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Stanislaus Animal Services Agency and The Humane Society of Stanislaus County
Modesto, California

Stanislaus Animal Services Agency, which serves approximately 500,000 residents, impounds about 18,000 to 19,000 animals each year. In fiscal year 2012, it impounded 7,948 cats and kittens and its live release rate for cats was 7%. In June 2013, this county-run shelter partnered with the nonprofit Humane Society of Stanislaus County to start a community-supported Trap-Neuter-Return program in the hopes of increasing live release rates for cats in their community. The shelter hopes to be a mentor to other communities with a similar vision.

The Humane Society of Stanislaus County is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that provides shelter for animals through a system of foster homes. The organization also provides low-cost spay/neuter services, a pet food pantry, and humane education.


HSSC Hosts Its First Ever Adoption Event

June 30–This weekend, The Humane Society of Stanislaus County hosted its inaugural adoption event at PetSmart in Manteca, California, and it was a great success! It’s important for shelters to be open to holding adoption events outside of the shelter – it’s a fantastic way to get more exposure in the community and to bring the animals to a whole new audience. If people aren’t coming to see the shelter animals – bring the shelter animals to the people!

Humane Network Visits HSSC

May 31–Humane Network’s Diane Blankenburg visited the Humane Society of Stanislaus County, where she got to spend time with the shelter staff and the animals. And she learned about the great TNR successes HSCS has had in May! Through their Feral Freedom Program, the shelter released 12 cats in one day!

A neutered cat is released back to her outdoor home

Laurie Daily-Johnston, executive director of the Humane Society of Stanislaus County, releases a neutered cat back to her outdoor home. 

A happy, healthy TNRed cat in his outdoor home.

A happy, healthy, neutered cat in his outdoor home 

Shelter Bill Pulled

April 28, 2014–The Humane Society of Stanislaus County was not alone in celebrating the pulling of the controversial Assembly Bill 2343, known as the California Shelter Bill, which, among other issues, wanted to get rid of hold times for unidentified cats, which can be problematic for all stray and feral cats. Without hold times, caregivers have little time to realize their cats are missing, and because feral cats are unadoptable, they are often the first to be killed if the shelter runs out of space.

Second Annual Sip N Social Wine Tasting

March 24, 2014–This past weekend, The Humane Society of Stanislaus County hosted its annual Sip N Social Wine Tasting, and all funds went directly to helping pets in Stanislaus County. Donations raised at the event support rescues, low-cost spay and neuter, and the Feral Freedom program. Partnering with local groups and businesses is essential to gain exposure and also meet new donors, and on top of that, it’s a great educational opportunity for the community to learn about the local shelters’ good work!

Video Blog:
An Update from Stanislaus Animal Services Agency

February 5, 2014–Officer Dorothy Nunes, co-manager of Stanislaus Animal Services Agency, talks about the agency’s Trap-Neuter-Return program, community engagement and awareness, and setting an example for shelters across the nation. “Mass euthanasia just doesn’t work. So let’s try something else. Why wouldn’t you give it a shot?” Well said! Check out the video to learn more.

Alley Cat Allies Will Lead Trap-Neuter-Return Workshops in Stanislaus

January 27, 2014–As part of the Future Five program, Alley Cat Allies is hosting two Trap-Neuter-Return workshops so community members can learn the basics of this humane and effective program from our expert staff. Our Director of Community Programs and Support Aileen Walden and Community Outreach Manager Anne Marie Vastano will lead the workshops. A reception, with refreshments, will immediately follow each workshop.

Attend the workshops and/or receptions:

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

First workshop: Noon - 1:30 p.m., Reception 1:30 - 2 p.m.

Second workshop: 6 - 7:30 p.m., Reception 7:30 - 8 p.m.

Stanislaus County Harvest Hall, 3800 Cornucopia Way, Modesto, CA, 95358 (across the parking lot from the shelter)

To RSVP, call 209-342-1742.



Modesto Bee Covers Stanislaus Animal Service Agency’s Future Five Grant

January 9, 2014The Modesto Bee wrote about Stanislaus Animal Service Agency’s participation in Alley Cat Allies’ Future Five program today in its Success & Service section.

Read the article.

Stanislaus Animal Services Agency Chosen for Future Five Program

January 9, 2014–Stanislaus Animal Services Agency has been chosen as one of five participants for Alley Cat Allies’ Future Five: Shelter Partners to Save Cats’ Lives program.

“When stray cats are brought to the shelter, we let residents know that community cats will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and the Humane Society will return the cats to their neighborhoods,” says Annette Patton, director of Stanislaus Animal Services Agency. “We will no longer be a massive euthanasia factory.”

Read the press release.