FAAS is an open-intake shelter that welcomes all homeless companion animals. Canine adoption fees are $134 for puppies (six months or younger), $107 for adult dogs, and $50 for dogs 7 or older. Feline adoption fees are $107 for kittens (six months or younger), $86 for adult cats, and $40 for cats 7 or older. Rabbits are $54. The Adoption Center is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m Thursday through Sunday. It is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. However, all other shelter services are available seven days a week. Fill out an adoption application here.

Spay & Neuter

All dogs, cats and rabbits are spayed or neutered before going to their new homes. FAAS performs these procedures once a week off-site at the EBSPCA Spay/Neuter Surgery Center in Oakland using a high-volume, contract spay/neuter veternarian. Animals are then brought back to the shelter for adoption. Special thanks to Dr. Christine Tang and to EBSPCA CEO Allison Lindquist.



FAAS could not function without volunteers, and we always need more! Help us care for our animals and get them adopted as quickly as possible. We offer a variety of volunteering opportunities for adults, teens and seniors. We provide all training, a volunteer newsletter, volunteer appreciation events, and more. Read more about volunteering here.

Seniors For Seniors

Couple with dog

If you are 62 or older, you qualify for our Seniors For Seniors adoption program, which allows you to adopt for free any cat or dog that is 7 years or older.

Your new pet comes with everything he needs to make a fresh start with you. He has the shots he needs to stay healthy and he is microchipped in case he gets lost. His first visit to the veterinarian is on us, too. And, because old dogs can learn new tricks, your new pup comes with six weeks of free obedience classes.  

Our senior shelter pets have a great deal of love and years left to give you. If you're ready for a new best friend for life, view our mature animals now!

The Starfish Fund

The Starfish Fund is our emergency medical fund. Since its creation in 2013 it has given more than 200 shelter pets the chance to recover from serious illness or injury and be adopted into new, loving homes. Watch our YouTube video.

The Starfish Fund makes it possible to treat conditions ranging from severe skin conditions to broken bones to cancer. Artemis, a 1-year-old mastiff, came to us with a life-threatening case of mange, in such poor condition we didn't know he had a brindle coat. The Starfish Fund paid for the antibiotics and the months of skin treatments he needed to get well. (See below for Artemis before and after.)

Arthur before and after mange treatment

Tully, a one-year-old poodle, suffered from a badly broken leg that could not be repaired. The Starfish Fund paid for the surgery to have it amputated so he could be pain free.

Poe, a 1-year-old pit bull, came to us with partial paralysis in his hindquarters. The Starfish Fund paid for an MRI and surgery to remove a growth on his spinal cord. 

Funding for the Starfish Fund comes from kind supporters like you. You may make a donation by calling 510-337-8565, visiting the shelter in person, or mailing a check to FAAS, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, CA 94501.

The Sasha Training Fund


All canine adopters are entitled to six weeks of free canine training courtesy of the Sasha Training Fund.

Sasha was the beloved German shepherd of FAAS supporter and volunteer Shelly Gable of Alameda. Shelly rescued Sasha as a stray in 1999, and quickly found herself overwhelmed by her new pet's behavior. She was destructive, hard to control on walks and jumped on people. Shelly considered surrendering Sasha to a shelter but instead decided to enroll her in canine training classes. Six weeks later Sasha emerged a well-mannered dog who became a beloved member of the family.

When Sasha passed away in 2013, Shelly established the Sasha Training Fund at FAAS so other new dog owners could benefit from canine training. FAAS partners with several local training academies to provide up to $200 in canine behavior classes.


We encourage all FAAS dog adopters to take advantage of the Sasha Training Fund because it teaches the latest training techniques and helps build strong pet-human bonds. Training is a proven way to help adopted dogs successfully adjust to new homes.

The Sasha Training Fund continues to be funded by the Gable family and by other FAAS supporters. If you would like to make a donation to the Sasha Training Fund, please call 510-337-8565, visit the shelter in person, or mail a check to FAAS, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, CA 94501.

Shelly Gable with daughter Samantha and their German shepherd Sasha


Pet Food Pantry

Pet Food Pantry

Once a month, in partnership with the Alameda Food Bank, we provide free pet food and cat litter to low-income Alamedans. The number of families participating has grown to 160.

The pet food is donated by local pet stores, such as Pet Food Express, and by supporters like you. If you would like to help Alameda families in need feed their pets, we accept all brands of wet and dry dog and cat food. We also accept kitty litter. It's okay if kibble bags have been opened. You may drop off your donation at 1590 Fortmann Way during our office hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

My Mutt Poster - Pet Food Express

Pet Food Pantry

Each time you donate $250 or more to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (or any other shelter or rescue), you qualify for Pet Food Express's My Mutt poster program. Pet Food Express sends a professional photographer to your house to take your pet's picture. The photo is then made into a poster and prominently displayed in a Pet Food Express store. When the poster is taken down, you get to take it home! To participate in the My Mutt poster program, fill out an application at For more information, please write to

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