As we move into 2013, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) is taking a moment to reflect on the many success stories of 2012 and animal lives saved. Below are a few staff favorites.

Early in January 2012, a handsome gray-and-white cat came into the shelter. He was named Mojo, and staff noticed he had patches of missing fur around his neck and head. Mojo was pulling his fur out. Medication was started, but it took five months of medicine and love before Mojo had his beautiful coat back. Soon after, Mojo's guardian angel showed up and took him home while FAAS staff and volunteers cheered.

Bella is a beautiful blue-and-white pit bull who carried her head and body differently from most dogs. A veterinarian diagnosed Bella with possible neurological issues, making it difficult to find her a home. She waited many months while FAAS staff and volunteers showered her with attention. Then, a family looking for a pit bull with special needs came to the shelter and immediately fell in love with Bella and took her home. She happily went off to the wonderful forever home she so deserves.

Mr. Finn is a charming tuxedo cat with a happy-go-lucky personality, making him adorable. Although perfectly healthy, he was diagnosed with FIV (an immune compromising disease), making him less adoptable despite his charm. He became a volunteer favorite and spent his many months at the shelter being loved by all. The "purrfect" person came to the shelter one day, fell in love with Finn, and off he went to charm his way into another's heart.


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In December, FAAS took in Chiqui the Chihuahua. The staff examined her and found a very large mass that was diagnosed as a super-sized hernia. The surgery to repair the hernia was very expensive because a specialist needed to perform it, so FAAS appealed to the community for support and quickly raised the money needed. Chiqui is in foster care and will be available for adoption soon.

These are a few stories of more than 980 animals helped by the Alameda community in 2012. FAAS could not do the work we do to shelter our city's homeless animals and find them new homes if it wasn't for each of you. Please make one of your New Year's resolutions to continue to support this important community resource. We saved the shelter, and now we need to keep it thriving and saving animal lives!

PET OF THE WEEK: FIONA is an energetic girl looking for an adult-only home. Don't let her barking in the kennel fool you; she is a breeze on a leash and eager to please.

DOG ALLEY: The shelter has 12 dogs available for adoption. ERNIE and BERT are darling tan-and-white, 4-month-old pit bull puppies who love people and playing.

CAT LAIR: The shelter has 35 cats and kittens available for adoption. SIMON, ROSCOE, and BELLE are 3-month-old siblings that are super-cute and playful.

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