Animal Shelter to Open Satellite Adoption Center this Saturday

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) will launch its first satellite adoption center this Saturday, July 6, at 10 a.m. The new facility will be located in Alameda’s South Shore Center shopping mall and will be known as “FAAS South Shore.” Grand Opening day will start with a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft. Team Kelly Lux of State Farm Insurance and Starbucks will provide refreshments.

The 2,000-square-foot space will be the first business-district store in Alameda dedicated to the adoption of homeless pets.  

“FAAS South Shore not only will give FAAS a second location to facilitate adoptions,” noted John L. Lipp, FAAS executive director. “It will also expand the scope of services that FAAS can offer the public.”

The space will include a large meeting room, so FAAS can offer pet-care education classes, plus grief counseling for pet owners who have lost a furry family member. In addition, the store will feature a Cat Experience Room where adoptable cats and kittens will roam freely in a retro-future-inspired décor. 

Adoptable dogs will make appearances on weekends, including monthly adoption events in the shopping center’s center courtyard. 

FAAS South Shore started as a successful pop-up store in December 2018. Since then, more than 70 individuals and businesses based in Alameda and neighboring communities have donated money, labor, materials and services to make a permanent mall-located adoption site a reality for Alameda’s homeless pets.

FAAS will continue to operate the main animal shelter, located at 1590 Fortmann Way in Alameda, and will offer adoptions at both locations.

“We would like to extend our heartful thanks to all the Founding Sponsors of FAAS South Shore who donated so generously, the individuals who helped us furnish the space, and to all the volunteers who donated hundreds of hours to help make this dream a reality,” said Lipp.

FAAS South Shore will be located at 2228 South Shore Center across from Modern Mouse and kitty corner from Trabocco.  

FAAS South Shore’s sponsors include a significant cross-section of the Alameda business community. FAAS also recognized a number of supporters who helped equip the new location by sending “store-warming” gifts.

For more information, contact Carla Thornton, FAAS development and communications coordinator, at