal behavior and training classes are given, and humane education staff make regular presentations to classrooms throughout the county, teaching students to appreciate and care for the animals they choose to share their lives with.

For more information, call the center at 506-6256 or visit online, ­

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