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October 2008

October 28, 2008
Subject: Meet Bonnie & Clyde

Hello. Bonnie and Clyde were trapped Sunday evening, went to Blue Cross yesterday, and returned this morning. The total vet bill was $159.20 and included spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchips, and ear tipping. Although the little outlaws are ferociously feral, they were trapped in about half an hour.
Bonnie and Clyde were trapped as a result my rereading President Cotrell's Vision 2012 document (seriously). Goal III states we should "extend boundaries." The university has extended its physical boundaries to include the Center for Legal and Social Justice on 36th Street; soon the Counseling Department will move into the former Our Lady of the Pillar Convent on Ligustrum. A large undeveloped tract of land owned by the school is included in the mix. We know cats inhabit the whole area. Should For Paws extend its boundaries?
And don't forget, For Paws has a table at the President's Peace Commission this week, and the donation jar needs to be filled to the brim! Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

October 24, 2008
Subject: PPC Schedule & Dia de Los Muertos Altar

Hi. Attached is the latest version of the PPC volunteer schedule. Volunteers, please let me know if something comes up and you can't make it. We have good coverage, but please join in if you're so inclined or at least stop by to check out our display and say hi.
Also, we have our annual Dia de los Muertos altar on display in the library. The altar memorializes two specific For Paws cats and also the millions of cats and dogs euthanized last year.
Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

October 21, 2008
Subject: Volunteers Needed at President's Peace Commission

Hello. The PPC program is coming up next week (Tuesday-Thursday), and we need volunteers to staff a For Paws table outside Conference Room A. We'll have some giveaway material, T-shirts for sale, and our donation jar on hand; in other words, we want to raise awareness and cash. So I'm asking for a little of your time to help the cause. (Otherwise I'll just be asking for your money.)
I know folks have to work and go to class, but if you can spare 20-30 minutes, it will really help. Attached is a schedule when we need volunteers. Please let me know when you prefer to work, and I'll keep the list updated as the slots fill up. If you can cover more than one time slot, go for it!
And today's cat photo is a double shot of Mr. Fiesta as he looked in April when we first trapped him near Leies Hall and how he looked when we trapped him Friday night near Dougherty Hall. The Outback has been good for Mr. Fiesta. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

October 16, 2008
Subject: Meet Will Feral

Today is National Feral Cat Day, so it seemed only right that our newest cat's name reflect the occasion. Will Feral appeared at Subway Tuesday night hollering his head off because he was so hungry. Monica Wolo, another of our super student rescuers, lured him to our feeding station where she and Joe Lucio enticed him into a carrier.
Will was neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and ear-tipped ($61.60) at Blue Cross Animal Clinic on Wednesday. After a night of recovery, Will returned to campus this morning. He is not quite a year old and weighs about 7 pounds. Much of that weight comes from his tail: a magnificently fluffy appendage.
Although Will is named for National Feral Cat Day, he isn't really feral; in fact, he's make someone a good pet. I have a feeling that Will and Layla are part of the "left behinds"-animals abandoned when the people who fed them moved on. A bad economy hurts animals too. So once again, please spread the word and pictures, and let's see if Will is one of the lucky ones.
Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

October 14, 2008
Subject: Layla Update

Good morning and more good news. Frank and Alice Kersnowski (English) have graciously offered to foster Layla until they can find her a permanent home. Frank and Alice have a long history of animal rescue here on campus, at Trinity where Frank taught, and all points in between, so we were thrilled when they offered to provide a safe place for Layla,
After being rescued by students a few weeks ago, Layla made friends with everyone she met. A regular at Java City, she also hung out by the library to greet secretaries on their way to the mail room. However, Layla seemed almost too trusting for her own good.
Cats seem to be a particular target for cruelty lately, and when you have a black cat and Halloween is approaching…well, it's a bit scary. So we're delighted Layla will be safe indoors during this time. Thanks to the Kersnowskis and all of you for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

October 13, 2008
Subject: Spooky Update

Here's some good news to brighten a gray Monday. Spooky has a home! He was adopted by a young woman named Lindsay on Friday. Brenda Devlin (Campus Dining Services) helpfully sent out last week's adoption plea and pictures to Lindsay's mom who then sent them to her daughter. In addition to getting the word out about Spooky, Brenda also paid half of his adoption donation—talk about a true For Paws friend!
After fostering Spooky for two weeks, I wasn't sure I could let go of him, but seeing Lindsay's gentleness and sweetness with him, I know Spooky had found the perfect human companion. (My cats are SO relieved.) Thanks to Brenda, Lindsay, and all of you for your support. And be on the lookout for more good news.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

October 8, 2008
Subject: Adopton Updates

Good morning. We have two felines up for immediate adoption. As you can see, Layla is lap-ready, spayed and vaccinated, about 10 months old, and very sweet and laidback.
Spooky is 3 months old, neutered and vaccinated, and all kitten all the time. He's playful and gets along well with other cats.
Dr. Mallory Coley has generously made a $50.00 adoption donation which we will split between the two cats, so either cat is available for a $25.00 donation. Please spread the word. We have yet another kitten waiting in the wings for adoption. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

October 3, 2008
Subject: Meet Layla

Good morning. It's been a busy week for your campus TNR group. Following fast on the rescue of Spooky by students Lauren and Matt, we have another rescue by students. Layla, a 10 month- old female cat was rescued by two of our sharp-eyed cat spotters, Stephanie and Ari. They saw Layla scrounging through discarded pizza boxes at a student event Tuesday night and corralled the cat. Before Layla knew what was happening, she was at Blue Cross Animal Clinic for the full treatment ($97.60). Layla was released at the library feeding station and hopefully will become one of the "regulars" on campus.
Turning away from an animal in distress is all too easy, but these students went out of their way to do the right thing. What a great example they are for all of us. Thank you to them and to all of you for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

October 1, 2008
Subject: Meet Spooky

Hello. Thursday night several students and a university police officer extricated Spooky from the engine compartment of a car where he was making spooky sounds. The students kept the little guy overnight and delivered him to For Paws Friday morning. Spooky went to Blue Cross Clinic where he got his first vaccinations, was tested for FIV/FeLV (negative), and treated for parasites.
At 10 weeks of age, Spooky weighs only about 2.8 pounds; since Dr. B prefers to neuter cats when they're a bit larger, we took Spooky to the Animal Resource Center for his surgery on Monday. He's already recovered and is happily terrorizing the four cats in my house. (The Lucios are already fostering a special needs kitten who will soon be ready for adoption.)
Now when it comes to fostering, I'm no Nettie Lucio and Rosie is no Joe Lucio, so this is an URGENT plea to spread the word about Spooky so he can get a permanent home as soon as possible! We're asking for a $50.00 adoption donation to help defray Spooky's expenses ($82.00), but this is negotiable. Please share this email with any "cat" people you know; my cats will thank you.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

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