Senior pets are special. After all, a gray muzzle is something to celebrate! Sadly, far too many of our shelter animals are seniors who have lost their homes through no fault of their own. These pets deserve a forever home that will see them through their golden years. The next time you are looking to adopt a new four-legged family member, please consider the following:
1. Seniors are well-mannered. You rarely have to teach a senior how to use a litter box or dog door. They have excellent pet etiquette.
This past December, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) said goodbye and thank you to Nancy Evans who has served as FAAS’ board president since its founding in September 2009. Evans, a real estate professional with Harbor Bay Realty, co-founded FAAS with Lizette Weiss in an effort to raise private funding for the medical care of the animals living at the municipal shelter.
“There was a great need to support the medical care of the animals and volunteers, like myself, wanted to make a difference,” said Evans.
From all of us at FAAS, we wish you a joyous holiday season.
As the holidays approach, many pet parents are looking forward to including their furry family members in their festivities. From holiday decorating to family get-togethers, dogs and cats alike are often part of the joyful celebration. Taking a few tips into consideration will help to keep your pets safe and avoid uninvited consequences during special social gatherings.
Few situations are more traumatic and stressful for pets than being given up by their families, whatever the reason. While FAAS is always willing and able to properly shelter and care for animals needing new homes, bringing your pet to us as a first step is not always the best solution.
If you feel you need to re-home your pet, please consider the choice carefully and follow a few guidelines to ensure the best outcome:
Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), like so many other animal shelters throughout the state, is bursting with kittens. California’s temperate climate provides a desirable landscape for prolonged breeding which in turn gives way to "kitten season." What often results are more little ones in need than shelters and rescues can handle without the help of the community.
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.
Shelter finds homes for 13 dogs, 41 cats at special adoption event
The Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) found homes for 54 animals — 13 dogs and 41 cats — during the two-day Maddie’s Fund adopt-a-thon on the weekend of May 31 and June 1. FAAS has participated in the Maddie’s event for the past three years and has never had this many adopted pets find new forever homes.
Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) could not care for the more than 1,000 animals that come through its doors each year without the more than 100 wonderful, dedicated and passionate volunteers who work side by side with staff to help Alameda’s stray and abandoned pets.
When Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) took over responsibility for the Alameda Animal Shelter in January 2012, we took on a major financial challenge to reduce operating costs and raise over $300,000 annually to keep the shelter operating at a lower cost to the city.
Audited results of the 2012-13 fiscal year ending last July, the first complete fiscal year the shelter was under FAAS management, are now available. They demonstrate how quickly we have been able establish a firm financial foundation.