We are an open-intake shelter that welcomes all homeless companion animals. Canine adoption fees are $120 for puppies (six months or younger), $100 for adult dogs, and $50 for dogs 7 or older. Feline adoption fees are $100 for kittens (six months or younger), $80 for adult cats, and $40 for cats 7 or older. Rabbits are $50. We are open five days a week (Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). We are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Fill out an adoption application here.


Want to make a difference for the homeless pets of Alameda? We always need more volunteers to help 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 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, which allows you to adopt for free any cat or dog that is 7 years or older.

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!

The Angel Fund

The Angel Fund is our emergency medical fund. Since its creation in 2013 it has given more than 100 shelter pets the chance to recover from serious illness or injury and be adopted into new, loving homes. Watch our YouTube video.

Gracie was a little shih tzu brought to the shelter after she escaped from her yard and was hit by a car. Her owners could not afford to pay her doctor bills so we turned to the Angel Fund for her surgery expenses. Artemis, a 1-year-old mastiff, came to us with a life-threatening case of mange. He was in such poor condition it was almost impossible to tell that he was a beautiful brindle. The Angel Fund paid for the antibiotics and the months of skin treatments he needed to get well. He recovered completely and his proud new owners report he has gained 20 pounds.

Arthur before and after mange treatment

Tully, a one-year-old poodle, suffered from a badly broken leg that could not be repaired. The Angel Fund paid for the surgery to have it amputated so he could be pain free.

Most recently, Poe, a 1-year-old pit bull, came to us with partial paralysis in his hindquarters. The Angel Fund paid for an MRI and surgery to remove a growth on his spinal cord. Poe is now recovering at the shelter and will soon be available for adoption.

Funding for the Angel Fund comes from kind supporters like you. If you would like to be an angel and help save shelter pets with medical needs, 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.

The Sasha Fund


All canine adopters are entitled to six weeks of free canine training courtesy of the Sasha 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.

Sasha destroyed personal belongings, dragged Shelly on walks, and frightened people by jumping up on them. Shelly considered surrendering Sasha to a shelter. Instead, she enrolled her in a six-week canine training class. Sasha emerged a well-mannered dog who followed commands and walked calmly on a leash. She became a beloved family member.

When Sasha passed away in 2013, Shelly established the Sasha Fund at FAAS as a way to honor Sasha while sharing the gift of training with other dog owners. FAAS partners with several local professional training companies, such as Bravo!Pup, to provide training.


We encourage all FAAS dog adopters to take advantage of the Sasha 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 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 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

Once a month, in partnership with the Alameda Food Bank, we provide free pet food and cat litter to low-income Alamedans. The number of families participating has grown to 160.

The pet food is donated by local pet stores, such as Pet Food Express, and by supporters like you. If you would like to help Alameda families in need feed their pets, we accept all brands of wet and dry dog and cat food. We also accept kitty litter. It's okay if kibble bags have been opened. You may drop off your donation at 1590 Fortmann Way during our office hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

My Mutt Poster - Pet Food Express

Pet Food Pantry

Each time you donate $250 or more to Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (or any other shelter or rescue), you qualify for Pet Food Express's My Mutt poster program. Pet Food Express sends a professional photographer to your house to take your pet's picture. The photo is then made into a poster and prominently displayed in a Pet Food Express store. When the poster is taken down, you get to take it home! To participate in the My Mutt poster program, fill out an application at For more information, please write to

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