I would like to start by saying thank you to Shawn Tsztoo (“Some Suggestions for Animal Shelter,” Dec. 26) for their obvious caring and compassion for our community’s cats under the care of the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS). I appreciate the opportunity to use this space to share some statistics that should make every Alamedan proud, as well as explain FAAS’s very successful strategy to shelter and care for the cats.

Do you know of any Chinese Americans who served during World War II? Dec. 20 marked the first anniversary of The Chinese American World War II (WWII) Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act that recognizes the military service of Chinese Americans during World War II while the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was in effect. 

I’m going to focus on cats for this letter because of the difficulty in locating animal shelter statistics. But, my arguments could be used to argue in favor of the underused space at the Alameda Animal Shelter. 

My friend and I have been casually looking to adopt a cat. Whenever we’ve passed an animal shelter, we’ve gone in for a look. We’ve gone to most of the city shelters and shelters from San Francisco to Sacramento. 

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Tuesday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m. City Council. Meetings held the first and third Tuesdays of each month. 

Thursday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m. Recreation and Park Commission. Meetings held second Thursday of each month.

Monday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m. Planning Board Meeting. Meetings held second and fourth Mondays of each month.

Tuesday, Jan. 14:

What does it mean to be a part of a community? While I’m sure that there are many answers to this question, to me it means looking out for everyone in our community and taking an active role in trying to improve people’s lives. This is especially important over the holidays.