Licensing Your Pet Will Give You Peace of Mind

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter

Shelly Gable shares a moment with Synta, her eight-year-old Yorkie. Synta slipped under Gable’s gate and went exploring. The pair were reunited thanks to Synta’s license and micro-chip.

If you have a dog or cat in your family, you have no doubt heard much about the importance of licensing your pet. The messages appear in countless publications, over the radio, on television and, of course, on the Internet.

Given the widespread coverage, one might wonder why Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) and others continue to raise the issue. The answer is simple: not enough owners license their pets and, for Alameda, conservative estimates indicate that only 25 percent of dog owners and 6 percent of cat owners comply with the law.

Beyond the legal aspect, licensing your pet gives you peace of mind. If your dog or cat gets lost while wearing an Alameda license tag, the process of reuniting you with your pet is quick and easy.

A recent example of this occurred when Shelly Gable, a long-time supporter of FAAS, nearly lost Synta, her eight-year-old Yorkie. Synta had slipped out from under the gate and had started exploring the Harbor Bay area when a concerned neighbor saw the little Yorkie and brought her to FAAS. Her microchip and license revealed her owner immediately. Before Shelly even realized that her dog was missing, she received a call from FAAS alerting her that Synta was safe at the shelter. They were reunited within 30 minutes thanks to the microchip and license.

Stories of lost pets are common. Pets get separated from their families any number of ways even with the most responsible of owners. Taking the time to license your pet and get her microchipped not only reduces stress on both pet and family but also works to ensure a quick and cost-effective return home.

FAAS event honored

FAAS’ 2014 Wiggle Waggle Walk was named Bay Woof’s Best Canine Sporting Event in the Bay Area as part of the Beast of the Bay Awards. We also were runner up in two other categories: Best Municipal Shelter and Best Humane Organization. We share this achievement with our larger community and family of supporters.

FAAS Humane
Education Program

The new Humane Education Program successfully launched in January. The goal of the program is to bring volunteer educators into local elementary school classrooms to help students in grades K-2 better understand how to safely approach a dog to avoid potential dog bites. The age-appropriate curriculum will eventually expand to include broader topics such as caring for your animal, responsible pet ownership and the importance of microchipping and licensing your pet. The program is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Alameda, Kelly Lux – State Farm Insurance and the Kiwanis Club of Alameda.

Tip-a-Cop Fundraiser

The Alameda Police Department will be showing its support for FAAS on Wednesday, March 18 by helping to serve customers dining in The Red Onion at 1222 Park St. All "tips" collected by the police officers that evening go to FAAS in our ongoing work to provide shelter and medical assistance to Alameda’s homeless and abandoned pets. The officers will be there to help serve from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Now That Your Lawn is Gone

The Alameda Support Foundation along with FAAS will be hosting a unique fundraising tour, featuring local Alameda gardens that have been creatively designed to showcase alternative landscaping concepts in an effort to reduce water usage. More than 20 residents will be participating, sharing how they are imaginatively responding to the drought. In addition, a special succulent sale will be held for admirers to purchase and take home.

All proceeds from this event, appropriately entitled "Now That Your Lawn Is Gone," will go to FAAS. The garden tour will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 17.

Tickets can be purchased beginning Wednesday, April 1, at the Alameda Animal Shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way during regular business hours. Check the FAAS website for specific hours of operation. It is an event not to be missed.

Wish List

With "Kitten Season" nearly upon us, FAAS is looking to stock up on kitten food. If you shop on Amazon and want to help, there are a number of ways that you can make a difference.

Please visit: www.amazon.com/gp/wishlist. Type in "Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter" and it will take you to our recently updated wish list.

Nancy Baglietto is the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter executive director.