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May 2009

May 31, 2009
Subject: Meet Adam

Hello. Adam is our first cat whose vet expenses were paid by the Ruth Lang Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation. The young tom was trapped Friday night in the area around the Family Life Center; the next day Adam was neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and ear-tipped at Blue Cross Pet Clinic ($61.60). He was returned to the Extended Boundaries* territory Sunday morning.
Thanks for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler
*For the purpose of the grant, we're defining "Extended Boundaries" as the Center for Legal and Social Justice are clustered together around a small patch of wilderness. Also included is the Woodlawn Marianist Community.


May 30, 2009
Subject: We Got a Grant!

For Paws has been awarded a $3700 grant to support our "Extending Boundaries: For Paws Trap-Neuter-Return Program." The purpose of this project is to increase sterilization and vaccination of cats who roam freely from the University Park neighborhood on to university property adjacent to the main campus. The grant is to be used solely for veterinary services.
"Funding for this program was provided by the Ruth Lang Charitable Trust of the San Antonio Area Foundation. The San Antonio Area Foundation aspires to significantly enhance the quality of life of our community by providing outstanding service to donors, producing significant asset growth, strengthening community collaboration and managing an exemplary grants program. A publicly supported philanthropic institution, the San Antonio Area Foundation is governed by a board of private citizens chosen for their knowledge of and involvement in the community. For almost 45 years, it has successfully administered funds from individuals, agencies, corporations and others who contribute or bequeath assets for the betterment of the community." For more information, visit San Antonio Area Foundation.
A huge thank you to Susan K. McCarthy, grant wrangler extraordinaire. (Susan's official title is Director, Academic Research & Sponsored Projects.) Her expertise and patience guided us through every step of the grant process. Susan was also instrumental in getting For Paws a Summerlee Foundation grant (2003) and ensuring that For Paws shares the university‘s 501 (c) (3) status which allows us to apply for grants. Thanks, Susan!
We'll be sharing more details of the "Extending Boundaries" project. For now, let's just say traps are set! Thanks for your support and remember: the grant pays the vet bills, but the cats still have to eat.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


May 23, 2009
Subject:Flaco Update

Hello. As you can see from the photos, Flaco, our newest rescue, is settling into his foster home under the watchful eye of Tio Speedy and Winky. Thanks to this fostering experience, Flaco will learn to get along well with humans and other cats and readily adjust to a permanent home in the near future (hint, hint). Thanks once again to Joe and Nettie for taking on another foster.
On another happy note, the former students who dumped Flaco on campus have given a $70.00 donation toward his expenses. We still have to find a home for Flaco, but we do appreciate the money--and hope lessons have been learned.
For Paws had a table at the transfer orientation this week. Of the 40 students present, seven signed up to be on our list. Thanks for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


May 19, 2009
Subject: Meet Woody and Mr. Fiesta Update

Hello. I trapped Woody in the territory north of campus on Saturday. He's the second young male we've trapped in a month that was already neutered-yippee! We went ahead with vaccinations, microchip, and ear-tip ($27.60) to alert us (or any other trappers) that he's been neutered in case he's trapped again. Woody, our #140 cat, looks like he gets regular meals, so we returned him to the area where he was trapped. Would he go in a trap again? Woody wouldn't say.
Mr. Fiesta goes into a trap about every six months. His most recent visit was on Sunday at Adele Hall. Previously, he was trapped at Leies Hall (10/21/08) and at Dougherty Hall (4/24/08). Both times we brought him to the library feeding station, and both times he chose to return to the Outback. This time we just released the stubborn, but ear-tipped feline at Adele. He looked fine and probably dines quite well on small rodents.
Thanks for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


May 12, 2009
Subject: Puppy Rescue.pptx

Puppy Rescue slideshow
Hi. Some "humans" put six puppies in a trash can and dumped them across the street from the campus. When I found out, I called Cindy Stooksberry, and then we mobilized For Paws members and carriers and caught those puppies. Cindy has already placed them with the Humane Society. Hurray for the humane humans!
Thanks for your support--and now back to trapping cats.
Caroline
For Paws Small Mammal Wrangler


May 11, 2009
Subject: We Are Not Alone & Low-Cost Clinic

Hello. Campus trap-neuter-return groups are springing up all over the place! To see what's going on at UTSA, take a look at this recent article (and note that St. Mary's is mentioned right along with the big guys): Feral Cats
Also, if you (or someone you know) has a tomcat in need of neutering, check this out:
The City of San Antonio's Animal Care Services department is hosting a "Boys only" sterilization clinic for cats. Local residents will be able to get their tomcats sterilized, micro-chipped and vaccinated against rabies for a special rate of just $10. The clinic will be held Friday, May 22, 2009 at the ACS shelter located at 4710 State Highway 151, offering Bexar County residents another resource to have their pet sterilized. Ferals and owned cats will be accepted but the clinic is limited to three animals per household in order to offer these services to as many residents as possible. Space is limited and some restrictions apply so residents should call ACS at 207-6652 to reserve a spot today!
We have 5 pet carriers for loan if you need one. Thanks for supporting Ruth, Ringo, and the other feral, stray, and abandoned cats who come our way.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


May 7, 2009
Subject: Good Samaritans on Campus
Last night Dirk Rogers (Physical Plant Maintenance) found a seriously injured cat on campus. He brought the small calico to the library where he and Joe Lucio got the her in a carrier and notified me.
I took the cat to the Animal Emergency Room where they diagnosed HBC (hit by car) with resultant head trauma and multiple fractures in her front leg. The prognosis was bleak, so Wendy was euthanized to humanely end her suffering.
Handling an injured feral cat is scary and dangerous, so a big thank you to Dirk and Joe for their courage and compassion. Also emergency care doesn't come cheap; Wendy's bill was $143. Your donations pay the bills, so thanks for allowing us to save this little cat from further suffering.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler


May 2, 2009
Subject: Meet Maybe & Ringo Update

Good morning. Folks, it's wild out there: three cats in one week, each more feral than the last! Maybe (#138) was trapped Friday near the Marianist Faculty Residence (same spot as April). The 8.5 pound silver tabby was neutered, vaccinated, chipped, and tipped ($61.60) at Blue Cross Animal Clinic yesterday and was released this morning. I think the photo pretty well captures his distinctive personality.
Much to our surprise, the space alien known as Ringo has been showing up for meals with the other feline residents. He's still very skittish but is eating well.
Thanks for your support. We're trapping every night, so stay tuned.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler

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