News flash on Rascal! Because of the many donations from our generous community, Rascal the little terrier can have the hip surgery he needs. Lucky little Rascal says, "Thank You! "

Are you interested in fostering some kittens? Volunteering to do so is one of the most important contributions you can make to saving animal lives. Every year, shelters in the Bay Area take in hundreds of underage kittens needing tender loving foster care until they can be adopted. Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) needs foster volunteers to take baby kittens into their homes for a short time until they are old enough to be adopted.

Underage kittens range from a day old to seven to eight weeks. Those that are a day to about three weeks old and without a mom require bottle-feeding approximately every two hours with kitten formula. If the kittens are older and eating solid food on their own, foster volunteers take them in for socialization and care until they are two pounds. Sometimes FAAS will receive a mom cat and her babies. Since mom can provide care, foster volunteers only need to ensure mom and babies stay healthy and safe. FAAS provides food and litter to the foster families.

With training from FAAS, anyone can become a kitten foster. Fosters feed and care for the kittens in their home, transport the kittens to FAAS for evaluation and weighing and to local veterinarian appointments if medications become necessary. Contact FAAS at 510-337-8565 if you are interested in becoming a foster volunteer.


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Pet of the Week: Tux is a 1½-year-old pit mix. His moderate energy, curious nature and love of snuggling could be just who you are looking for. A home with children older than 10 is best.

DOG ALLEY: FAAS has 23 available dogs waiting for new homes. LOKI is a handsome boy. He's a 4-year-old German Shepherd needing a constant companion. DUG is a rough-and-tumble 1½-year-old brown brindled pit mix.

CAT LAIR: FAAS has 22 available cats waiting for new homes. DORI needs someone looking for a sweet, shy older cat. She's 10 years old with special medical needs. JIMMY is a striking gray-and-white cat, about 3 years old, who is super-ready for a new home.

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

  • Pet Food Pantry -- 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday at Pet Food Express, 2661 Blanding Ave.

  • Big Dog Days -- 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4-5 at the FAAS shelter. All dogs 50 pounds and heavier can be adopted for $50.

  • Wiggle, Waggle, Walk -- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15.

    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.