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August 2011

August 30, 2010
Subject: Homer Update

In the recent stir caused by the dumped mom cat & kittens, we don't want to overlook Homer, an earlier rescue from VJ Keefe Field. Homer is enjoying the good life with foster parents Wade & Shirley Martyn. They report that this classic orange and white tabby is playing, using the litter box, and gaining weight (almost up to a pound now). Good fostering makes good kittens. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

August 29, 2010
Subject: Mom Cat/Kittens Update

The little family of dumpees is thriving. Mocha mom is scheduled for spaying September 7 and will be ready for a home of her own. The kittens are weaned and very playful. Please pass along the updates, folks; networking. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

August 26, 2010
Subject: Another Friday, Another Surprise

Last Friday we acquired a four-week-old kitten from VJ Keefe Field. Today Nettie and I saw what we thought was a dead possum; it turned out to be a very skinny, exhausted female Siamese. As we were recovering from that surprise, we found the kittens in a box with the "tug at your heart" sign.
We took them to the vet where we spent $123.20 (just the tip of the iceberg) and then to the Lucio Home for Abandoned Cats. Of course, now we need to provide ongoing foster care, money for vaccinations/surgery, and the time and energy to find good homes. (And time and energy are in short supply.)
But seriously, animal dumping is illegal, and what's worse, we believe these cats were dumped by someone who works at St. Mary's. Couldn't the dumper just have brought the female to us before the poor cat got pregnant? We do want to help, but we don't want our good deeds to be punished by people taking the easy way out. We appreciate your support.
Disgruntled Cat Wrangler

August 19, 2010
Subject: Friday's Surprise

This little kitten was rescued today at V. J. Keefe field by a baseball player named Ivan-sorry I didn't get the last name. Because of the baseball connection, we've named the tiny kitten Homer. (He weighs in at 8.5 ounces.)
Shirley Martyn has kindly offered to foster Homer. We'll keep you posted.
For Paws Kitten Wrangler

August 16, 2010
Subject: Welcome Back

Welcome to the fall semester. Our For Paws cats are ready to provide furry friendship, stress relief, and leftover sandwich removal.
We need cat feeders for Friday and Saturday evenings. (Our wonderful students from last year moved off campus.) If you can donate about 15 minutes per evening on Fridays & Saturdays, we'll set you up with food and cats.
Can't feed? Can you supply dry cat food, any brand? Thanks for your support as we enter our 9th year of service.

August 10, 2010
Subject: This Summer's Grant

We continued our neighborhood cat work this summer with a $3000 San Antonio Area Foundation grant (our 4th Trap-Neuter-Return grant). We spent the money in about two months and fixed & vaccinated 51 cats from 14 local residences and the campus and facilitated 11 adoptions (including eight kittens dumped on campus).
Even though 60% of our feline customers were kittens, we did less fostering than previous summers-and we're not complaining! But with so many kittens, we had more non-surgery expenses: $686.20 for vet visits, antibiotics, combo tests, etc. The grant did not cover these expenses, so we paid the bills with your donations and proceeds from fundraisers.
It's a privilege to work with our neighbors who face many challenges but who nonetheless care about the cats in our midst. Thanks for supporting our efforts.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

August 5, 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 4, 2010
Subject: New T-Shirt Design

New t-shirts are here! Based on Br. Cletus's original design and modified by Nettie, the shirts feature the outline of St. Louis Hall and an orange cat. (I wonder who?) Shirts are $12 and are available in yellow, pink, and blue in a variety of sizes. Proceeds benefit the campus cats. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

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