On March 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., several of Alameda's police officers will join Police Chief Paul Rolleri at Otaez Mexican Restaurant to wait tables and raise funds for homeless pets at the Alameda Animal Shelter. The event, called Tip-A-Cop, is one of the biggest fundraisers for Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, and we hope you will come have some great food and drink and tip a cop! Otaez is located at 1619 Webster Street in Alameda. All tips received by the officers will go to help the animals in our shelter.
This event is one of many ways the Police Department and FAAS partner together to help homeless pets in our city. The police have an animal control officer responsible for handling abuse cases, citizen complaints, picking up strays and injured or deceased pets or wildlife. When the animal control officer is off-duty, the police officers provide these services.
Once an animal arrives at the Alameda shelter, FAAS takes over their care. Our share of the partnership is to make sure that all animals get the very best care while they wait for their new homes. They receive medical care if they need it and are vaccinated, spayed or neutered and microchipped before adoption.
This great partnership between the city's Police Department and FAAS is working wonderfully well. We are very grateful to Chief Rolleri and his officers for their dedication to helping homeless pets and demonstrating this by raising funds for them.
PET OF THE WEEK: MILO is a 2-year-old male orange tabby. He was surrendered to the shelter because his owner is in the military and was deployed overseas. He is an indoor-only cat and has been an only pet.
DOG ALLEY: There are 15 dogs available for adoption at the shelter. COPPER is a sweet 5-month-old red dachshund puppy that is sensitive, very sociable and great with people. LADYBUG is a 2-year-old Dalmatian/pit bull mix that loves to talk to you when going on walks and has a great personality.
CAT LAIR: There are 18 cats and kittens available for adoption at the Alameda Animal Shelter. LOUIE and LOUISE are a brother-and-sister duo about 3 years old. Louise is a very pretty longhair calico, and Louie is a handsome black-white tuxedo. They are both very affectionate and loving.
RABBIT ROW: MARTIN is a neutered agouti, and SPECKLES is a neutered English spot. SMUDGE is a handsome pink-eyed Himalayan. JOY is a pretty gray rabbit, and DULCE is a neutered black New Zealander. All are very friendly and affectionate.
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.