A shopping trip to Alameda’s South Shore Center can now include adopting a homeless cat or dog. On Saturday, July 6, Alameda’s animal shelter, operated by Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, opened a secondary adoption center — its first satellite location — at South Shore Center.
The new 2,000-square-foot space is called FAAS South Shore. It’s the first business-district store in Alameda dedicated to the adoption of homeless pets, noted John L. Lipp, FAAS executive director.
“FAAS South Shore not only will give FAAS a second location to facilitate adoptions, but it will expand the scope of services that FAAS can offer the public,” he said.
The space includes a large meeting room where FAAS will offer various pet care education classes to the public, plus grief counseling for pet owners who have lost a furry family member.
In addition, the store features a Cat Experience Room where adoptable cats and kittens roam free in a retro/future-inspired décor. Adoptable dogs will make appearances on weekends, including monthly adoption events in the shopping center’s center courtyard. FAAS will continue to operate Alameda’s main animal shelter at 1590 Fortmann Way in Alameda and will offer adoptions at both locations.
Grand Opening day began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, and Team Kelly Lux of State Farm Insurance and Starbucks provided refreshments.
FAAS South Shore started as a successful pop-up store in December 2018. Since then, more than 70 individuals and businesses in Alameda and neighboring communities have donated money, labor, materials, and services to make a permanent mall-located adoption site a reality for Alameda’s homeless pets.
“We would like to extend our heartful thanks to all the founding sponsors of FAAS South Shore who donated so generously, the individuals who helped us furnish the space, and to all the volunteers who donated hundreds of hours to help make this dream a reality,” said Lipp.
The City of Alameda has operated an animal shelter since 1882, when it established an official pound. FAAS took over operations of the shelter from the City in 2012.
FAAS South Shore is at 2228B South Shore Center in the heart of the shopping mall, across from Modern Mouse and kitty-corner from Trabocco. Store hours are noon-8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Carla Thornton is development and communications coordinator for Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, AlamedaAnimalShelter.org.
Top: Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft takes a photo of a cat at the new satellite center.
Main article photo by: Photos courtesy Don Dutra