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July 2010

July 26, 2010
Subject: Kitten Updates

Hello. Take a close look at Milly and her kittens: there's a new kid on the block! The orange and white guy who is seriously nursing is a five-day-old orphan rescued by Amy, another kind-hearted TNR person. When Amy learned that Nettie has a nursing mom cat, arrangements were quickly made to integrate the orphan kitty into the clan. Milly is a wonderful mom, and all are thriving. The original three kittens now have their eyes open.
More good news: Pekoe, a neighborhood kitten we acquired while fixing the adult cats, has been adopted by Blanca Aquilar and family. Blanca reports has that Pekoe made himself at home and is a bundle of fun.
Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

July 21, 2010
Subject: Happy News

Good morning. Starla and Spitfire, two Siamese mixes, are living the good life with Pat and Don Helton and various grandkids. These kittens came from one of the rougher locations we've trapped in, and Nettie just couldn't leave them behind. A lot of good foster care overcame the kittens' feral instincts, and they were deemed adoptable.
We thought the aptly-named Spitfire would be the greater challenge, but mellow Starla surprised us by being the ONLY female feline we've had who chewed open her spay incision. After being resutured and reglued, Starla is past that trauma (and so is Pat). A big thank you to the Helton family for adopting these cute kittens.

On the adoption horizon, we have campus kittens Mu and Frankie. They won't be ready for spay/neuter for awhile, but we need to start advertising them for future adoptions. They are healthy, playful, and wonderfully fostered and would make good pets for good people.

And way, way off in the future as far as adoption readiness, we have Milly (Milagro) and her kittens. The kittens are just starting to open their eyes which makes them about 8 days old. Milly is a magnificent mother and is very people friendly. She too deserves a good home of her own after the kittens are weaned.
Thanks for your support in spreading the word about the For Paws felines.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

July 16, 2010
Subject: It Was Bound to Happen

Hello. We have kittens born on campus. Milagro, a very skinny young mom, and her three wee kittens were spotted by Augie of the grounds crew this morning. They were wedged into a small space between the Treadaway stairs and the outside elevator--not the most comfortable or sanitary place to raise a family. Getting them out required great patience, but it turns out the mom could be lured with food and then gently wrangled into a trap. The week-old kittens didn't put up much of a struggle either.
The good-hearted Lucios are providing foster care for the feline family. These kittens are a long way from adoption, but we have adorable kittens available for adoption now. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Whisperer

July 14, 2010
Subject: Winners

Congratulations to Kathy Worthington (International Relations) for submitting the winning bid on the Silver Spurs tickets for Friday's game against the Tulsa Shock. Have a great time, Kathy, and thanks for benefitting the For Paws program!
Also, congratulations to Sasha and her new family. Sasha is the first of the Lowe's kittens to be spayed and adopted. She was adopted by Melissa and Arnulfo Gonzalez; Arnulfo is the Lowe's employee who rescued Sasha when she fell from one very high shelf of mulch bags to another. For the last two months, Arnulfo faithfully inquired about Sasha and expressed his strong desire to provide a permanent home for her. As to Sasha's feelings—pure bliss.
Thanks for your ongoing support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

July 12, 2010
Subject: Silver Star Basketball Tickets

Good morning. I have two tickets to the Silver Spurs vs Tulsa Shock game on Friday, July 16. The seating is Courtside Suite, Box 2, Row 15, seats 1 & 2. I also have a complementary parking ticket for Lot 3. (None of this means anything to me, but they sound like good seats.)
Anyway, I'm selling the tickets to the highest bidder to benefit For Paws. Bidding closes at noon on Wednesday, and the winner will be announced after lunch. Thanks.
For Paws Cat Wrangler (not a sports fan)

July 10, 2010
Subject: Meet Swirls

Hello. Last week we fixed six neighborhood cats and kittens and one campus kitten. Swirls was neutered/vaccinated yesterday and should be released on campus. But he's so small—about two pounds—and so friendly, we'd love to find a home for him. (Our foster facility is overflowing; we had to take in a campus kitten even smaller than Swirls.)
Please share these photos and help Swirls find a permanent home. Short-term fosters always welcome too! Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

July 7, 2010
Subject: The Grant is Gone, But the Kittens Continue

Hello. As of today, we finished off the $3700 grant from the Gaynelle & Gene Rankin Endowment Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation. Fifty-nine neighborhood and campus cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and living the best lives they can, especially the six that were adopted.
We have quite a bit of follow-up to do in the community with kittens who are too small to fix, so we'll be spending your generous donations on such charmers as the two pictured here. Marmalade (or maybe Marlo) was caught at St. Louis Hall last week and has been adopted by JoAnn Rivas of the Registrars Office. Mu (formerly Mabel) came from Adele Hall over the 4th of July weekend; she's in foster care with the Lucios but is actively seeking a home of her own.
Getting 59 cats out of the reproductive cycle is very gratifying, but the personal contact we've made with St. Mary's neighbors has truly been a humbling and rewarding experience. Thanks again to the San Antonio Area Foundation for awarding For Paws this grant. And thanks to all of you.
For Paws (Tired) Cat Wrangler
This neighborhood TNR project is funded by the Gaynelle & Gene Rankin Endowment Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

July 2, 2010
Subject: Meet Alex

Wednesday this gorgeous flame point Siamese showed up on campus just ahead of the rain. Alex was returned to campus after his surgery and struck up an immediate friendship with Kathe Lehman-Meyer (AMC). He's now sharing a home with the Lehman-Meyers and Franco, a flame point Siamese they adopted from For Paws last summer. A big thank you to this cat-loving family for giving another good cat a good home.
Alex is one of 54 neighborhood cats neutered and vaccinated this summer with our grant from the Gaynelle & Gene Rankin Endowment Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation. The fun never stops!
For Paws Cat Wrangler

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