When you adopt a new best pet friend between Nov. 7-18, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter will let you decide the adoption fee! The shelter will accept any adoption fee $5 and over for any pet in the shelter. Anyone paying $25 or over will receive a gift in addition to their new companion.

Every pet at the Alameda Animal Shelter has received a health and behavior checkup, is microchipped, vaccinated, and is spayed/neutered before adoption. Every animal adopted from FAAS also receives a one-year license. The adoption process will remain the same as always, but now you'll have the opportunity to put your own price on adorable animals at the Alameda Animal Shelter.

Visit the shelter's website to view all the available pets: www.alamedaanimalshelter.org. The shelter is open from 11 a.m.—7 p.m. Wednesdays and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. The shelter is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Call 510-337-8565 for more information.

The shelter's After The Ball gala was a huge success for Alameda's pets. More than $60,000 was raised. A generous and anonymous donor is giving a $50,000 matching gift to double the impact FAAS will have on homeless animals. The shelter is thrilled to have such wonderful support from the community.


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Looking for holiday gifts? The shelter has just finished a beautiful calendar full of local cats and dogs that were finalists in the recent pet photo contest. Visit the shelter's website to see a collage of the pets highlighted in the calendar, and call the shelter at 510-337-8565 to find out where to purchase the calendar.

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PET OF THE WEEK: Who can resist a chocolate point, blue-eyed Burmese cat like THOMAS? I'm a mellow lap cat looking for a quiet home.

DOG ALLEY: There are 14 available dogs for adoption at the Alameda Animal Shelter.

GRETA is a lovely black-and-white pit bull, about 1½ years old. She's looking for her new best friend who she will certainly adore.

DOLLY is patiently waiting for her perfect new companion. She's a senior dog (about 11 years old), a chow/golden retriever mix, with a lot of energy. She loves, loves, loves, people and prefers them all to herself! CAT LAIR: There are 44 available cats and kittens at the Alameda Animal Shelter.

GAL and GUY are the cutest little 2-month-old kittens! They are brother and sister of course and have just come back from a great foster home. They are now ready for their forever family.

RITA is a beautiful 1½-year-old gray and white cat. She is sweet, sweet, sweet.

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.

TWEETS: There are three parakeets in the shelter — two yellow/green and one albino. They are young, about 8 months old and very pretty. Ask the shelter's staff to meet them.

Mim Carlson, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter's executive director, is filling in while Linda Treml is away. Visit the Alameda Animal Shelter at 1590 Fortmann Way at Grand Street, call the shelter at 510-337-8565 or visit petharbor.com to view the animals.