FAAS Honors its Volunteers

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) could not care for the more than 1,000 animals that come through its doors each year without the more than 100 wonderful, dedicated and passionate volunteers who work side by side with staff to help Alameda’s stray and abandoned pets. 
FAAS volunteers walk dogs, socialize cats, help with events to raise money and awareness, assist with public relations, work in the office, keep the shelter safe and clean and pitch in wherever needed.  Others foster young puppies and kittens, or fragile animals needing a home environment to stay in while waiting for a new permanent home. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors provides the necessary governance to keep FAAS healthy and growing. Every single task that a volunteer does for FAAS is critically important for the animals in our care.
This is National Volunteer Week and FAAS salutes and thanks its wonderful volunteers for their commitment to helping Alameda’s homeless pets. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please email volunteer.faas@gmail.com or visit the FAAS website www.AlamedaAnimalShelter.org/volunteer for information.   
Wiggle Waggle Walk
Mark your calendar for the third annual Wiggle Waggle Walk from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal. This event raises funds critically needed to help save the lives of the hundreds of pets that come to the shelter each year. 
Wiggle Waggle Walk is a community-wide animal celebration with many fun activities for humans and dogs of all ages. Everyone is welcome to enjoy refreshments, entertainment, pet contests, a doggie fashion show, pet adoptions, exhibitions and more. 
The highlight of the day is a mile-long scenic walk along the San Francisco Bay. Walkers are asked to collect pledges for cash donations to FAAS. All registered walkers will receive a stuffed goodie bag. The person raising the most money in pledges will win a 3-night stay valued at $1,500 at a beautiful Lake Tahoe home. Special prizes will be awarded to the team of five or more people raising the most money.
Registration for the 2014 “Wiggle-Waggle Walk” is now open. Pre-registration is $25 per dog before 5 p.m. June 7 and $30 at the walk. Dog lovers who are currently without a canine friend are invited to come and enjoy being surrounded by more than 150 happy, wiggly dogs. To register, go to http://faas3rdannualwigglewagglewalk.eventbrite.com or send your registration to FAAS Wiggle Waggle Walk, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, CA  94501.
Longtime residents find home 
Ketchoon and Baby — gorgeous mom and daughter Tortoiseshell cats (ages 8 and 5 approximately) — had been waiting slightly more than a year for their new forever home when they were recently adopted. 
FAAS wanted to find them a home together because they are a bonded pair, but finding someone to take two large older shy female Tortis was a tall order. Nonetheless, we held out for a dual adoption.
While they waited for their forever home, Keetchoon and Baby received lots of love and the very best of care from staff and volunteers. And, when their new person came in to meet them and spend time getting to know them, we held our collective breath and kept fingers crossed she would take both home with her. She did! 
Now Keetchoon and Baby can relax together with their wonderful new human, and all can have a great life together.
Upcoming Mobile Adoptions
Saturday, April 12: Mobile Adoption at Pet Food Express, Alameda, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2661 Blanding Ave., Ste. 9F.
Saturday, April 19: Alameda Outdoor Market from 11 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the College of Alameda (east parking lot) 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway.
Saturday, April 26: FAAS booth at Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Washington Park, 740 Central Ave.
Ways to Support FAAS
Make a donation at www.alamedaanimalshelter.org. 
Visit the FAAS Amazon Wish List for some great donation ideas. Go to www.amazon.com/gp/
The FAAS Pet Food Pantry needs donations of cat and dog food, which get distributed to low-income Alameda residents. 
Bags of dry cat food are especially needed.
Like FAAS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FAAS09.
Mim Carlson is the executive director of FAAS. She can be reached at mimcarlson.faas.gmail.com.