Have Your Party with Our Pets!

Alameda See Spot Run now offers birthday parties on Sundays after 1:00pm.

Your kids will have a great time with a learning session about pets. We offer hands on experience with acatbdayPupKittyBunnyParrot Rabbit, Guinea pig, Bird, Kitten, and a Hedgehog. A craft can be added for an additional fee. Time will allow for cake (provided by you) and singing of Happy Birthday.

Our room will accommodate 10 children ages 4 to 12 years old. Cost is $200 for a 90 minute event. Additional children and/or time for additional costs. For more information, please contact us.
Store Phone (510) 523-7768. Email: Cynthia@alamedaseespotrun.com

My Secret Escape: Hanging Out With The Pet Ambassadors

I  have a secret escape that I look forward to on a designated Saturday each month. It’s a brief respite from long days and endless to-do lists, and it always brings a smile to my face. It’s the hour I spend with the amazing  kids and parents who attend our Pet Ambassadors Club that we sponsor with Hopalong & Second Chance Rescue.

Watching these kids learn how to interact carefully and respectfully with animals gives me real joy; and hearing the thoughtful questions from their parents reminds me of the pet evolution that’s occurred in my own family for years. I especially love the time we spend doing pet-themed crafts. There’s nothing like hanging out with a bunch of creative youngsters and an assortment of art supplies to put your world in perspective…at least for an hour. Then it’s back to reality, but with a freshly charged battery.

My thanks go out to all the kids and parents who join us each month. I’m also deeply grateful to Katie Carney from Hopalong & Second Chance, who shares her gifts in teaching kids about animals and helps make the club my favorite place to be for a special hour every month.

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Pet Education for The Next Generation

Pet education is a subject near and dear to my heart. Before I became a retailer I was often trying to figure out what to feed my pets, what products were safe for them, and really, just how to understand them. I wanted to give them what they needed for a long, healthy, happy life as part of my family. I knew there were other pet owners like me. That’s one of the reasons I took the leap into retail and started this business. My vision was, and still is, to make our store a trusted resource for Alameda’s animal loving community.

A vital part of that community is our children, which is why I’m so excited about our monthly Pet Ambassador’s Club that we started in March with Hopalong & Second Chance Rescue. The club gives kids of all ages a really special opportunity for hands-on pet education. They learn important lifelong skills including how to greet them safely, how to recognize their emotions, and above all, how to care for them as beloved companions.

As my colleague Lauren Briskin, who is the Volunteer & Education Coordinator at Hopalong, says, “Kids have an amazing capacity to understand how animals experience things. We see local pet education programs like this one as a fun and extremely effective way to influence the next generation of responsible pet owners.” I couldn’t agree more.

I look forward to seeing more young people in our store learning how to be good pet owners and discovering a special bond with animals that will last their entire lives. I extend my thanks to the seven Ambassadors in these photos– Chloe, Finn, Julia, Kayli, Tillie, Cody and Samantha– for bringing my vision into reality. The treat jars you all made turned out wonderful too!

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Treat Jars made by our Pet Ambassadors at their March meeting

Treat Jars made by our Pet Ambassadors at their March meeting

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