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December 2008

December 31, 2008
Subject: Meet Pepe Le Pew

Hello. If you look closely at the attached photo, you'll see Pepe Le Pew-my first skunk! (I didn't feel I could risk taking a lot of pictures; no close-ups for Pepe.) I had actually read on the Internet how to free a skunk from a humane trap. The first step was to get an 18 foot painter's pole to flip the trap over so that the gate opens through gravity. Well, at 7 AM, finding an 18 foot pole was a stretch, so I scavenged around and found a 6 foot stick.
However, I felt that flipping the trap over was sure to alarm the skunk into taking action and my being only 6 feet away seemed risky. Instead, I hunkered down in some bushes and maneuvered one end of the trap open, and viola: Monsieur Skunk departed! Observing this whole scene were Bonnie, Clyde, and their very trap-wary sibling. They seemed as amazed-and relieved-- as I was. By the way, the real Pepe Le Pew's "birthday" is January 6, 1945. What a way to end the year! Thanks for all your support and for putting up with my craziness.
Caroline For Paws Cat Wrangler

December 30, 2009
Subject: Meet Rocky

Hello. This past week I've been in pursuit of a small black cat who is probably the sibling of Bonnie and Clyde (trapped 10/28/08 in the satellite territory north of campus). Instead I got Rocky, one of the biggest toms we've ever gotten. When I first saw him in the trap at a distance, I thought I had a raccoon. Rocky got the full Blue Cross treatment and was released this morning; he is number 123 to go through the program.
Thus far, I retrapped Bonnie & Clyde Sunday night, Bonnie again last night, and the real Rocky at the same time. The week before we were trapping for what we thought was a new cat on the main campus. We got Spice, Cien, and Slinky before realizing the "new cat" is Devlin, sporting his longer, darker winter coat. Persistence counts in trapping.
Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

December 24, 2008
Subject: Season's Greetings

Happy holidays from one wise cat and two wise guys (all quite well-fed).
For Paws Cat Wrangler

December 5, 2008
Subject: Meet Count Dracula

Hello. Just when you thought things were winding down, we have another story to tell. Last night Count Dracula showed up in the Law Library where he provided a little therapy to the stressed-out students. Fortunately, the night supervisor used to work in the Blume Library and knew about For Paws, so he contacted Joe.
The handsome charcoal gray cat is very sweet, but we named him Dracula because of his prominent fangs. At Blue Cross this morning, the vet determined that Dracula had already been neutered and had a microchip. Further investigation led to 2 phones numbers in Plano, Texas, both disconnected. And here's the kicker: his original owners had named him Count!
We brought the Count back to campus, fed him a hearty meal, and then released him. In an ideal world, we'd find his owners, and there would be a joyous reunion. In our less-than-perfect real world, all we can do is provide food and shelter should he choose to stay here. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

December 4, 2008
Subject: Christmas Sale and Can Drive

Hello. Our first ever For Paws Christmas sale was a great success; we sold out in a day and a half and made $478! Thank you to everyone who made a purchase or gave a donation. Also thanks to our enthusiastic student, faculty, and staff volunteers: Pat, Eva, Shirley, Louie, Nettie, Cindy, Joshua, Cynthia, Phillip, Yoli, and Bette. And a super thanks to Elf Nettie for the fabulous ornaments and to Santa Claus for bringing lots of Christmas cheer.
And there's more good news: the "Yes We Can: Cans for Cats" food drive brought in 211 cans of food and assorted treats and 54 pounds of dry food. The campus cats will eat well for at least six months. Thanks for your extra generous support, and Merry Christmas from all the For Paws cats.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

December 3, 2008
Subject: Christmas Sale Wrap Up--and Meet Slinky

Good morning. Dig out your spare change or grab your checkbook-we've only got 26 ornaments left to sell! We had a good day yesterday, made better by a special visitor, as you can see in the first photo. We'll wrap up the sale today, so please drop by the UC Courtyard from 10 AM to whenever we sell out.
We saw Slinky yesterday morning near the library and set a trap right away. Even before the ornament sale was over, Slinky was off to Blue Cross for neutering, vaccinations, microchip, and ear tipping. We returned him to campus this morning. The handsome 9.5 pound cat is about 2 years old and is the 121st cat to go through the program.
Now if we sell our remaining ornaments (9 small ornaments @ $2.00 each and 17 large ornaments @ $3.00 each), we'll make $69.00 dollars today-more than enough to cover Slinky's $61.60 vet bill.
Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

December 1, 2009
Subject: Seasonal Sale Tomorrow

Hello. Tomorrow is the start of our Christmas sale, the last fund raiser of 2008 (I promise). In addition to the plastic globe ornaments pictured in an earlier e-mail, we have 8 large glass ornaments-for those people who don't have cats at home to break them. We also have 10 scented candles with our logo. Our table will be set up outside the cafeteria beginning at 10 AM. Please stop by and buy!
Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

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

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