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February 2010

February 19, 2010
Subject: Cats in the 'Hood

The neighborhood project surges on. In one week we've taken in 21 neighborhood cats and kittens (12 females, 9 males) for sterilization and vaccinations. Total cost thus far is $1497.00. This is big money for our organization, and there are many cats we still need to trap.
We don't want to walk away and leave reproducing cats in the neighborhood, nor do we want to abandon our beleaguered neighbors. And we don't want to abandon the cats who are in good shape (see photos). So we're trying to get at least some cats into low-cost programs subsidized by SpaySA or Animal Care Services. Please keep your fingers crossed.
And finally, a little trapping humor: a kitten got out of the trap while we were taking a carload of cats to the vet! The aptly-named Hissy Fit proved to be quite the escape artist and managed to get into the trunk. There he got half way under the carpet; like all kittens, he thought that if he couldn't see us, then we couldn't see him. The unflappable Dr. B quickly opened the trunk and sedated the little Houdini who never saw it coming. We're being very careful to secure the trap doors before setting off in a car.
Thanks to our generous donors, we're making a difference in the neighborhood and improving the lives of cats. Thank you.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

February 15, 2010
Subject: Neighborhood Outreach

There's a huge problem with cats on a street near campus. There are 20-30 unsterilized, untamed cats concentrated in several yards. Different residents feed the cats but can't fix them; they can't afford the vet expenses, don't know about spay/neuter, can't trap the cats, etc.
This deplorable situation didn't develop overnight. Long-term ignorance, economic downturns, and apathy have led to this sad state of affairs. And the situation will only get worse and spread; certainly having a kitten factory across the street will impact our campus. (Did you know that one female cat can get pregnant three times a year, having one to six kittens per litter?)
For Paws is taking a proactive approach to this neighborhood problem. We've already trapped six cats, including four females. We'll tackle this problem one cat at a time and at least reduce the birth rate. It's going to take awhile and cost a lot--the vet bill for the first six cats was $442.00.
This project is hands-on neighborhood revitalization and surely improves the quality of life for our human and feline neighbors. We'll keep you posted on our progress. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

February 11, 2010
Subject: Meet Rufus, Reddy, and Willy

Well, it's officially Roaming Tomcat Season. Monday night we trapped Rufus and Reddy, both at the feeding station. Rufus, the older and calmer one, has the classic big jowly tomcat head. Reddy is younger, smaller, and more feral (notice his eyes). They were neutered, vaccinated, eartipped, and microchipped at Blue Cross Pet Clinic and will soon lose interest in roaming. After a hearty breakfast, they were released Wednesday morning.
Willy was trapped Tuesday afternoon, also at the feeding station. After getting the full treatment at Blue Cross, he was returned this morning. After breakfast he lit out for the territory. Willy is one of two tabby toms we're after on campus.
That's four cats neutered so far this week--and this is just the tip of the iceberg, folks. More than ever, thanks for your support!
For Paws Cat Wrangler

February 9, 2010
Subject: Meet White Lightning & Frosty Update

Hello. White Lightning flashed by, got trapped, and flashed away after being neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and eartipped. This beautiful tom was quite wild in the trap-- notice the skinned nose and hugely dilated eyes. He's number 225 of our success stories.
Frosty got a home! This little girl showed up at the feeding station in December. After a time in foster care with the Lucios, she was adopted last month by a young couple with 2 cats, no kids, and a big house. We heard from the adopters today that Frosty is doing great. (Does anyone see a resemblance between Lightning and Frosty?)
Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

February 5, 2010
Subject: SNIPSA on youtube

Hi. The link to the SNIPSA story isn't working for some people, so just cut and paste the link below into your browser. You'll see some familiar faces.
We started out with 20 dogs this morning and have 6 left. Hurry!
Dog Wrangler for a Day

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