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December 2010

December 15,2010
Subject: Get Lucky

On Thanksgiving night, Shirley Martyn (Blume Library CATaloger) was here feeding the cats when she encountered a very vocal Siamese in a terrible predicament: his entire right front leg was stuck inside his collar (along with his neck). The collar had created a deep wound under his leg. Being a resourceful person, Shirley whipped out a pocket knife and cut off the collar. (Like Boy Scouts, librarians are always prepared.)
The cat, now named Lucky, is living in my garage. His wound is almost healed, and he has no physical or mental after effects. Lucky is about three years old, small (7 pounds), and previously neutered, but not microchipped. He tested negative for Feline AIDS/Feline Leukemia and is current on his vaccinations. He's a lap sitter, serene, and sweet-natured.
Please put the word out: Lucky deserves a forever home. Thanks for your support and a big thank you to Shirley for her resourcefulness and compassion.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

December 14, 2010
Subject: Exotic Kitten Seeks Home

What do you get when you combine a dash of Bengal, a pinch of Ocicat, and a smidgeon of Maine Coon? El Tigre! This sweet little tiger was abandoned at a church when he was only four weeks old. Since his rescue, he's grown to almost three pounds, is neutered and vaccinated, and ready for his forever home.
Tiger loves to play, and he also loves to snuggle up in your lap. He's good with cats, kittens, adults, and children and is litter box proficient. And as an added bonus, he's got six toes on his front paws, just like the famous cats at the Ernest Hemingway House and Museum in Key West, Florida!
Please spread the word (and pictures) about El Tigre. Someone out there needs a little jungle cat in their home. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

December 10, 2010
Subject: A Christmas Gift
Anime Beat's Donation

Hello. The Anime Beat student organization pledged a percentage of the proceeds from their Christmas card sales to For Paws; yesterday students delivered $65.00, along with one of their student-designed cards and a wonderful message. We appreciate the donation and are happy to have yet more proof that our students care about the cats. Thank you, Anime Beat!
For Paws Cat Wrangler

December 8, 2010
Subject: Grants Galore and Yet Another Kitten

Hello. Petsmart Charities has awarded big grants to two local organizations, the Animal Welfare Society ($30,000) and Stray Cat Adoptions of Texas ($25,000), to provide spay and neuter services to cats in the 78228 zip code. SCAT will concentrate on cats in apartment complexes, while AWS will focus on cats located around single-family homes. These grants are an acknowledgement the TNR works and is worth funding.
The AWS grant lists For Paws as a resource in reaching the their goal of fixing 500 cats. To that end, the AWS paid for the 10 female and 3 male cats we recently trapped—all in zip 78228 and within walking distance of the campus. It's a win-win situation for AWS, For Paws, our neighbors, and the cats.
Now if only good homes for kittens were as readily available as funding. Some students found Laurel at Daugherty last Friday night and left her at the Blume feeding station where librarian Shirley Martyn rescued her Saturday morning. Laurel is about seven weeks old, female, a little shy but learning to trust. Operating on the principle "Finders, fosters," Shirley has kindly taken in Laurel until we find a permanent home.
Right now we have seven kittens and one adult cat in four foster homes. HELP! I know this is a busy, high-stress time for everyone, but please do whatever you can to help find homes for these felines. Thanks for your support.
Fatigued Cat Wrangler

December 3, 2010
Subject: Meet El Tigre

Good morning. We were volunteering at a SNIPSA Big Fix event in October when we first met El Tigre. The woman who brought him in essentially dumped him when she found out he weighed one pound and was too young for surgery. So naturally the kind-hearted and extremely exhausted For Paws saps took him in as a foster.
He has been well-socialized at the Lucio Home For Abandoned Kittens and was neutered and vaccinated yesterday. In addition to his beautiful blue-green eyes and brown and gold fur, El Tigre is a polydactyl, meaning he sports an extra toe on each front paw, making it look like he's wearing little catchers' mitts. He is gentle, playful, and in need of a permanent home. Please share his story and pictures, and let's make El Tigre's Christmas wish for a home come true.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

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

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