Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Great turn out at the Rally to Save the Alameda Animal Shelter!

...and the City Council approved the Memorandum of Understanding too, so now the community can try to organize a new non-profit to run the shelter! at least, for the next four months, the shelter has been rescued from outsourcing.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Rally is Tonight!! Here is agenda...

Below is a loose agenda for the SOS Rally tonight. Please attend with friends, family and quadrupeds!
AGENDA (all times are approximations of how long speakers will talk plus added time for applause and cheers and the talk subjects are just suggestions)
5:30 Gathering together, casual welcome, handing out of informational flyers begins and dispersal to passersby and fanning out of some people in a one block radius handing out info
5:35 Welcome and thank you for coming out to Save our Shelter
5:36-5:55PM Speakers Nancy Biachi :What brings us here tonight, Tom Hyland: Where we are now where we hope to go
5:55-6PM The Pearce Family: How volunteering enriches family life and community
6PM Studio 10 Tap dancers "WHO LET THE DOGS OUT"
6:05-630 PM Janet Davis: The important role of shelters to a local community, Christina Nunes: volunteering what it means to the animals, Cindy Shelby: What can you do to get involved, Harry Hartman: Tying loose ends, wrapping things up
6:30 Thank you for coming and reminders to provide contact info etc
This allows for overtime but the dance troupe must perform at 6 so pre dance speakers need to keep that in mind and additional speakers may be added. If you have someone in mind let me know. We should plan to be fully wrapped up by no later than 6:45 so people have time to refresh and get to the board meeting if they plan to go.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Read the new "Memorandum of Understanding" regarding the Alameda Animal Shelter closure issue

Follow this link to see the agenda for the special meeting (prior to the regular city council meeting) and download a copy of the new "Memorandum of Understanding" that puts a temporary stay on the possible closure of the animal shelter.

You will find the link to the Memorandum .pdf. under agenda item #2.

Save Our Shelter Rally is Tomorrow, June 21st!!

You may use this graphic in your own emails and online sites to make friends & family aware of this issue. Right click on image and save to your own computer.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sign Making Party for Save the Shelter Rally!

Today at 12n we are having a sign making party. The theme is SUPPORT our SHELTER to show the Council that this effort has wide support. We have some supplies, poster board, etc, but can use some more if you can donate. Bring your extra paint, brushes, pictures of pets. Also we really need folding tables and chairs. Join us today -- 12noon at 1810 San Jose cross street is Union, right off Grand. Pizza and sodas provided!

Sign Making Party!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Breaking news on Alameda Animal Shelter Issue...

"The Alameda Animal Shelter may be saved, at least temporarily, depending on the success of an eleventh hour agreement with the city and two animal advocate groups..."

Read the rest of the article here:

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Rally to Save Our Shelter ! June 21st at 5:30 pm!

"Like" the Save Our Shelter Facebook page to
to get updates & find out what more you can do! 

Download pdfs of printable flyer, sample letter to city,
and addresses of city officials here.

Sign the petition here. 

Monday, June 06, 2011

Next meeting to stop potential closure of Alameda Animal Shelter!

FAAS will be holding a workshop at 1101 Verdemar Drive on Bay Farm Island this Thursday 6/9 at 7:00pm in the Casitas townhome recreation hall. 
Tell your Friends, Veterinarians, Groomers and favorite Pet store and employees to come on out and lets brainstorm about the looming closing of the Alameda Animal Shelter!
Also, all Alameda animal lovers... Save June 21st at 5:30 pm for a rally on the steps of City Hall in Alameda!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Alameda Town Hall Mtg Tonight: Object to closure of animal shelter!!

Please come to the town hall meeting tonight to express your objections to the city closing the existing animal shelter, and outsourcing it to another area. At the city council meeting this week, the mayor instructed the Acting City Manager to go ahead and begin the process to close the shelter, and to outsource it. The shelter will close unless people raise their concerns and objections in a public way. Attend the meeting tonight, write letters and send emails!!

Tonight, June 2, 6:00 pm, Alameda Boys&Girls Club. Get details here:

From Nancy Bianchi, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter:

Hi All:
Please pass this link below on to everyone you know who wants to keep the shelter open. I was at the city meeting last night and the mayor instructed acting the city manager to start with the plan to close down the shelter and outsource the shelter to either Hayward or Fremont. There were only about 11  FAAS/Shelter members there who were for the shelter.
No one else bothered to show up. If you want the shelter to stay open you need get involved. They really do not have agood plan nor do they understand how the shelter is run and the service it provides to the citizens of Alameda. Last year 1,316 animals passed through the shelter. They won’t go away just because it closes and it will not save as much money as they are telling people. They still have to pay for the outsourcing, the animal control officers, the shelter will still have to be open in some capacity to hold the animals until they can be transported.  Also who is going to take care of the animals before they are transported. Who is going to clean the cages. Volunteers are not allowed to touch the animals for 10 days because of the hold requirement and until they are tested to make sure it is safe to handle them so they can’t count on the volunteers. They will have to pay someone to do that.  On paper it may look good to them but in reality it doesn’t make sense.  Also, animals will be euthanized because of lack of space.  That currently does not happen in Alameda. The city does not euthanize for time or space.

Here is the link to the Town Hall Meeting details: