Senior pets are special. After all, a gray muzzle is something to celebrate! Sadly, far too many of our shelter animals are seniors who have lost their homes through no fault of their own. These pets deserve a forever home that will see them through their golden years. The next time you are looking to adopt a new four-legged family member, please consider the following:
1. Seniors are well-mannered. You rarely have to teach a senior how to use a litter box or dog door. They have excellent pet etiquette.
Some 190 members of the Alameda Backyard Chickens Facebook group recently got together for a hard-boiled egg taste-testing competitions at the invitation of Jeff Bridge of Ploughshares Nursery. The potluck lunch and taste testing brought chicken lovers from Alameda.
Like most animal shelters around the country, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) has a special fund dedicated to helping animals with acute medical needs. As costs continue to rise for routine pet healthcare and mandated spay/neuter services, FAAS looks to private donors to help pay for extraordinary medical care. We call it the Angel Fund.
Above, Alameda resident Les Hilger kisses Poe after paying for the privilege. Hilger’s organization, Alameda Support Foundation, donated $5,000 to the Angel Fund for sick and injured animals at the Alameda Animal Shelter. Poe has a neurological condition, but he’ll still be in the kissing booth at the Fireside Lounge, 1453 Webster St., from 2 to 6 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, when a donation to the Angel Fund will earn you a kiss from Poe.