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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. 

 

John L. Lipp was officially appointed executive director of Alameda’s animal shelter, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) Oct. 20. He had served as FAAS’s acting director since March. Before that, he served on the FAAS board of directors from 2011 to 2017. 

John and his husband, Peter, share their Alameda home with two wonderful rescues: their pup, Lucy, and the grand duke of the house, their kitty, Rex.

 

The Second Annual Alameda Point Concours d’Elegance is coming to Alameda this Sunday, June 11, and this is not your typical car show. Of course, there will be hundreds of beautiful vehicles, a panel of celebrity judges, live entertainment, and great food and drink to beckon attendees. 

But along with the Alfa Romeos, Pierce Arrows, Duesenbergs, Packards, Jaguars, classic trucks, Woodies, race cars and vintage motorcycles, there will also be Chihuahuas, miniature pinschers, pit bull mixes and maybe a German shepherd or two. 

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