To celebrate our country's recent Independence Day, FAAS is making our own Declaration of Inde'pet'dence and lowering adoption fees to only $50 per pet for the entire month of July. We want all of our healthy happy shelter animals to enjoy the freedom of a new fur-ever home!

All adoption fees include spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchip, one-year license for Alameda residents, free wellness exam, free dog training classes and more. Plus, you get the amazing unconditional love that your new pet will provide you every day. Please spread the word to everyone that our shelter pets are eager to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of treats!

To adopt from FAAS, all household members must meet the prospective pet, including any dogs if you plan to adopt a new dog. If you own your home, we need to see proof of homeownership, and if you rent, we need to see a copy of your lease indicating you can have a pet where you live.

And, while you are at FAAS, consider adopting two kittens rather than one! It's been well documented that two kittens are better than one for many reasons. First and foremost, you're saving two lives instead of one. Second, two kittens can endlessly entertain each other. Third, if you have an older cat already, two kittens will likely play with each other rather than driving their new uncle or aunt crazy. Fourth, your kittens will likely have fewer behavior problems if you have two. And, finally, having two kittens will provide you with hours of fun!


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Pet Of The Week: MAPLE Sweet, lovable female snuggly pit bull mix. She's easy on a leash, calm and has a laid-back personality -- suitable for kids of any age and first-time dog owners.

Dog Alley: There are 20 available dogs at the Alameda Animal Shelter. RENO is a very sweet longhair Chihuahua. He's a very handsome creamy brown little love bug. PUPPIES! There are four Pomeranian-Chihuahua puppies, all males, who give perfect puppy kisses. They are about 9 weeks old.

Cat Lair: There are 33 available cats and kittens at the Alameda Animal Shelter. BADGER and PANDA are two very cute black/white 3-month-old kittens ready for adoption. SAGE and CRAY are extremely cute solid gray kittens, about 3 months old.

RABBIT ROW: MARTIN is an agouti. DULCE is a black New Zealander. CUBBY is a handsome brown rabbit, and SQUASH is a good-looking gray fellow. All of the rabbits have been neutered.

Upcoming Events

Third Annual Photo Contest -- begins mid-July. The top 13 vote-getters will be featured on the FAAS 2015 calendar. Visit our website (www.AlamedaAnimalShelter.org) in mid-July for more information.

Fourth Annual After The Ball -- this year the FAAS gala will be held on Oct. 17 at the Grandview Pavilion. Tickets will be available for $100. Sponsorship opportunities are available, too. Please contact Kim Stange-Herlihy at 510-337-8572 if you would like to be a sponsor. All proceeds from After The Ball help FAAS care for the more than 800 animals we shelter each year.

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.