Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) has more than just dogs and cats for adoption. They also have rabbits!

In the United States, thousands of rabbits are abandoned every year because there are simply too many of them to find new homes. FAAS encourages everyone to spay/neuter their rabbits to reduce the number of unwanted rabbits each year. It's easy for your veterinarian to do; it's safe; and your rabbits will live longer, happier lives.

Contrary to popular thinking, spaying/neutering your rabbit does NOT make him/her "fat" or "lazy." There is also less risk of reproductive cancers. Studies suggest that up to 85 percent of female rabbits develop uterine cancer by age 4 if they are not spayed. By spaying your female, you can virtually eliminate ovarian, uterine and mammarian cancers. Testicular cancer in male rabbits is less common than uterine cancer in females but does occur in older rabbits and is another reason to have your vet do the neutering surgery.

Other good reasons to spay/neuter your rabbit include reducing a male rabbit's temptation to fight, which leads to injury and possibly death. It is much easier to litter-train your rabbit if it is spayed or neutered. Overall, altered rabbits are better companions because they are much more loving and calm. Neutered or spayed rabbits are less likely to spray, growl and engage in territorial biting, destructive chewing, digging, aggressive or possessive lunging or boxing. They can be the most delightful pets displaying affection for a lifetime.

PET OF THE WEEK: Meet Hector, a true gentleman. Affectionate and attentive, 8-year-old Hector loves to snuggle and get belly rubs. Visit Hector and prepare to be charmed.

DOG ALLEY: There are 20 available dogs at the Alameda Animal Shelter. RUSTY is approximately 2 years old and is a German Shepherd and chow mix. He's a lively dog with a happy-go-lucky personality. TOMMY LEE is a perky Dachshund mix, about 4 years old and ready to play.

CAT LAIR: There are 32 available cats at the Alameda Animal Shelter. BELLE is a 5 month old gray-and-white kitten that is a lovely, sweet young gal. She is FIV-positive.

RABBIT ROW: PUTI, a 5-year-old New Zealand white, HOLLY, a 4-year-old mini-lop, and Belle, a 1-year-old rex, are in foster care. Contact the shelter for more information. Visit FAAS on Facebook for frequent updates on what is available or not.

Upcoming FAAS events: Mobile Adoptions are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9 at West End Flea Market -- College of Alameda, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway; and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 16 at See Spot Run, 2510 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda.

A Pet Loss Support Group is from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 20 at the FAAS shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, led by Jill Goodfriend, RN, LCSW. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jill at 510-393-1359. For more information on any events, visit the FAAS website at http://www.alamedaanimalshelter.org or call 510-337-8565.

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