Alameda's pets are fortunate to have two entities to provide high quality care for them. The Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter is a nonprofit that took over the management of the shelter on Jan. 1, 2012.

The shelter's staff and volunteers provide a safe and compassionate place for abandoned pets until they find their permanent home. They receive food, medical care, lots of treats and love, are spayed, neutered and microchipped while they wait for their new person. The shelter can be reached at 510-337-8565.

The City of Alameda employs animal control officers who are responsible for keeping Alameda safe and clean for pets and pet owners. The city has two animal control officers who have jurisdiction over Alameda, including Coast Guard Island.

Animal control officers enforce the laws of the city. They pick up stray animals, patrol the streets, parks, beaches, and remove deceased animals. They respond to barking dog complaints, bite incidents and animal abuse or neglect. For these services, the animal control officers should be contacted through police dispatch at 510-337-8340.

For complete information you can visit the respective websites: The City of Alameda Animal Control http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov/City-Hall/Animal-Control-Officers and The Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter www.alamedaanimalshelter.org/about-us-2/.


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Halloween is next week. Alameda is well-known for being "the place to be" on Halloween. The much treasured "trick or treat" brings additional responsibilities for pet owners because of challenges on this spooky evening. A door bell ringing constantly, strange looking people and children expressing excitement can be especially overwhelming for your cat and dog. Secure your pet indoors in a safe place for the evening. Keep candles, chocolate and decorations out of reach of your pet. Black cats are unfortunately targets so be especially careful with them.

The next shelter Mojito Monday is Oct. 29. There will be a Halloween theme, of course, with a surprise bartender. Come in costume and receive a treat! The event is 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Angela's Bar and Bistro.

PET OF THE WEEK: CHARLIE is a 6-year-old neutered orange and white male sweetie.

DOG ALLEY: There are 13 dogs available for adoption at the Alameda Animal Shelter.

J.J. is patiently waiting for his forever home. He's a 2-year-old tan Chihuahua mix, full of joy and quite the prancer.

DIAMOND is a jewel that sparkles just like a real diamond. She's a young pit bull, full of energy and life.

CAT LAIR: There are 57 cats and kittens available for adoption at the Alameda Animal Shelter.

CLARENCE is a darling 5-month-old kitten. He's a gray-brown tabby and just cute as a button.

ENGINE is a super playful orange and white kitten, about 3 months old.

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 a handsome young bunny.

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