Most Alamedans know that the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) is the community resource for sheltering and caring for more than 1,000 lost, abandoned and homeless animals each year. What is less known, however, is that FAAS helps dogs and cats already living in their own homes as part of families.

Twelve-year old Chloe Levenson-Cupp of Alameda has a new best friend, one that she can relate to. When she was a baby Levenson-Cupp suffered burns from tea that had been spilled on her. Her new friend, a Chihuahua so loved that he has two names also suffered burns.

With increased publicity on the issue, it is fairly common knowledge that cars are not always the safest places for pets. Precautions need to be taken when bringing a dog along, especially if he or she will be left unattended in the car for any period of time.

The California Penal Code states that you may not leave an animal unattended in the car if the weather is too hot or too cold, there’s inadequate ventilation, food and/or water, or any other circumstance reasonably expected to cause an animal suffering, disability or death.

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), like so many other animal shelters throughout the state, is bursting with kittens. California’s temperate climate provides a desirable landscape for prolonged breeding which in turn gives way to "kitten season." What often results are more little ones in need than shelters and rescues can handle without the help of the community.

The summer months can be uncomfortable — even dangerous — for pets. To keep pets safe and cool this summer follow these helpful tips.