Kitten Season: A Great Time to Be a Foster

Courtesy photo How can you resist this unbridled cuteness? FAAS asks you to please consider being a foster parent to kittens like these this summer.

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), like so many other animal shelters throughout the state, is bursting with kittens. California’s temperate climate provides a desirable landscape for prolonged breeding which in turn gives way to "kitten season." What often results are more little ones in need than shelters and rescues can handle without the help of the community.

While Kitten Season typically starts in March, for FAAS, our season began in May, with moms and kittens continuing to come through the shelter doors daily. In response to so many kittens needing shelter, food and medical care, FAAS has been asking for donors and volunteers — donors to help support medical care, kitten food, and volunteers to help foster.

Thankfully the community has responded to our requests for donations and FAAS is grateful to those who regularly stop by with baby cat food and formula. But what has now bubbled to the top in terms of importance is the need for foster families.

For those who have not fostered pets before, FAAS offers training to help you get started. The Foster Program is a great way for children to learn about animals, how to care for them and the responsibilities of pet ownership. It is also a good way for people who have not had a family pet before to assess what type of animal works best for their family lifestyle.

We are often asked at FAAS about volunteer opportunities for youth. Fostering is certainly one way for kids to get involved early and make a big difference in the lives of our shelter animals — all from the comforts of one’s own home.

There are 60 kittens currently at the shelter, and this does not include the 40 kittens already placed with foster families. While all the adult cats and kittens are socialized at the shelter by more than 150 active volunteers,
kittens can benefit greatly living in a home environment where they receive regular love and handling.

With summer upon us and many of our regular foster program participants on family vacations, FAAS could use the extra help.

If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved, call Meggan Stringent at 337-8567.

Pet photo contest begins Monday, July 20

Come one, come all! It is time for FAAS’ annual cutest pet photo contest. In keeping with tradition, FAAS hosts this event to help generate its 2016 pet calendar. Submit your pet photos and challenge your friends to vote. Pets with the most votes will be featured in the calendar with the grand-prize winner featured on the cover.

There are many ways to get involved, so visit the FAAS website to learn the details at www.

After the Ball Set for Oct. 2

Tickets are now on sale for FAAS’ upcoming, one-of-a-kind, "After the Ball," voted Alameda’s best charitable event in 2014.

All proceeds from this event will go to support the animals at the animal shelter. Visit www.alamedaanimal for more information.

FAAS Wish List

With "Kitten Season" is full swing, 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 that you can make a difference.

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


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Nancy Baglietto is the executive director of FAAS. She can be reached at