By Mike Kinney
Rebecca Marlin, formerly an international Human Rights attorney in New York City, is now a San Pablo resident — and our community, including its many beloved pets, is lucky for that.
After moving here with her family about three years ago, Marlin launched a pet care company that doesn’t just strive to offer the best possible care for dogs, cats and even rabbits and sheep, but also wants to help humans in need, too.
Rebecca Marlin Pet Care, which offers drop-in 30-minute home care for a wide variety of pets, along with overnight stays, donates 10-percent of each month’s earnings to a different local organization helping community members or animals in need. The organization of the month is listed and promoted on her website and on social media.
While Marlin keeps busy walking dogs and providing in-home care for all sorts of animals, . she’s financially donated to local nonprofits such as the Safe Return Project, Groundwork Richmond, Richmond Street Angels and the Building Blocks for Kids Richmond Collaborative. In addition to the donation every month, Marlin promotes the nonprofit on her social media pages throughout the month.
Last month, for example, her contribution allowed the Richmond chapter of the United Urban Warrior Society-California to prepare and serve a hot lunch for about 145 homeless residents and community members in need at the Souper Center at the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program at 165 22nd St.
“I started my business with a mission of giving back to the community where I live and work,” Marlin said. “Every month, 10-percent of my earnings go to an organization, nonprofit or even an individual who is doing real, on-the-ground work in the community. My goal is to work with minority or people of color-led organizations.”
Marlin’s business offer a wide range of services, including care for farm-style animals like chickens, sheep and rabbits. Growing up, Marlin raised cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, reptiles, and trained seeing eye dogs. She also has experience working with farm animals such as chickens, ducks, and sheep and has cared for pets through the full range of life experiences, from bottle-feeding newborn kittens, to administering medicine to elderly pets nearing end of life.
When she came to San Pablo, she decided to take a break from practicing law and establish a new career allowing her to provide direct service within her community. Pet care was a natural fit.
Pet owners looking to inquire about Rebecca Marlin Pet Care services can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707) 847-8387.