In 2013, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter remains 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.

We have a number of events designed to raise the funds needed to provide the animals in the shelter with the best possible care. We hope to see you at our fundraising events. Dates and information provided below.

Jan.16 -- Pet Loss Support Group meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the FAAS Shelter 1590 Fortmann Way, led by by Jill Goodfriend, RN, LCSW. For more information or to RSVP, contact Goodfriend at 510-393-1359.

Many pet owners consider their pet a friend, companion or family member. When a pet passes away, the pet owner often experiences the intense pain that accompanies the loss of that friend. FAAS is committed to supporting the community in this very special way by hosting the pet loss support group with Goodfriend.

Jan. 19 -- Mobile Adoption will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pet Food Express 2661 Blanding at Broadway.

Jan. 23 -- Benefit Dinner "Dine and Donate" for FAAS at Tomatino, 1338 Park St.


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Please mark your calendar for Jan. 23 from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. When you dine at Tomatina on Jan. 23, 20 percent of the food and beverage sales will be donated to FAAS. Please note you need to print and present the flyer to your server. You can print the flyer at this link on the FAAS website, http://www.alamedaanimalshelter.org/news-and-events/. You can click the "click here" link for the flyer.

Jan. 26 -- FAAS garage sale will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 1590 Fortmann Way.

A special pet-themed garage sale with many items for sale. We will also host a pet food giveaway for low-income households.

For more information, visit the FAAS website at http://www.alamedaanimalshelter.org/ or you can call 510-337-8565.

PET OF THE WEEK: Zoe is an 11-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix who is a bundle of pure energy. She is a great walker who loves to play ball. She would love an active family who will give her plenty of exercise.

DOG ALLEY: This week our dog alley will feature descriptions of stray dogs brought in to the shelter. These dogs were all found in Alameda: A024045, a 4-month-old male Shepherd mix pup; A024041, a 3-year-old male Shi-Tzu mix; A024042, a 5-year-old male Bichon-poodle mix; and A024028, a 6-year-old female black Labrador mix.

CAT LAIR: The following cats have come to us as strays this week: A024034, a 5-year-old female long-haired tortie and A024038, a 8-year-old male declawed tuxedo .

RABBIT ROW: Puti is a 8-year-old New Zealand white and Holly is a 4-year-old mini-lop. Both in foster care. Contact the shelter for more information on these rabbits.

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.