Sunday through Saturday is National Volunteer Week, and Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) is sending a huge shout out to the more than 100 volunteers who help ensure Alameda's abandoned animals receive top quality care.

The small FAAS staff depends on volunteers to help with various tasks involved in caring for Alameda's homeless animals. Volunteers walk dogs, socialize cats, help with events to raise money and awareness, work in the office, keep the shelter safe and clean and pitch in wherever needed. FAAS simply could not maintain the high quality care for Alameda's homeless animals without volunteers.

FAAS salutes and thanks its wonderful volunteer corps for their dedication and commitment to helping Alameda's homeless pets. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please email volunteer.faas@gmail.com or visit the FAAS website www.AlamedaAnimalShelter.org/volunteer for information about volunteering .

The first weekend in May is "Big Dog Day" at FAAS. On May 4-5, the shelter will adopt out all dogs 50 pounds and heavier for half the regular adoption fee. FAAS has lots of big loveable dogs waiting for their new homes, and the adoption fee is only $50 per dog -- a small fee for a big dog. You will also receive a starter kit for your new adopted pal that includes food, toys and other goodies. All adoptions include vaccinations (except rabies), spay/neuter, microchip, a free wellness exam at a participating veterinarian, coupons to local pet stores and more. FAAS requires potential adopters to show proof of home ownership or a copy of a lease indicating permission to have pets if renting.

Pet Of The Week: CAPTAIN is a loveable, handsome lap cat who wants to be your only cat. Come visit him at the shelter, and he will tell you himself.

Dog Alley: The shelter has 24 dogs available for adoption. MAMA BEAR is a sweet big bear of a dog. She's a 3-year-old gray-and-white pit bull mix that enjoys hanging out. HONEY is a honey-colored Chihuahua about 3 years old that is sweet, outgoing and playful.

Cat Lair: The shelter has 23 cats available for adoption. If you like big cats, consider NATHAN or BORIS. They are sweet boys, and either one would give you a whole lot of loving. NATHAN is declawed and about 3 years old. BORIS is an 8-year-old couch potato.

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

  • Earth Day -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Washington Park. Visit the FAAS booth.

  • Pet Food Pantry -- 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the FAAS parking lot at 1590 Fortmann Way. Free pet food is available to all qualified low-income residents of Alameda.

  • Pet Mobile Adoption -- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pet Food Express, 2661 Blanding Ave.

    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.