The public is invited to learn how to create a family emergency plan that includes meeting the needs of family pets at a free upcoming disaster preparedness workshop. “People and their Pets: Disaster Preparedness and Response” will take place Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to noon, in the City of Alameda Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. No reservations are necessary.

The City of Alameda and Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) host. For more information, contact Jim Franz at 747-6883.


Activists concerned about the plight of a colony of jackrabbits, about to be displaced by further development at the Harbor Bay Business Park, recently posted this video to YouTube. For the background on this story, see

To see the coalition's video of Bay Farm's resident rabbits, click here



Senior pets are special. After all, a gray muzzle is something to celebrate! Sadly, far too many of our shelter animals are seniors who have lost their homes through no fault of their own. These pets deserve a forever home that will see them through their golden years. The next time you are looking to adopt a new four-legged family member, please consider the following: 

1. Seniors are well-mannered. You rarely have to teach a senior how to use a litter box or dog door. They have excellent pet etiquette.

Point chickens lay best eggs in town

Some 190 members of the Alameda Backyard Chickens Facebook group recently got together for a hard-boiled egg taste-testing competitions at the invitation of Jeff Bridge of Ploughshares Nursery. The potluck lunch and taste testing brought chicken lovers from Alameda. 

Like most animal shelters around the country, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) has a special fund dedicated to helping animals with acute medical needs. As costs continue to rise for routine pet healthcare and mandated spay/neuter services, FAAS looks to private donors to help pay for extraordinary medical care. We call it the Angel Fund.