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This past December, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) said goodbye and thank you to Nancy Evans who has served as FAAS’ board president since its founding in September 2009. Evans, a real estate professional with Harbor Bay Realty, co-founded FAAS with Lizette Weiss in an effort to raise private funding for the medical care of the animals living at the municipal shelter. 

“There was a great need to support the medical care of the animals and volunteers, like myself, wanted to make a difference,” said Evans. 

A native California wild turkey found its way to the Island City just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. It seems colder weather might attract the birds closer to the relative warmth of the bay waters as nearly every winter these turkeys pay a visit. This turkey, expectantly waiting for Jeeves to open the car door, poked around Eagle Avenue last weekend. Sun publisher Eric J. Kos reports seeing a bird in his neighborhood Saturday. “There was a turkey just hanging out in someone’s front yard on Paru Street near Franklin Park,” said Kos. “I see them up in the hills while hiking, too.” 

From all of us at FAAS, we wish you a joyous holiday season. 
As the holidays approach, many pet parents are looking forward to including their furry family members in their festivities. From holiday decorating to family get-togethers, dogs and cats alike are often part of the joyful celebration. Taking a few tips into consideration will help to keep your pets safe and avoid uninvited consequences during special social gatherings.

With the holiday season right around the corner, many families are planning to visit their families and that, of course, means their four-legged family members, too. To ensure safe travels for everyone it’s important to take heed of a very real pet travel safety issue — pets and distracted driving.

When we think of distracted driving, typical "culprits" come to mind including: texting, eating, applying makeup, chatting on the phone, or even daydreaming. Seldom considered is the fact that traveling with an unsecured pet is a very real and dangerous distraction.

When holiday season travel means leaving your pet at home, finding the right caretaker is an important decision. Having a family member or friend watch your loved one is typically the first choice, but when that is not possible, the alternatives seem to come down to either hiring a pet sitter or boarding. Both have their own advantages and special considerations.

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