Many Animals Find New Homes

Courtesy photo    After staying at FAAS for almost a year, Emmett was adopted at the Clear the Shelter event last weekend. Staff grew attached to the charming pup during his stay, and celebrated along with him. Pictured are, top row: FAAS staffers Chris O’Connell, Kelly Fong and Levi Lopez; middle row from left: Shannon Shelby, Nanou Ballou and Becca Levine and bottomrow: Emmett.

Event a success for Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter

“Clear the Shelter,” which ended Sunday, marked the third free-adoption event this year sponsored by the Alameda Support Foundation (Mary Elena Goodan and Les Hilger) for the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS). The two organizations might hold one more before the end of the year depending on shelter population. 

“We’re very grateful for the Alameda Support Foundation’s sponsorship,” said FAAS Marketing, communications and development coordinator Carla Thornton. “It’s really a win-win-win — pets get adopted, adopters enjoy a no-fee adoption, and the ASF awards FAAS $200 for every adoption processed during the event.”

The event took place Aug. 18 through 26. The first day coincided with NBC’s “Clear the Shelters” a one-day annual adoption event. 

Locally, 29 animals in all: 16 cats, eight dogs, four rabbits, one  bird and one guinea pig were adopted during the event. “That’s about three times our average daily adoption rate, which is great,” said Thornton.

Two long-term dogs, Antoinette and Mack, who had been in the Alameda shelter for almost a year, found homes. Still, the event didn’t quite clear the shelter, as of Monday FAAS still had 16 dogs, 27 cats and three rabbits available for adoption. This includes the shelter’s longest resident, April, a three-year-old boxer mix. She has been living for more than a year at FAAS. 

The shelter is located at 1590 Fortmann Way. For more information, visit