As I penned this letter for publication, the City Council was set to vote at its Tuesday, June 6, meeting on a proposed two-year service agreement with the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) to provide animal care services for the citizens of Alameda. The proposed Animal Services Agreement will increase funding from the City to FAAS to approximately $804,000, or 58 percent of FAAS’s annual operating budget.


The City Council is set to put its seal of approval on the proposed contract between the City and the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS). At next Tuesday’s meeting, the Council will vote whether to authorize City Manager Jill Keimach to ink a contract to keep FAAS in business and the animal shelter open. 

If approved and signed, the animal services agreement will not only increase funding for the shelter, but the City will continue to provide the shelter a facility, capital improvements at that facility and animal control officers at no cost.


In a joint press release Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) and the City have announced that they have come to terms. If the City Council approves the agreement, the City could more than double the money it is currently paying FAAS to run the shelter. 

In January 2016, FAAS told the City that the $328,000 a year it was receiving could not sustain the shelter. Under the new agreement the City would pay FAAS up to $804,300 annually. 


John L. Lipp is settling in to his new job as acting director at Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS). Lipp stepped in to replace Nancy Baglietto who resigned from her position as FAAS’ director on March 18 to take a position in Grass Valley (“Shelter’s Executive Director to Step Down,” March 16). Lipp resigned from FAAS’ board of directors and accepted the position as the organization’s acting director. He began working on Monday, March 27. 


The executive director of the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), Nancy S. Baglietto, announced on March 13 that she is leaving Alameda. She has resigned and accepted a position as the executive director at Hospitality House, an emergency homeless shelter in Grass Valley, Calif. Her last day at FAAS will be next Friday, March 24. She will begin work in Nevada City on Saturday, April 1. 

Baglietto joined FAAS as executive director in February 2015. Her departure comes in the midst of negotiations with the city over the organization’s future funding. 


Ask the city to fund FAAS fairly

A year ago this month, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) informed the City of Alameda that the public-private partnership to run the shelter was not financially sustainable. 

We began serious discussions with the City Manager last April and submitted a proposal on Aug. 10, 2016. The City Council weighed in on this issue in October, directing staff to negotiate a new agreement with FAAS that would enable us to maintain the same high level of outcomes we have achieved over the last five years. 


Above, 10-year-old Ian Love, left, joins his brother, Alex Love, 7, and friend Nolan Kim, 10, to show the money they earned at a joint birthday party for Ian and Nolan. Instead of asking for presents for themselves, Ian and Nolan requested cash donations from their friends and relatives. They raised $165, which they donated to the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS).


On Dec. 3 Alameda Support Foundation (ASF) held its yearly Christmas fundraiser and plant sale to benefit the animals at the Alameda Animal Shelter. ASF raised some $3,000 for Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), whose contract renewal with the city will be considered in January.

Eight-year-old Jason Goodell, who comes to every ASF event, baked cupcakes and sold them for a dollar each, raised a total of $50, which he donated to the cause.

“It was easy for me to want to help,” Jason said. “My rescue dog ‘Cupcake’ has changed my life.”


The Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) announced recently that the shelter is getting a new roof. The organization will keep the doors of the shelter open to potential adopters and pets in need during the installation, which begins Monday, Nov. 28, and is expected to take about four weeks. It will be noisy and parking will be reduced, but a new water-tight roof is essential to keep the animals warm and dry this winter.


The Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) is seeking to renegotiate its contract with the city of Alameda so it can better manage the Alameda Animal Shelter. FAAS sent out a press release to Alameda residents and city leaders stating the reasons it needs more funding for the shelter.