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Petey, an orange tabby who loves being brushed and snuggling, is the Alameda Animal Shelter's pet of the week.

February is traditionally a month of love and relationships as we celebrate Valentine's Day on Feb. 14. If you are thinking of starting a new relationship with an adopted pet, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) offers you these tips to help you create the very best start to your love affair.

Start preparing for your new pet before bringing her or him home. You'll need food and water bowls, bedding, safe toys and grooming tools, litter boxes for cats, and a collar and a leash for dogs. Crates can be a great tool for a dog in a new home.

Scheduling your first veterinary visit is something you should as soon as you have your new pet. If you adopt from FAAS, you'll get a certificate for a free veterinarian exam. Your vet can recommend a vaccine schedule and flea treatment options at this visit. Microchipping your pet can get your lost pet back to you quickly. Updating your information ensures a quick reunion. All dogs and cats adopted from FAAS will be microchipped before they are adopted. If your pet has not been chipped, FAAS can perform this simple procedure. For information, call 510-337-8565.

If you have other pets at home, introduce the new pet very slowly. He or sShe should be kept in a separate room for several days with sniffing under the door as the contact between the new pet and the others. Short monitored visits can help your pets get to know each other.


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FAAS has these events scheduled throughout the month of February:

Feb. 13 -- Tip-A-Cop a fundraiser at Applebee's in the South Shore Center from 6:30-9 p.m. Alameda Police Chief Mike Noonan and fellow officers are raising needed funds for the animals at the shelter. All tips to the officers will be given to FAAS.

Feb. 16 -- Bowser's Pizza, 1330 Park St., will be giving 20 percent of everything purchased between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to FAAS.

Feb. 20 -- Pet Loss Support Group from 6:30-8 p.m. at the FAAS Shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, led by Jill Goodfriend, RN, LCSW. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Jill at 510-393-1359.

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

PET OF THE WEEK: PETEY is a handsome long-haired orange tabby, who loves being brushed and snuggling with you.

DOG ALLEY: There are 17 dogs available for adoption at the Alameda Animal Shelter. MURPHY is an energetic Bichon Frise, very sweet and super friendy. BEATRIX is a wonderful black lab mix, about 6 years old, who is ready for long walks.

CAT LAIR: There are 33 cats and kittens available for adoption at the Alameda Animal Shelter. AUBURN is a gorgeous long-haired tortie with a cute stubby tail. EVA is a pretty little silver-white tabby with a great personality.

RABBIT ROW: PUTI, a 5-year-old New Zealand white, and HOLLY, a 4-year-old mini-lop, are 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.