Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) has experienced a large increase in stray dogs coming to the shelter this summer. Sadly, too many have not been claimed by their owners. Two examples are:

  • A brown Australian cattle dog (about 5 years old); male; found Aug. 5 at Webster and Central.

  • A black/tan rat terrier mix (about 7 months old); male; found July 25 on Parish Court. Do either of these dogs sound familiar -- maybe you or your neighbor is missing one? More information about them and all the pets at the Alameda Animal Shelter is available on the FAAS website at www.AlamedaAnimalShelter.org.

    Please remember that if you lose your pet in Alameda, the animal may be at the animal shelter. Call us at 510-337-8565 or visit during open hours and see if your pet is here. We are open Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    There are two great ways to ensure your pet returns home quickly if lost. The first is to license your pet. When you license your dog and/or cat, the information is added to a database at FAAS. When a stray comes in with its license tag, we'll match the tag to the owner and quickly call you to get you reunited. The City of Alameda requires that all dogs and cats living in the city be licensed, so you are also following the law. Call FAAS at 510-337-8565 to get more information about buying your license. All fees collected benefit the homeless pets in our shelter.


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    The second way to get your pet home quickly is to microchip him/her. All microchips are registered when they are implanted, and as long as you keep the contact information up-to-date with the registry, it's easy to get you and your pet back together again. A microchip is a great idea because your pet can't lose it! FAAS will implant the microchip if you bring your pet to us, or your local veterinarian will provide this service, too.

    photo contest: The FAAS pet photo contest is underway! Enter your photo at www.gbcphotocontest.com/faas, and get all your family, friends and colleagues to vote for your pet. The top vote-receiving photos are featured in the FAAS 2015 calendar. Help the homeless pets at FAAS and honor your own pet, too!

    PET OF THE WEEK: The handsome TOP CAT would love to have you become his top person. He is a 1½-year-old orange tabby.

    DOG ALLEY: There are 17 dogs available at the shelter. GEMINI, LIBRA, PISCES, and VIRGO are playful gray Lab mix puppies, about 5 months old.

    CAT LAIR: There are 36 cats available. INDIA is a very pretty all-black female about 2 years old. MARMALADE and ABBY are still waiting for their permanent homes. They are beautiful, friendly and looking for love.

    RABBIT ROW: MARTIN, DULCE, CUBBY, SQUASH and FRITZ are all neutered handsome male rabbits available for adoption.

    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.