friends of the alameda animal shelter

Due to the efforts of sponsors, attendees, volunteers, auction donors and bidders, restaurants, vendors and many other generous individuals who gave time, money and talent, the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) announced it raised $150,000 at its annual “After the Ball” fundraiser held Oct. 10. The funds raised benefit the lost and abandoned pets of Alameda. 

Alamedans who have adopted a pet from Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) can help shelter pets earn up to $100,000.FAAS is asking for help to earn a life-saving grant award from The Petco Foundation. 

“Please share how your rescued pet has brightened your life,” stated FAAS Executive Director John Lipp. “You can submit as many stories as you like, but each must be on a different pet.”  

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) had such a successful holiday season at their satellite adoption center in South Shore Shopping Center, the nonprofit is looking to make the location permanent. The group reported the pop-up store generated 28 percent more donations and that thousands more visitors took the chance to connect with a potential new animal friend.

Alameda firefighters, all featured in the 2019 Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) calendar, signed their individual pages at the FAAS Pup-Up store at South Shore Center.  

Left to right: Firefighter Patrick Corder, Captain Brandon Baleym, Fire Inspector Steve Floyd and firefighter David Wills. Standing with Makalya in his arms is FAAS Executive Director John Lipp.
Each month of the calendar features a different first responder from the Alameda fire and police departments; each responder is photographed with animals rescued by FAAS. 

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) has put together a 2019 calendar with some help from Alameda’s first responders. Members of both the Alameda Fire and Police departments posed with cats, dogs and one rabbit that were adopted from FAAS. Above, firefighter Mike Navarro shares the frame with his buddy, Squeak. FAAS is asking $15 per calendar. All proceeds benefit the shelter pets. Stop by and get one at 1590 Fortmann Way or at any of the animal clinics in town. They are also available online at


The Alameda Art Association is hosting a reception from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 28, to benefit Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS). FAAS will bring adoptable animals and take applications for adoptions. The reception at the gallery, 2242 South Shore Center, is free to the public. 

The association is collecting pet food donations at the gallery from Wednesday to Sunday the entire month of April. Its artists have created a special show of animal artwork. The association is donating a portion of art sales to FAAS. Learn more by calling 523-4475.  


The Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) wants all the shelter animals to have homes for the holidays, so the group is offering a special discount through the end of the year. As of now, all adoption fees are 50 percent off through Sunday, Dec. 31. That means fees as low as $20 for a senior cat seven years or older. A puppy or kitten would be just $60. (Try and beat that, Santa!) 

See all the adoptable animals and check back often because potential furry family members become available every day. 


Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) is gearing up for its annual fundraiser, After the Ball, set for Thursday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

The event will be held on the historic USS Hornet for the second year in a row. This year’s gala will be catered by several Alameda eateries, including C’era Una Volta.


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 residents 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 Second Annual Alameda Point Concours d’Elegance is coming to Alameda this Sunday, June 11, and this is not your typical car show. Of course, there will be hundreds of beautiful vehicles, a panel of celebrity judges, live entertainment, and great food and drink to beckon attendees. 

But along with the Alfa Romeos, Pierce Arrows, Duesenbergs, Packards, Jaguars, classic trucks, Woodies, race cars and vintage motorcycles, there will also be Chihuahuas, miniature pinschers, pit bull mixes and maybe a German shepherd or two.