Abandoned Pets Need Support This Holiday Season

Baloo charmed his way into FAAS volunteers’ hearts and recently found a new home.

More than 60 animals will wake up at the Alameda Animal Shelter on Christmas morning without families to call their own. Everyone at Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), from the board of directors and staff to our more than 150 volunteers, is committed to providing the very best care possible for every stray and abandoned pet that arrives on our doorstep, but there’s no substitute for a loving home.

The generosity of the local community helps FAAS meet the costs for spay/neuter surgery, vaccines, medical care, special diet foods, toys, beds, treats and so much more. But even so, we find our resources stretched painfully thin. Every animal at FAAS is special and each deserves a chance to find a forever home. Our needs are great — theirs are greater.

Please help abandoned pets this holiday season with a tax- deductible donation to make sure that the animals in Alameda’s shelter get the very best care. Together we can make a difference in their lives. Make a donation on the FAAS website at www.alamedaanimalshelter.org, or send it to 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, CA 94501.

If you are still looking for that perfect gift for an animal lover on your shopping list, consider a 2015 FAAS calendar. They are still available for purchase at the shelter, Urban Island Home Furnishings, Golfworks, Under One Woof, Park Centre Animal Hospital and from Gina Adamson at Harbor Bay Realty.

FAAS also has very cool baseball caps and tote bags for sale for a very reasonable price. Call 337-8565 for more information, or stop by the shelter at 1590 Fortmann Way during the hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

New Humane Education Program

A pilot Humane Education Program begins next month in local elementary schools to teach children how to prevent dog bites and be compassionate with all animals. Trained FAAS volunteers will also teach children how to be responsible pet caretakers and the importance of micro-chiping and licensing their pets. The program is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Alameda, Kelly Lux of State Farm Insurance and the Kiwanis Club of Alameda.

Baloo gets a home for the holidays

When a stray black Labrador came into the shelter, we were sure the owner would arrive shortly to claim him. While we waited, we started treating his skin disease and horrible ear infection. A week later, this handsome, super-friendly lab was still with us and we realized someone had probably abandoned him to an uncertain future.

He had no collar or microchip so we had no way to find the people who had done this to him. We named him Baloo and he became the staff’s favorite. Because Baloo was older (already showing a white muzzle) we were worried he would be with us a while, but his sweet personality quickly won the heart of someone looking for an adult dog and off he went to his new forever home. We still miss Baloo as our wonderful office dog, but we are happy he is home for the holidays.

Successful event raise finds

Four Santa Paws events in November and December raised $4,000 in needed funds for the shelter animals while giving pet owners keepsake photos of their pets with Santa. We are grateful to Urban Island Home Furnishings, See Spot Run and Holistic Hound in Berkeley for hosting these events.

The Alameda Support Foundation held a wonderful event last Saturday to help the cats and kittens at FAAS. Attendees brought food, toys and more for the shelter felines and purchased succulents for their homes or to give as gifts. The event was held in the beautiful garden of one of Alameda’s loveliest homes. Thank you, Alameda Support Foundation for helping abandoned cats and kittens!

Wish List

Please visit the FAAS Amazon Wish List for some great donation ideas. Go to: www.amazon.com/gp/wishlist, and type in "Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter" to visit the FAAS Wish List.

Like FAAS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FAAS09.

Mim Carlson is the executive director of FAAS.