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After 993 days, April has found her forever home. Why the now four-year-old boxer-Staffordshire mix took so long to find that perfect family was a mystery to everyone at Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS). She had always been a volunteer and staff favorite. 

Like all the animals at FAAS, she received care and love including walks, medical attention, belly rubs and spa weekends with volunteers for breaks from the shelter. In spite of how much she was loved, as time marched on April was passed over by the thousands of visiting families. 

Alamedans who love cats can do something to help their feline friends at the Island Cat Resources and Adoptions (ICRA) fundraiser auction this Saturday, June 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. The event is being held for the 25th year. 

Enjoy refreshments, wine and beer tastings while benefiting local cats directly. Bid on local adventures, wine and beer tastings, jewelry, pet-themed items, art, wine lots and more in the auction or shop for crafts and play games to win wine. 

Ospreys returned again this year to nest at Alameda Point’s Seaplane Lagoon. But midway through the rearing process, the female became the sole provider and protector of her three chicks, after the male became entangled in fishing line. Such osprey single parenting is unheard of. The nest on an old Navy light stand at the entrance to the Seaplane Lagoon is familiar to the ospreys, having raised young here before. The crown of sticks has become part of the fixture, decorated by the ospreys with “arts and crafts” bits of fabric and string. 

One of the simplest and best ways to help reduce your dog’s separation anxiety is to go out and about to any of several dog-friendly places in Alameda. Getting out for a day with the dogs is also a great way to get in extra exercise and enjoy those furry friends. There are a few specific activities, but there are also important rules to remember when on the town with Fido.

The Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) wants all the shelter animals to have homes for the holidays, so the group is offering a special discount through the end of the year. As of now, all adoption fees are 50 percent off through Sunday, Dec. 31. That means fees as low as $20 for a senior cat 7 years or older. A puppy or kitten would be just $60. (Try to beat that, Santa!) 

See all the adoptable animals and check back often because potential furry family members become available every day. 

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