Small Dogs Airlifted to Washington State

Courtesy photo. Speckles found a new home this month, thanks to the Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter and a lucky new pet owner.

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.

Small dogs are in great demand in southwest Washington and we have far too many here in East Bay shelters. Sending dogs where there is greater demand for them will help them find their new homes more quickly.

We still have a large number of kittens, puppies, cats, dogs, rabbits and even a couple of chickens. FAAS is offering free adoptions on Fridays to help move some of these wonderful animals into their new forever homes.

Every feline, canine and rabbit is spayed or neutered prior to going to their new home. They are micro-chipped, screened for health and behavior issues, vaccinated, and well socialized while they await adoption. To adopt, please bring proof of home ownership or your rental agreement indicating you can have a pet. We also require all household members to meet the prospective new pet including other dogs if you want to adopt a dog.

Many of the available pets can be viewed online at the FAAS website www.AlamedaAnimalShelter.org. The shelter is open on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call FAAS at 337-8565 for more information.

Speckles has a Home

When the gorgeous, freckly, pit bull came into the shelter, the staff and volunteers fell in love with her at first sight. She was super friendly, smart, playful and wanted nothing more than to be with people all day long. We named her Speckles.

She had a serious cough and we took her to the vet who recommended Speckles see a cardiologist due to the nature of the cough. Unfortunately, the cardiologist discovered that Speckles had an untreatable heart condition. The cardiologist said there was no pain associated with the disease and that Speckles would have a great but probably short life.

We decided to make her available for adoption with full disclosure of the heart condition, and we reached out through Facebook and other media to find someone who would fill her remaining years with love. It didn’t take long before a wonderful couple came in and said they wanted to adopt her. Speckles pranced out the door of the shelter and into the arms of her new family and we all wish her a wonderful life.

Cutest Pet Photo Contest

The FAAS Pet Photo Contest is underway! To enter the contest or vote for your favorite photos, go to http://gbcphotocontest.com/faas. Photos of the winners taken by professional photographers will be displayed in the FAAS 2015 calendar and you will receive professional quality photos of your pet that will make great holiday cards.

Vehicle Donation Program

If you have a vehicle you no longer want, consider donating it to FAAS. It’s easy and simple. Vehicles for Charity picks up your vehicle, handles all the paperwork, sells the vehicle, and you might get a tax deduction. Proceeds from the sale benefit the homeless pets at the shelter. Contact Vehicles for Charity at 866-628-2277 or complete the online form at www.vehiclesforcharity.org.

Upcoming Events

Artists Unleashed: FAAS and Redux Studios present an exhibit of artwork painted by animals at the shelter. Opening reception is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Redux Studios, 2315 Lincoln Ave. Enjoy viewing creative paintings while sipping wine and meeting a few of the canine and feline artists. All the artwork is for sale with proceeds benefitting the shelter animals.

Fourth annual "After The Ball": This year the annual FAAS gala is Friday, Oct. 17, at the Grandview Pavilion, 300 Island Drive. We are planning a beautiful evening with wonderful food and wine, a live and silent auction, and more fun activities. Shelter dogs will be attending this year to join in the festivities.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/faas-after-the-ball-4th-annual-gala-tickets-6564690165. Many sponsorship opportunities are available too.

Contact Kim Stange-Herlihy at 337-8572 to become a sponsor. All proceeds from After The Ball help FAAS care for the more than 800 animals we shelter each year.

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. Monetary donations are always appreciated too!

Mim Carlson is the executive director of the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. She can be reached at mimcarlson.faas@gmail.com.