As a new year begins, people often make resolutions for things they want to accomplish. One of the most common resolutions made each year is to get more exercise. Many health studies report that walking is one of the best forms of exercise and that walking 30 minutes a day can prevent heart disease, maintain weight and reduce stress, along with many other benefits.

Alameda is the perfect city to take walks because of the interesting neighborhoods, great paths and many parks to visit. This is also the perfect city to have a dog join you on your walks! Since most dogs need to have at least 30 minutes of exercise a day for their own good health, walking with your dog is the perfect win-win situation for both of you.

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter currently has lots of dogs that could use a good walking partner. There's also Penny, a small and beautiful Pug/Chihuahua mix that loves walks and particularly enjoys hanging out in the sunshine. A short walk to the park and then some time resting on a bench in the sun is her perfect outing.

Tiger is a big boy with great leash manners. Named Tiger for his brown brindled coat, this handsome boy knows the basic commands of "sit" and "stay." Roxie is our power walker. She's a striking dark gray pit bull that enjoys a fast pace and stays focused on the world in front of her. She's fine on a leash and would like someone to keep pace with her and give her the love she so deserves.


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These two dogs, and many more, are available for adoption to be your walking partner. Visit us at 1590 Fortmann Way in Alameda during our open hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

Please remember to keep your beloved pets indoors on New Year's Eve so they don't panic from the fireworks and become lost on the streets. Everyone at FAAS wishes you a very Happy New Year!

Pet Of The Week: Speckles is a neutered English spot rabbit with lots of bunny energy and beautiful white and tan markings. He is in a foster home with Martin and Oreo.

DOG ALLEY: There are 18 dogs available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. GIDGET is a cute little 1-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix. PERCY is a 6-month-old black/white basenji and greyhound mix.

CAT LAIR: There are 25 felines available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. FLORA is a 1-year old brown/white Maine coon cat. MILO is a handsome 3-year-old brown tabby.

RABBIT ROW: MARTIN, a neutered agouti, and SPECKLES, a neutered English spot, are in foster care. Ash is a 4 month old white-and-gray English spot, and Adam is a 4-month-old hot-tot. OREO is a black-and-white neutered mini-lop.

Upcoming Events

  • High Street Station FAAS Benefit -- 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. New Year's Eve at 1303 High St. in Alameda. Reservations are recommended. Please call 510-995-8049.

    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.