The Tip-a-Cop event at Otaez Mexican Restaurant was a tremendous success. Thanks to Chief Paul Rolleri with assistance from Lt. Frankland, Officer Suth, Detective Kuboyama, Officer Yunck, Detective Sapinoso and Officer Park, more than $3,200 was raised for homeless animals in Alameda. A good time was had by all. You can see photos from the event on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FAAS09. We are very grateful to the community, the volunteers and city officials who came out to support this great event.

Kitten time: Spring is finally here! This is a wonderful season of flowers, warm sunny weather, longer days and, of course, kittens! Kitten season is right around the corner, and Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter is getting ready for the onslaught of little babies that will be coming through the shelter doors very soon.

Almost all the kittens that arrive on our doorstep are too young to put up for adoption right away. Underage kittens are extremely cute and also very vulnerable, so FAAS staff look for foster homes until they are 2 months old, when they can be adopted.


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Help wanted: Volunteers are needed to give care and love to abandoned pets until they are ready for adoption. There are numerous opportunities available! FAAS provides training to be an animal foster owner plus all the food and other supplies needed while fostering from us. FAAS staff are available to answer questions or resolve any issues that may arise. If you are interested in becoming a FAAS foster owner, please contact the volunteer manager at 510-337-8575 or via email at volunteer.faas@gmail.com.

PET OF THE WEEK: WILLOW, an adorable 3-year-old spayed female blue-nose pit bull gets along wonderfully with other dogs. Willow has been around cats and shows no interest in chasing them. She can be shy with new people, especially men, but once she warms up to you, she thinks she is a great big lap dog. Willow is a long-term resident looking for her permanent home.

DOG ALLEY: There are 15 dogs available for adoption at the shelter. PIPPA is a 3-year-old spayed white-and-tan rat terrier cutie. KYA is a 1½ year old super sweet brown brindled pit bull mix.

CAT LAIR: There are 18 cats and kittens available for adoption at the shelter. KETCHOON and BABY are mom-and-daughter cats. They are both beautiful tortoise shell spayed females, ages 8 and 6 years. These cats would be described as secret admirers; they love to find a warm spot to observe the world around them. A little shy at first, they warm up for chin scratches. They have been here at the shelter for a year now and are available to be adopted together or separately.

RABBIT ROW: MARTIN is a neutered agouti, and SPECKLES is a neutered English spot. SMUDGE is a handsome pink eyed Himalayan. DULCE is a neutered black New Zealander. All are very friendly and affectionate.

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.