Sunday through April 12 is National Volunteer Week, and Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter is deeply thankful to the more than 100 volunteers who work side-by-side with staff to help Alameda's stray and abandoned pets.

We could not care for the more than 1,000 animals that come through our doors each year if we did not have wonderful, dedicated and passionate volunteers. They walk dogs, socialize cats, help with events to raise money and awareness, work in the office, keep the shelter safe and clean and pitch in wherever needed. Others foster young puppies and kittens or fragile animals needing a home environment to stay in while waiting for a new permanent home.

FAAS salutes and thanks its wonderful volunteer corps for their commitment to helping Alameda's homeless pets. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please email volunteer.faas@gmail.com or visit the FAAS website www.AlamedaAnimalShelter.org/volunteer for information.

Pet Of The Week: MISTY is a lovely 8-10 year old cat that loves attention from people.

Dog Alley: There are 16 available dogs at the Alameda Animal Shelter. LULU is a petite black pit bull, about 3 years old who is very people-oriented and loves to go on walks. DANNY is a handsome cream Chihuahua mix, about 2 years old. He's a got a big lovable personality for such a little guy!


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Cat Lair: There are 16 available cats at the Alameda Animal Shelter. Several cats at FAAS are mature in age and amazing in disposition. Adopt one of these mellow, lovable felines, and prepare yourself for lots of love, snuggles and endless days of being adored by your new feline friend. Choose from: SAMMY, an 11-year old beautiful mellow gray cat who loves laps and gives kisses; KILI, an 11-year-old sweet, indoor calico; FATTY, a robust 13-year-old black-and-white cat looking for an adult to love; or SILVER, a lovely, sweet 10-year-old cream tabby.

RABBIT ROW: MARTIN is a neutered agouti, and SPECKLES is a neutered English spot. SMUDGE is a handsome pink-eyed Himalayan. Dulce is a neutered black New Zealander. All are very friendly and affectionate.

Upcoming events

Several mobile adoption events are scheduled for the month of April. Meet FAAS shelter pets and find a new forever friend. Here's a list of the April events.

  • Saturday: Bunny Adoption Event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Hayward Animal Shelter, 16 Barnes Court in Hayward.

  • Sunday: Mobile Adoption at Pet Food Express, San Leandro, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 265 Davis Street in San Leandro.

  • April 12: Mobile Adoption at Pet Food Express, Alameda, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2661 Blanding Ave., Ste. 9F in Alameda.

  • April 19: Alameda Outdoor Market from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the College of Alameda (east parking lot), 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway.

  • April 26: Earth Day booth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Washington Park, 740 Central Ave. in Alameda.

    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.