The Pet Photo Contest ended Sept. 30 with more than $14,000 raised. We have great photos for the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter 2014 calendar, which should be available in early November.

Catoberfest is under way at FAAS with $5 adoptions for all adult cats and $50 adoptions for all kittens. We are full of well socialized felines who would like their forever homes. All cats and kittens are spayed or neutered before adoption, have been microchipped, health-screened, vaccinated and are ready to go! As part of our Catoberfest, we'd like adopters to bring in a bag of dry cat food for the FAAS pet food pantry.

Part of this month's Catoberfest is providing interesting tips about felines. The tip for this week is that keeping your kitties safe can be as easy as keeping them indoors. Indoor cats can avoid getting hit by a car, becoming sick with feline leukemia, attacked by dogs and wild animals, hurt in cat fights and getting lost/stolen.

Indoor cats also live longer than outdoor cats. Cats like to climb, hunt and lay in the sun. Humans can create a fun indoor environment that allows them to do all these things. Add toys and cat condos indoors, and hang bird feeders outside of a window for cats to enjoy the birds. For more entertainment, provide access to sunny windows where your kitty can watch the world go by while staying warm and content.

If your cat goes outdoors, it is possible to transition an outdoor cat to an indoor environment. Having the cat spend longer periods indoors over time is a great way to slowly make the adjustment. While the transition may take time and patience, even the most confirmed outdoor cat can eventually be convinced of indoor comforts.

Upcoming Events

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

    Pet Of The Week: BOOTS is a neutered, 1-year-old chocolate point siamese mix that is sure to steal your heart.

    DOG ALLEY: There are 23 dogs available at the shelter. SAMMY is a cute 1-year-old little tan/black Chihuahua with soft brown eyes. RUE is a gorgeous 3-year-old red pit bull -- take her for a walk!

    CAT LAIR: There are 45 felines available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. MOONSHINE is a lovely 2-year-old soft gray cat, and MONEY GIRL is a strikingly pretty 1-year-old tortishell.

    RABBIT ROW: MARTIN, a neutered agouti; SPECKLES, a neutered English spot; and BUN BUNS, a brown/white lop mini rex, are all in foster care, and ADAM is a white Hot-Tot here at the shelter.

    Mim Carlson is executive director of Friends of the Ala meda 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.