Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter is welcoming 2014 with a couple of super adoption specials to find great new homes for the abandoned animals at the shelter. During January, we are bringing back our "Free Adoption Fridays," when all the shelter pets can be adopted for free. To adopt, everyone in the household must meet the pet before adoption and proof of homeownership or, if you rent, a lease indicating you can have a pet must be shown. If you are adopting a dog and already have one (or more), all the dogs must meet before adoption.
FAAS is also having a "Rabbit Rally" from noon until 3 p.m. Jan. 25, when everyone can view our current population of rabbits and adopt them for free. Rabbits can make wonderful companions! They are intelligent, affectionate and inquisitive and can be trained to use a litter box. They are happiest if kept indoors to enjoy the comforts of regulated temperatures and safety from predators. And they enjoy daily exercise with time outside their habitat. They can live seven to 10 years and, with careful introduction and supervision, can get along with many other companion animals.
Before you adopt a rabbit, it's good to educate yourself about the care they need and their sensitivities. Generally, households with children are fine as long as an adult supervises playtime. Also, rabbit-proofing your home will go a long way toward protecting your rabbit and your home. Visit www.rabbit.org to get more information about bringing a rabbit into your life.
Pet Of The Week: MARTIN is a 11/2-year-old male neutered agouti rabbit in foster care with his pal, SPECKLES.
DOG ALLEY: There are 14 dogs available at the shelter TUX is moderately active dog who likes evening walks and time to hang out with his people. WILLOW is a very sweet and friendly gray/white Pit Bull who is about 2 years old. She'd love to be your walking companion where she can achieve her New Year's resolution of losing a few pounds.
CAT LAIR: There are 23 cats and kittens available at the shelter. SOCKS is a handsome gray/white neutered male and a very loving feline. He's about 1 year old. FLORA is a white/brown Maine coon and is about 3 years old.
Rabbit Row: ASH is a 4-month old white-and-gray English spot. JOY is a pretty gray rabbit, and OREO is a black/white mini-lop.
Bowzer's Pizza (330 Park St. in Alameda) is hosting FAAS Wednesdays in January. Pick up a flyer at the shelter, cut it out of this newspaper or print if off our website at www.alamedaanimalshelter.org and take it to Bowzer's Pizza on a Wednesday. People submitting the flyer when they pay for their order will have 15 percent of their payment donated to FAAS!
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.