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June 2009

June 30, 2009
Subject: Meet David, Jonathon, Hannah, Esther

Good morning. It finally happened: I set four traps and caught four cats. These fierce felines are part of the continuing bounty of the Woodlawn Marianist Community-or more properly, the area surrounding it. What a perfect location for trapping!
We're grateful to the Ruth Lang Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation for paying $318.40 in vet expenses for the fearsome foursome.
In the first month of our grant, we've sterilized and vaccinated 18 cats (including Flaco who is also part of the seven fosters who have been vaccinated, combo tested, etc.). Our total expenditures for June are $1560.40, or 42% of the $3700 grant.
Thanks for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


June 29, 2009
Subject: Meet Chica

Hello. Maintenance man Dirk Rogers took this little female cat into custody in the Outback where she had charmed a group of visitors. One particularly charmed young woman wanted to adopt Chica, but Dirk was adamant that the cat first had to go to For Paws.
Chica was spayed and vaccinated ($60.00) at the SNAP Clinic on Friday. In the meantime, Heather, the potential adopter, contacted me to say she really wanted to take this cat back home--to Massachusetts!
Whoa! As much as I wanted Chica to have a good home, flying her to Massachusetts seemed highly unlikely. But Heather really, really wanted Chica; after several more conversations with her and Kathy, the group's adult chaperone, I was persuaded to say yes. Heather's parents made the flight arrangements and paid the $100 fee to get the cat onboard.
So a stray cat from the west side of San Antonio is now living in Quincy, Massachusetts. Wow! Chica is the 155th cat to go through the For Paws program and the 14th cat whose veterinary expenses were paid by the Ruth Lang Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation. Thanks for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


June 24, 2009
Subject: Meet Mickey

Hello. Mickey (as in Mantle) comes to us from our campus baseball stadium where he had been for several days, just hanging out and making friends. Luckily for Mickey, one of the friends he met was Ricky Gonzales, a Rattler baseball player working at the stadium this summer.
According to Ricky, this cat is so friendly, he was carried onto the field after the tournament for photos with the players. Clearly, such an outgoing cat deserves a chance at a better life. Through list member Ericka Avila, Ricky checked to see if he could bring the blue-eyed boy to For Paws. Of course!
At Blue Cross Pet Clinic, Mickey was neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, eartipped, and tested negative for FeLV/FIV. (Following the accepted protocol of other TNR groups, we test only when the cat is going up for adoption.) The Ruth Lang Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation paid Mickey's vet bill ($85.60).
Mickey's stats: 8 lbs., less than a year old, gentle disposition, lap cat tendencies.
We can try to integrate Mickey into the colony, but we'd love to find a home for him. Please spread the word about this handsome, charming Siamese? Thanks for your support.
Caroline For Paws Siamese Cat Wrangler


June 23, 2009
Subject: Meet Daniel

And the beat goes on. Daniel, a very eager eater, was trapped at the Woodlawn Marianist Community within moments of my setting the trap. The soulful-eyed young male was neutered, vaccinated, eartipped, and microchipped at Blue Cross Pet Clinic and returned to his home territory this morning.
The Ruth Lang Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation paid Daniel's $61.60 vet bill. Daniel is the twelfth cat covered by our grant and the 153rd to go through our TNR program. Thanks for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


June 20, 2009
Subject: Meet Samuel and Sarah


Hello. An immutable law of cat trapping is that nothing ever happens the way you plan. For example, we've been after a big Siamese male on the western edge of our "Extending Boundaries" territory. Yet we ended up on the eastern edge of the territory where we encountered a clowder of Siamese cats-three adults and a pair of adorable two-month-old kittens.
We managed to take custody of one of the males, the female, and one male kitten. Samuel and Sarah (back to random biblical names) were sterilized, vaccinated, microchipped, and ear-tipped at Blue Cross Pet Clinic and then returned. The kittens were too young to be neutered, but a For Paws friend found him a home with a Siamese-seeking adopter. So we have a mostly happy ending. And we won't give up on getting the remaining Siamese cats-or any other cat!
Our grant from the Ruth Lang Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation paid Samuel and Sarah's vet expenses ($159.20.) And welcome to the 30+ incoming freshmen who've joined the list this summer. Thanks for your support too.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


June 17, 2009
Subject: Meet Mr. Thomas & Flaco Update

Hello. Mr. Thomas was trapped, neutered, vaccinated, etc., this weekend and returned to the Woodlawn Marianist Community area. He did a little nose-butting while he was in the trap, but that will quickly heal. Mr. Thomas is the 150th cat to go through our program since 2003.
Flaco, the kitten dumped on campus, visited Blue Cross Pet Clinic Tuesday and was neutered and is adoption ready! The ex-students who "gifted" us with Flaco donated $70.00 toward his care, so our usual $50.00 adoption donation can be waived for the right adopter. We know you're out there somewhere!
Vet expenses for both cats ($140.00) were paid by the grant from the Ruth Lang Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation. We thank the Foundation and you for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


June 11, 2009
Subject: Kittens Galore

After closing the library Tuesday night, Joe was heading home when he spied these three little kittens walking single file down the middle of the street--no mom cat or people around! Being the good person that he is, Joe scooped up the kittens, saving them from almost certain death.
And that's how we came to have a litter of 3 four-week-old kittens, a litter of 3 seven-week-old kittens (from the Center for Legal and Social justice), and Flaco, the twelve-week-old kitten dumped on campus a few week ago. For the math impaired, that's SEVEN kittens.
Fortunately, our Ruth Lang Charitable Trust grant will pay the $600-$700 vet bills these kittens will eventually incur. We have foster homes: the Lucios are fostering Flaco and the Street Kittens, and Shirley Martyn and husband Wade are taking over the CLSJ kittens. But we need help in finding permanent homes for the kittens. Please start spreading the word--and pray we don't encounter any more kittens this summer!
For action videos of Amy, Chris, and Maria and Flaco (with friend Winky), check out the Movies Clips on our web page For Paws (and turn on the soundtrack).
Thanks more than ever for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler & Purveyor of Kittens


June 4, 2009
Subject: Meet Mamacita, Maria, Amy, and Chris

This little family came from the Center for Legal and Social Justice. The mother is barely past kittenhood herself, but she managed to keep the little ones alive. Mama was spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, and eartipped at Blue Cross Clinic ($121.60) and returned to the CLSJ this morning.
The six-week-old kittens are eating well and weigh about 1.5 lbs. each. They're being treated with antibiotics and eye ointment to nip any upper respiratory infections. Their office visit and meds cost $54.80, and of course, they'll be sterilized when they're old enough. Our grant from the Ruth Lang Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation is getting quite a workout!
Keep us in mind for your future kitten needs. Seriously, we'll need all the help me can get to get these guys (and Flaco) adopted. Thanks for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


June 3, 2009
Subject: Meet Jacob and Elijah

Good morning. These handsome guys were trapped at the Woodlawn Marianist Community Monday night, made the ritual visit to Blue Cross on Tuesday for neutering, vaccinations, microchip, and ear-tip, and returned to WMC this morning. Their veterinary expenses ($123.20) were paid by a grant from the Ruth Lang Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation. Total vet expenses paid by the grant are $496.40; total number of cats sterilized are 4 males and 2 females in less than a week. Go, For Paws!
Thanks for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


June 2, 2009
Subject: Meet Crazy Eyes, Eve, and Jezebel

Hello. Crazy Eyes, Eve, and Jezebel were trapped over the weekend and are the second, third, and fourth cats whose vet bills were paid by the Ruth Lang Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation. Crazy Eyes (m) and Eve (f) were trapped at the Woodlawn Marianist Community, and Jezebel (f) was trapped at the Family Life Center. All were sterilized, vaccinated, ear-tipped, and microchipped Monday at Blue Cross Pet Clinic (total $256.80). The three cats were returned to their respective trap sites this morning.
These cats all have that generic stray/feral look--what the British would call "moggies," mongrel or mixed-breed cats of unknown ancestry and pedigree. Their temperaments ranged from wary (Adam) to ferocious (Jezebel). They may be the feline version of low-hanging fruit, but they're a great kick-off for our Extended Boundaries project. Here's to many more!
Thanks for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


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