Happy first anniversary to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS)! The nonprofit assumed responsibility for the shelter on Jan. 1, 2012, and began caring for and adopting out our city's homeless animals starting on day one.

During the year, FAAS made great progress in providing the abandoned pets in Alameda with the best care possible and giving them a second chance for a great new life. More than 450 abandoned animals found new homes (a 21 percent increase over 2011), 229 lost pets were returned to their owners and new programs were started to help the people and pets in our community.

The animal shelter successes of 2012 are possible because of the dedicated staff and board, the 5,000 hours of volunteer support received and generous financial support from the community. Several hundred individuals and businesses gave contributions, small and large, to keep the shelter going and to save animal lives. One of the long-term supporters of the Alameda Animal Shelter is the Humane Society of Alameda (HSOA). This organization provides a variety of support services for pet owners in the East Bay, and it purchases food and pet products for the Alameda Animal Shelter. For example, in 2012 HSOA provided temporary leashes, hand sanitizers, pet food, assisted with vet bills and bought some major appliances.


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Their support to FAAS in the first year has been instrumental. FAAS is very grateful to the Humane Society of Alameda for all of the items and services provided in 2012.

In 2013, FAAS is committed to continue providing the very best possible care for the animals in the shelter and to help pet owners with information and other resources. In the month of January, the following events are planned.

  • Jan. 19 -- Mobile Adoption at Pet Food Express (Blanding) from 11 a.m.—2 p.m.

  • Jan. 23 -- Benefit Dinner for FAAS at Tomatino's on Park Street

  • Jan. 26 -- Special pet-themed garage sale at FAAS and a pet food giveaway for low-income households, at FAAS, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda from 10 a.m.—1 p.m.

    For more information, visit the FAAS website at www.alamedaanimalshelter.org or call 510-337-8565.

    PET OF THE WEEK: BERT is a tan-and-white, 4-month-old, pit bull mix puppy. Full of puppy energy and ready to learn, he would make a great family pet.

    DOG ALLEY: There are 15 available dogs at the Alameda Animal Shelter. SIMONE and LACEY are a bonded pair of senior dogs, about 12 years old, who have are in need of a home in which to live out their golden years. SIMONE is an American bulldog mix and her pal LACEY is a border terrier mix. They are both incredibly sweet, gentle dogs.

    CAT LAIR: There are 33 available cats and kittens at the Alameda Animal Shelter. POE is a cute, smoky gray, longhair kitten, about 3 months, with a bit of white on her nose. CHRIS is a pretty, 2-year old, tricolor female with big green eyes that will make you fall in love with her.

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