Pet Loss

FAAS is an open-intake shelter that welcomes all homeless companion animals of Alameda, California. 

To adopt or foster an animal you see on our website, please fill out an application here.

Walkup adoption hours at the main shelter (1590 Fortmann) are noon-4PM on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. At our 2228 South Shore Center (the mall) hours are noon to 5PM Wednesday through Sunday. 

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 Private Adoptions

FAAS is pleased to offer Alameda residents an alternative to surrendering their pets. Private Adoptions allows owners to create an online profile for their pet that will appear on the FAAS website and Facebook page. The pet goes from its old home to its new without ever entering the shelter. You must live in Alameda to list a pet for adoption, but anyone may adopt a pet through FAAS Private Adoptions. 


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 e-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. This allows you to adopt any cat or dog that is 7 years or older and pay no adoption fee.

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!

Starfish Medical Fund

Since its creation in 2013 the Starfish Medical Fund has given more than 1,000 shelter pets the chance to recover from serious illness or injury and be adopted into new, loving homes. Watch our YouTube video.

Artemis, a 1-year-old mastiff, came to us with a life-threatening case of mange, in such poor condition we couldn't even tell that he had a brindled 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.

For Poe, a 1-year-old pit bull with partially paralyzed hindquarters, the 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.

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

During the pandemic, the Pet Food Pantry is open to Alameda residents every second and fourth Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. Families in need may pick up one month's supply of food and supplies from our parking lot at 1590 Fortmann Drive. 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 ordered from online retailers. Please have orders shipped directly 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.

Pet Loss Support Group

Pet Loss

If you are grieving the loss of a four-legged friend, the FAAS Pet Loss Support Group is here for you. It's 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.

Until further notice, the group is being offered every third Monday as a free Zoom meeting.To receive a URL and password for the next meeting, please email For online support, please join our Facebook group, FAAS Remembers.

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