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March 2008

March 25, 2008
Subject: Cat Watching & Other Feral News

Good morning. Sometimes the human watches the cat, and sometimes the cat watches the human. I saw the elusive Little Jo while she was sunning by the Raba Building. Early one morning Bevo surprised me near the feeding station. (Clearly Bevo makes frequent visits to the feeding area.) I have a feeling the cats see us more than we see them.
While we haven't seen any new cats on campus for a while, the trap-neuter-return concept is alive and well and spreading into small towns as the article below shows. Thanks for your support.
Best Friends News
For Paws Cat Wrangler

March 14, 2008
Subject: A For Paws Spring Break

Hello. We really revved up the trapping over the break, but alas, we have little to show for it. Poor Patches! After four years on campus, she's seen a lot of cats trapped. Yet sardines trumped cat common sense, and look where it got her. Devlin was first trapped less than a month ago, but I guess he repressed that memory and ended up in the slammer again. Both cats are now free and indignantly cleaning the trap smell off their paws.
We also trapped three possums this week—a record I‘d just as soon not break in the future. And yes, I have marsupial photos if you're in to that kind of thing.
Here are some upcoming events you might find interesting. The Apache del Rio Intertribal Organization and the Animal Defense League are sponsoring an “Honoring the Animals Paw Wow” on Saturday, March 15, 10 AM-4 PM. For location and more information, click Apache Del Rio or Animal Defense League
Also, For Paws will have a display at the Community Health Fair on Tuesday, March 18, 11AM-2 PM, in the AACC. We've had success reaching our student population through Residence Life events, and we hope to introduce our program to more staff and faculty at this event. Bring a friend and stop by our display to see photos of the current campus cats and pick up a free bookmark with useful phone numbers. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler and Possum Trapper

March 6, 2008
Subject: Sign of the Times
Hello. I saw this sign at Anthony Frederick Hall, and it reminded me how supportive the Residence Life staff has been of the For Paws program. I believe our combined efforts have led to fewer cats being illegally fed and housed in the residence halls. Thanks, Res Life!
Also, the city of San Antonio and the San Antonio Area Foundation have partnered to create a pet adoption/responsible pet owner program called OwnUpSA. Co-chaired by Mayor Phil Hardberger and Peter Holt of the Spurs, this mass media campaign is part of the effort to make San Antonio a no-kill city by 2012. Check it out at Own Up SA
By the way, For Paws has adopted out 43 spayed/neutered cats in the last four years. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

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