Volunteers are crucial to the success of everything done at Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter.

Our small staff could not take care of the hundreds of animals we shelter each year without volunteers helping in every way. FAAS always needs volunteers, and if you have the spare time and love animals, please consider helping at the shelter. Here are some reasons to volunteer at FAAS.

1) You get unconditional love from all the animals at the shelter.

2) You get to care for homeless and abandoned animals until they find their forever homes.

3) You make lots of friends (human and animal).

FAAS has many great volunteer opportunities. You can walk dogs, play with them in the yard, cuddle with cats and kittens, socialize with rabbits, participate in outreach activities like mobile adoptions, assist with fundraising events and help in the office. There is something for everyone, and anyone 10 years or older can volunteer. We ask that an adult accompany volunteers younger than 16. Each month our volunteer manager schedules orientations for potential volunteers. To sign up for an orientation, visit www.AlamedaAnimalShelter.org/volunteer or call the shelter at 510-337-8575.


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September is "Everything Goes With Black and Black/White Month" at the shelter. All pets dressed in black or black/white can be adopted for 50 percent off the regular fee. There are lots of pets to choose from, so please visit the shelter to see them. Our hours are Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pet Of The Week: Bo Bo is a sweet, 7-month-old black-and-white kitten that's very smart and full of energy.

DOG ALLEY: There are 20 dogs available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. TUX is a black/white Boxer mix about 2 years old who is a great walker. COLBY is a handsome black Patterdale Terrier about 2 years old.

CAT LAIR: There are 46 felines available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. POIROT is a cute black-and-white 4-month-old kitten with a darling goatee. BOO TOO is an all-black, super sweet, 9-year-old female.

RABBIT ROW: MARTIN is a 1-year-old neutered agouti boy and MOCHI is a 3-year-old spayed white rabbit with gorgeous blue eyes are here at the shelter. SPECKLES is a neutered 1-year-old white-and-gold English spot, and BUN BUNS is a 7-year-old neutered mini-rex/lop mix.

Upcoming Events

  • After the Ball 2013 -- 6 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda. For and ticket sales, visit www.AfterTheBall.org.

  • Photo Calendar Contest -- through Sept. 30. To enter the FAAS 2014 Paws, Claws, Feathers and Fins photo calendar contest, go to www.360photocontest.com/217.

  • Pet Loss Support Group -- 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way in Alameda. Jill Goodfriend, RN, LCSW, will lead the session. For more information or to RSVP please contact Jill at 510-393-1359.

    Mim Carlson is 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.alamedaanimalshelter.org to view the animals.