FAAS Meets its Financial Goals

Mim Carlson

When Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) took over responsibility for the Alameda Animal Shelter in January 2012, we took on a major financial challenge to reduce operating costs and raise over $300,000 annually to keep the shelter operating at a lower cost to the city.

Audited results of the 2012-13 fiscal year ending last July, the first complete fiscal year the shelter was under FAAS management, are now available. They demonstrate how quickly we have been able establish a firm financial foundation.

During the year, we supplemented the $300,000 contract with the City of Alameda with another $300,000 in individual, community and local business donations and corporate and foundation grants. We also generated over $100,000 from fundraising events and nearly as much in license and adoption fees. Along with other revenue, the total was just under $800,000. Of that, over $530,000 was spent directly on shelter operations, $42,000 on administration and just over $42,000 on fundraising expenses. A surplus of over $200,000 was put in reserve.

What started off as a seemingly daunting task has turned out to be less onerous given the generosity of the community and the resourcefulness of our board, staff and volunteers. FAAS’ annual report, the 2014-2017 strategic plan and its IRS reporting form 990 filing are all available for viewing at www.alamedaanimalshelter.org.

Angel Fund

FAAS has established the "Angel Fund" to provide the best care possible to help critically ill or injured abandoned animals. Donations from the community make this important fund possible so that we can help animals live full and pain-free lives. Please consider making a donation today to help save an animal’s life. To make a donation visit; www.alamedaanimalshelter.org/support.

Tip a Cop Fundraiser

Alameda Police Department Chief Paul Rolleri and several Alameda police officers will wait tables to raise funds for the shelter’s animals from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Otaez Mexican Restaurant, 1619 Webster St. All tips received by the officers will go to help the animals in our shelter. We hope you will come, have some great food and drink and "Tip a Cop."

This event is one of many ways the Police Department and FAAS are partnering to help homeless pets in our city. We are very grateful to Chief Rolleri and his officers for their dedication to helping homeless pets and for giving their time to help this fundraiser be another big success for the animals.

Shelter Essential Training (S.E.T.)

Congratulations to eight dedicated volunteers who recently completed FAAS’s new Shelter Essential Training program, (S.E.T.). The training offers an opportunity for volunteers to learn the layout of the shelter, where to find supplies, how to assist with the never-ending pile of laundry and what it takes to keep a clean, sanitary, welcoming environment for our animals and the public.

Upcoming Mobile Adoptions

March 15 & April 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Alameda Outdoor Market, College of Alameda parking lot

April 5, 1 to 4 p.m., Rabbit Adoption, Hayward Animal Shelter, 16 Barnes Court, Hayward

April 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pet Food Express, 2661 Blanding Ave. #F, Alameda

April 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pet Food Express, 265 Davis St., San Leandro

April 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Earth Day, Washington Park, Alameda

Mim Carlson is the executive director of the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter.