Friday is the last Free Adoption Friday at Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS)! There are still lots of adorable pets waiting for their new homes. Stop by 1590 Fortmann Way between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, and find your new best friend. To adopt, everyone in the household needs to meet the prospective pet. We'll need to see proof of homeownership or a copy of your lease saying you can have a pet.

One of our frequent phone calls is someone complaining about barking dogs in their neighborhood. Dogs bark to communicate many things, including intruders, happiness and imminent danger. Barking is normal for dogs, but annoying when it goes on all day or all night long.

If you have neighbors with a dog that barks many hours during the day or night, talk to your neighbors. If the dog is barking during the day when they aren't home, they may not know there is an issue. If there is no resolution, contact your local animal control agency to have them talk with the owner and give ideas to stop the barking. In Alameda, you can reach our local animal control officer by calling the police dispatch nonemergency division at 510-337-8340.

Dog owners need to make every effort to keep their pets from barking so much that the neighbors become annoyed. There are several things you can do.

  • Keep your dog indoors unless you can supervise your pet outside.


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  • If your dog is indoors barking at people going by, close the blinds so your pet isn't stimulated.

  • Keep your dog tired with lots of exercise and stimulation. A tired dog barks less frequently.

  • Desensitize your dog to the stimulus. Slowly introduce your dog with lots of treats to whatever causes the barking.

    Other good tips for stopping your dog from barking can be found on the website of the Humane Society of the United States at http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips.

    Deadline extended: The Cutest Pet Photo Contest has been extended to Sept. 30 due to problems with the host website. You can still enter your pet into the contest or vote for your favorites by going to www.gbcphotocontest.com/faas. Please call us at 510-337-8572 if you have questions or need further assistance. The top vote-receiving photos are featured in the FAAS 2015 calendar.

    PET OF THE WEEK: MICKY is a shy, sweet 3-year-old Chihuahua mix. He will blossom with training to build his confidence and should live in an adult-only home.

    DOG ALLEY: There are 13 dogs available at the Alameda Animal Shelter. GOOBER is the sweetest-ever 2-year-old gray pit bull in need of tender loving care. NAOMI is a tan/brown dachshund mix that is about 2 years old.

    CAT LAIR: There are 29 cats available at the shelter. BUZZ is a super-cute black/white kitten that is about 6 months old. GINNY is a 4-month-old lynx point Siamese kitten that is friendly and ready to play.

    RABBIT ROW: 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.