Most people spend their Christmas inside sharing wonderful stories by a warm fire, with friends and family. John Theoni of the Oregon Humane Society Technical Animal Rescue (OHSTAR) spent his holiday evening in 2014 rappelling down a shear dark cliff to save a Labrador that had fallen 150 feet to a narrow ledge when she was spooked and ran snapping her harness and falling to the ledge below. 


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.