Wiggle Waggle Walk is this weekend! It's 12 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal. This community-wide event is all about dogs, and proceeds benefit the homeless pets at Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS). Preregistration is $25 (day-of registration is $30) for a fun afternoon of doggy contests, great food and vendors and a scenic 1-mile walk along the San Francisco Bay. Register at http://thirdannualwigglewagglewalk.eventbrite.com. Visit our website at www.AlamedaAnimalShelter.org for more information. If you love dogs, this is the place to be this Sunday!

Maddie's Pet Adoption Weekend at the Alameda Animal Shelter was fun, exhausting and fantastic! We adopted 13 dogs and 41 cats and kittens SHANE, SAMMY, CHEWY and MISTY. FAAS is very grateful to Maddie's Fund for sponsoring such a wonderful weekend to help FAAS and other Bay Area shelters find homes for all the abandoned pets in our shelter.

As part of our celebration of felines during June's "National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month," we'd like to remind everyone with household cats to please consider keeping your felines indoors. Indoor cats generally have a longer life because they live in a safer and healthier environment than those who go outdoors. The biggest safety concern for cats is cars. Alameda is a very busy island with traffic-filled streets. Even the smartest feline will make the mistake of wanting to cross the street to see what's on the other side, and that curiosity can prove fatal.


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Cats who go outdoors also have exposure to certain diseases that those living indoors avoid. Feline leukemia (FeLV), HIV (FIV) and distemper are the greatest concerns. Fortunately, Alameda has very few rabid animals, but this is also a disease that cats will get if bitten. Vaccines can protect your feline from all these diseases, but they must be done annually to offer the best protection.

Last, but certainly, not least, indoor cats don't get lost. FAAS receives hundreds of stray cats each year that we know have had an owner because they are sweet and seem well cared for. Sadly, more than 85 percent are never reclaimed and end up going to a new home. For all these reasons, it's simply best to keep your cat indoors.

Pet Of The Week: LULU is a sweet 3-year-old mixed-breed pit bull. She is a moderately active dog looking for a family with whom she can go on walks and get some outdoor exercise. She's looking for a home with an experienced dog owner.

Dog Alley: There are three dogs available at the shelter.

Cat Lair: There are 14 cats available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. MARMALADE and ABBEY are sweet sisters whose owners were no longer able to care for them. These 2-year-old spayed female beauties are ready to share their love with you.

RABBIT ROW: MARTIN is an agouti, and SPECKLES is an English spot. DULCE is a black New Zealander, CUBBY is a handsome brown rabbit and SQUASH is a good-looking gray fellow. All of the rabbits have been 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.