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August 2010

August 31, 2010
Subject: Meet Ono and Other Cat News

Hello. Ono (as in "Oh no-not another %&@# kitten!") was found on campus by a student last week. She is currently in the Lucio Home for Wayward Kittens. Ono's name could easily have been No Mas (No More) because even the Lucios have their fostering limits. Since May, Joe and Nettie have fostered 18 felines, so that's it for the summer: no mas gatos.
In addition to Ono, the Lucios still have Millie and her three kittens (Patches, Mohawk, and Dude) who were born at Treadaway last month. So it won't be long before we're looking for homes for these well-cared for and well-socialized cats. Keep us in mind for all your future kitten needs!
In addition to fostering, we're still very busy with neighborhood cats; we've sterilized and vaccinated 84 cats since July 14 with the Animal No-Kill grant from the San Antonio Area Foundation. Of the $3000 we received, we're down to $860 with quite a few "customers" waiting in the wings. Thanks for your support; every dollar makes a difference.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

August 23, 2010
Subject: What's So Special about This Cat?

Good morning. Pounce, a little neighborhood cat we fixed recently, has the distinction of being the 400th cat to go through our program since April, 2003. While that seems like a rather large number (for a small volunteer group), think for a moment about how many kittens this female feline could have had during her life. (Remember that a female cat can become sexually mature at six months of age and can get pregnant three times a year, having one to six kittens per pregnancy.) Do the math, and then you'll understand why Trap-Neuter-Return groups like For Paws are so driven to get these cats fixed! Thanks to grants from the San Antonio Area Foundation and ongoing support from you guys, we're making a difference in our surrounding neighborhood. Onward to 500!
For Paws Cat Wrangler

August 16, 2010
Subject: Annual Fund

Cien is here to remind you that donations to the Annual Fund can be made to For Paws. You can even direct payroll deductions to the cat cause-from $5.00 a month to whatever you can comfortably afford. I guarantee every dollar will go into the For Paws account.
You may wonder why we're asking for money after getting two grants this summer. First, getting grants depends in large part on our being able to show foundations we have a strong base of local supporters. Second, the grants cannot be used for cat food, medications, emergencies, etc. We still have plenty of expenses to cover beyond the basic spay/neuter costs.
So when that Annual Fund pledge card lands on your desk, think For Paws. Cien thanks you for your support, and so do I.
For Paws Cat Wrangler/Fund Raiser

August 12, 2010
Subject: Helping Cats, Helping People
Thank you note
You may remember our story about Denise, the neighborhood teenager who put up a sign at her house asking people not to take the sickly kittens she was caring for. Denise was doing a great job providing food, fresh water, and affection for all the cats. She knew the kittens needed medicine, but she didn't have enough money. We fixed the resident adult cats, gave her some medications for the kittens, and hoped for the best.
This week Denise called us and said she had found homes for two of the kittens but wouldn't give them away until they were fixed. How responsible--what a great kid! After we got them fixed, Denise gave us a thank you card. We wanted to share it because it illustrates something we've always known: when we help cats, we help people too. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

August 9, 2010
Subject: Another Grant!

Hello. For Paws has received a $3000 grant from the San Antonio Area Foundation's No Kill Initiative Fund. This award follows the $3700 grant we received from the foundation earlier in the summer and supports our neighborhood cat spay/neuter project.
By working with 14 households, we've facilitated the sterilization and vaccination of 51 cats and kittens in just over three weeks. (Our total for the summer is 114--so no need to ask how Nettie and I spent our summer vacation.)
To learn more about the Area Foundation and the No Kill Initiative, go to SAAFDN and click on "Impact & Outreach." For more on the importance of community efforts and spay/neuter, check out the editorial in yesterday's Express-News Animal Care is a community.
Thank you for your continued support; the grants are wonderful, but we still have other vet bills to pay and hungry cats to feed.
For Paws Cat Wrangler (not a sports fan)

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