Alameda’s Adoptable Pets: Obtain dog, cat’s photo with Santa

Better not better and bark not bite! Santa Paws is coming into town to pose for photos with your own pets.

This year by noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 he will be at Alameda Golfworks, 1731 Clement Ave. You might bring as many pets as you would like along with your holiday props to the 10-minute session. Create your appointment at Photographer Tonya Perme will donate all proceeds from the 35 sittings into Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS). Thank you, Tonya and Golfworks!

Antiques a major hit: FAAS would love to thank exude Vali Ebert for another great Jewelry & More boutique fundraiser. This year she netted over $6,500 for its animal shelter! She couldn’t have done it without the help of additional FAAS volunteers and every one the shoppers who came out and purchased jewellery, scarves, bags, animal-painted note cards, live succulents and 2018 FAAS calendars.

If you missed that event, Vali will maintain two mini follow-ups, the first a jewelry sale 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Mastick Senior Center Craft Fair at St. Charles Street and Santa Clara Avenue, and the second a tiny pop-up bazaar from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 at Nofu Skincare, Clement Avenue and Broadway.

Stock upon succulents: If someone in your list loves dwelling plants, you will want to stock up at the Alameda Support Foundation’s annual Charity Plant Sale Structure for FAAS on Dec. 2. There will be lots of succulents in cute pots for sale from 11 a.m. to 4 pm at 1250 St. Charles St. Thank you, ASF!

Pet of the week: Hawk is a streamlined, sturdily constructed little dog which looks like he is part Patterdale terrier. His entire short coat is one amazing shade of chocolate brown, along with his little ears flop ahead like a pup’s. Like most terriers, he loves being busy and gets along with almost everyone that he meets. Because he is considered a senior at age 8, his adoption fee is half off at $50.

Dog Alley: We have 18 additional dogs waiting for homes and 24 more that’ll be available shortly. Among those long-timers is Bella, a gorgeous brindle bulldog terrier. For some unknown reason, Bella reacts badly to other dogs, so she should not join a family that already has one. She’s gradually learning how to dismiss the other dogs she sees walks with distraction training.

A recent nurture family raved about her, “Bella is the most adorable woman! When you first meet her, she still awakens love and excitement and will go straight to her back for a good tummy rub. On her first day living, we trusted her only for eight hours while we were at work — she took excellent care of the property. No mishaps, nothing appeared, only a sweet woman waiting by the window. She loves kids especially. Bella may seem powerful (and she is), but after she’s walked with you a couple of times, she stops pulling and only enjoys being with you. She understands ‘sit’`right down,’`paw, ” and is operating on ‘remain’ and “come. ”’

If you love big dogs and have the patience to continue their training, then Bella may be the ideal dog for you. Her fee was given, so her adoption is completely free.

Cat Lair: in the event you adopted a cat during our huge promotion in November, congratulations on a excellent deal. If you couldn’t make it into the shield, then great news: We still have 25 kitties out there. Newcomers contain Bobcat, a gorgeous pure white; China, also a calico; along with Yuki, a silver-and-cream Siamese. These are 4-year-old females.

Our longest resident is Bandit, a 14-year-old tuxedo that’s been at FAAS since February. Bandit’s dream adopter is a person who will nourish and respect her but not anticipate a lap cat, at least not at first. She is slow to warm up, but she’s the makings of a love lube. Another incentive: her charge was given so her adoption is completely free. Bandit has been missing a leg. She gets fine, but we recommend keeping her indoors for safety.

Rabbits: We still have nine adorable young rabbits awaiting homes. All are under a year old and would make wonderful pets. Our two mice and two lovebirds have been adopted.

Carla Thornton is the marketing, communications and development coordinator for Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. View adoptable critters at and see the shelter or send your tax-deductible donation to 1590 Fortmann Way, Alameda, CA 94501.