Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) has free Friday adoptions through August! And, there's only two more Fridays left for this great adoption special, so hurry down to the shelter at 1590 Fortmann Way to find your new pet friend.

FAAS frequently gets calls from people finding lost pets and wondering what they should do. If you find the animal in Alameda, please call the police nonemergency number at 510-337-8340 and let them know where the lost pet is. The police will send their animal control officer or a police officer to pick up the animal and bring it to the shelter. If the pet is injured or appears ill, let the dispatcher know this so the officer can transport it immediately to a veterinarian. If you can stay with the pet until someone arrives to do the transporting, that will help the pet and the officer.

If you bring the animal to the shelter yourself, please remember that the Alameda Animal Shelter can only take animals found in Alameda. If you find the animal in Oakland or any other surrounding city, you'll need to go to the animal shelter that serves that community. FAAS can help you find the right place to take the pet, so contact us at 510-337-8565. Our hours are Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone at FAAS thanks you for being a caring person and helping lost pets find safe shelter.

Pet Of The Week: Stella is a sweet, silly 2-year-old blue fawn Chihuahua with a velvety coat. She would do best in a home without small children.

DOG ALLEY: There are 22 dogs available at the shelter. APRICOT is a darling little golden Affenpinscher, about 2 years old, that is sweet and playful. MYSTIQUE is a beautiful blue American Staffordshire, about 2 years old, that would like a home with another dog.

CAT LAIR: There are 43 felines available at the shelter. JERRY is a handsome 1-year old Russian blue mix that is endearingly wobbly. JEWEL is a 1-year-old chocolate point Siamese, who is a most beautiful jewel.

RABBIT ROW: MOCHI is a 3-year-old female white dwarf rabbit that is outgoing and very curious. Martin, Speckles and Bun Bun are new arrivals to Rabbit Row here at the shelter.

Upcoming Events

  • After The Ball -- 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Rock Wall Wine Company. This year's event features trapeze artists and stilt walkers. Plus, there will be a pre-event VIP reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring renowned Alameda jazz guitarist Terrence Brewer. For details and to purchase tickets visit www.AfterTheBall.org. Proceeds from After The Ball will help homeless animals at the shelter.

  • Photo Calendar Contest -- Now through Sept. 30. Enter your pet's photo at https://www.360photocontest.com/217 and get everyone you know to vote. The top vote-getters will be featured in the FAAS 2014 Calendar.

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