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March 2011

March 30, 2011
Subject: The Trap-Neuter-Return Movement Is Spreading

SAC Community Cat Caring Initiative

Here's some good news. San Antonio College is the latest local campus to establish a trap-neuter-return program (see attached flyer). SAC's program was started at the behest of its president and has the support of the vice president for budget and the public relations office. Here's hoping SAC's sister colleges in town jump on the TNR bandwagon and join Trinity, UTSA, UIW, and St. Mary's as enlightened campuses in our city.
TNR is also showing up at local businesses. Notice the tipped ear of one of the cats employed at the Rainbow Gardens Nursery; plant nurseries often keep cats as rodent control. Also check out the story of a small managed colony of “fixed” cats at the Ancira Kia dealership. (I trapped the brown tabby after being assured the night security guard wouldn't shoot me for roaming around the car lot after hours.)
Ancira Kia Adopts Family of Stray Cats
It's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the animal issues in San Antonio, but we are making progress...one cat at a time. Thanks for your support.
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March 25, 2011
Subject: Dominic, RIP

I'm sorry to report that we've had another "death by dog" incident. Dominic, a campus resident since last December, was found yesterday. Our thanks to John Finerghty and Brenda Devlin of Aramark for notifying us about him. Dominic was a shy guy who did not hang out with the other campus cats and did not interact with people, so probably very few of you ever saw him.
We are, of course, very worried about all the campus cats. These killing incidents rarely occur singly; some of you may remember when Babe, Lemon Drop, and Patches were all killed in a three-week period a few years ago.
Please watch out for and report any dogs you see on campus. The new police chief, David Ott, has indicated that campus police will take a more active role in removing dangerous dogs from campus. Part of the legal definition of "dangerous" animal includes a dog which is involved in the

    killing or wounding, or assisting in the killing or wounding of any domestic animal belonging to or in the possession of another person... San Antonio City Code, Ch. 5

Thanks for your support in good times and bad.
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March 24, 2011
Subject: Louie Update

Hello. Just a quick note to let you know that Louie has recovered from his eye infection and is back on campus. He spent 12 days indoors getting medicated, and in the process, became tame and friendly. He's still available for adoption, and it would be nice to get him off campus before Oyster Bake erupts--one less cat to worry about!
Special thanks to Shirley and Wade Martyn for helping medicate Louie and to the anonymous donor who gave money for his vet bills. Thanks for your support.
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March 16, 2011
Subject: Happy Spring Breakers on Campus

The owl and Cien are enjoying Spring Break in their usual spots near Subway/Java City. Hope everyone is having a great break.
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March 12, 2011
Subject: Louie Update

People have been inquiring about Louie, the last of the St. Louis Hall kittens. He has an eye infection and is being treated with oral antibiotics and eye ointment. Although we had to retrap him to get him to the vet, he is quite tame now and will be adoptable after he heals.
Louie has been lonely without his two brothers, Sunny and Bingo, both of whom had treatable medical issues, tamed down, and were adopted. Can Louie continue this pattern?
We'll keep you posted on Louie's progress. Thanks for your support.
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March 4, 2011
Subject: Nature Wild and Not So Wild

Folks, spring is coming, flowers are blooming, and natural beauty abounds, so stop talking and texting and look around you!
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March 1, 2011
Subject: Bingo Adopted!

Good morning. Jo Ann Rivas (Registrars Office) has adopted the dreamy-eyed Bingo. Bingo joins his sister Marlo, whom Jo Ann adopted last summer; the feline siblings are getting reacquainted and are no longer hissing at each other.
Thanks to Jo Ann (and her husband) for providing a loving home to Marlo and Bingo. (Brother Sunny is living with serial adopters who are still legal in terms of resident cats.) Of the four St. Louis Hall kittens, only Louie remains on campus. Anybody interested?
Thanks for your support; the cats appreciate all the donated cat food.
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Comments? Email Caroline Byrd or call Caroline at 436-3430, ext.1317.

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