The Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) staff and volunteers wish everyone a very happy new year.

As 2012 comes to an end, FAAS staff and volunteers are busily wrapping up their first year of caring for the animals at the shelter. And, what a year it has been! Animal adoptions exceed previous years, new pet-related programs have started and the homeless animals at the shelter are receiving the very best care from FAAS staff and volunteers. The shelter has thrived in 2012, and it is because of all the support from our generous and caring community. FAAS could not have accomplished so much in 2012 without the support of all of us.

Here is a heartwarming example of how generous our community is. Recently, FAAS took in a sad, very hungry Chihuahua mix that had been wandering the streets of Alameda. The staff examined her and found a very large mass that was diagnosed as a super-sized hernia. The surgery to remove the mass was very expensive because a specialist needed to perform it. FAAS appealed to the community to support their Angel Fund and quickly raised the money needed for the surgery.

The dog, named Chiqui, is now resting comfortably in a foster home and will soon be ready for adoption. The FAAS Angel Fund was started to pay for critical medical procedures for abandoned pets, like Chiqui. Please consider a special gift to the Angel Fund to help sick and injured pets get their second chance for a happy, healthy life.


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Pet of the week: Boris, a mellow, 6-year-old tuxedo cat, is a special pet of the week. He is declawed, which means he is an indoor-only cat since he would not be able to defend himself outside. Declawing cats is not recommended by FAAS because the procedure is often traumatic for them and there are good alternatives that are easy to do. However, the shelter does often have declawed cats available for adoption, and Boris is there right now. He's happy lounging around and loves to be petted. He is a very loving fellow and will make a great indoor companion.

DOG ALLEY: There are 11 dogs available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. MIA is a 3-year-old white miniature poodle, who would do best in a house with adults. She is spunky and sweet. CLARA is a 2-year-old pit bull mix looking for a family of her own. She is learning basic commands and is a good walker.

CAT LAIR: There are 39 kittens and cats available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. MEG is a 5-year-old, brown tabby that wants to be your only cat. She loves being with people and chin scratches. BRAVO is only 5 months, and he's a lovable little orange tabby kitten looking for his new home.

To learn more about FAAS or to make a donation, visit our website: www.AlamedaAnimalShelter.org. Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FAAS09.

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.