Angels and Kittens

Beary

News from the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter

In the two years since FAAS started the Angel Fund to pay for life-saving medical care for critically injured and ill animals, it has helped save the lives of more than 80 abandoned pets, six of which are currently undergoing treatment.

Supported entirely through community donations, the Angel Fund is particularly critical this time of year during "Kitten Season." Like every other spring, FAAS is anticipating as many as 200 kittens during April and May. All will require the routine spay/neuter surgeries, but some will need antibiotics for common upper respiratory and eye infections — services that go beyond routine intervention.

Also among the less typical kitten problems are eyelid deformities which sadly are on the rise. While veterinary science is unclear as to its origin, the deformity is known to occur in utero and is currently unpreventable, mandating surgery for correction. Average surgery costs are $2,500.

In any given year, FAAS budgets $15,000 for Angel Fund recipients. To date, the fund has approximately $2,000 left with three months to go in the fiscal year. If you are interested in becoming an Angel, donations can be made to FAAS, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda or online at www.alamedaninalshelter.org. Thank you again to all who give and continue to make a difference — one pet at a time.

A "Beary" happy ending

Another example of how the Angel Fund is put to good use is the story of Beary, 12-year-old, bear-faced Australian cattle dog-chow mix who came to FAAS as a stray, forlorn and barely able to move.

When staff first assessed Beary, his future did not look good. Not even food could get Beary up from his sleeping position. After a veterinarian found Beary was suffering from arthritis pain and joint swelling, he was prescribed medication and within days was a new dog, alive with energy. His quality of life skyrocketed. Additional exams uncovered severe dental disease which required multiple tooth extractions. The bad teeth coupled with a heart murmur necessitated FAAS dipping into the Angel Fund to cover Beary’s medical expenses of almost $1,500.

Beary was recently adopted into a loving family. Not only did the Angel Fund save Beary’s life by giving him the treatment he needed to live, but it also gave him the opportunity to thrive as an active member in a new family

FAAS nominated

FAAS is proud to be nominated for the second year in a row for Best Non-Profit in Alameda and honored to be among those charities selected for the best fundraising events in a poll of Alameda Magazine readers. Ballots must be entered by Sunday, May 31.

Wiggle Waggle sponsorships available

Come out and show your support for FAAS’ Wiggle Waggle Walk (WWW), named Best Dog Sporting Event in 2014 according to Bay Woof’s Beast of the Bay

Awards. Sponsorships start at $300. Registration for the WWW can be found at http://2015wigglewagglewalk.
eventbrite.com. This year the event will be hosted at Crown Memorial Beach near Crab Cove Visitor’s Center on Sunday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tip-a-Cop event raised $3,200

Thank you to Chief Rolleri and the Alameda Police Department, the Red Onion Restaurant and to everyone who came out for FAAS’ Tip-a-Cop Fundraiser on March 18. FAAS raised more than $3,200 through "tips" collected by the police officers that evening. All proceeds go to FAAS in its ongoing work to provide shelter and medical assistance to Alameda’s homeless and abandoned pets.

Now That Your Lawn is Gone

The Alameda Support Foundation along with FAAS will be hosting a unique fundraising tour, featuring local Alameda gardens that have been creatively designed to showcase alternative landscaping concepts in an effort to reduce water usage. More than 20 residents will be participating, sharing how they are imaginatively responding to the drought. In addition, a special succulent sale will be held for admirers to purchase and take home.

All proceeds from this event, appropriately entitled "Now that Your Lawn in Gone," will go to FAAS. The garden tour will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 17. Tickets can be purchased now at the Alameda Animal Shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way during regular business hours.

Check the FAAS website, www.alamedaanimalshelter.org, for specific hours of operation. It is an event not to be missed.

Wish List

With "Kitten Season" upon us, FAAS is looking to stock up on kitten food, specifically Royal Canin, Mother and Baby Cat Food. If you shop on Amazon and want to help, there are a number of ways that you can make a difference. Please visit: www.amazon.com/gp/wishlist.Type in "Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter" and it will take you to our recently updated wish list.

Nancy Baglietto is the executive director for FAAS. Like FAAS on Facebook: www.facebook.com/FAAS09