Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter thanks the Imaginators, a great team of six students from Amelia Earhart Elementary School. They held a "Paws N Play" Game Day at their school on Jan. 29 and raised more than $368 for homeless pets at the Alameda Animal Shelter. Hooray for the Imaginators!

February is "Spay/Neuter Awareness Month," and FAAS encourages everyone to spay or neuter their pets. This simple surgery reduces the pet overpopulation problem that is prevalent in all communities, including Alameda.

Did you know that when pets are not spayed or neutered, the number of offspring could overwhelm a community? A pair of breeding cats can have two or more litters per year and exponentially produce 420,000 offspring over a seven-year period. Each year, Bay Area shelters are overrun with stray and surrendered animals. By spaying or neutering your pet, you help to ensure a home for every animal who needs one.

There are other important reasons to spay or neuter your pet. Your female pet will enjoy a longer, healthier life because spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer. When a female is spayed she will not go into heat, sparing you the frustration of your pet escaping to mate. Neutered males are often much better behaved than non-neutered ones and less likely to become escape artists.


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Speaking of "litters," kitten season is right around the corner and, when it starts, FAAS will need foster homes to care for kittens until they can be spayed or neutered and ready for adoption. If you can help please contact Volunteer Manager Cindy Shelby at 510-337-8575.

PET OF THE WEEK: LUCKY is a bouncy, lovable 4-year-old Chihuahua mix ready for a new home.

DOG ALLEY: There are 16 dogs available for adoption at the Alameda Animal Shelter. BUBBLES is a darling small 2-year-old female pit bull mix that is a wiggly little gal. CORKY is a brown Pomeranian and is about 2 years old.

CAT LAIR: There are 19 cats and kittens available for adoption at the Alameda Animal Shelter. PENELOPE is a 6-month-old white kitten with orange tipped ears. SWEETIE is about 2 years old and she is a very pretty brown tabby cat.

RABBIT ROW: MARTIN is a neutered agouti, and SPECKLES is a neutered English spot. SMUDGE is a handsome pink-eyed Himalayan, JOY is a pretty gray rabbit and DULCE is a neutered black New Zealand. All are very friendly and affectionate.

Upcoming Events

  • Tip-A-Cop! Police Chief Paul Rolleri and his officers will raise funds for FAAS at Otaez Mexican Restaurant from 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 13. All tips received by the police officers will go to help homeless pets at the shelter.

  • Save the date! Wiggle Waggle Walk is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8 at the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal. For more information on this event and others, visit the FAAS website at http://www.alamedaanimalshelter.org or call 510-337-8565.

    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.