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April 2008

April 28, 2008
Subject: Meet Spunky

Hello. Spunky was about eight weeks old when I first saw her on Christmas night; it was very cold, and she was huddled in the alley near the Ligustrum gate. I entreated, but she retreated. Over the next four months, I occasionally saw her in the alley, or under a car, or by the St. Mary's Lot C fence. But I couldn't catch her, and nobody I talked to claimed her—or cared about her. She is completely feral—probably the first hands-on human contact she ever had was at the vet's office.
This may be cat wrangler rationalization at work, but I figured the kitten was close enough to St. Mary's to justify trying to trap her as a For Paws cat-before she was old enough to reproduce. So on my walks to and from work, I started leaving tasty treats for her, and she got hooked. Wednesday night I set a trap by the fence, and within minutes she was in it—the fastest trapping ever (if you don't count the month of tasty treats).
Spunky got the full For Paws package ($97.60) at the Blue Cross Pet Clinic on Thursday and was released on campus today at the feeding station. She is the 20th cat to go through the program this fiscal year (a new record) and the 98th since we started. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

April 24, 2008
Subject: Meet Mr. Fiesta

Hello. A few weeks ago several For Paws student cat spotters alerted us to the presence of a new cat in the Outback-the first in quite some time. We kept looking for the cat and even had several sightings, but when Oyster Bake cranked up, the cat wisely disappeared. Tuesday we set up two traps at opposite ends of the Outback and got lucky at Leies Hall. Mr. Fiesta got the complete works at the Blue Cross Pet Clinic ($61.60) and was returned to campus today.
More good news: Our t-shirt/ fiesta button fundraiser brought in $230! We sold almost twice as many buttons as expected (Nettie craftily kept up with the demand). So even though we do have 3 unsold t-shirts, the fundraiser was a success, and as promised, I'll say no more about fundraising until next fiscal year (June 1).
On the Humane Society food drive issue, Norma Gaier and Jerry Parker (Service Learning Center) are open to discussing ideas for future shared projects, such as twice-yearly food drives for the campus cats. Collecting some free food would be good, and getting more people aware of For Paws would be even better.
Mr. Fiesta is the 19th cat to go though the program this fiscal year (tying our record set in FY2004-2005) and the 97th since the program began. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

April 18, 2008
Subject: Sold Out!
Service Learning
Good morning. We just sold our last two buttons to Lisa Sellers, a repeat button buyer. Thanks, Lisa! And special thanks to Shirley Martyn who brought us her mother's button maker all the way from Indiana; to Brenda Devlin who sparked big sales; and to the extremely "crafty" Nettie Lucio for making the buttons. I'll let you know how much money we made after we tally it up.
We're doing better raising money, but we still need to raise awareness. For example, Service Learning to doing a cat and dog food drive for the Humane Society. That's a worthy project, but whatever happened to thinking globally, acting locally? Attached is a response I wrote to Norma Gaier and Gerald Parker. Feel free to chime in.
And finally, here's Patches, facing her fifth or sixth Oyster Bake. Send good thought s to campus cats this weekend. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

April 15, 2008
Subject: Time to Button Up

Hello. Here's Bevo, anticipating Oyster Bake like the rest of us. Bevo would no doubt be delighted to learn he's n the most popular Fiesta Button cat this year--which is my subtle way of reminding you to get your buttons before the big party begins.
Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

April 8, 2009
Subject: Fiesta Buttons

The 2008 For Paws Fiesta buttons are ready! In addition to the two pictured here, we also have buttons for each of the campus cats: Patches, Thomasina, Little Buckie, Java, Stripey, Little Jo, and Devlin. (Albert missed the photo shoot.)
If you can't choose among the cats, the Cletus logo is a great choice. But at a mere $2.00 each, you can choose several buttons and help keep these good-looking felines supplied with cat food.
Also, we now have only 7 of our $5.00 t-shirts left in the following sizes: Small (1) and Large (6).
And I promise if we sell all the buttons and t-shirts, I won't whine for money for the rest of this fiscal year. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

April 7, 2008
Subject: Meet Albert
Albert movie clip
Good morning. I met Albert Friday evening near the Alkek Building, and on a whim I decided to set a trap. Saturday morning the very feral Albert was in the trap and off to Blue Cross Pet Clinic. He got the full veterinary treatment ($66.50) and was released this morning. (Check out the video; it finally dawned on me that it's impossible to get a still photo of a moving cat.)
Albert is the 96th cat to go through the For Paws program since its inception in 2003. Thanks for your support.
Caroline Byrd
For Paws Co-Director

April 2, 2009
Subject: Half-Price T-Shirts & Fiesta Buttons
Attachment 1. Article
Hello. Recently someone on this list asked when For Paws was having a fundraiser so he could make a donation. I replied that we're always having a fundraiser, so feel free to get out those checkbooks at any time.
We also fundraise through t-shirt, tote bag, and Fiesta button sales. Right now we're having a close-out sale on our remaining T-shirts. The lime green shirts are now only $5.00 each and are available in the following sizes and quantities:

Small (1)    Large (10)      2X (1)          3X (2)

In the spirit of Fiesta, we will again be selling For Paws buttons for $2.00 each. You won't find these buttons at any Fiesta events, so get yours next week and uniquely promote our campus TNR project. All merchandise is available at the Blume Library.
Last month the University of the Incarnate Word student newspaper ran a big article on their campus cats—and we all agreed our cats are cuter and have better names. Attached is a letter to the editor I wrote that's worth noting just for the headline alone. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Merchandise Wrangler

Comments? Email Caroline Byrd or call Caroline at 436-3430, ext.1317.

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