Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter

Rating: 3.6 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO Box 6328 Alameda CA 94501 USA

Mission: Funds for the Alameda Animal Shelter provided by the City of Alameda simply do not go far enough to
ensure every bunny, cat, or dog will find a quick placement in a loving home. The Friends of the
Alameda Animal Shelter raise funds to assist the Shelter staff address critical needs that exceed its
budget. Your tax‐deductible donation can help provide:
• Diagnosis and assessment of pet health needs
• Emergency medical procedures
• Treatment of infections and skin irregularities
• Professional grooming measures for health and hygiene
• Educational materials for better pet care
• Support for volunteer training and education
• Flexibility to address unfunded needs
• Unrestricted support

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Why don't you tell them what really happened Mim? Stop trying to mask negligence behind misleading statements. What you are asking people to believe is that you were:

A. allowing the staff, volunteers and the general public to be around a dog that you "deemed" dangerous or,
B. the dog wasn't dangerous; but you have to put a spin on the story to protect yourself from public backlash or,
C the dog was considered adoptable for 6 months and then all of the sudden, turned into a dangerous dog or,
D the treatment and care that he was subjected to during his stay created a "dangerous dog" which you then allowed a senior citizen to walk in public

In order for people to believe your version of events (clearly created to protect your own reputation) you are asking people to willfully suspend all forms of logic while at the same time holding out your hand requesting donations for your "no-kill" facility.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Stop the killing of dogs, fire the current management (all who come from municipal kill facility backgrounds) and replace them with humane animal care employees who are forward thinking and embrace rescue and fostering initiatives and collaborations OPENLY.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

1 previous review
Rating: 2 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

After a year of volunteering for this organization I found the management terribly incompetent around two essential areas: Volunteer Coordination (big dogs rarely got walked due to confusing scheduling and were stuck in small kennels with zero enrichment for days at a time) & collaborating with its community and rescue networks. Contrary to a previous review, this shelter in NOT no kill. They euthanize if a dog fails its "temperament test" or is unhealthy to the point of no return. Sadly, they do not even follow their own EU policy because they just euthanized a pit bull on 5/28/13 who passed his temp test and was extremely healthy.

His name was Noggin and he was a perfect dog who showed no aggression nor distress the entire 5 months he was sheltered at FAAS. I actually utilized him in my trainings (I was a volunteer who was asked to train new canine volunteers) because of his docile demeanor, silliness and good manners. His warmth and desire to lick all the faces he could transformed hearts and minds like no other dog I have ever seen and that was especially important to me because he was a pit bull.

Without warning, management secretly euthanized him. No one was told his life was in danger so no volunteers could oppose the unethical decision or try to at least network him to a rescue (which sadly, isn't even allowed, its against policy to work with rescues - around pit bulls anyway - sadly, there is a whole other story here about a pittie named Buffy who was so horrifically and inhumanely treated at FAAS during Dec/Jan 2013 you'd be in tears so I'll tell her story another time).

I will also no longer stand around and watch other adoptable dogs lives be put into jeopardy due to the broken municipal-style culture at FAAS. I can only hope that the FAAS management will own up to its failing Noggin and learn to do right by its remaining dogs from this point on by collaborating with its community and exhausting all other options before taking another innocent dog’s life. If they do not, they should be relieved of their jobs. This is Alameda, we can do better than this!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

1. Transparency around its euthanasia rates 2. Collaborations with its community and rescues to exhaust all options before killing another adoptable dog 3. Replace management with leaders who are forward-thinking and who focus on animal rehoming and rescue not animal CONTROL. Who encourage a culture of truth, openness, kindness and creativity when it comes to its animals, its staff and its volunteers 4. End to the bullying of staff and volunteers 5. Allow board to meet with volunteers monthly

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Somewhat badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

The dog “Noggin” referred to in Sara’s posting (6-10-13) bit an individual and a dog resulting in medical treatment for both victims. He was deemed unadoptable and euthanized. Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) has a live release rate (adoptions, transfers, owner returns) of 94%. This is among the highest of any open-intake shelter in the Bay Area. We are required to accept any Alameda (city) animal regardless of their age, health, temperament, or any other factor. No animals are euthanized because they have run out of time, or because we have run out of space. We are able to treat and rehabilitate many animals in our city shelter because of the generous donations received from the public.

If you have any questions about FAAS policies, animal enrichment programs, or our work with local rescue groups, please contact Mim Carlson at 510-337-8565 or mimcarlson.faas@gmail.com.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Fundraising for animal shelter Please post olso on your Facebook Wall..
You can make donations online on the gofundme site or if you send your email adress via PayPal. Thanks in advance
http://www.gofundme.com/1fnfxk

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Since taking over the Alameda Animal Shelter from the city, this volunteer program has grown, the fundraising has far exceeded expectations and the adoption program for dogs and cats is thriving. It has gone from a shelter that is just existing to a shelter that is thriving. It is a no kill shelter and volunteers are trained to work with the animals, socialize and teach them good manners! We are very involved with our shelter and really feel like Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter is making a difference in the lives of many animals.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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