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August 2008

August 26, 2008:
Subject: Meet Spice Boy

Good morning. I first saw Spice Boy lounging up the hill near the Richter Math-Engineering Building on Saturday evening. I thought he was Cien, the resident orange cat, but when I investigated, I found the very talkative but unapproachable Spice.
Back at the library I was weighing the pros and cons of trapping on a Saturday night (the cat was here but the vet clinic wasn't open), when I saw Danielle Adan, student cat spotter extraordinaire, who also saw the new guy. We set up the trap, gave Spice a little privacy, and soon he was captured. Elapsed time between first sighting and actual trapping: less than an hour.
After spending the rest of the weekend in an undisclosed location, Spice went to Blue Cross Clinic for neuter, vaccination, ear tip, and microchip ($61.60). Spice isn't hardcore feral; feral cats don't call attention to themselves by meowing. Yet he isn't really tame enough for adoption either, so we released him this morning. It would be nice if Spice (cat #111) and Cien (cat #100) could form an orange guys club. But that's not for humans to decide. Thanks for your support.
Caroline For Paws Cat Wrangler

August 19, 2008
Subject: The Summer of a Dozen Cats
Hello. For Paws had a productive summer stopping the reproductive summer of twelve cats. The following cats were trapped, neutered, and returned: Rojo, Boo, Julio, and Augusto. Among those spayed/neutered and adopted were Vee Jay, Pearl, Piper, Cinnamon, and Oboe. We also facilitated the adoption of Edward and the spaying of Girlfriend and Trixie, not actual campus cats but with St. Mary's connections.
So that's an even dozen cats for the summer, and I've yet to ask for money! But did you know you can direct your Annual Fund Campus Campaign gift to For Paws? Just write "For Paws" prominently on the form. Or if you choose to make a donation via credit card, just check School of _________ and fill in For Paws. It worked for me!
Thanks for your support.
Caroline For Paws Cat Wrangler

August 11, 2008
Subject: Oboe Has a Home

Good news! Oboe, the six-month-old kitten I found in the parking lot three weeks ago, now has a home. A young couple who are graduate students at UTSA adopted Oboe through the Stray Cat Adoptions of Texas program; Oboe joins a Siamese mix the couple adopted through SCAT last year.
Thanks to the Lucios for excellent fostering and special thanks to Liz Skipper of SCAT for getting Oboe placed in a good home. Oboe is our 48th campus cat adoption success. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

August 4, 2008
Subject: Meet Augusto

Hello. Early Friday morning I saw Augusto leaving the library feeding station, and Shirley Martyn (Blume Library CATaloger) saw him headed toward Alkek. We set up a trap, and Saturday morning Augusto was in it. He was neutered by noon and fully recovered and released Sunday morning. The Blue Cross Clinic treatment was $61.60 and included vaccinations, microchip, and eartipping.
Augusto was an extremely feral tom cat. Have you ever seen those old prison movies where the inmate goes crazy and tears up his cell, throws food around, and bangs his head against the bars? Well, Augusto (Cat #110) was that inmate, as you can see from the condition of the recovery cage-and his nose--in the second photo. You can also see his pretty blue eyes if you look closely (but I didn't want to get too close.).
We've had a busy couple of days: one adoption (Cinnamon), one TNR (Augusto), and one placement with Stray Cat Adoptions of Texas (Oboe). Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

August 1, 2008
Subject: Cinnamon Has a Home

Hello, Cinnamon has been adopted by Officer Jennifer Hellums (University Police Department). We trapped the young cat in the Treadaway stairwell in early May; he was quite skittish and stayed around Treadaway with Java, one of our more reclusive cats. Gradually Cinnamon became more trusting and moved to the Blume Library loading dock to hang out with Cien--Mr. Personality.
Officer Hellums reports that Cinnamon acts as if he were born to be a house cat and sleep in the big bed. (The two older resident felines have not expressed opinions.) Although many of us were very attached to this sweet little guy, we're grateful to Jennifer and her husband (and other critters) for providing Cinnamon with a home of his own. Also thanks to Rosie Cutting (English/Communication Studies) for paying the $50.00 adoption donation.
Cinnamon is the 47th cat we've adopted out. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

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

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