Friday is the last Free Adoption Friday at Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. There are still many great pets at the shelter waiting for their new homes, so drop on by and take home a new best friend.

FAAS is located at 1590 Fortmann Way in Alameda. The hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. To adopt, everyone in the household must be present to meet the prospective new adoptee. Bring proof of homeownership (a mortgage or tax statement). If you rent, bring your rental agreement stating in writing that you can have a pet or pets. For dog adoptions, if you own a dog please bring him or her in for a meet-and-greet before adopting a dog.

Kitten season is just around the corner, and FAAS is getting ready by expanding our foster program for kittens and other pets needing temporary homes. Volunteers are needed to give care and love to abandoned pets until they are ready for adoption. There are numerous opportunities available! FAAS provides training to be a foster parent plus all the food and other supplies needed while you foster from us. FAAS staff are available to answer questions or resolve any issues that may arise. If you are interested in becoming a FAAS foster, please contact the volunteer manager at 510-337-8575 or via e-mail at There are many reasons why fostering a pet is a win-win for both you and the pet you are caring for:

  • It gives you an opportunity to have a temporary pet pal without the long term commitment of caring for the animal.

  • You will be able to learn about the pet's personality and that will help FAAS find a great adoption match when the animal is ready.

  • Fostering an animal helps you determine what type of pet and personality is best suited for your household if you are planning to have a pet in the future.

  • The pet you foster receives lots of socialization from you that will help him or her settle in to the adopter's home.

    Pet Of The Week: SHYLA is a 3-year-old spayed female cream-colored tabby point beauty.

    DOG ALLEY: There are 10 dogs available at the shelter. BLADE, a 7-year-old black Labrador retriever, is a wonderful sweet dog with a tendency to roam. He needs a person to keep him home! BLUEBELL, a very cute 3-month-old black Pinscher mix, has great puppy energy.

    CAT LAIR: There are 14 cats and kittens available at the shelter. DUNCAN is a 10-month-old handsome gray kitten with a calm personality. ADELAIDE is a very pretty Calico cat that is 2 years old and enjoys being loved on her terms.

    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 and DULCE a neutered black New Zealand.

    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 to view the animals.