Alameda Animal Shelter Lowers Pet Adoption Fees During July

Courtesy photo - Silver is a senior cat who’s been at the shelter a long time. Will you be the one who rescues her?

To extend the celebration of our country’s founding, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) is making a Declaration of IndePETdence and lowering adoption fees to only $50 per pet for the entire month of July. We want all of our healthy and happy shelter animals to enjoy the freedom of a new fur-ever home.

All adoption fees include spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, one-year license for Alameda residents, free wellness exam, free dog training classes and the amazing unconditional love that a new pet will provide every day.

This month-long adoption special is endowed with unalienable savings, so spread the word to everyone that the shelter pets are eager to practice life, liberty and the pursuit of treats. 

Silver Whiskers Club
 

FAAS is starting a new program to help find homes for all senior cats seven years and older in the shelter. Currently, these older felines stay the longest at FAAS — some for more than a year. One of these seniors is Silver, a beautiful 11-year old cream/silver tabby who is super-affectionate and playful. She has been in the shelter for over a year and wants a new home. 

The Silver Whiskers Club offers free cat adoptions, a free comprehensive medical examination, including senior blood panel, FIV/FeLV testing and a free kitty essentials package. Please help these senior cats enjoy their silver years in a loving home.  

Six Months of Life-Saving Work
 

Since Jan. 1, FAAS has helped more than 375 abandoned animals receive a second chance for a great new life. During this same period, we completed the 1,000th adoption since we took over shelter operations in January 2012. 

Alameda’s pets have a safe haven with FAAS if they become lost or abandoned and a wonderful supportive community that wants the very best for them.  

Kiwanis Club Grant

A $250 grant from the Kiwanis Club of Alameda will help FAAS launch a new Humane Education program for children. Trained volunteers will teach young children in grades Kindergarten through sixth how to prevent dog bites and the importance of being respectful and compassionate with animals.

The American Humane Association estimates that 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year — half involving children 12 and under. Studies indicate that education is the best bite prevention measure, so the new FAAS Humane Education Program will be a great step forward in helping Alameda’s children stay safe. 

Upcoming Events:

Third Annual Photo Contest: Get your cameras ready for the third annual Pet Photo Contest beginning later this month. This year, we’re offering a special prize for the top 13 vote-getters.  Professional photographers will take photos of the winners that will be displayed in the FAAS 2015 calendar. You will receive professional quality photos of your pet that will make great holiday cards!

Fourth Annual After The Ball: This year the annual FAAS gala will be held on Friday, Oct. 17, at the Grandview Pavilion in Alameda. FAAS is planning a beautiful evening with wonderful food and wine, and a live and silent auction. Shelter dogs will be attending this year to join in the festivities. Tickets go on sale soon for $100. Many sponsorship opportunities are available too. 

Contact Kim Stange-Herlihy at 337-8572 to become a sponsor. All proceeds from After The Ball help FAAS care for the more than 800 animals we shelter each year.

Wish List
 

Visit the FAAS Amazon Wish List for some great donation ideas. Go to: www.amazon.com/gp/wishlist. Type in “Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter” to go to our wish list. Monetary donations are always appreciated, too.

Like FAAS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FAAS09. Contact Mim Carlson, FAAS executive director at mimcarlson.faas@gmail.com.