Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) has experienced an unusual number of calls this summer from people saying they have found kittens underneath the hoods of cars. We recently had one brought to us that had been found after the car had traveled some distance and the poor little kitten's feet were injured. He is being treated, and we expect a full recovery.

This is something that would be a normal occurrence in the winter months since cats gravitate toward the warmth a car engine provides. However, some felines are drawn to spots under hoods for shelter and safety in the small protective spaces. Rodents (attractive to cats) are also known to make nests under vehicle hoods. Some cats like the taste of antifreeze, a very toxic substance that can lead to serious illness or, worse, death.

If you suspect that your cat has ingested antifreeze, you will want to get your cat to the vet or call the 24/7 Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680. You can also find signs of antifreeze ingestion online. Protect felines from harm by tapping your horn or banging on the hood before starting your vehicle. You could save a cat's life.

The second annual FAAS Photo Contest will commence this month. The photo contest is an opportunity to have your pet featured in the FAAS 2014 calendar. If you don't have a pet, your vote can help select the perfect photos for the calendar. Please check for details coming soon on the FAAS website, www.-


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AlamedaAnimalShelter.org. Save the date for the third annual After the Ball scheduled for Sept. 27. The tickets will go on sale soon and be available through www.AlamedaAnimalShelter.org.

PET OF THE WEEK: Binx is one of the many adorable kittens available for adoption. Come and meet them all.

DOG ALLEY: There are 23 dogs available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. Lily is a 3-year-old sweet-as-pie Tibetan spaniel-and-papillon mix. Poncho is a 7-year-old Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix with the most amazing ears.

CAT LAIR: There are 53 cats and kittens available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. Bo Bo and Lilac are cute 5-month-old male and female kittens looking for their permanent home.

Rabbit Row: Mochi is a 3-year-old female white dwarf rabbit that is outgoing and very curious. Thumper a is 7-year-old harlequin, and Bosh is a 4-year-old tan-and-white mini-lop. Both are neutered males with sweet outgoing personalities.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Pet Loss Support Group -- 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 17 at the shelter. Led by Jill Goodfriend, RN, LCSW. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jill at 510-393-1359.

  • Pet Food Pantry -- 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., July 27, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda.

  • Hot Rods at Harbor Bay -- 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 at Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center, Alameda. Hosted by Laval's Pizza of Alameda, the 50/50 Raffle will benefit FAAS.

    Mim Carlson is executive director of Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter. Visit the Alameda Animal Shelter at 1590 Fortmann Way at Grand Street, call the shelter at 510-337-8565 or visit www.petharbor.com to view the animals.