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November 2008

November 25, 2009
Subject: A Reminder & A Retrap

Please note the current schedule for the ornament sale next week. We need a few more volunteers, so please sign up.
We retrapped Augusto on Sunday night at the Raba building. When we trapped him last August, he raged and beat himself up trying to get out of the trap. This time, he was mellow and saved his energy to sprint back to Raba upon his release.
We've collected 183 cans of cat food (6 months' worth of food), along with some treats and a big bag of dry food. Thanks for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler



November 22, 2009
Subject: Meet Slate (Formerly Known as Heather)
Hello. A couple of library employees spotted Slate at Java City on Thursday night and notified the Cat Action Team who corralled the cat. We thought the cat was a female and named her Heather. Even the vet thought we had a Heather until he started to spay her. Ooops: no female reproductive organs-ever. A closer exam revealed that "Heather" was a neutered male! (A tipped ear would have save Slate from unnecessary surgery and us from a $65.60 bill; I'm at the point of believing even owned outdoor cats should be ear-tipped if they've been fixed.)
Slate was returned to campus this morning; he is about a year old, friendly, and extremely skinny (6.5 pounds). Once someone treated Slate well and cared enough about him to get him neutered, but somehow, he ended up homeless and hungry. I guess he's just another of the left-behinds that we're seeing more and more of. If he stays on campus, Slate will at least get regular meals and lots of affection if he's willing.
Thanks for your support, and please don't forget the food drive and the upcoming Christmas ornament sale.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler



November 21, 2009
Subject: Christmas Ornaments & Schedule

Good morning. As promised, here is the volunteer sign-up sheet for the ornament sale and a few examples of what we'll be selling. We have 100 ornaments in several sizes featuring many For Paws cats and ranging in price from $2 to $4.
Please sign up if you can and please spread the word about the sale. Thanks for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler



November 20, 2009
Subject: Yes We Can: Cans for Cats

Good morning. We've been doing really well with donations of dry cat food and haven't had to purchase any in quite awhile. However, we do feed the library cats a can of food a day and that amounts to about $150.00 a year. So we're doing a quickie food drive to cover some of those expenses. For Paws cats are not picky eaters, so any flavor or brand of food is welcome.
Nettie and I met with the Student Government Association Tuesday to explain the For Paws program and to answer questions. There's a bizarre story going around that librarians are tearing the ears off cats, so we explained what the tipped ear means, how it's done, and by whom. (Librarians have a lot to answer for, but we're innocent on this charge.)
Also, we'll be selling For Paws Christmas decorations December 2, 3, and 4. I'll send out a volunteer signup sheet soon (hint, hint). Thanks for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler



November 17, 2009
Subject: Cool Cats Stay Warm

Hello. Every year when we get our first real cold spell, people want to know how the cats are faring. We've tried various shelters over the years with mixed results. This year we expanded on the plastic bin model we've used before.
This new shelter is a bin within a bin with insulation between the bins for extra warmth. There are two openings (not facing the wind) to allow easy access/exit for cats who fear being trapped; the openings are 6" by 6" to keep out large animals. The shelter can be placed wherever cats congregate, is easily cleaned, and can be removed and stored during warm weather. Cien and Spice road tested the shelter and give it two paws up.
Also, we're collecting canned cat food as part of our Yes We Can (For Cats) food drive. Drop off any flavor/size/brand of canned cat food in the Blume Library. Thanks for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler



November 11, 2008
Subject: Victor Update

Good morning. Victor, our latest rescue, spent the weekend in "kitty day camp" at the De Zavala Petsmart; day camp is a temporary showcase for cats awaiting an opening in the Stray Cat Adoptions of Texas program where they can stay until adopted. Alas, it was a very slow weekend for cat adoptions, and there was no opening in SCAT for Vic.
So the Vickster is back home with me. The reactions of the four resident cats range from oblivious to delighted. Vic takes them all in stride. He is sweet-natured, even-tempered, cuddly, playful, etc. He's just about the perfect kitten package. So please, share his photos, and let's try to find the right home for Vic.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler



November 10, 2008
Subject: DOG ALERT

Hi. Three dogs just chased Patches up a tree near the library. The dogs are large--one solid black, one tan, and one black with dark brown markings. I'm so glad the senior cat can still run and climb. Thanks.
Caroline
Cat Wrangler



November 7, 2008
Subject: Meet Victor

Hello again. On her way to class Tuesday night, super cat-spotter Monica came across this kitten entertaining a group of students near Charles Francis Hall. Monica promptly got the kitten into For Paws custody.
Vic, our 119th customer, was neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped at Blue Cross Pet Clinic Thursday ($97.20). Vic is a five-pound, five-month old kitten with a very gentle temperament and a hearty appetite. The senior vet tech at Blue Cross said Vic is one of the sweetest cats we've ever brought in.
Right now I'm fostering Vic; with my kitten attachment disorder, we know how dangerous that is. So please send forth pictures, and let's get this little guy a good home. Vic will be at the Stray Cat Adoptions of Texas program at the DeZavala Petsmart this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed.
Two cats last week, two cats this week-For Paws is on a roll. Thanks for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler



November 5, 2008
Subject: Meet Michelle

Hello. We've been trying to trap a large white cat with gray markings hanging around Lot S. So how, you may ask, did we end up with a small tortoiseshell cat in our trap? With cat trapping, you just never know who you're going to get.
Michelle got the full treatment at Blue Cross Pet Clinic ($121.60) and will never add to the cat overpopulation problem in our city. And it gets even better: Michelle has a home!
Recognizing that Michelle is not so much feral as just very wary, Professor Celine Jacquemine has adopted her. Life with Celine and husband Lee will soon convince Michelle that humans can be trusted. Michelle is our 52nd adoption and the 118th cat to go through our program. Thank you for your support and special thanks to Celine and Lee for adopting Michelle and for their generous donation to For Paws.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler



November 3, 2008
Subject: We Had a Great Week!

For Paws had a very successful week at the President's Peace Commission. We raised money ($266.00 in donations), and we raised awareness (29 new people signed up our email list). We had fifteen volunteers, including five students, and our table was staffed at all times. Thank you to the PPC and to our volunteers: Cindy, Pat, Bette, Cynthia, Yoli, Leigh, Noriko, Dani, Marissa, Phillip, Meg, Louie, Marcella, Nettie, and Joe.
But wait—there's more! A conversation between student volunteers Dani and Noriko has led to a For Paws presence on Facebook. Check it out: for paws st. mary's.
Finally, some folks were concerned that Cien had a little puffy eye thing going on. The vet thought it was just a scratch, but Cien is being treated with antibiotics and eye ointment to clear it up ($39.50). We monitor the health of campus cats, and when possible (if we can recapture the cat), they will be treated for ailments. In the photo Cien is playing the "which eye gets the ointment" game.
Thanks for your support.
Caroline
For Paws Cat Wrangler

Comments? Email Caroline Byrd or call Caroline at 436-3430, ext.1317.




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