In The Spotlight

Webinar: Pet Care During COVID-19

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Is it safe to take your dog to the vet right now? What about letting your cat go outside or your pup socialize with other canines? Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter's first webinar, "How To Take Care of Your Pet During COVID-19," answers these questions and more about pets and the pandemic. The webinar, which aired live April 1, features FAAS medical director Dr. Marie-Anne Woolley. It is now available as a recording and PDF slides

FAAS will be hosting more live webinars on pet care in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! 

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 now closed to the public until further notice.

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

* Our Fortmann shelter is staffed seven days a week from 11 a. m. to 5 p. m. ONLY 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.

* We cannot accept donations of towels, toys, bowls or other physical items at this time.

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

Home To Home

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Do you need to find a new home for your pet? Home To Home is a new online service that helps you avoid surrendering your pet to the animal shelter. Find out more.

Get Your "Hero" T-Shirt

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Wear your support for FAAS with a cool t-shirt or hoodie. All styles, sizes and colors, and the proceeds go to care for the homeless pets at FAAS. Get your gear now.

Pet Loss Support Group

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Until further notice, the FAAS Pet Loss Support Group will be offered as a conference call. As always, participation is free. To register for an upcoming group and receive dial-in instructions, please email

The group is led by Suzanne Hayne, a licensed marriage and family therapist. Suzanne has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and was a children's program director at Lifeline Women's Shelter in San Francisco for four years. She lives in Alameda and is a FAAS adopter and volunteer. 

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


6-7 p.m., Monday, April 20, 2020
6-7 p.m., Monday, May 18, 2020


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All volunteer training classes are suspended until further notice. As soon as state officials lift the shelter-in-place mandate, we will prepare to resume, so please check back in early May. Thanks for your patience.