FAAS Thanks Board Leaders

This past December, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) said goodbye and thank you to Nancy Evans who has served as FAAS’ board president since its founding in September 2009. Evans, a real estate professional with Harbor Bay Realty, co-founded FAAS with Lizette Weiss in an effort to raise private funding for the medical care of the animals living at the municipal shelter. 

“There was a great need to support the medical care of the animals and volunteers, like myself, wanted to make a difference,” said Evans. 

A couple of years later, in 2011, when it was unclear if the city of Alameda would be able to sustain the ongoing operations of the animal shelter due to severe budget cuts, Evans spearheaded a Save the Shelter Campaign to help keep the animal shelter in the community, working to negotiate the effective transfer of the animal shelter’s operation to FAAS as part of a newly formed public-private partnership. 

FAAS became the operator of the animal shelter in January 2012. Since that time, Evans’ enthusiastic and infectious determination has aided FAAS in becoming Alameda Magazine’s “Best Non-Profit Group” for the past two years, dedicated to the mission of sheltering and caring for abandoned companion animals, finding them new homes and preventing animal cruelty through education and community programs. 

When Evans steps down as board president, she will continue on at FAAS as a dedicated volunteer dog walker and leadership advisor. The board is grateful for all that she has done for the organization and Mayor Trish Spencer provided Evans with a proclamation in December highlighting all of her accomplishments.

FAAS’ new president, Deb Knowles, joined the board in 2013. She has always had a passion for animals and a soft spot for those pets who are desperately looking for a new family to call home. Knowles is both a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments in Alameda as well as a resident of the community. 

Knowles is an active leader and serves on other nonprofit boards as well; she is President of the Alameda Rotary Endowment Foundation and secretary of the Downtown Alameda Business Association. She has previously served board terms with Girls Inc. of the Island City, Rotary Club of Alameda and Alameda Food Bank. 
Knowles and her wife, Susan, share their lives with two Australian shepherds, Nick and Nora. While Nora lives her retired life in leisure, young Nick has many ambitions. He is currently gainfully employed as the official greeter at Deb’s office on Park Street.

While FAAS bids farewell to one of its inspirational leaders, the organization is poised for the transition and look forward to all of the opportunities for FAAS that lie ahead.   

FAAS’ 2016 Pet Calendar
On Sale Now
You will not want to miss out on FAAS’ Pet Calendar for 2016. This year’s calendar features a variety of dogs and cats throughout California who participated in FAAS’ annual Cutest Pet Photo Contest. 

Packed with adorable animal faces, the FAAS calendar makes a great holiday, birthday, or thank you gift. Calendars are now half price at $9 each or 5 for $35. 

They can be purchased at the Alameda Animal Shelter, Providence Veterinary Hospital & Clinic, Park Centre Animal Hospital, Alameda Pet Hospital, Under One Woof and Alameda Golf Works. 

FAAS Wish List
While shopping online on Amazon there are a number of ways that you can make a difference for FAAS. Visit www.amazon.com/gp/wishlist, type in “Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter” and the site will take you to FAAS’ recently updated wish list. While online, like FAAS on Facebook at www.face book.com/FAAS09