In case of an emergency, do you have a plan for your pet? It is important to prepare a kit for members of your household, including your pets. A pet disaster supplies kit will relieve stress for you should a disaster occur. You can create a kit for each pet or buy kits online.

Items to include in an emergency pet disaster kit are copies of the pet's medical records, recent photos, at least a one-week supply of water, food, bowls, a pet first aid kit, any medicine and a pet bed. For your cat include a litter box, litter, a leash, a carrier and toys. For other pets, search online for recommended items. Also consider having your pet microchipped and wearing ID tags. Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) offers microchip service. For more information, please call 510-337-8565 or visit our website http://www.alamedaanimalshelter.org/fees.

In the event of a disaster, don't leave your pet unattended. If it's not safe for you, it is likely not safe for your pets. If you need to evacuate, do so early. You can take your pet disaster supplies kit with you. Consider making plans with a trusted neighbor or friend to look after your pet in case you are not able to get home for any reason. Your friend needs to know how to access the disaster supplies kit and be familiar with your pet. Remember to share your pets' hiding places with your friend so they can find a frightened pet.

For more information, search online for "Pet Disaster Plans and Kits" or visit ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/pets_brochure.pdf.

PET OF THE WEEK: MARTA is a 6-year-old spayed female who enjoys the good things in life -- warmth, kind words and adoring humans.

DOG ALLEY: FAAS has 18 great dogs available to fit any lifestyle.

CAT LAIR: There are 21 cats ready to find a sunbeam of their own with you.

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.

Upcoming FAAS events:

  • Mobile Adoptions -- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16 at West End Flea Market, College of Alameda, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway, Alameda; and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 27, at Pet Food Express, 2661 Blanding Ave., Suite 9F, Alameda.

  • Earth Day -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at Washington Park, 740 Central Ave., Alameda. FAAS will host a booth. This is a city of Alameda event.

  • Pet Loss Support Group -- 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and every third Wednesday at the FAAS Shelter, led by Jill Goodfriend, RN, LCSW. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jill at 510-393-1359. The Pet Loss Support Group is free, and donations are always appreciated.

    For more information on these events, or to make a donation visit the FAAS website at http://www.alamedaanimalshelter.org/ or call 510-337-8565. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/FAAS09

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