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Care Center Welcomes New Resident Cat
Members of the ASTRO Foundation (Animal Shelter To Riverbank & Oakdale) presented a rescue kitty, Amy, to residents of the Oak Valley Care Center on Friday, with a special welcome ceremony for the cat. Shown, Jaydeen Vicente, left, and Scott Hicks, holding Amy, prepare to have the cat meet its new family. - photo by Marg Jackson/The Leader

Amid plenty of pomp and circumstance, Oak Valley Care Center welcomed a new resident on Friday.

Amy, a rescue kitty, was officially introduced to several of the residents in a special ceremony. She will take up residence at the facility and will not lack for attention, as those attending the welcoming party were eager to make her feel at home.

A dog also makes his home at the Care Center and was on hand for the festivities as well.

Amy was provided to the Care Center by representatives of ASTRO (Animal Shelter To Riverbank & Oakdale) Foundation, Inc.

Jaydeen Vicente and Scott Hicks of ASTRO brought Amy in for the ceremony, noting that she has had a litter of kittens, been spayed and was ready to leave foster care for her new home.

ASTRO staff veterinarian and board member, Jill Cadmus at Oakdale Veterinary Group, provided the services to get Amy ready for adopting out to the Care Center.

“She’s done being a mom, she’s ready to make some new friends,” Vicente told those attending the ceremony.

Care Center Executive Secretary Margarita Padron said Amy would be well taken care of, and thanked the ASTRO Foundation for providing the feline friend.

Also on hand for the party was Jeff Hunter of Modesto’s Blue Feather Entertainment, who provided some music and karaoke. Among the songs, ‘Amie’ – sounds like Amy – from Pure Prairie League, which had the residents tapping their toes along to the music.

“Thank you for giving her a good home,” Vicente told residents as they welcomed their new pet.