Annual FAAS Fundraiser Set for Oct. 17

Milton and his dog breath found a new home this month thanks to the Alameda Animal Shelter

After The Ball, the annual gala to raise funds needed for Alameda’s abandoned pets, will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Alameda’s Grandview Pavilion. The event is the largest annual fundraiser for Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), with all proceeds used to care for the more than 900 animals the Alameda Animal Shelter takes in each year.

This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever with gourmet food, premium beer and wine, silent and live auctions, games, artwork created by shelter animals and the music of Terrence Brewer.

Tickets for After the Ball can be purchased for $100 each at www.aftertheball.org or on the FAAS website at www.AlamedaAnimalShelter.org. Call FAAS at 337-8565 for more information.

A number of local individuals and businesses have stepped up to cover the costs of the event so that all proceeds can be used to help the animals. Sponsors include Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, Fidelity Insurance Company, JIVA Creative, Excel Graphics, MBH Architects, Kathy and Kent Rosenblum, Providence Veterinary Hospital and Clinic, Park Centre Animal Hospital, Alameda Pet Hospital, State Farm — Kelly Lux, Urban Island Home Furnishings, Farmer’s Insurance —Roger Duke, Gail Artikaslan, Mike and LeeAnne Baker, Rita Wilds, Nancy Evans at Harbor Bay Realty, Kevin Kennedy, Christina Balogh-Nunes, Bay Ship and Yacht, Harbor Bay Realty, Sterling Mortgage, Hampton & Churchward and Edward Jones Investments — Office of Deb Knowles.

Happy trails to Milton

Milton could have won the award for "worst dog breath ever" when he arrived at FAAS as a very scruffy, dirty stray pup. It’s no wonder because this poor little Maltese mix had absolutely horrible teeth and gums. He had trouble eating, was obviously in terrible pain and needed immediate medical attention to help him.

We cleaned Milton up and had dental work done which involved removing 15 teeth! In spite of Milton’s pain, he was a super charmer who would play and romp and make all of us laugh. He’s now been adopted and is off to a new and happier, pain-free life with his new humans. And his breath is so much better!

Foster volunteers rock!

When kitten season exploded this past summer, FAAS staff turned to the dedicated corps of FAAS foster volunteers who take underage baby kittens into their homes and raise them until they are ready for adoption. Kitten season is not yet over, but FAAS has already taken in more than 270 cute, tiny and vulnerable baby kittens. We could never have saved so many of these babies without the amazing volunteers who are willing to temporarily open their hearts and their homes to feed and care for them. FAAS gives a huge "hurrah" to all our foster volunteers.

If you are interested in becoming a foster volunteer for FAAS, call the community programs coordinator at 337-8575 to get more information or email her at volunteer.faas@gmail.com. Volunteers are always needed.

And The Winner Is …

The FAAS photo contest ended at midnight on Sept. 30 and the 13 adorable pets that received the most votes in the contest will be featured in the FAAS 2015 calendar.

Our calendar cover will feature Alfie, who received the top number of votes this year and was also featured in last year’s calendar. Sixty-three pets entered the contest, which generated more than $6,000 to support homeless pets at FAAS.

Update on ED job search

The FAAS board of directors has hired executive recruiter Susannah Sallin to help find the organization’s next executive director. A job announcement has been developed and resumes with cover letters are now being accepted and reviewed by the board’s search committee.

The goal is to have a new director on board by the end of the year. To view the job announcement, visit the FAAS website at www.AlamedaAnimalShelter.org and look in the "About FAAS" section for employment opportunities.

Wish List

Please 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!

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Mim Carlson is the executive director of FAAS. Contact her at mim carlson.faas@gmail.com.