July is "Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month." Rabbits can make wonderful companions. They can live from seven to 10 years and with careful introduction and supervision can get along with many other companion animals.

Rabbits are intelligent, affectionate and inquisitive and can be trained to use a litter box. They are happiest if kept indoors to enjoy the comforts of regulated temperatures and safety from predators. And they enjoy daily exercise with time outside their habitat.

Before you adopt a rabbit, it's good to educate yourself about the care they need and their sensitivities. Households with children are fine as long as an adult supervises playtime. Also, rabbit-proofing your home will go a long way toward protecting your rabbit and your home. To find out more about adopting a rabbit, contact FAAS at 510-337-8565 or the House Rabbit Society at 510-970-7575.

Tye, a sweet neutered male pit bull, is the Alameda Animal Shelter’s pet of the week.
Tye, a sweet neutered male pit bull, is the Alameda Animal Shelter's pet of the week.

Adoption Special: FAAS is having a Super Summer Adoption Special through the end of this month. Cats and dogs can be adopted for $25, and kittens can be adopted for $50 or two adopted for the price of one. This special will happen until August, so stop by and visit some of the extremely cute dogs, cats, and kittens waiting for new homes.

Pet Of The Week: Tye is a super-sweet neutered male pit bull. Tye knows "sit" and walks nicely on a leash. He is an active dog able to relax and hang out with you. There is no adoption fee for Tye; he is free to a qualified home.


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DOG ALLEY: There are 21 dogs available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. BUNKY is the longest-term dog resident with FAAS. He's a sweet little tan Chihuahua mix, about 2 years old, that is gentle and loves to go on walks. There is no adoption fee for Bunky; he is free to a qualified home.

CAT LAIR: There are 61 cats and kittens available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. PASHA is a handsome dark-gray 6-year-old male with gorgeous green eyes. The Kitten Kottage is full of sweet, adorable kittens waiting for new homes.

Rabbit Row: These rabbits are in foster care. Please ask the FAAS staff to make arrangements to see them. 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. The shelter's hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The shelter is at 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda. You can visit some of the available pets on the FAAS website at www.AlamedaAnimalShelter.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Photo contest -- The second annual FAAS Pet Photo contest is beginning in late July. Check the FAAS website for the start date and for instructions on submitting your pet photos.

  • 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.