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The Humane Society of Alameda is so grateful to the supporters who renewed their memberships, sent in donations or included the Humane Society of Alameda in their bequests or wills. We could not help our beloved animals without their wonderful love and support.

With the financial support of our members and donors we are able to continue our programs providing a free vaccination and microchip clinic, assisting families with financial support. This support allows them to spay and neuter their animals, implant microchips for all animals, request medical assistance for animals and provide financial assistance for the animals at the Alameda Animal Shelter when requested. Our other programs keep our beloved animals healthy and safe, and help get them adopted from the Alameda Animal Shelter.

The Humane Society of Alameda was fortunate to receive a bequest that provided funding for a new program offering animal adoptions "free" to veterans of the armed services to adopt an animal from the Alameda Animal Shelter.

We are also very proud to offer this new program along with our existing program offering "free" animal adoptions to senior citizens, living in Alameda on limited incomes, to adopt an animal from the Alameda Animal Shelter.

Your membership and/or donations are gratefully received. They can be sent by mail to Humane Society of Alameda, P.O. Box 1571, Alameda, CA 94501 or at www.hsalameda.org.

Holly Schmalenberger-Haugen


I am sitting in my front room watching a person, perhaps from the city or county, who may be poisoning gophers and squirrels. Do any of them know how poison works? Are they aware of the pain and suffering it causes?

Don’t they know that the poison endangers all life, not just the gophers and squirrels?

It affects everything: dogs, cats and birds. Any animal that eats another animal that has been poisoned gets poisoned and then spreads poison around for everything and anything to come in contact, school grounds, playgrounds and public parks. Does anyone want their children playing or sitting on the ground that has had poison embedded in it?

Alameda is great at eradicating wildlife. In the 1940s we had many bats, which were a great insect deterrent, we had snakes that helped control our rodent population. Alameda loves to eliminate nature’s helpers.

Where are our guardians of wild life?

Peter E. Sandholdt


I think that there should be local volleyball courts for schools that have volleyball teams. There are so many schools with teams, and volleyball courts are so hard to find.

It would be nice if some volunteers would come and teach students how to play volleyball.

Emma Curtin