In The Spotlight

Adopt A Best Friend

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Big shout out to Alameda High School junior and filmmaker Maddie Kuhns for creating a very cool PSA for FAAS!
"When Mr. Igaz assigned a PSA project in our film class he told us to choose a subject that we are passionate about," Maddie told us. "My subject was easy. I am passionate about animals. My family has several pets... I really want to combine my love of film and animals by making nature documentaries."   Watch.

Paw Prints Online Auction & Sale

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Blank walls? No problem! Frank Bette Center for the Arts in Alameda is holding an art sale.

Paw Prints will feature paintings, photographs, and crafts by local artists, focused on animals and scenes from Alameda. Half the proceeds will go to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. Thanks, FBCA!

When: March 4-14, 2021
Where: Check this space for a link to the auction site as we get closer to the date.
What else: You can also commission a portrait of your pet to support FAAS (see next item).
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Pet Portrait Fundraiser

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Get your pet’s portrait done for $20!
It’s a part of the Frank Bette Art Center for the Arts’ Paw Prints online fundraiser for artists and FAAS coming up on March 4-14 (see item above).
Make a $20 donation at and email a photo of your pet to by the January 25 deadline. Half your $20 portraiture fee will be donated to FAAS.
Get back a pet portrait from a volunteer artist from the community. Your pet’s likeness might be captured by a professional artist, someone who flunked art class, or an imaginative 12-year-old! Not knowing is half the fun!
So make room on your wall or refrigerator for a great work of art. Get more details!

COVID-19 Message From Our Director

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To all the great humans who make our work possible:

Since putting out a call for help in March, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) has been overwhelmed with your support for the homeless pets of Alameda. In the beginning of the pandemic, we were able to send more than 70 of our dogs, cats and rabbits home with foster families -- effectively clearing the shelter. This incredible success story still warms our hearts during a time when we all needed encouragement, and we thank everyone in our community for making this miracle possible.

Moving animals into loving foster homes is still helping to keep our volunteers, staff and community safe, ensuring that we can stay open with minimal staffing to provide essential services only, such as sheltering stray animals and reuniting lost pets with their families. We need foster families now, especially for adult cats. If you can foster, please contact Nanou Ballou at

As we continue our COVID-19 journey, here are a few important things you should know:

* Both FAAS South Shore and our main shelter at 1590 Fortmann Way are closed to the general public until further notice.

* We are taking appointments for "virtual" adoptions -- accomplished mostly over the phone and email, culminating with a distance-appropriate in-person adoption in our parking lot. Call 510-337-8565 to ask about any of the wonderful pets we have available.

* Our Fortmann shelter is staffed seven days a week from 11 a. m. to 5 p. m. to receive and shelter stray animals found in Alameda. If you find a stray animal, please call us first at 510-337-8565 for instructions.

* If your pet becomes lost, please call us during business hours at 510-337-8565 or email us at with your pet's name, type, breed, age, size including weight, microchip number, and any other pertinent information. Please let us know where your pet was last seen and, if possible, please insert a photo into your e-mail. We're sorry, but email attachments cannot be opened.

* Licensing is being done by phone or mail only. To license your pet, please call 510-337-8565 during business hours.

* Please follow FAAS on Facebook and at for updates, such as the need for additional foster families.

Finally, we've received an outpouring of love from people wanting to support FAAS during these uncertain times and to make sure we stay strong when the COVID-19 crisis passes and we can return to normal operations. The best and safest way to make a donation to FAAS is through our secured, online donation form…/make-a-donation.html

From the bottom of our exhausted but grateful hearts, thank you for helping FAAS care for the pets of Alameda -- and the people who love them.

With hope and faith for a healthy future for all of us,  - John Lipp, Executive Director, FAAS

Pet Loss Support Group

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Are you struggling with the loss of a pet? Join the FAAS Pet Loss Support Group on Zoom.  

The free meetings are held every third Monday and led by Suzanne Hayne, a licensed therapist and FAAS volunteer and adopter. For the Zoom link and passcode, please email All are welcome, including those dealing with the loss of a pet through relinquishment or other separation, and those with terminally ill pets. Come to talk or just listen.

For online support, please join our Facebook group, FAAS Remembers.

Next Zoom Meeting: 6-7 p.m., Monday, February 15, 2021

Pet Food Pantry

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During the pandemic, our Pet Food Pantry is open to Alameda residents twice a month. Families in need may pick up one month's free supply of cat and dog food. Please park and have your trunk open for safe distancing. Supplies are limited to up to three dogs and three cats per family. Visits per family are limited to once a month.

The Pet Food Pantry is made possible by the Humane Society of Alameda and individual FAAS supporters. If you would like to help families in need feed their pets, we welcome dry and wet dog and cat food and kitty litter shipped directly from online retailers to FAAS, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, CA 94501. You may also drop off new, unopened pet food in person any Sunday or Monday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

When: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 2nd & 4th Saturdays
Where: Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, CA 94501