Free Adoption Fridays are happening again at Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter! All animals in the shelter (and there are lots) can be adopted for no charge. The free adoption includes spay or neuter surgery, a microchip, health and behavior screening, a certificate for a wellness exam, other coupons and a one-year pet license if you live in Alameda. Free Adoption Fridays are great for you, and even greater for all the pets at FAAS waiting for their new permanent homes.

We often get calls from Alameda citizens who have found an injured pet and are wondering what to do. If you find an injured pet, call Alameda Police Dispatch at 510-337-8340 and ask for either animal control or a police officer to be sent to pick up the animal and take it to a veterinarian. After the animal is released, he or she will be sent to FAAS as a stray unless an owner has come forward to claim it.

Please don't try to pick up a seriously injured pet yourself. It will be scared, in pain and could potentially bite you. Posting signs and information on social media can help anyone who might be looking for his or her missing pet.

From 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the Alameda Police and San Leandro Police canine units will show their "stuff" at the San Leandro Ball Park, 2451 Teagarden Street in San Leandro. This is a fun day, and a portion of the proceeds will benefits FAAS. For more information, contact Sgt. Tsujimoto at dtsujimo@alamedaca.gov or 510-337-8327.


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Have you entered your beloved pet into the FAAS pet photo contest? You can enter your photo online for a $20 registration fee, and then get all your family, friends and colleagues to vote for your pet for only $1 per vote. The top vote-receiving photos are featured in the FAAS 2015 calendar. Honor your own pet while helping the abandoned animals in our shelter. You'll find the contest at www.gbcphotocontest.com/faas, or call us at 510-337-8565 for information.

PET OF THE WEEK: OSIRIS is a medium-build chocolate pit bull mix. He would be more than happy to sit at your feet all day and be showered with affection or take a leisurely stroll. He can be a bit shy at first, but he is very treat-motivated and great with other dogs.

DOG ALLEY: There are 14 dogs available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. MOJO is a cute little black Chihuahua, about 9 years old, that has a great deal of mojo to offer you. TOBIAS is about 2 years old and is a very handsome purebred German shepherd.

CAT LAIR: There are 35 cats available at the shelter. CICERO is a handsome brown-and-white tabby cat that is about 5 years old. LUNA and MERCURY are absolutely-darling 2-month-old kittens. LUNA is a black-and-white female, and MERCURY is a dark orange tabby male.

RABBIT ROW: MARTIN, DULCE, CUBBY, SQUASH and FRITZ are all handsome neutered male rabbits available for adoption.

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.