Fashion Hounds, the first big fundraiser for the Wags and Whiskers animal rescue organization, surpassed all expectations, co-organizer Kimberly Phipps said.
"We set a goal of raising $10,000 and we made over $30,000 with donations still coming in," she said.
Run by Jodi Baur and her son, Jordan Baur, Wags and Whiskers is in the former Stanislaus County Animal Shelter at 2846 Finch Road, off Mitchell Road. The all-volunteer staff rescues animals from organizations that otherwise would euthanize them. The dogs and cats go directly to a veterinarian to get shots and be examined, and are placed in foster homes so their personalities can be evaluated. Only healthy animals are allowed into the compound.
The fundraiser was Oct. 25 at Salon Salon, with roughly 350 people attending. Business co-owners Chris Johnson and Norma Foster closed the salon and boutique for the entire day to hold the fashion show in which models showed off outfits from the boutique while leading dogs prepped for the event by trainers from Two Paws Up, a grooming and boarding facility in Modesto. The show also included an art and jewelry auction.
The event was dedicated to the late Jan Nelson, who co-owned Valley Sporting Goods, by his son, Ed Nelson, who co-organized with Phipps.Oakdale woman drives pet food drive
Niki Schiveley, a 27-year-old nursing student from Oakdale, spearheaded a pet food drive to help the Delta Humane Society in Stockton, whose supply had been cut.
Last Tuesday, she saw a posting that the society was having problems and called to confirm. She decided to help, contacting Petco in Riverbank and then making a flier to promote the event. She needed less than 24 hours to organize it, using the media and social media to promote Wednesday's drive while also studying for school exams.
She asked people to drop off food between 3 and 5:30 pm, setting up a table outside the store.
"I stopped everybody who came in and told them we needed help - even a can of food would help," she said.
In 180 minutes, the drive generated nearly 1,000 pounds of dog and cat food, along with $400 in cash. Her 7-year-old daughter, Peyton, spent her personal savings of $25 to buy dog toys at a dollar store.
Schiveley delivered the bounty to Delta Humane Society on Friday.
Schiveley interns at Memorial Medical Center and volunteers in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District and with other organizations while maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average in Modesto Junior College's nursing program.