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July 2008

July 28, 2008
Subject: Oboe Update

Hello. Oboe is thriving in his foster home with the Lucios. In a week's time, he has gone from weighing 5 pounds to topping the scales at nearly 7.5 pounds! This morning he got his combo test for felines AIDS and feline leukemia, and the results were negative, so he is adoption-ready.
As you can see from the photo, Oboe gets along well with other cats. Nettie says he isn't wild like some kittens and actually understands what "no" means (maybe only when Nettie says it). Anyway, please spread the word, and let's get this little guy a good home. Thanks for your support.
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July 21, 2008
Subject: Meet Oboe

Good afternoon. When I was leaving campus Saturday evening, I saw this skinny little guy by the Fordham Alley fence. I happened to have a can of Sophisticat Duck and Wild Rice Entree with me (naturally), so I distracted him with food until I could grab a carrier and walk him into it.
Oboe is about 6 months old and weighs 5 pounds. He is very people-friendly but thin and has the look of a kitten who has been on the road for awhile-Oboe the Hobo, I guess. He got the full treatment today at Blue Cross, plus a few extras like flea meds, for a total of $76.80 I have no doubt he will look like a different cat after a few weeks of steady meals.
Oboe would make a great pet; he uses the litter box, eats gratefully, purrs loudly, and loves to be petted. He doesn't really need to be fostered, but the Lucios will keep him for a few days to put some weight on him and see how he reacts in a multi-cat setting. If you know of anyone who has a thing for black and white cats and a tender heart for felines who need a little extra help, please pass the word. Since it would be better if he were not a campus cat (too friendly), the $50.00 adoption donation is definitely negotiable.
Oboe is number 109 to go through the program. Thanks for your support.
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July 17, 2008
Subject: Anonymous TNR

Good morning. Now that the kittens are adopted, we're back to trapping. Today we got two cats, but Boo was a repeat customer from June 18. The other cat (from Financial Aid) is a stranger to us; he didn't match the photos of any of the cats we've fixed. He does have a tipped ear, indicating he has been through TNR. This cat may be part of the 60+ felines who were neutered and ear-tipped through the San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition neighborhood project last fall. Anyway, it's encouraging to see signs of progress in our area.
Yesterday the Express-News ran an article about the status of the no-kill plan. I think the reporter was realistic in laying out the "glass half full/glass half empty" situation the city is in, but I try to take heart from every little success we have here on campus. Remember our motto: one cat at a time. Thanks for your support.
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July 11, 2008
Subject: Piper Gets a Home

Piper, the last of the three little kittens dumped on campus, now has a home. He has been adopted by St. Mary's student Dina Robles and her parents. Now all three kittens have homes; Ranger was adopted by UPD Officer Castillo's family, and Pearl was adopted through Stray Cat Adoptions of Texas by a couple whose previous cat lived seventeen years.
Thanks to the above-mentioned folks, plus Ann Karam for paying the adoption donation, Liz Skipper of S.C.A.T., and foster parents Jose and Nettie Lucio (and Speedy) for creating happy endings all around. Thanks also to the many list members who sent out kitten pictures, made phone calls, and offered monetary assistance.
Thanks again for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

July 7, 2008
Subject: Adoption Update

Piper movie clip

Good morning. I'm happy to report that Pearl was adopted this Saturday by a couple whose 17 year-old cat had passed away. Through the kind intervention of Liz Skipper, we were able to place Pearl and Piper as "day campers" in the S.C.A.T. program. Liz reports that Pearl's new owners stocked up on all kinds of goodies at Petsmart for her.
So now we have Piper who still needs a home. In the attached video clip, you can see what a playful, handsome boy he is. He came to meet my cats and wasn't at all affected by their dramatic hissing, crouching, etc. He's a charmer. Thanks for your support in helping us find a home for him.
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July 4, 2008
Subject: Meet Julio

Hello. Julio is a huge, fierce tom trapped at Financial Aid. We had a report that cats were gathering at that site, so we trapped for three nights. The first night we got a possum; the second night we got Lord Greystoke (whom we had trapped and neutered in May); and the third night we got a possum and Julio. He is well worth the wait; this guy is a super tom who probably has fathered kittens all over the neighborhood.
Julio got neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped, and microchipped ($61.60) at Pet Blue Cross on Thursday and was released on Independence Day. As you can see from the second picture, we take the "return" part of TNR seriously: if Julio came from Financial Aid, then he had to be returned to Financial Aid. This firecracker of a feline still had his independent spirit when he was released. Julio is our 3rd customer this fiscal year and the 108th since we started.
Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

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