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January 2012

January 27,2012
Subject: Civic Engagement Starts at Home

I know many of us want to do something to commemorate Cien, and we certainly welcome donations to a fund in his name. But here's another way to remember him, one that ties in with St. Mary's commitment to civic engagement. Let's get the city and campus involved in creating a safer environment for everybody. Take a minute to send an email to Joe Angelo, Interim Director of Animal Care Services. Tell him we need neighborhood sweeps to get stray dogs off the streets; this is a public safety issue (see attached photo).
Got another minute? Last Saturday, Shirley and one of the grounds crew caught and confined two dogs on campus. ACS came to get the dogs, but someone with access to the Physical Plant compound had released the dogs. (This has happened repeatedly.) Email Bill Tam, Director of Facilities and urge him to enforce a policy that prohibits dogs from being released to anyone other than ACS-and thank for the humane work of the grounds crew.
While you're at it, drop a note to Police Chief David Ott and encourage him to direct his staff to take a more active role in getting dogs off campus. Last night a student came to the library and reported he had difficulty getting past a large brown dog in the parking lot near the Law Complex. Again, this is a public safety issue. Thanks.
For Paws Activist

January 26, 2012
Subject: Thanks for Caring

Thank you to everyone who has sent condolences for Cien. Messages have been coming in from the campus community, the city, Oklahoma, Ohio, Massachusetts, and even Afghanistan! He had quite a fan base.
We've created a memorial to him at the For Paws display in the library. The photos illustrate the many roles Cien/Lunch Box/Garfield played on campus: major meal moocher, fundraiser, bed and shelter tester, Santa, Easter Bunny, and friend of humans.
We decided to cremate him rather than toss him in a dumpster, so we'll scatter the ashes when his cremains are returned. Thanks again for caring about this special cat.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

January 25, 2012
Subject: R.I.P. Cien

I am very sad to report that Cien was killed by a dog. One of the grounds crew found his body near Java City and came to tell Nettie and me.
The big orange and white tabby had been a fixture on campus since May, 2008, and had many friends at the picnic tables. He was probably about nine years old and certainly had some good years here. He will be missed. Thank you.

January 24, 2012
Subject: Helping the Helpers

Hello. Alamo Area Partners for Animal Welfare is sponsoring a fundraiser via Groupon. For a $10 donation, you support AAPAW's spay-neuter efforts. You won't get a discount on a great meal or other shopping experience, but you will get the satisfaction of helping dogs and cats in our community, plus some karmic brownie points.
For Paws is a founding member of AAPAW and has benefited from their mega-adoptions events and other efforts. Please share this link. Thank you.
AAPAW Groupon donation
For Paws Cat Wrangler

January 11, 2012
Subject: R.I.P. Tater

I'm sorry to report that Tater was killed by a dog on Christmas Day. Crema misses his little Mini-Me, as do all of us at the library.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

January 10, 2012
Subject: Where's Ruth?

Has anyone seen Ruth, the Math-Engineering cat? The gray and gold tortoiseshell vanished without a trace at the end of the semester. If someone took her, we'd like to know and make it an official adoption. Thanks.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

January 6, 2012
Subject: Banshee's Good Fortune

Over the Christmas break, we noticed Banshee (formerly What If) could not put any weight on his right front leg; however, he disappeared before we could grab him and get him to the vet. Fortunately for Banshee, two wonderful benefactors rescued him.
Dr. Ozgur Aktunc (Computer Science) and his fiancee Terry took the handsome cat to the vet where he was treated with antibiotics for a bad abscess. Ozgur and Terry tried to persuade Banshee to become part of their cat family, but Banshee likes the outdoor life too much. They returned him to campus where he can charm all of us with his dreamy green eyes. Thank you, Terry and Ozgur!
For Paws Cat Wrangler

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