Success & Service: Stanislaus County Animal Shelter getting cash to save cats

Bee Staff ReportsJanuary 11, 2014 

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S tanislaus County Animal Services is among five agencies that will receive $5,000 each to participate in a nationwide program created by Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s largest advocacy organization for cats.

The program, called Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives, is designed to develop five model shelters - each representing a different shelter structure regularly found in the United States, including nonprofits, government-funded and private-public partnerships. The grantees were also chosen based on their demographics, which include rural and urban areas. Each shelter will receive the grant and a year of expert guidance to help expand and sustain humane and effective programs for cats.

During the one-year engagement, Stanislaus County Animal Services’ progress and experiences will be documented and developed as a case study that can instruct other shelters in similar situations on how to transition to lifesaving, results-oriented programs for cats.

Ex-Modestan now a law partner

Andrea Toy Ohta, a 1994 Davis High School graduate, is now a partner in Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia. She is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, with an emphasis on complex civil litigation and related white-collar criminal matters and regulatory investigations in the life sciences and health care industries.

She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at San Diego in 1998 and received a bachelor of science in general biology and a minor in health care and social issues. She received her law degree from UCLA in 2001 and then clerked for the Hon. Ronald S.W. Lew of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two children. Her parents, Ron and Deanna Toy, still live in Modesto.

Volunteer tutors needed

Tutors are needed for more than 50 adults needing reading help, so the Stanislaus Literacy Center’s LearningQuest is actively recruiting. Anyone interested in helping can attend an hourlong tutor orientation at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21. It will be followed by a training session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 25. Both sessions will be held at LearningQuest, 1032 11th St., Modesto. There is a $10 cost for materials, though the fee can be waived if requested.

Tutors and clients generally have 90-minute sessions twice weekly in a public location, based upon the volunteer’s schedule.

For more information on programs, including how to volunteer, or to make a donation, go to

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