Senior Pet Adoptions Free During November Courtesy of Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter

Dakota

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) is celebrating National Adopt a Senior Cat month by making adoption of all senior pets — dogs as well as cats — free during November. All regular adoption procedures apply with free adoptions.

Adopting an older pet has many benefits. Older pets are calmer and less mischievous than puppies or kittens and don’t need nearly as much attention, exercise and supervision. They are more socialized to people, easier to train and owners don’t have to guess how big they are going to get or what kind of personality they are going to have. What you see is what you get!

Some of the seniors waiting for their new forever home are:

Boo, a very cool, solid black 14-year-old male cat who looks and acts much younger than his age. He’s very smart and curious, and has gorgeous eyes.

Thomas, also 14 years young, a wonderful big orange/white feline with a super-sweet personality.

Bob, a Manx Cat, is 12 years old. He is a gorgeous, large, buff/white cat who enjoys having conversations and getting lots of attention.

Paas came to the shelter on his own! We found him outside one morning and he let us know he needed food and shelter. Paas is approximately 10 years old and is a handsome brown/white long-hair feline.

Jill, a 9-year-old cream-colored Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, is a bit reserved and is looking for her special someone who understands this wonderful dog breed.

Every FAAS animal is medically screened, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, micro-chipped and well socialized. Senior cats are also screened for FeLV/FIV. To adopt an animal, plan to have everyone in your household meet the prospective pet and bring proof of home ownership or your lease indicating you can have a pet.

A Few Statistics

The number of dogs and cats FAAS takes in each year has increased over the last three years by more than 20 percent. Due to the great effort taken to rehabilitate animals who are ill or injured or who have reversible behavior problems, the live release rate (the number of animals being returned to their owners, being adopted by new owners or going to rescue groups) has also steadily increased — by almost 30 percent at the shelter. Our live release rate is now at an all-time high of 97 percent.

Dakota’s Happy Ending

Dakota’s story is a good example of how FAAS works with rescue groups. When Dakota’s person passed away unexpectedly and no family member could take her, she was brought to FAAS.

Dakota is an elderly cattle dog mix who was extremely bonded to her person and visibly depressed without him. Dakota was estimated to be about 13 years old and had some minor medical issues. While searching for a family member to take her in, FAAS did everything possible to help her adapt to life without her former owner. After a week, Dakota began to adjust to her new life with FAAS, but was still obviously confused and depressed in the shelter.

As soon as it was determined there were no family members for Dakota, FAAS reached out to the wonderful people at the senior dog rescue group, Muttville, who said they would take her immediately. Dakota is now being loved and spoiled by the folks at Muttville who say is adorable and sweet. Thank you, Muttville!

Thanksgiving Reminder

A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem for beloved pets at Thanksgiving. However, don’t allow them to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse. FAAS highly recommends keeping pets on their regular diets during the holidays. A great way to make the dinner special for a dog is to stuff their regular dinner into a Kong toy and add a few tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and dribbles of gravy. They’ll be happily occupied for awhile while you enjoy your own feast. Cats would enjoy their regular dinner too with a few little treats of turkey thrown in to make it extra special.

Pet Food Needed

No one should be hungry this holiday season (or all year long), including the pets of Alameda’s low income families. The FAAS Pet Food Pantry gives pet food and cat litter to all low income families and the need for donations is critical right now. Please bring a bag of dog or cat food or litter to the shelter at 1590 Fortmann Way (Alameda) or take it directly to the Alameda Food Bank at 1900 Thau Way (Alameda). The Pet Food Pantry supplies food once a month at the Food Bank. For more information, call 337-8565.

Wish List

Please visit the FAAS Amazon Wish List for some great donation ideas. Go to: www.amazon.com/gp/wishlist. Type in "Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter" to go to our Wish List.

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Mim Carlson is the executive director of FAAS. She can be reached at mimcarlson.faas@gmail.com.