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April 2011

April 27, 2011
Subject: Owls & Cats & Humans...Oh My!

People have been asking me about the owl: where is it, what happened to it, why did it leave, etc. I'm not a bird expert (just a fan and photographer), but I assume it merely moved on. However, there are other theories out there. On Facebook, a student implicated the cats in the owl's disappearance because "cats can be evil." Leaving aside the theological and philosophical definitions of evil, I don't think the cats are to blame. Here's what the National Geographic site has to say about Great Horned Owls:
"Owls prey on a huge variety of creatures, including raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, domestic birds, falcons, and other owls. They regularly eat skunks, and may be the only animal with such an appetite. They sometimes hunt for smaller game by standing or walking along the ground. Owls have even been known to prey upon unlucky cats and dogs." Great Horned Owl
Then there's the rumor that three guys threw rocks at the owl to scare it away because it's bad luck to see an owl in daylight. That got me thinking about how both cats and owls are creatures maligned and feared by (some) humans. Cats are evil, owls are bad omens, both are associated with witches, etc.
Anyway, I don't know what happened to the owl. What I do know is that I enjoyed seeing the owl, just as I enjoy seeing cats. Other people's mileage may vary.

April 26, 2011
Subject: Meet Matthew

Good morning. Matthew was kindly rescued on campus last week by Ellen Collins (Administrative Assistant, Math). The four-month-old kitten is in foster care with Wade and Shirley Martyn who reports that Matthew loves to play with people and can also entertain himself, has a sweet disposition, and is litter box proficient.
Matthew will be neutered/vaccinated next Tuesday and will be immediately available for adoption. Join the ever-growing ranks of satisfied owners of For Paws felines! Please spread the word and thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

April 14, 2011
Subject: Good News

We're happy to report that Sweets has his own home sweet home thanks to Connie Harrison, Blume Library housekeeper. Thank you, Connie! And thanks to the Outback residents who rescued the little guy.
And more good news: the law school chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is conducting a For Paws fundraiser. SALDF has put together a glossy, spiral-bound calendar featuring St. Mary's law students' pets, along with pertinent academic dates and other information. The price is $16.00; for ordering information, please contact Melissa Lesniak.
For decades there's been "underground" support from Law School folks for the cats. How nice the cats are now legal and have the support of progressive groups like SALDF. (For more info on SALDF, check out this article:
St. Mary's Law Students Defend Animals With Puppet Show.)
For Paws Cat Wrangler

April 13, 2011
Subject: Meet Sweets

Hello. This six-month-old male kitten has been wandering around Founders Hall for several days; a student brought him to us this morning. Turns out Sweets was already neutered but no microchip. We had him combo tested for feline AIDS and leukemia (negative) and got his rabies and other vaccinations.
Sweets lives up to his name temperament-wise, and he is super playful and also a lap sitter. He is so "home-ready" that we don't want to release him on campus and are desperately seeking a foster or permanent home. Please spread the word! Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

April 12, 2011
Subject: The Morning After

Hello. I'm happy to report that the campus cats and owl all survived another Oyster Bake. Pictured is a slightly dazed Willie the Low Rider wondering what happened to his feeding area. (Apparently, beer sales were brisk.)
Button sales were also brisk, even though Nettie kept cranking them out all weekend to stay up with demand. (We have two Ruths and one Spice left if anyone wants to buy out the remainders.) Thanks for your support and concern for the furred and feathered campus residents.
For Paws Button Wrangler

April 6, 2011
Subject: The Owl Button Is Back!

Due to popular demand, the owl button is back! By tomorrow, we'll have 24 owl buttons for sale; if you want to reserve one, please email me. Otherwise, first come, first served.
Thanks to Shirley Martyn for her special effort to bring us button parts and to Nettie for being the fastest button maker in the West, and to all of you for your support. Happy Fiesta!

April 5, 2011
Subject: Cien Says: "Buy a Fiesta Button!"

Hi, folks. It's Fiesta time, so we've having our traditional button sale to support the campus cats. This year we're featuring Cien, Crema, Ruth, and Spice--friendly cats who enjoy human contact (and the occasional Subway sandwich). We also have some buttons with the For Paws logo designed by Br. Cletus.
And for something completely different, we're also showcasing the Java City owl! (Okay, okay, so she's not a cat but sale of her buttons will make money to support the cats.)
Buttons are $2.00 each and will be available in the Blume Library on Tuesday. Thank you for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

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