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June 2010

June 29, 2010
Subject: Kitten Season

We're deep into kitten season, and given our fostering limitations, we can't rescue all those we encounter on a daily basis. This little family is lovingly cared for by a 12 or 13 year-old girl who provides bowls of fresh water, food, and shelter. The little kittens all had upper respiratory infections; the caregiver knew the kittens needed medicine, but she has no money for cat meds. We gave her some meds and taught her how to administer them. (This child is a hundred times more responsible than many of the "adults" we deal with.) I was very touched by the hand-written note she attached to the house--as if anyone would bother taking three sick little kittens.
Those two adults are fixed, and we will get the kittens when they're big enough. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Kitten Wrangler

June 22, 2010
Subject: Happy Ending

The little orange kitten known as Skinny has a home--and quite a back story. List member and student Rachel Hernandez alerted her sister Rebecca about the kitten, and by Sunday, Skinny was adopted. Thank you, Hernandez sisters!
Skinny's back story is that he was lodged in the engine compartment of a St. Mary's student's car at the medical center and was only discovered when the student got back to our campus. Amazingly, Skinny was okay, just filthy and frightened. As you can see from the photo, he is blissfully untouched by trauma and ready to enjoy his new life and probably a new name. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

June 18, 2010
Subject: Lucky 13 and the Big Three-Oh-Oh!

Hello. It was a very big week for us--11 cats from the neighborhood (Cincinnati, Overhill, Waverly) and two from campus. About midweek a little one-eyed female named Jackie became the 300th cat to go through our program since 2003. (We've TNR'ed 29 under the current grant.)
Cookies 'n Cream (AKA Sammy) was taken into custody by Police Officer Andrew Helton and then adopted by the Helton family where he is being lavishly spoiled. Sweet Skinny was rescued from under a car by students and is neutered, vaccinated, and ready for a home. Alas, we have no fostering options available and will have to release him on campus unless someone claims him. We'll keep him until Monday, so please spread the word.
Also, we really need old bath towels and sheets for trap covers; we can't keep enough on hand. There's a big gray storage bin at the Blume Library circulation desk awaiting your contributions--old and worn items particularly welcome!
In our travels through the neighborhood, we're learning a lot about the cats and the humans who struggle to care for them. There are a lot of stories to share in the future. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

June 10, 2010
Subject: A Tale of Two Kitties (and a whole lot of cats)

Hello. We've been very busy assisting neighbors with the cat population explosion. In the last week or so, we "transformed" three adult males, two male kittens, five adult females (1 pregnant), and one female kitten. I think that adds up to 11 in this batch (16 total for the project).
0f course, we've encountered kittens who present special challenges. Kittens need to weigh 3 pounds before they can be safely sterilized and rabies vaccinated. If the kittens are too small for surgery, we have to find someone to foster them. Finding fosters is difficult enough, but getting within that narrow window of opportunity for taming a feral kitten is far more difficult. There's a fine line between forever feral and tame tabby, and we have kittens on either side of that line and right in the middle.
On the tame side is Opie Taylor; Opie was pulled from under a large cactus with a wire hanger by Nettie, and he immediately became a sweet and playful charmer. Sid Vicious is probably just a week or so older than Opie, but he was already too feral to tame. (Not enough fosters, not enough time.) Sid may look sweet in the photo, but he really lived up to his name. Fortunately he was big enough for surgery and vaccinations and was returned to his home territory to reside with his mother and various relatives.
We'll have other kitten tales to relate next week. Thanks for your support.
For Paws 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

June 1, 2010
Subject: We Got Another Grant!

The San Antonio Area Foundation has awarded a $3700 "bridge" grant to For Paws. The bridge grant enables us to continue the "Extending Boundaries" grant-funded project we began last summer. That project took us off campus to St. Mary’s properties such as the Woodlawn Marianist Community (WMC), the Center for Legal and Social Justice (CSLJ), and the Family Life Center (FLC), as well as neighborhood locations near campus.
We hit the ground running last week and trapped-neutered-returned five cats: two females, Medina (Marquette) and Grey Baby (Overhill) and three toms, Thor, Noche, and Juice (WMC). We also retrapped three successes from last summer: Ezekiel, Daniel, and Rachel (WMC). Ear-tipping and photos make identification quite easy. It's actually encouraging to find "old friends" who made it through the year and didn't reproduce. TNR works!
This is the third grant For Paws has been awarded in our seven-year history. Our gratitude to Susan McCarthy for her invaluable assistance in the grant process, and our thanks to the Gaynelle & Gene Rankin Endowment Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation for funding our project. And of course, we thank all of you who support us in so many ways. We'll keep you posted on our project.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

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