Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter had a very successful After the Ball event with about $80,000 raised for the homeless pets in the shelter. More than 300 people attended and had great food, wine and fun. FAAS is grateful to the wonderful sponsors who underwrote the event costs, and we say "thank you" to the wonderful Alameda community who cares so much for the abandoned pets.
October is here, and it's time for Catoberfest! FAAS has a very special month planned, and it's all about cats. You can adopt an adult cat for just $5 or a kitten for $50. To take advantage of this great adoption special, we ask that you bring us an unopened bag of dry cat food (any brand is fine) that we can add to our pet food pantry. The pantry provides pet food to low-income Alameda residents needing some help caring for their animal companions.
Speaking of cats, FAAS is full with more than 50 cats and kittens needing new homes. Gorgeous cats like Jewel -- a chocolate point Siamese, or Stella -- a Russian blue, are vaccinated, microchipped, spayed/neutered and ready to go for a $5 adoption fee.
Almost all the cats in the shelter have come to us as strays. They are collarless and not microchipped, so we aren't able to send them home. Often, a good Samaritan will bring the cat to us thinking that is the right thing to do. However, if you find a friendly cat that is very healthy looking and well fed, then it's highly likely this feline lives in the neighborhood and is just strolling around seeing what's new or where a convenient food bowl might be. There is no need to bring these cats to the shelter because they have homes and are well cared for. Similarly, if you've lost a cat, please call the shelter at 510-337-8565. We might have him or her here, or we can give you suggestions for finding your feline.
PET OF THE WEEK: Meet Einstein, about 3 years old. He's an adorable, very smart mixture of many breeds.
DOG ALLEY: There are 22 dogs available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. TUG is a cute 4-month-old brindled pit bull puppy full of life and energy. MARLEY is a sweet, shy 5-year-old poodle and bichon frise mix.
CAT LAIR: There are 51 felines available at the shelter. THELMA and LOUISE are brown tabby cats, about 5 years old. OLIVER is a darling 4-month-old orange tabby full of love.
RABBIT ROW: MARTIN is a 1-year-old neutered agouti boy, and MOCHI is a 3-year-old spayed white rabbit with gorgeous blue eyes; both are here at the shelter. SPECKLES is a neutered 1-year-old white and gold English spot and BUN BUNS is a 7-year-old neutered mini-rex/lop mix.
Mim Carlson is executive director of Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. Visit the shelter at 1590 Fortmann Way at Grand Street, call 510-337-8565 or visit www.alamedaanimalshelter.org to view the animals.