Animal shelter

The most important fundraiser of the year for the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter can also be a ton of fun for dogowners and their pets. The third annual Wiggle Waggle Walk is set for this Sunday, June 8, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal on Bay Farm Island. The community-wide animal celebration features a mile-long walk on San Francisco Bay, entertainment, pet contests, exhibitions and more. Walkers who collect pledges for donations will be eligible for prizes.

On Sunday, May 17, Alameda Support Foundation (ASF), together with the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), will be holding the first “Now That Your Lawn Is Gone” Garden Tour. The tour is an opportunity to visit more than 20 homes in Alameda that have removed their traditional front lawns in favor of more climate-friendly alternatives. These include vegetables, stone sculptures, and Mediterranean and native plants. 

There will also be a raffle and plant sale as part of the event. All proceeds from the event will go to supporting the animals at FAAS.

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.

Do not miss a special opportunity to add a piece of art to your collection and do a good deed for animals in need. See Alameda through the eyes of an accomplished photographer who shoots and prints all her own work. No digital tricks here — just Mary Elena Goodan’s keen eye. 

On Sunday, May 4, Goodan will be offering a selection of limited-edition black-and-white prints of her views of Alameda. All proceeds will benefit Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS). The prints are priced to sell at $60 to $100.

When Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) was founded in 2009 to raise funds for the city-run animal shelter, nobody anticipated that a short three years later the organization would enter into a partnership with the city to operate the shelter in a public-private partnership. FAAS took over the shelter just over two years ago and has made significant progress in enhancing programs and services for Alameda’s homeless animal population.

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) assumed responsibility for the Alameda Animal Shelter just over two years ago on Jan. 1, 2012. Since then, FAAS has made great progress toward its goal of making the shelter a safe haven for homeless animals and a resource to the community. Here are some highlights of our accomplishments this past year: Increased adoptions: An aggressive marketing effort is successfully moving more animals into their new forever homes. A total of 475 animals were adopted from the shelter during 2013 — an increase over the 455 adopted in 2012.