In The Spotlight

Giving Tuesday

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This Giving Tuesday we've set an ambitious but much-needed goal of raising $15,000 to aid us in our mission to save Alameda's homeless pets. The first $7,500 received will be MATCHED dollar for dollar by the FAAS board of directors and leadership council. Starting at 5 a.m. PST December 1, Facebook will also match! Up to $7 million through Facebook donate buttons and fundraisers. Just choose Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter as your charity. Read more.

Wine, Whiskers & Wags Auction

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Wine, Whiskers & Wags: Holiday Edition - Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020 
An exciting one-day online auction with proceeds going to FAAS and our sister shelter on the frontlines of the fires, Sonoma County Humane Society. Bid on day trips, food experiences, classes and much more!
When & Where:
9AM-9PM Saturday, December 5, 2020. Go to Preview some of the packages now, and sign up so you'll be ready to bid on Saturday!


Holiday Plant Sale

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Holiday Plant Sale - Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020 
Gorgeous succulents, dish gardens and small garden plants will be offered in Part II of this year's plant sales hosted by our good friends Alameda Support Foundation. All proceeds go to FAAS. Thank you, ASF! 
When & Where: December 6, 2020, 10AM - 3PM. 1250 St. Charles St. in Alameda. Masks required; distancing will be enforced for your safety. Please bring a cardboard box. Cash, check, credit cards accepted! 

Thank you, Shelly

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Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter has lost a champion and cherished friend. Long-term volunteer and supporter Shelly Gable passed away on October 9, surrounded by family and friends. But her legacy lives on. Thanks to the generosity of Shelly and her family, FAAS not only will be able to continue its life-saving canine behavior training program, but it is beginning to build a way to serve Alameda's neediest pets. Learn more.

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, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) has been able to send more than 70 of our dogs, cats and rabbits home with foster families -- effectively clearing the shelter! This incredible success story warms our hearts during a time when we all need encouragement, and we thank everyone in our community for making this miracle possible.

Moving animals into loving foster homes will help 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.

As we enter the next phase of our community's response to COVID-19, 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? The FAAS Pet Loss Support Group meets once a month on Zoom. 

Meetings are free and led by Suzanne Hayne, a licensed therapist and FAAS volunteer and adopter. For login instructions, email All are welcome, including those dealing with the loss of a pet through relinquishment or other separation, and those with terminally ill pets.

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

Next Zoom Meeting: 6-7 p.m., Monday, December 21, 2020

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