Drought Conditions this Summer Can Bring Unexpected Visitors

Courtesy photo Raccoons are known to live in Alameda and occasionally cause trouble. Be sure to keep garbage cans tightly shut during drought conditions when these animals may become more desperate.

Given the recent news stories and statewide mandates, you have no doubt heard how the drought is affecting our community. You may be less aware of the ways it can impact our pets.

With little frost to mitigate their reproduction and rain to wash them away, fleas are now in greater abundance. Fleas are not only annoying but pose serious health risks to pets if left untreated. Monthly flea treatments are more important than ever along with regular bathing to ensure your pet’s health.

Freshwater sources can also become contaminated during a drought. As the size of bodies of water diminish over time they can become stagnant, creating a condition for mosquitoes and parasites to thrive.

If possible, eliminate sources of standing water around your home from abandoned pools, clogged gutters and old tires, and place covers over rainwater collection systems. It is important to keep your pets away from potentially contaminated water sources even though they might appear safe.

As food and water become scarcer for wildlife, nature has a way of seeking alternatives which can sometimes mean a visit to your backyard by predators and nuisance wildlife such as opossums, raccoons, skunks, snakes, deer, coyotes, raptors, bobcats and mountain lions. To help prevent uninvited guests, keep your trash cans covered tightly and stored in your garage. When your dogs go outside, keep them leashed and bring other pets inside at night.

To learn more about ways to protect your pet and what to do in the event of an unwanted wildlife encounter, visit www.
alamedaanimalshelter.org and click on "Resources."

FAAS nominated

For the second year in a row, Alameda Magazine readers nominated Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) for Best Non-Profit in Alameda. FAAS is honored to be among those charities selected for the best fundraising events.

Sponsorships on sale

Sponsorships for FAAS’ Wiggle Waggle Walk (WWW) — named Best Dog Sporting Event in 2014 by Bay Woof’s Beast of the Bay Awards — are now available starting at $300.

Participants can register for WWW at http://2015wigglewaggle walk.eventbrite.com. This year the event will be at Crown Memorial Beach near Crab Cove Visitor’s Center on Sunday, June 28, from 10 to 1 p.m.

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 you can make a difference. Visit: www.amazon.com/gp/wishlist.

Type in "Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter" and it will take you to the recently updated wish list.

Nancy Baglietto is the executive director of the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter.