Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter is celebrating June as Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month with free cat and kitten adoptions from Friday through Sunday. All cats and kittens are spayed or neutered before adoption and have been health-checked, vaccinated and microchipped. While they are at the shelter, everyone receives lots of love and attention from the staff and volunteers so they are well socialized and ready for their new homes.

The shelter is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the free adoption weekend and is at 1590 Fortmann Way in Alameda. Visit the FAAS website at www.alamedaanimalshelter.org or call 510-337-8565 for more information. To adopt, everyone in the household must meet the prospective cat or kitten, and you must show proof of homeownership or have a copy of your rental lease indicating you can have a pet. Here are just a few of the adorable cats and kittens waiting for someone to call their own:

  • CASPER is a flame point 2-month-old kitten. He is a stunning kitten and will be as an adult cat, too. He started his life in someone's back yard and has blossomed into an incredible guy.

  • SNOWFLAKE is a super-affectionate cat with lovely medium-length white fur and orange highlights. She is about a year old. She's a talkative gal that likes to carry on conversations with you with her happy little "meows."

  • CAPTAIN is one of our beloved senior citizens that loves the sunlight, laps and, most of all, people. He's not so fond of other cats and hence would prefer to be your only feline pal.

    Pet Of The Week: Meet Red. He is one of 50 cats and kittens available for free adoptions Friday through Sunday at FAAS.


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    Dog Alley: There are 20 available dogs at the Alameda Animal Shelter. LILY is a 3-year-old Papillon and Tibetan spaniel mix that is a pretty buff color. She's a bit shy and very sweet. WILLOW is a beautiful gray and white pit bull that is good with dogs, loves people and has a beautiful smile.

    Cat Lair: There are 50 available kittens at the Alameda Animal Shelter. PIE is a perky, brown tabby that is 5 months old with a cute pink nose. SAM is a big orange tabby that would love a quiet home where he can adore someone and be adored in return.

    Rabbit Row: MOCHI is a 3-year-old female white dwarf rabbit that is outgoing and very curious.

    UPCOMING EVENTS

  • July Fourth parade -- Cheer for FAAS as they take to the streets with their FAAS-mobile and some shelter pets.

  • Adoptathon -- Join FAAS and several other shelters/rescues for a day of adoptions and pet-related products on July 13 at Jack London Square.

  • Pet Loss Support Group -- 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 17 at the shelter. Led by Jill Goodfriend, RN, LCSW. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jill at 510-393-1359.

    Mim Carlson is the executive director of Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. Visit the shelter at 1590 Fortmann Way at Grand Street, call 510-337-8565 or visit www.petharbor.com to view the animals.