After The Ball, the annual gala to raise funds needed for Alameda’s abandoned pets, will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Alameda’s Grandview Pavilion. The event is the largest annual fundraiser for Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), with all proceeds used to care for the more than 900 animals the Alameda Animal Shelter takes in each year.

This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever with gourmet food, premium beer and wine, silent and live auctions, games, artwork created by shelter animals and the music of Terrence Brewer.

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.