One of the Alameda Animal Shelter's longest-term residents went home this past weekend. Chris is a beautiful tricolor, 2-year-old female cat who arrived at the shelter more than eight months ago.

She was a frightened stray needing a safe place with lots of care and affection. Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) staff and volunteers gave Chris tons of love, and she developed into a calm sweet cat, always eager for a pat and some gentle playing. Of course, she was a favorite of everyone, and one FAAS volunteer and his wife decided to have Chris 24 hours a day. She has gone to her permanent home.

Now is a good time for anyone to find their new best pet friend. FAAS is offering a "Super Summer Adoption Special" through Wednesday. All cats and dogs can be adopted for $25. Kittens can be adopted for $50, or you can adopt two for the price of one. All other pets can be adopted for $15. There is no better way to celebrate the summer season than adopting a pet to spend the days with you!

When you have pets, it's always a good idea to find ways to entertain them. Here are some tips to keep your pets happy:

1. Many dog trainers recommend a variety of toys to provide stimulation and a mental challenge. For dogs, a Kong or Buster Cube work well. Fill them with treats and keep Fido busy. Another way to keep your pet entertained is to hide treats. The search and reward can be satisfying.

2. Providing access to closed windows can provide a source of entertainment for pets. They can keep tabs on the activities in the neighborhood.

3. Many pets like having a radio or television on for company. Some pets enjoy watching and hearing pet-specific DVD's.

4. If your pet enjoys other animals; you can find a new pal in shelters and rescue groups.

PET OF THE WEEK: Vanilla is a handsome, 10-month-old gray-and-white Siamese mix.

DOG ALLEY: There are 19 dogs available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. BAMBI is a sweet fawn-colored 1-year-old Chihuahua mix. SCOUT is a 3-year-old tan Finnish Spitz mix.

CAT LAIR: There are 55 cats and kittens available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. 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 is a 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

  • 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.

  • Mobile Adoption -- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10, at the West End Flea Market.

    Mim Carlson is the 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.alamedaanimalshelter.org to view the animals.