Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) is very grateful to our volunteer, Shelly Gable, for creating a new fund that will pay for the costs of training dogs adopted from our shelter. The new Sasha Fund will make a huge difference for adopters and their new canine pals. It will help to ensure that dogs adopted from FAAS become model canine citizens and that their owners have all the information they need to keep their new pals happy and safe. Shelly's generosity is a tremendous gift and demonstrates the passion and commitment that FAAS volunteers have for the abandoned pets at the shelter.

We are very pleased to announce that FAAS is one of the five Alameda nonprofits that will receive $2,000 from the Bank of Alameda/Bank of Marin! Thanks very much to all of you who voted for FAAS and raised some much needed money for the animals. Thanks also to Bank of Alameda/Bank of Marin for having this contest!

Don't forget that FAAS is having Free Adoption Fridays during the month of January. We've already had some great adoptions this month, and there are still lots of pets awaiting their forever homes. Please stop by and visit them at 1590 Fortmann Way and take home a new best friend. Some of our adoptable pets can also be viewed on the FAAS website at www.alamedaanimalshelter.org.


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Pet Of The Week: KITTY is a 12-years-young diluted calico with her front paws declawed.

DOG ALLEY: There are nine dogs available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. SOPHIE is a darling tan Chihuahua puppy that is about 4 months old. SNOOPY is a goofy gray/white pit bull that loves people and sitting in their laps. She's about 1 year old.

CAT LAIR: There are 19 cats and kittens available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. INKY is a sleek 2-year-old all-black female that is quite affectionate. MILO is a handsome 3-year-old brown tabby that was dumped by the side of the road and then rescued by a good Samaritan who brought him to the shelter.

Rabbit Row: MARTIN is a neutered agouti and SPECKLES a neutered English spot. SMUDGE is a handsome pink-eyed Himalayan. JOY is a pretty gray rabbit; OREO is a black/white mini-lop and DULCE a black New Zealander. All are in foster care.

Upcoming Events:

  • Bowzer's Pizza (1330 Park Street, Alameda) is hosting FAAS Wednesdays in January. Pick up a flyer at the shelter, cut it out of this newspaper or print it from 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!

  • Rabbit Rally! is coming to FAAS from 12 to 3 p.m. Jan. 26. All the rabbits at FAAS (there are eight of them!) will be at the shelter and available for adoption. There will also be information about caring for rabbits.

    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.