The folks at Pet Food Express have created the My Mutt program to help pet rescues and shelters throughout the Bay Area. This is a great opportunity to make your pet a star while donating to the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, enabling them to preserve the shelter.

The My Mutt program is not limited to mutts, but will hire a professional pet photographer to create a poster to display your purebred, cat, hamster, bunny or bird for display in your local Pet Food Express for six months for a $250 donation, or one year for a $500 donation. This would make a fun gift or create a pet celebrity in your home. For more information, call Pet Food Express or email www.faas909.bbnow.org.

STRAYS: This week's strays include a white male fox terrier, found on the Bay Farm Island Bridge and estimated about 8 years old; a brown and white fox terrier, also found on the Bay Farm Island Bridge, estimated about 1 year old; a beautiful white Alaskan husky with light blue eyes, found at South Shore Center, estimated about 2 years old; a black and white pit mix found on Webster Street, estimated 1 year old; and a blue pit mix, also found on Webster Street, estimated 3 years old.

One stray cat was found on Westline Drive and is a black and gray female tabby kitten, estimated at 2 months old. Please contact the shelter if you have any information about these stray pets.

PET OF THE WEEK: DAISY is a light gray and white tabby female that looks like an angel. She is a friendly, intelligent and an enthusiastic young adult with white boots and good manners. She arrived anonymously in September and has won the heart of all the volunteers. This little lady would make a great house cat with lots of charisma and star quality.

DOG ALLEY: Residing are MIA, a sweet little chestnut brown, spayed female Chihuahua that loves being held and petted, likes to play with toys and has been in the shelter since February. She is about a year and 10 months old, and is a great little walker; TIA is a lovely lady adult, light yellow and white Labrador/pit mix with great manners and good health; CHARLIE is a red neutered male Chihuahua that arrived last month and has won the hearts of everyone. He is smart, well mannered and appears to be a young adult.

CAT LAIR: An abundance of cats and kittens of all varieties are available, including CHAPLIN, an exceptionally handsome young male with a white coat, gray tail and facial markings that arrived in August. He has great reviews from the volunteers and is a pleasure to play with. GUNNER is a small black neutered male of 3 years with lots of curiosity and a playful attitude. LUCY is a beauty -- she is an adult calico/tabby mix with a unique coat and loving ways. She has many years ahead of her to be a great companion.

RABBIT ROW: The Row is still temporarily home to CHANEL, a strikingly beautiful little female bunny with a white coat and brown eyebrows. She is litter box-trained and familiar with humans. BALLENA, a small male Netherlands dwarf bunny, is mostly white with dark eyes and in foster care. Contact the shelter for more information.

LindaTreml Hallam is an Alameda writer and animal lover. Visit the Alameda Animal Shelter at 1590 Fortman Way at Grand Street, 510-337-8565 or online at www.petharbor.com to view the animals.