Spring is kitten season, and you will likely see them if you are walking around Alameda. The staff at Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) and Alameda Animal Control receive many calls from residents and business owners who have noticed a litter of kittens unattended. Often, these little kittens are just waiting for the mom to return.

Please realize that an absent mother does not mean she abandoned her litter. She can be moving kittens one at a time to a new location, feeding herself or doing other things. It is important to wait awhile to see if mom returns. Just imagine if mom cat returns to find her kittens missing. That would be horrible for her.

Here are some helpful steps to consider before taking any action. Make sure that the kittens are really abandoned. Watch from a distance for up to two hours. Please do not touch the kittens. You will need to stay several yards away from the kittens since mom may not come to them if you are too close, especially if she is feral or very shy.

If mom has not returned after two hours, please call your local animal control agency to come take the kittens to the shelter. If you find the kittens in Alameda, you can call police dispatch at 510-337-8340 to have the kittens taken to FAAS.

Pet Of The Week: Peanut is a cute little guy with a big smile and lots of love to give.


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Dog Alley: The shelter has 25 dogs available for adoption. COWBOY is a rootin-tootin little Jack Russell terrier mix. He looks like a miniature cattle dog. SASHI is a beautiful boxer and pit mix. She's about 1 year old and is a very polite dog who loves people.

Cat Lair: The shelter has 25 cats available for adoption. POOFIE is a pretty, longhaired black cat who loves cheek rubs and soft laps. STRIPEY-TAIL is super friendly with other cats and affectionate with humans.

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.

    Mark your calendars for the second annual Wiggle, Waggle, Walk on June 15 at the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal. This dog walk and festival is tons of fun for the whole family. For more information, call FAAS at 510-337-8565 or visit www.AlamaedaAnimalShelter.org.

    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.