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January 2009

January 27, 2009
Subject: Further Adventures of Babe & Ruth
Hello. Shortly after releasing Ruth on campus, we found her in the crawl space under the Math-Engineering Building. We lifted up the grate, and she was able to jump out on her own-about 3.5 feet straight up.
Babe spent several days in the crawl space and was hungry and cranky when we found him. Unlike his mom, he's too little to jump out on his own and too feral for us to grab. Check out the video to see how Babe was rescued:

 	Daring Rescue  

For Paws Cat Wrangler

January 23, 2009
Subject: Meet Hulk and Babe & Ruth Update

Hello. Pat Helton has her trapping mojo working! For the second time this month, she captured a very big, very feral tom cat. Hulk was trapped near the V. J. Keefe Field dumpsters and was pretty riled up about it. The fifteen-pound headbanger got the full treatment at Blue Cross and was returned this morning to where he was trapped; he's the 128th cat to go through our program. For an update on the other two cats trapped this week, check out these videos:

		New Cats Move In
Ruth Wants Out

Thanks to my new Flip camcorder and Nettie and Margaret Sylvia's combined technical skills, we've added a movie section to the For Paws web page. The short movie takes about 20 seconds to load. Thanks for your support.
For Paws cat Wrangler

January 20, 2009
Subject: Meet Babe & Ruth

Hello. Last week we had a report of a white and orange cat near the V. J. Keefe dumpsters. But a reconnaissance of the area on Friday instead revealed a mama cat and kitten inside the baseball stadium, near the west entrance. I ran into baseball coach Charlie Migl Saturday night, and he allowed us to put a trap inside the fence while the entrance was still open.
Several hours later we trapped Babe, a four-month old feral male kitten. By now the entrance was locked, so we rigged up some dog leashes to the trap to hoist it and the three-pound kitten over the fence. In the midst of that procedure, six pounds of furred fury, a.k.a. the mama cat, sprung into action and actually fought us to rescue her baby. What a mom! Fortunately no cat or human was injured in this trapping adventure.
Once we got the kitten settled, we maneuvered the trap back over the fence and almost immediately got the mother whom we named Ruth-baseball stadium, Babe, Ruth-get it? After two nights of R&R, mother and son went to Blue Cross Clinic yesterday and got the full treatment for $159.20. Babe and Ruth are our 126th and 127th customers. Of course, no good deed goes unpunished. What do we do now? Ruth is quite tame; Babe is quite feral. Finding a home or homes for an adult cat and/or a feral kitten is almost impossible. Separating the pair seems heartless. So unless someone has another solution, we'll release them tomorrow. They're sterilized and vaccinated and will be fed regularly if they stay around the feeding area; that pretty much fulfills our mission.
Thanks for your support and a big thank you to fellow trappers Rosie Cutting and Joe and Nettie Lucio. It was definitely a team effort.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

January 16, 2009
Subject: Cien Update

Good morning. Many of you have been concerned that Cien has had a problem with one of his eyes being squinty, drippy, irritated, etc. After using two different prescription ointments and antibiotics to clear up secondary infections, our vet determined that an inverted lower eyelid caused Cien's eyelashes to constantly irritate his eyeball.
The solution was entropion surgery, in which a small flap of skin is removed from below the eye. Cien had the surgery Wednesday, and the eye already looks much better. He has two small sutures and a little swelling, but his attitude and appetite are just fine. This surgery cost $132.00. Coupled with the two neuters ($123.20) and one spay ($97.60) we've done since Christmas, we've spent $352.80 of the approximately $500.00 we made with our holiday fundraiser. We're not broke, but donations are always welcome!
Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

January 10, 2009
Subject: Meet Dickens

Good morning. Master trapper Pat Helton got this guy yesterday morning, and as she said, he is cranky! Dickens is an 8 pound young male named not for the English author, but for the slang meaning of dickens: the Devil. As you can see in the second picture, he's one of those ferals who banged his head on the bars until he bled.
Dickens (number 125) went to Blue Cross Clinic yesterday for neutering, vaccinations, microchip, and ear tipping ($61.60) and was released this morning. It took three of us (Nettie, Joe, and me) to get him safely released. He is a Dickens for sure!
Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

January 7, 2009
Subject: Great Article about For Paws!
St.MU Alliance Ministers to a special group of God's Creatures
The attached article is from the January 2 issue of Today's Catholic, a publication of the Archdiocese. The author, Carol Sowa, was on campus covering last fall's President's Peace Commission program when she saw our For Paws display. We met for an interview which led to this article.
I couldn't have asked for a more accurate, thorough description of what For Paws is all about. Carol completely grasped that For Paws is part of a larger effort to improve the plight of animals not just on campus, but also in our neighborhood and in our city. Hurray for good journalists who are also cat lovers!
Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

January 3, 2009
Subject: Meet Blanche

Hello. Blanche is just about the most trap-wary cat I've ever dealt with. (By contrast, I got siblings Clyde twice and Bonnie five times and a raccoon and a skunk.) I ended up using a drop trap for the first time-more about this later.
Blanche weighs 7 pounds and is 8-9 months old. In a very short time, she and her siblings would be reproducing and adding to the cat overpopulation problem in our neighborhood and city. Blanche is quite feral but also talkative. As to how she got her name, Blanche Barrow was a member of the infamous Barrow gang of the 1930s. And if you saw the movie of the 1960s, you'll remember that Blanche was also a nonstop talker.
Blanche was trapped January 1--a good omen, I think. She went to Blue Cross yesterday for spaying, etc. ($97.60), and I'm getting ready to return her to where she was trapped in a few minutes—I hope!.
Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

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