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May 2008

May 30, 2008
Subject: Shop to Support Cats

Friends, if you're an online shopper, here's an easy way to support For Paws. Just join iGive.com and a percentage of your online purchases will automatically go to For Paws. For complete information, a list of nearly 700 participating merchants, and a registration form, just click on this address:


For Paws has already earned about $10.00 (a bag of food), and any amount will help us. So please shop til you drop and help the cats. The ever-cheerful Thomasina thanks you for your support.
Cat Wrangler

May 27, 2008
Subject: Meet Pearl & Piper

Good morning. Pearl (2 lb. female) and Piper (1.75 lb. male) are our latest additions. Here's their back story. On May 14, University Police Sgt. Brown and Officer Castillo took a gray tabby male kitten into custody for disturbing the peace in front of Garni Hall. The little lawbreaker, now known as Ranger, was adopted by the Castillo family. Thank you!
Where there's one kitten, there are usually more, so we weren't surprised last week when Sherry Wood alerted us to two gray and white kittens underneath the steps of the Richter Math and Engineering Building. The Lucios managed to catch Pearl before dark, and we trapped Piper overnight. The kittens are being fostered by Tio Speedy Lucio, with human help from Joe and Nettie.
The kittens have had their first vet visit and will get the rest of their vet care (including sterilization) when they're old enough; they're about 7-8 weeks old now. In the meantime, please tell everyone you know that soon we'll soon have precious kittens for adoption.
May has been an extraordinary month with Cinnamon, Cien, Diva, Lord Greystoke, Vee Jay, and now Pearl & Piper going through the program—the most ever in one month. Thank you for your support and please spread the word.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

May 21, 2008
Subject: Meet Vee Jay

Well, here's Vee Jay, the mystery cat. To recap: someone left an anonymous note on Sunday alerting us to “a kitty that NEEDS help!!” at the V. J. Keefe baseball field. A thorough search produced no kitty, so we set a trap and waited. On Tuesday I decided to pick up the trap since we'd had no luck. That's when I saw this charming little female waiting outside the stadium fence.
Vee Jay was easily lured into a carrier and then whisked off to Blue Cross Pet Clinic where she got spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped ($97.60). She's about a year old, plenty playful but not rambunctious, weighs 7 pounds, FIV/FeLV negative, litter box trained, and adorable. We had assumed from the note that the cat was hurt and needed medical treatment, but aside from needing to gain a little weight, Vee Jay is healthy. She just needs food, love, and a home.
Please share Vee Jay's pictures and story with others. Let's get Vee Jay a good home--tell folks she's a rare "Westside Bengal" based on her provenance and magnificent markings. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

May 19, 2008
Subject: Cat in Possible Distress
Attachment 1. Urgent Note

Friends, I came by the library about 7 PM last night and found this note at our feeding station (attachment 1). Nettie, Joe, and I searched the V. J. Keefe area and located the "kitty home" (For Paws shelter) and signs of feeding (attachment 2). We spoke with the stadium groundskeeper, and he said he sees a cat there everyday-except yesterday. The note was left between 8:30 AM and 7 PM, so I assume the note writer saw the cat that day.
We set a trap near where the groundskeeper said he sees the cat; we just checked the trap and nothing was in it and no sign of a cat anywhere. If anyone has any information, please contact us. We don't know if the cat is injured or just thin or even what it looks like. Please pass the word.
We did solve one mystery: Diva belongs to our own Angie Cortez, a responsible cat owner, who was good-natured about the whole escapade-much more so than Diva. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

May 18, 2008
Subject: Meet Diva and Lord Greystoke

Good morning. After trapping in the Outback for a week to make sure there was no cat left behind after the students left, we turned our attention to the Camino side of campus and got doubly lucky. Diva is a very large, very operatic tortoiseshell who entertained us with arias all the way to the vet clinic.
It turns out that Diva was already spayed (oops), but because the vet couldn't be absolutely sure, he had to do a regular spay incision. We also had her vaccinated, microchipped, and ear-tipped to alert future trappers. Dr. Beissner didn't charge us for the surgery part, so Diva's costs were $49.60 for the anesthesia, pain injection, and vaccinations. If Diva does indeed have a home, she'll have some 'splaining to do regarding the shaved belly and tipped ear.
Lord Greystoke was less vocal but quite lively, using the trap like a jungle gym and illustrating just how flexible a cat can be. The young tom cat got the full treatment (neuter, vaccinations, ear-tip, and microchip) at Blue Cross Pet Clinic for $61.60. Greystoke looks like one of the many progeny of the notorious Darkness, The Cat Who Could Not Be Trapped, but he's clearly not as trap-wise as his old man.
Both cats were released on campus Sunday morning. The Maria Callas wannabe took off in a flash, but Greystoke was a changed cat and much less eager to leave. After about 45 minutes, he finally left his carrier and moved on. Thanks for you support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

May 9, 2008
Subject: Meet Cien

Sound the trumpets and ring the bells: One hundred cats have gone through the For Paws program since 2003. Cien (Spanish for 100) was at our auxiliary feeding station by the Blume Library when I saw him early Thursday morning. At first I thought he was Cinnamon, the orange and white cat we trapped last week, but he didn't have a tipped ear. So I grabbed a handy carrier and some Meow Mix Real Tuna and Whole Shrimp in Sauce and s-l-o-w-l-y lured him into the carrier. Then he was off to the Blue Cross Pet Clinic for neutering, vaccinations, microchip, and ear tip.
Cien is our first cryptorchid cat; this cryptic term means that one of his testicles was not descended. Dr. Beissner had to do a more invasive surgery to neuter the cat—yet he charged us the usual price of $61.20. (For more on this condition, see Cryptorchidism in the Cat WARNING: graphic, but educational photos.)
Cien was released on campus on Friday morning; he was ravenously hungry and completely unaffected by his surgery or his status as For Paws 100th cat. Even though we've put 100 cats through the program, we don't actually have that many felines on campus. We've adopted out 43 cats, some unfortunate cats were killed by predators, and many headed back into the neighborhoods from whence they came-where they will NOT reproduce. At any given time, we have from 8 to 10 cats in residence, including some who've been here for more than four years. From Uno (our first cat) to Cien, we couldn't have done it without your help. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

May 5, 2008
Subject: Meet Cinnamon

Good morning. Cinnamon is an example of the "it takes a village" approach that makes For Paws successful. Our involvement with this young male cat began Thursday night a student informed For Paws member Dani Adan that a cat was meowing near the police department. Dani located the orange and white cat, established it was not a For Paws feline (no ear tip), and emailed me. The next morning housekeeper Anna Escobedo alerted us that a cat was meowing in the Treadaway stairwell by the loading dock.
Nettie and I found the cat in the stairwell on the fourth floor, set a trap, and waited. (This was the first time we ever trapped within a building, and it has its own challenges-like explaining to people why you're loitering in a stairwell.) The cat was scared but hungry. Patience and Whiskas Sardine & Mackerel won him over, and Cinnamon was soon on his way to the Blue Cross Pet Clinic.
The eight-pound male got the full For Paws treatment-neuter/vaccinations/ear tipping/microchip ($61.60)—and was released Saturday morning. He is the 21st cat this fiscal year and our 99th since 2003. We're grateful to the unnamed student, Dani, and Anna for helping us get this cat trapped so quickly. And we're grateful to all of you who have donated dry cat food-137 pounds this semester! Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

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