Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) wants to give a HUGE thank-you to the Alameda Support Foundation for its recent grant of $10,000. We are thrilled to be the recipient of this generous gift. The Alameda Support Foundation is new and was created to help individuals in need and to help community charitable and educational organizations achieve their goals. In addition to their grant, the Support Foundation's first Art In the Garden party on May 4 raised more than $2,300 for the animals at FAAS. Thank you!

Pit Pride: The FAAS Pit Pride weekend is this Saturday and Sunday. Qualified adopters can take home our friendly, healthy pit bulls for FREE! There are several reasons to consider these magnificent dogs for your household. These tips are from Petfinder (petfinder.com):

  • Pit bulls are very eager to please people. They crave attention and will do just about anything to get praise and affection from their people. They love to cuddle and are super-loyal, too.

  • Most pit bulls are super-athletic. If you're looking for an enthusiastic exercise partner, this is the right dog for you.

  • Pit bulls are very funny. They have a great sense of humor and enjoy clowning around.

  • Pit bulls don't need much grooming. Their very short coats don't get matted and are very low-maintenance.

  • Best of all is the pit bull smile! If you're having a bad day, one big smile from your pitty pal will make your day!


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    Adoption weekend: The annual Maddie's Adoption Weekend is happening May 31 and June 1. All cats, kittens, dogs and puppies are available for free adoptions, and the Maddie's Fund reimburses FAAS $500 to $2,000 for each adoption.

    To adopt from FAAS, all household members must meet the new pet and proof of homeownership is needed or your copy of your lease showing that you can have a pet.

    THE THREE W'S: Wiggle Waggle Walk is June 8 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. 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: HONEY is a 1-year-old playful, silly female pit bull mix. She is a high-energy puppy!

    Dog Alley: There are 17 dogs available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. NOODLES is a blue-and-white pit bull mix that's about 2 years old. STELLA is a pretty fawn-colored Chihuahua mix that's about 2 years old.

    Cat Lair: There are 19 cats available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. ZACHARY is a handsome brown Maine coon mix about 2 years old. BUDDHA is a small gray tabby female that's about 3 years old and very pretty.

    RABBIT ROW: MARTIN is an agouti, and SPECKLES is an English spot. 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.