Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter reports there are still lots of senior (7 years and older) pets waiting for their forever homes.

During September, all senior pet adoptions are free so this is the perfect opportunity to find a wonderful mature companion for your household such as staff favorites Scout and Atticus, a bonded pair of 11-year-old felines who are incredibly sweet, in perfect health and ready to provide lots of love.

The fall is a wonderful time to take your dog on long walks in Alameda. The days are crisp and clear and the evenings are cool. The shelter's tip of the week is to make sure you clean up after your pooch when you are out on that stroll, and to keep your dog on leash at all times. These simple tasks keep your dog safe and neighborhood sidewalks and parks poop-free. The shelter thanks you for cleaning up after your dog and keeping your pet safe while on walks.

Have you bought your tickets for After The Ball yet? This great event is being held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Rock Wall Winery. There will be a silent and live auction, great food and wine, and some nice entertainment. All costs are underwritten by generous sponsors so tickets, donations, and auction proceeds go directly to benefit the shelter animals. And, the best news is that a very generous donor is matching up to $50,000 of funds raised so the shelter will be able to "double the dollars" to help homeless animals in Alameda. Tickets are $75 and are available at aftertheball.com.

The shelter is hosting a pet loss support group on the third Wednesdays of every month. The next session will be Oct. 17. It is open to anyone who is looking for a safe and caring environment to talk about the loss of a beloved pet. The group is facilitated by Jill Goodfriend, a well-known Bay Area grief counselor who specializes in helping people who have lost a pet.

PET OF THE WEEK: Hello, I'm Captain. I'm a tall, lean guy with a big personality looking for love. I like to play and I'll make you laugh with my fun-loving ways.

DOG ALLEY: Alameda Animal Shelter has 15 available dogs for adoption.

Come meet Marshmallow, a sweet year-old pure white pit bull who is most likely deaf.

Lil' Lou is a cute little white and tan Chihuahua puppy who is full of energy and fun.

SENIOR CAT LAIR: Alameda Animal Shelter has 44 available cats and kittens for adoption

Lilly is a most unusual cat. She is orange and white, a rare color for females. Lilly is 8 and a wonderful calm female.

Abel is a handsome black, gray and white tabby with beautiful markings. He is 8.

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 handsome young bunny.

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