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February 2008

February 27, 2008
Subject: Meet Marco Polo

Good morning. Marco Polo, a handsome bull's eye tabby, is what I call a “fringe” cat: in his widespread travels around the neighborhood, he has been lurking on the fringes of campus for a long time. I had little hope that he would ever end up in a For Paws trap, but I underestimated the lure of sardines.
Tuesday was Spay Day U.S.A., and as part of this national initiative, some local shelters and vet clinics participated in Neuter Scooter for a Nickel Day, fixing tomcats for five cents. The kind folks at Blue Cross Pet Clinic included Marco in the celebration, so our tab for him was only $29.65 (vaccinations and pain medication).
Marco is the second cat of 2008 and the 95th cat to go through the For Paws program. He was released this morning and headed west, not east. Who knows where this inveterate traveler will turn up next?
Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

February 22, 2008
Subject: News You Can Use
Incarnate Word Cats
Hello. Check out the attached PDF for an interesting article on campus cats in the University of the Incarnate Word's student newspaper. Incarnate Word now joins St. Mary's, Trinity, and UTSA as enlightened campuses practicing TNR. (Of course, our cats are the cutest.)
Also, Animal Care Services is now offering low cost vaccination and microchip clinics at their new facility beginning this Sunday. These prices are great! For more information, see below: Animal Care Services, 4710 State Highway 151 off Old Highway 90 (near San Antonio Food Bank) Sundays, beginning February 24, 11 AM-1PM Cat package: FVRCP, Rabies, microchip, city license=$20.00 Dog package: DHLPP, Bordatella, Rabies, microchip, city license=$25.00 Individual services available if pet doesn't need entire package. All pets should be on leashes or in carriers. For Paws has carriers we can lend to community members. Carriers are available at the Blume Library whenever the library is open.
Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

February 18, 2008
Subject: Meet Devlin

Good morning. Meet Devlin, our first cat of 2008 and number 94 to go through our program since 2003. Devlin was trapped near the law classroom building and was neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and returned to campus yesterday. Total cost was $61.60. The ten-pound tomcat was extremely unhappy about being captured and put on quite a show in the trap. The senior vet tech at Blue Cross Clinic said Devlin was WILD!
Devlin is named in honor of Brenda Devlin who supplied the bacon that got him into our trap. Thanks, Brenda, and to all of you for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

February 14, 2008
Subject: Great News for Local Animals

Good morning and good news on several fronts: The San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition has received a $50,000 grant to promote TNR practices in the city. Read all about the grant from the Friends of Animals here: Friends of Animals SAFCC sponsored the neighborhood TNR project last fall; For Paws members and other St. Mary's volunteers assisted in that project. SAFCC also offer twice-monthly cat trapping lessons at the new Animal Care Services facility and the Humane Society—which is where some of us learned to trap. The other good news is that S.N.A.P. (Spay Neuter Assistance Program) is opening the San Antonio Surgery and Wellness Clinic at 6758 Ingram Road tomorrow, February 15. In addition to offering reduced-cost spay/neuter services and a wellness clinic, the facility will also accept feral cats in humane traps. This clinic receives funding though a grant from PetsMart Charities. For more information, click San Antonio Surgery and Wellness Clinic Here on campus, we're trapping everyday and catching possums in every trap. The cats laugh at us, but we won't give up. Thanks for your support and Happy Valentine's Day. Caroline For Paws Cat Wrangler

February 11, 2008
Subject: New Cat on Campus

Hello. When I came to feed the cats Sunday morning, I encountered this guy. There have been a few other brief sightings of him, and at first we thought he was a litter mate of Stubby (check out the unusual tail). However, he is older than we thought and might be Stubby's father. Given his physical similarities to Stubby, we're calling him Otra Vez.
I spent quite awhile following and photographing him yesterday. Following a cat around is admittedly weird, but also oddly satisfying, as it enables one to “see” from a cat's perspective. Who knew a blowing leaf or a beetle could be so interesting?
We ambled from the library to the UC, to Marian Hall (where he sang a tomcat serenade under one of the windows), to Lot B where he finally plopped down and gave me a look that said, “Take a damn close-up and then leave me alone.” He's not exactly feral but is street-wise and people-wary. We have our trapping work cut out with this one.
Speaking of trapping, last night it was all possums all the time. UGH! Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

February 05, 2008
Subject: Trap, Trap, and Trap Again

Hello. Several new cats on are campus, so we've actively trapping, and yesterday was a big day. First, we (re)trapped LJ, whose original trap date was 12/21/07. Then we (re)trapped Stripey, original trap date 11/21/07. Then we (re-re)trapped Stripey—in a different location—six hours later! Good thing we got him out of the gene pool.
While our philosophy is “one cat at a time,” we would prefer a different cat each time. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

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