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Non-profit Organizations Partner with City of Alameda to Save the Animal Shelter

By Erica Madison

Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter and the Humane Society of Alameda have reached an agreement to keep Alameda’s animal shelter services inside Alameda, by partnering with the City of Alameda.

Six months ago, budget cuts forced Alameda City Council to consider outsourcing Alameda’s animal shelter services, so they could close a $7.5 million deficit. The City of Alameda was considering outsourcing its animal shelter to another community, but The Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) and the Humane Society of Alameda (HSA) approached the city with an offer to take over the services.

Alameda Police Chief Mike Noonan reported the terms of the agreement to City Council on December 6, 2011.

Starting January 1, Alameda City will enter into a fifteen year lease with FAAS. In return FAAS will pay Alameda $1 annually in rent and have the option of extending the lease for another five years.

To prepare for this takeover of the shelter, FAAS has been fundraising, but the City of Alameda will continue to support the operation starting with a contribution of $300,000. This initial contribution will rise annually based upon the Bay Area Consumer Price Index.

The City of Alameda will also provide two part-time employees to assist FAAS with answering stray animal calls, enforcing animal control laws and the transportation of animals.

Alameda City Council members unanimously approved the agreement and both the Vice Mayor and Mayor commented on the success of this collaboration between the City and The Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter and the Humane Society of Alameda.

“This is a great example of how everyone and the City can work together,” said Vice Mayor Rob Bonta.

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