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June 2008

June 30, 2008
Subject: Kitten Benefactor

Good morning-here's just a quick kitten update. Ann Karam (Residence Life) has already paid the $75.00 suggested adoption donation for Piper and Pearl! Mallory Coley (English/Communication Studies) also offered to pick up the adoption tab for these little cuties. With this kind of support, I know we'll be able to find good homes for these guys.
Please share this information with potential adopters. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

June 27, 2008
Subject: Pearl & Piper Are Ready

Good morning. Pearl and Piper, the two kittens rescued on campus last month, are ready to be adopted. They have received their FECR vaccinations, three-year rabies vaccinations, been treated for internal/external parasites, and spayed and neutered at the tender age of three months.
The cost for exams, vaccines, and medicines totals $122.00. Spaying and neutering, normally $68.00 and $32.00, was free! Nettie volunteered many hours working on the Animal Resource Center's web page, and in turn, ARC has given us free "fixings" for kittens dumped on campus, saving us $100.00 on Pearl and Piper.
To help defray the costs we've incurred, we're asking for a $50.00 adoption donation for one kitten or $75.00 for the pair. (There's no charge for the loving foster care supplied by Speedy, Jose, and Nettie Lucio.) Please spread the word about these adorable, healthy, home-ready kittens! Share this email with any feline-friendly folks you know; Pearl and Piper are ready for the next big adventure.
Thanks for your support, and special thanks to those of you who have shopped through iGive .
For Paws Cat Wrangler

June 23, 2008
Subject: Adoption Update & Other Good News

Good morning and good news! Edward the Cat Formerly Known as Rico has a new home. Blume Librarian Necia Wolff and her husband Mike adopted the little guy and took him home to share the good life with Cal Cat, the resident feline. Thanks, Necia and Mike, for giving Edward a home. (Cal Cat, you'll get over it.)
The other good news is that the Kronkosky Fund awarded $25,000 to SNIPSA, Inc. (www.snipsa.org), an animal rescue organization which shares a co-founder with For Paws. Congratulations to Cindy Stooksberry and the other hard-working folks at SNIPSA. This award, along with the Friends of Animals $50,000 grant to the San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition, shows how small groups are gaining support in the struggle to improve the lives of animals in our city.
As the anthropologist Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed,it is the only thing that ever has." Thanks to all you thoughtful, committed citizens for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

June 19, 2009
Subject: Meet Boo

Good morning. Boo is a handsome two-year-old feral male who got trapped through some kind of cat wrangler ESP. We've been trying to no avail to trap a tan and white cat spotted on the east side of campus. But on Tuesday, I woke up thinking about a black cat and had a strong urge to trap on the north side of Treadaway. I don't know what Boo woke up thinking, but he ended up in our trap.
Boo was vaccinated, neutered, ear-clipped, and microchipped ($61.60) at Blue Cross Animal Clinic. He is our second cat to go through the program this fiscal year and the 107th since we started.
Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

June 12, 2008
Subject: Adoption News

Good morning. We're very happy to report that Vee Jay, the baseball stadium cat, has a home with a couple living near Seguin. Thanks to Professor Mallory Coley for spreading the word about this sweet little cat. Vee Jay is our 44th adoption.
On the kitten front, Pearl and Piper have acquired a friend: Rico (named for opera star Enrico Caruso). Rico is not a St. Mary's cat, but a St. Mary's student rescued the abandoned kitten, and the Lucios graciously agreed to add the little Siamese to their brood. Like Pearl & Piper, Rico has had his first set of kitten vaccines, been dewormed, treated for fleas, etc., and is in excellent health.
Twice before students have brought us kittens in dire straits; the first was so emaciated and anemic, he had to be euthanized. The second kitten was adopted by his foster parents. For Paws did not pay the costs for these non-St. Mary's kittens; private sponsors paid the bills. For Paws will find Rico a home, but he won't cost the organization anything.
And speaking of money, some of us think we need to institute a $50.00 adoption fee for cats/kittens we adopt out. That amount doesn't cover our expenses, but it would help defray costs, would indicate the potential adopter is serious, and is in line with other adoption groups here in town. (Rico's private sponsors don't expect to be reimbursed, so his adoption fee would belong to For Paws.) Let me know what you think about instituting an adoption fee, the amount, etc.
Please share the kittens' picture, and let's get these little guys good homes! Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

June 6, 2008
Subject: Year-End Report

Here's a summary of For Paws activities for the past fiscal year. We couldn't have done it without your help! Please contact us if you have questions or suggestions.
How many cats went through the For Paws program in Fiscal Year 2007-2008?
* 27 cats were sterilized, vaccinated, microchipped, and ear-tipped for visual identification; of the 27 cats, 8 were adopted, and 19 were returned to campus. (We also have 2 kittens being fostered by For Paws members.)
That's a lot of cats. Did all 19 cats stay on campus?
* No, we trap many cats who come from the surrounding neighborhoods and use the campus as a nocturnal hunting ground; once trapped, neutered, and released, they are less likely to roam on campus.
So how many For Paws cats are on campus?
* Right now we have 9 sterilized, vaccinated cats versus the 40-45 breeding, unvaccinated cats we had 5 years ago.
How much money did For Paws raise in FY2007-2008?
* We made $3040.00 through donations, merchandise sales, memorials, and can recycling.
How much money did For Paws spend in FY2007-2008?
* We spent $3006.92 on vet bills, food, microchips, and miscellaneous supplies.
Uh oh, is For Paws down to its last $33.08?
* No, unlike the federal government, we've built up a surplus over the last 5 years. The starting budget for FY2008-2009 is $1694.27.
So For Paws doesn't need to raise money?
* WRONG! Take a look at our expenses ($3040.00). Also consider that it took 5 years to “process” 100 cats, and in less than 2 weeks, we're already up to 106—including 2 kittens who'll run up some vet bills before being adopted.
And speaking of money, now's a good time to buy our new 100% cotton t-shirts with the improved digitized Cletus logo. The shirts are still only $10.00 and are available at the Blume Library. Click the link below to see the sharp logo:

	For Paws Merchandise 

Thanks for your support. Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler

June 3, 2008
Subject: Meet Rojo

Good morning. I saw Rojo Sunday morning near Chaminade Tower, reclining majestically in the foliage. By Monday, he was reclining less majestically in our trap. Apparently the big orange tom had no experience with traps because it didn't take long for him to fall for the sardines.
Rojo got the works at the Blue Cross Pet Clinic, including some extra meds for fleas and ear mites for a total of $87.60. He was released on campus Tuesday morning and left in a hurry. Rojo is the first cat of fiscal year 2008-2009 and the 106th to go through the program.
May was our biggest month ever (7 cats, counting the two kittens we got last week), so we'll see if we keep up the pace in June. Thanks for your support and special thanks to those who've registered with iGive.com.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

Comments? Email Caroline Byrd or call Caroline at 436-3430, ext.1317.

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