The Alameda Animal Shelter was filled with many wonderful animals needing good homes so Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter scheduled a three-day "Free Adopt-a-thon."

The special adoptions took place the weekend of Dec. 7-9. The shelter reports that 21 dogs, cats and a rooster were adopted!

Two of the adoptions were animals with special needs. Marshmallow is a beautiful deaf white pit bull with an outgoing personality and is super friendly. The person who adopted Marshmallow did a lot of online research and made many inquires before finally adopting her. Marshmallow and her new person are doing great, thanks to her careful research.

The other special needs animal adopted is a cat named Finn who was diagnosed as FIV positive. Finn is a beautiful cat with a whimsical personality adopted by a very special family. Finn is now known as Finn Francis O'Neill. Both animals were favorites at the shelter and we are so very pleased to know that they are home for the holidays.

This holiday season we thank everyone for supporting the shelter. There is no greater accomplishment than adopting animals into their forever homes. During 2012, more than 430 animals were adopted from FAAS.

Every year, Bay Woof conducts a survey for the "Best of the Bay." Voting ends on Jan. 31, 2013. You can participate in the survey at this link: www.surveymonkey.com. Please consider voting for FAAS in the following categories:

• Best Thing to Happen to Dogs (FAAS taking over the Alameda City Shelter)

• Best Humane Organization -- Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS)

You can participate in the survey at this link: www.surveymonkey.com

There is still time to purchase your FAAS calendar. This first 2013 calendar is full of local cats and dogs that were finalists in our recent pet photo contest. Calendars are available for purchase at the shelter, or you can order them by calling 510-337-8565.

To learn more about FAAS visit: www.AlamedaAnimalShelter.org

Like FAAS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FAAS09

Make a donation to FAAS at: http://www.alamedaanimalshelter.org/donate/

PET OF THE WEEK: SCOUT AND ATTICUS, a beautiful bonded pair, these senior cats have spent their lives together. They are talkative and curious and love human company.

DOG ALLEY: There are eight available dogs at the Alameda Animal Shelter.

NOEL is a puppy! She's 4-months-old and is a frisky, adorable tan-and-white pit bull mix. She'll be a great companion for someone who enjoys lots of activity.

MIA is a very sweet poodle mix. She's about 3 years old and she loves people. She's waiting for you to come adopt her.

CAT LAIR: There are 34 kittens and cats available at the Alameda Animal Shelter.

ROMEO loves to sit in your lap and be brushed. He's a very handsome buff-and-orange tabby who is about 3- years-old. He's a sweetheart.

CHAI is a remarkably beautiful 4-month-old, cream-and-brown Siamese. She is ready to grace your household with her beauty and charm.

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.