April is "National Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month." Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) encourages you to participate in preventing animal cruelty all year long by knowing the signs and taking steps to stop it. Do you know the signs of animal cruelty?

The word "cruelty" as it pertains to animals means the intentional, unjustified killing, poisoning, injuring or causing of pain or psychological distress to any animal as defined by the Animal Welfare Act of 2004.

Some of the many signs of animal cruelty include: untreated wounds or pest infestation; difficulty moving around while being forced to; excessive hair loss or matted fur; emaciation. Other forms of cruelty are animals being left in hot cars, being yelled at or beaten. If you witness any of this abuse or these signs of abuse, please report them to Animal Control. The phone number for Alameda Animal Control is 510-337-8562.

Another good way to prevent animal cruelty is to teach others, including children, that animals are living creatures that love unconditionally. When we understand that animals are living beings that deserve to live safe and secure, this knowledge helps safeguard them from abuse. Teaching children to be gentle with animals and always treat them with respect helps them grow into compassionate and responsible adults.

Making donations to your local animal shelter is another great way to help the animals! The Alameda Animal Shelter is our local resource for ensuring our community's pets are safe and well cared for. To make a donation to FAAS, visit www.AlamedaAnimalShelter.org/donate. There are many sources of information on preventing animal cruelty online. One good article is at www.healthypet.com.


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PET OF THE WEEK: Molly is very gentle and shy. Evening cuddles are her favorite thing.

DOG ALLEY: FAAS has 23 great dogs available for adoption. DUG loves to play especially with squeaky toys and you. He is a 1-year-old brindled pit bull. ZORRO is a 10-month-old fox terrier mix that is super-adorable.

CAT LAIR: FAAS has 25 cats ready and available for adoption. LEO is a handsome lilac point Siamese, about 4 years old with gorgeous blue eyes. BABY and KEETCHOON are a bonded pair of female torties. They are charming and sweet.

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 13 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.

  • Pet Loss Support Group -- 6:30 to 8 p.m., April 17, FAAS shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda. Led by Jill Goodfriend, RN, LCSW. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jill at 510-393-1359. The Pet Loss Support Group meets every third Wednesday, 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 www.petharbor.com to view the animals.