May 4 through May 11 is National Be Kind To Animals Week -- what a great time to do something extra special for all animals. Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter celebrates this week too, and encourages you to be kind to animals every day of the year. Here are some simple ways to show your love and compassion for your animal friends.

  • Make a date with your pet and spend some extra time playing and loving this animal that adores you.

  • Save a life! Adopt a new pet from a shelter or rescue group.

  • Get your pets microchipped so they'll easily make their way back to you if they get lost.

  • If you see an animal being mistreated, report it to your local animal control department. In Alameda, the phone number is 510-377-8340.

  • Spay or neuter your pets so they live longer and healthier lives with you.

    pits aplenty: PIT PALOOZA is coming to FAAS the weekend of May 17-18. Find your pit bull match, and the adoption fee is waived! The shelter has several wonderful ambassadors of the magnificent pit bull breed. Adoptions include spay/neuter services, microchips, FREE dog training classes, a free wellness check and more! Please visit the shelter from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to visit our super-duper pit bulls. You'll be able to meet:

  • SWEET HONEY -- What a gal! She's a little pocket pittie, about 11 months old, who enjoys people, other dogs and hanging out to have a good time.

  • HANDSOME NOODLES -- This big guy is super-friendly and great with people, dogs and everyone.

  • LOVELY WILLOW -- Our Willow has been with us for more than a year and has been a staff and volunteer favorite for the entire time. We adore her, but she needs her forever home. Willow is a gentle girl with a big and loving personality.

    Still time left: Don't forget to register for Wiggle Waggle Walk! It's from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 8 at the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal. Registration is only $25 for a fun afternoon of doggy contests, great food and vendors and a scenic 1-mile walk. To register, go to http://thirdannualwigglewagglewalk.eventbrite.com and please visit our website at www.alamedaanimalshelter.org for more information.

    Pet Of The Week: Shane is a very shy sweet boy who may not have had much socializing in the world. He can be very sweet, silly and playful once he feels comfortable.

    Dog Alley: There are 16 dogs available for adoption. TINY TIGER is a brown brindled Chihuahua mix looking for a quiet adult home. SKIPPER is a tiny brown/white Chihuahua mix needing a calm home and special someone to adore.

    Cat Lair: There are 19 cats available for adoption. ABBEY is sweet torbie, who came in with her pal, MARMALADE, a unique orange tabby female that's also a big sweetie.

    RABBIT ROW: MARTIN is an agouti, and SPECKLES is an English spot. SMUDGE is a handsome pink-eyed Himalayan, DULCE is a black New Zealander and CUBBY is a handsome brown rabbit. All of the rabbits are neutered.

    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.