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August 2009

Aug. 27, 2009
Subject: How to Make Students Smile

Hello. Pictured are some very happy resident assistants; look closely and you'll see why they're smiling. These folks promote our program in the residence halls, and their involvement with For Paws has been key to our success. This semester they're talking about fundraising and food drives for the cats-very good news indeed!
While we're talking about involvement, I received the following message from a new student list member: "I was just wondering if this club [For Paws] has any upcoming meetings or events." To answer, I'll throw it back to the students: what would students like to do with For Paws? Send along your ideas, questions, etc., and I'll share with the list.
And those kittens who so delighted the RAs? More about them next time. Thanks for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


Aug. 24, 2009
Subject: Meet Delilah, Tamar, & Naomi

Hi. These three lovely ladies were trapped from the undeveloped territory between the Center for Legal & Social Justice/Family Life Center over a couple of nights. After getting the full treatment at Blue Cross Pet Clinic, they were returned to where they were trapped and now look forward to kitten-free lives.
The grant from the Ruth Lang Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation is now all spent! Thanks to the $3700 grant, we were able to fix 47 free-roaming cats (and find homes for 12 of them)-all in less than three months.
And for helping to make this project a success, we're also grateful to the following: Blue Cross Pet Clinic for their excellent service and generous discounts Our foster families and adopters Helotes Humane Society and the Humane Society/Bexar County SPCA The grant may be gone, but our work goes on. We've got big plans for the future and will appreciate your continued support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


Aug. 21, 2009
Subject: Meet Leah, Lucy, and Noah

Leah, Lucy, and Noah were part of a litter of six left behind along with their mom Dinah and older siblings Gideon and Judith. (Two of the little kittens perished and one is still loose.) Fortunately we were able to rescue these little ones before they met a sad fate and before they turned completely feral.
After being spayed/neutered, vaccinated, eartipped, and microchipped, these fortunate felines were adopted by caring members of the St. Mary's community. Leah and Lucy are living the good life with Kathy Worthington (International Relations) and her husband. Kathe Lehman-Meyer (Academic Imaging Center) and her family are lovingly integrating Noah into their busy household. Thank you, Kathy and Kathe!
The Ruth Lang Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation paid the vet bills for this trio and 41 others this summer. Thanks for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


Aug. 19, 2009
Subject: Meet Dinah, Gideon, & Judith

Hello. Dinah and her six-month-old kittens Gideon and Judith are part of the extended family we trapped recently; there were also three 12-week-old kittens in the family. All were abandoned across the street from campus when their "owners" moved.
Being a resourceful mom, Dinah moved her family to a nearby house where Mrs. H, an elderly neighbor, was valiantly trying to provide for them with the leftovers from her Meals-on-Wheels deliveries. What could we do but intervene?
In short order, we had six felines trapped and off to Blue Cross Pet Clinic. (You know you have a great vet clinic when they take all the cats without appointments, spay/neuter them in one day, and actually increase the discount they give us.)
With Mrs. H's permission, we returned the three older cats to her yard, supplied her with cat food, and taught her how to feed them without attracting other creatures. To find out what happened to the three little kittens, tune in next time.
Thanks to the Ruth Lang Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation for their financial support of this project. And thanks for your support too.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


Aug. 15, 2009
Subject: Meet Isaiah & Many More!

Hello. Welcome to the transfer students and incoming freshmen who've recently joined our list. Just to bring everyone up to speed, For Paws received a $3700 grant this summer to trap-neuter-return cats on campus and on nearby St. Mary's properties; we've spent over 95% of the grant and have processed 44 cats.
Just when we thought our project was winding down, we hit the mother lode of felines. The week began with our trapping Isaiah, an older, battle-scarred street tom. This is what an adult unneutered male cat looks like. Thanks to our intervention, Isaiah's golden years in the area around the Woodlawn Marianist Community will be a lot more peaceful.
Then things got really interesting. We trapped an extended family consisting of a mom cat, her two "teenagers,"and her three little kittens. So what happened to the extended feline family? Stay tuned for updates on Dinah, Gideon, Judith, Susanna, Leah, and Noah.
Our thanks to the Ruth Lang Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation for paying the veterinary bills this summer.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


Aug. 8, 2009
Subject: Cien can't give, but you can.

If you plan on giving to the Campus Campaign, please consider directing your contribution to For Paws. You can just write in For Paws on the form. If you donate via the website, enter For Paws in "The school of ______."
For Paws will get your tax-deductible donations and that every penny will support our TNR program and the campus cats.
We have $247 left of our $3700 grant from the San Antonio Area Foundation, and there's still work to do. Thank you for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


Aug. 4, 2009
Subject: More Good News & Meet Amos

The Rolling Oaks Mall super adoption event was a big success: Choxie, Swirly, and Tippy all found homes! Our volunteers (Joe and Nettie Lucio, Shirley Martyn, Rosie Cutting, and the mall-o-phobic Cat Wrangler) worked diligently to promote our kittens amidst a veritable sea of precious felines. Thanks to the outstanding fostering provided by the Lucios, their cats, and grandkids, the street kittens were laid back and easy to handle-a definite selling point.
By now you're probably regretting you didn't adopt a For Paws kitten when you had the chance. Well, regret no more! We just happen to have another kitten on hand: the almost famous Amos.
Police Officer Amy Alires took Amos into custody at Treadaway and brought him to For Paws. Amos is a total charmer-sheer kitten perfection! He's been combo tested for FIV/FeLV (negative) and had his first kitten vaccines. In a few weeks, he'll be neutered, and we'll put him up for adoption. In the meantime he's being fostered by two people who swore they'd never do this again!
Our thanks to the Ruth Lang Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation for paying Amos's vet expenses.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


Aug. 1, 2009
Subject: Meet Jonah, Jeremiah, & Boaz

Hello. We're still trapping-neutering-returning, and here are our latest customers. Jonah, a shy Siamese from the Center/Family Life territory, was very quiet and seemed to have a destination in mind when we returned him.
Blind in one eye and radiating hostility with the other, Jeremiah (Woodlawn Marianist Community) was dubbed "The Worst"by the vet techs at Blue Cross Pet Clinic. In contrast, Boaz (also from the WMC) was talkative and willing to cooperate. Both were returned without incident.
We're grateful to the Ruth Lang Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation for paying the vet expenses ($174.40) for these cats. Just for the record, we've "fixed"37 cats and expended 78% of the grant in the past two months.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


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




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