Half Price for Half Pints at Alameda Animal Shelter

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The shelter's cat adoption room was filled with potential new pet owners last week.

The number of pets coming into the shelter continues to rise, but Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) is keeping pace by increasing the number of adoptions through expanded hours, mobile adoptions and special promotions.

Since FAAS began operating the shelter in January, 430 animals have come into the shelter — an increase of 9 percent over the same period last year. During the same period, we reunited 120 lost pets with their owners and found new homes for another 238. That's a 10 percent increase over the same period last year.

Shelters are traditionally overloaded with kittens and small dogs this time of year and the Alameda Animal Shelter is no exception. To find these little guys homes, we have declared August to be "Half Price for Half Pints" month.

During August, adoption fees are half off for kittens and dogs weighing less than 20 pounds. The shelter is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Sometimes, placing an animal in a home is a challenge, but thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to do what's needed. Case in point is Bella, a beautiful and cheerful two-year-old pit bull who came to the shelter as a stray last December.

We noticed right away that Bella carried her head and body differently than other dogs. With the support of our Angel Fund for animals with medical needs, we were able to take her to veterinarian who diagnosed possible neurological issues.

However, a family looking for a pit bull with special needs came to the shelter and immediately fell in love with her. Bella's adoption fee was paid by the new Janine Bartalini Shafer Fund established to help senior and special-needs dogs find new homes.

Every month we need supplies and special items to keep the animals healthy, happy and well-kept. Follow us on Facebook for list of needed items and information about our shelter animals.

A special thank you to Alameda Police Chief Mike Noonan for serving as guest bartender at Mojito Monday at Angela's on July 30; he raised more than $1,000 in tips.

Photo contest

FAAS has launched a photo contest for people who want their pet's photo included in the 2013 FAAS calendar. For a small fee, the photo can be submitted online at www.360photocontest.com/152. A public vote will identify 25 photos to be presented to a panel of judges who will pick 13 (including cover page) for the calendar. All proceeds from the contest benefit the animals at the Alameda Animal Shelter. The contest ends Sept. 15.

FAAS Event Calendar

Saturday, Aug. 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., mobile pet adoption, Under One Woof, 1701 Webster St.

Sunday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., mobile pet adoption, Dog Bone Alley, 1342 Park St..

Sunday, Aug. 19, Rock Hound Release Party at Rock Wall Winery on Alameda Point; Rock Wall will donate a portion of all proceeds of their newest wine, Rock Hound, to FAAS.

Friday, Aug. 31, 11:23 a.m., Channel 7's "Perfect Pet" will highlight a pet from the Alameda Animal Shelter.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m., pet loss support group at the Alameda Animal Shelter.


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