Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) kicked off Valentine’s Day early on Sunday, Feb. 1 when one very special dog named Zero met his new family for the first time. Now one might think that with a name like Zero, he did not have much of a chance, but actually he was named in honor of Jack Skellington’s beloved dog in the movie Nightmare Before Christmas because he came to FAAS right before the holidays.

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) assumed responsibility for the Alameda Animal Shelter on Jan. 1, 2012. In its first three years, FAAS has made great progress toward its goal of making the shelter a safe haven for homeless animals and a resource to the community. During this past year, a newly adopted strategic plan helped set specific goals. Here are some highlights of FAAS’ accomplishments this past year:

Baloo charmed his way into FAAS volunteers’ hearts and recently found a new home.

More than 60 animals will wake up at the Alameda Animal Shelter on Christmas morning without families to call their own. Everyone at Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), from the board of directors and staff to our more than 150 volunteers, is committed to providing the very best care possible for every stray and abandoned pet that arrives on our doorstep, but there’s no substitute for a loving home.

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) is celebrating National Adopt a Senior Cat month by making adoption of all senior pets — dogs as well as cats — free during November. All regular adoption procedures apply with free adoptions.

After The Ball, the annual gala to raise funds needed for Alameda’s abandoned pets, will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Alameda’s Grandview Pavilion. The event is the largest annual fundraiser for Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), with all proceeds used to care for the more than 900 animals the Alameda Animal Shelter takes in each year.

This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever with gourmet food, premium beer and wine, silent and live auctions, games, artwork created by shelter animals and the music of Terrence Brewer.