Mim Carlson, FAAS’ first and only executive director joins one of the shelter’s past residents, Lita. Carlson has announced she’ll be moving on from FAAS early next year.

When I became Executive Director of Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) in January 2012, we had just taken over operations of the shelter from the Alameda Police Department.

We were a tiny group of super-motivated individuals with a monumental task of setting up FAAS to carry out the task of caring for our city’s homeless pets.

Ten small dogs from the Alameda Animal Shelter boarded an airplane Aug. 1 en route to the Humane Society for Southwest Washington where they will be placed for adoption in forever homes. In all, 32 dogs (mostly Chihuahuas) from Alameda, Berkeley Animal Services and the Antioch and Hayward shelters flew away to a new life thanks to the nonprofit Dog Is My Co-Pilot, which transported all the dogs for no charge.

To extend the celebration of our country’s founding, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) is making a Declaration of IndePETdence and lowering adoption fees to only $50 per pet for the entire month of July. We want all of our healthy and happy shelter animals to enjoy the freedom of a new fur-ever home.

All adoption fees include spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, one-year license for Alameda residents, free wellness exam, free dog training classes and the amazing unconditional love that a new pet will provide every day.

The fourth of July is one of the most stressful and potentially dangerous times of the year for pets. While you and your family, friends, and neighbors are celebrating the holiday with fireworks, pets are finding these festive activities anything but celebratory.

Shelter finds homes for 13 dogs, 41 cats at special adoption event

The Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) found homes for 54 animals — 13 dogs and 41 cats — during the two-day Maddie’s Fund adopt-a-thon on the weekend of May 31 and June 1. FAAS has participated in the Maddie’s event for the past three years and has never had this many adopted pets find new forever homes.