Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter staff provide great counseling to individuals adopting pets from the shelter.

Here is the shelter's tip of the week for new adopters: Introduce your new pet slowly to the home, restricting him or her to one room at first. Isolate them from other pets in your household. If you have children, introduce them slowly and advise them to be gentle. Show your new pet where to find the litter box (cats) or where to eliminate (dogs) and offer water. Food can be offered later.

Provide a nice balance of giving attention and allowing quiet to help your pet settle in. However, try to spend several hours a day with your new pet until he/she becomes accustomed to your home. Remember to keep doors and windows closed, and be sure the new pet has an identification tag on at all times. These steps help ease the stress of adjusting to a new home.

The shelter's photo calendar contest is over with more than $10,000 raised for homeless animals! Everyone at the shelter expresses a heartfelt thanks to every participant. Judges will be selecting the 13 pets who will be on the calendar and it will be available to purchase in October.

After The Ball is coming up fast! Visit the shelter's website at www.AfterTheBall.org for details and to purchase tickets. The date from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and the gala will be held at Rock Wall Wine Company — Alameda Point. All funds raised go 100 percent toward the shelter's mission to care for abandoned companion animals, find them new homes, and prevent animal cruelty through education. The shelter is grateful to the many wonderful sponsors who have completely underwritten the costs of the event.

On Sept. 22, there will be a free vaccination and microchip clinic sponsored by the Humane Society of Alameda. The clinic will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. at Pet Food Express, 2661 Blanding Ave.

PET OF THE WEEK: Butters is a smart little guy and eager to please. He is full of life and it shows on his face. He is ready to "butter you up," so come on in and meet him.

DOG ALLEY: The shelter has 15 dogs available for adoption.

Ling To is a cute little pug/beagle mix with a funny smile. He's about 2 years old and is a handsome old color. Jake is a 4-year-old mellow brown/black retriever mix who would be a great companion for a family.

SENIOR CAT LAIR: The shelter has 48 cats and kittens available for adoption.

Boris is a handsome, 8-year-old, black and white cat who is declawed so he needs to live indoors. Sammy is a beautiful smoke gray, 8-year-old female with a sweet and gentle personality.

RABBIT ROW: George and Gracie are a beautiful black and white pair. Dutch is a Dwarf bunny who needs some special care. Fatty Bob is the baby of George and Gracie and is a sweet young bunny.

Mim Carlson, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter's executive director, is filling in while Linda Treml is away.

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