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October 2010

October 31,2010
Subject: Happy Halloween!

Greetings from Hal, Lo, and Ween. We trapped these kittens and their mom Ghost at the Woodlawn Marianist Community today. It's all treats for the cat trappers!
For Paws Cat Wrangler

October 29, 2010
Subject: Spice at Work

Spice practices litter control-shadowed as always by the local paparazzi. (Thanks, Louie.)
For Paws Cat Wrangler
Don't Litter-Fix Your Critter!

October 27, 2010
Subject: Two Kittens,Two Outcomes

Lawless is an extremely feral four-month-old kitten trapped at the Center for Legal and Social Justice; she has been spayed/vaccinated and returned to the CLSJ where several cats are hanging out. The cats are not fed by the staff and probably survive on what they can catch for their meals. At least Lawless won't have the burden of feeding litters of kittens next spring.
Tuffty was first seen (and heard) by our weekend night feeders this past Saturday and was neutered/vaccinated on Monday. He is calm and friendly, thus clearly accustomed to humans. However, Tuffty was already getting that urge to roam and ended up on campus. Fortunately, Yolanda Ramirez (Academic Media Center) found a home for him with a friend of hers where it was love at first sight. Thanks, Yoli!
Two kittens, two very different outcomes, but both cats are better off than they would have been without our intervention. We don't have to look far to find cats who need our help. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

October 26, 2010
Subject: Misguided Kindness Leads to Animal Dumping

Saturday two students brought a six-month-old kitten to the library; they had found the kitten while volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity site. Not only was the kitten not from campus, it wasn't even from the neighborhood. Nettie was at the library and told the students to return the cat to where they found it and to NOT release it on campus.
Last night some Outback residents brought the kitten to the library because it was trying to get into their dorm room. Since the kitten had come from some distance, it seems the two "rescuers" had not returned it but had instead released the kitten on campus. Animal dumping is against city and state law (City of San Antonio Ordinance, Ch. 4, Sec. 4; Texas Penal Code, Section 42.09).
Thus, a humane impulse led to an inhumane and illegal act--and more expense and work for For Paws. Neutering, vaccinations, and the feline AIDS and leukemia combo test will total $82.60 (no more grant money), and then there's the question of what to do with the kitten. He's a tame and friendly kitten, so we'll need to find a home for him. In the meantime, there's the issue of fostering.
Bottom line: if you see cats on campus, notify For Paws. If you're concerned about cats in the immediate neighborhood, notify For Paws. Please do not pick up any of the estimated 250,000 free-roaming cats in the city and expect us to take them in. We simply can't do more than we're already doing. Thank you for your understanding and support. And let's find Puffin a good home!
Disgruntled For Paws Cat Wrangler

October 22, 2010
Subject: Mission Accomplished

Over the summer For Paws received two grants totaling $6700 from the San Antonio Area Foundation to spay/neuter and vaccinate community (neighborhood and campus) cats. Thanks to the Gaynelle & Gene Rankin Endowment Trust and the Animal No-Kill Fund, we "fixed" and vaccinated 174 community cats.
Of that number, 22 kittens and cats were trapped on campus; 17 were adopted, along with seven neighborhood kittens. (And we still have some kittens in foster care-hint, hint.)
We worked on nearly every street in the University Park neighborhood and met many, many people who are providing as best they can for the creatures in their care. It was a privilege to help our neighbors and their cats and to be part of San Antonio's no-kill initiative.
The grants are gone for now, but we have kittens in custody who need vet care and then permanent homes, and we still have work to do in the neighborhood. Thanks to all of you for your past, present, and (we hope) future support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

October 18, 2010
Subject: Wonderful Kitten Adoption News

Three adoptions in three days! Buttercup, one of the four Daugherty kittens found September 2, was adopted by Dean Tanuja Singh of the Bill Greehey School of Business. Buttercup was lovingly fostered by Elizabeth and Tyler (and Faux Paws) until Tanuja could take her home where the kitten will no doubt terrorize the elder resident cat.
Mohawk was given a home by Rebecca Hernandez, a second-time adopter who wanted a companion for Mies who was adopted from us in June. (A big thanks to student Rachel Hernandez who forwards our kitten pictures to her sister.) Mohawk is one of the three kittens born at Treadaway around July 12 and has been in foster care with Joe and Nettie.
And finally Dude, Mohawk's brother, was adopted by the Mehlberger family and henceforth will be known as Marcello. Mom, dad, and kids took Marcello home yesterday after a stop at Petsmart to load up on kitten goodies. Thanks go to Tanuja for this adoption, since she forwarded kitten pictures to neighbors who forwarded pictures until the right match was made.
These happy endings would not be possible without the help of many caring people. We still have a few kittens who'll be coming up for adoption in the next couple of weeks, and we'll be relying on you guys to spread the word, send pictures, etc. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Kitten Wrangler

October 12, 2010
Subject: Hallowen Sock Cat Sale

Hi. We're selling a very limited number of Halloween sock cats as a mini-fundraiser for a pet scale for the Blue Cross Pet Clinic. Our neighborhood clinic always shows compassion and concern for every cat we bring in. While the prices may be discounted, the caring never is.
We'd like to present the scale to the Blue Cross staff on National Feral Cat Day (October 16) because these folks know ferals! We have 15 cats to sell and that's it. Cats are $5.00 and are available in the Blume Library. Thank you for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

October 11, 2010
Subject: Ono Gets a Home!

Good morning. Thanks to list members Samantha Franklin and Justin Seals, Ono now has her own home with their neighbor Lamar Steen. Ono was found by students on campus in August and has been in foster care with the Lucios since then.
Ono was spayed and vaccinated on Wednesday, had the usual quick recovery of kittens, and was ready to move on Friday. We're very grateful to all who participated in rescuing, fostering, and finding a home for this sweet little girl. And we're especially grateful to Lamar for opening his heart and home to Ono.
On another topic, rumor has it that some frightening felines are headed our way. Be on the lookout...and be very, very afraid. Thanks for your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

October 8, 2010
Subject: St. Louis Hall Kitten Colony

Hello. We've been getting queries about the three kittens hanging out around SLH. We trapped the siblings in June and July and all were neutered, vaccinated, and ear-tipped-Bingo very slightly. When we trapped them, they were not tame (and still aren't). We had only one foster family (the Lucios), and they already had a full house. Since we had no home in which to tame them, we reluctantly returned the kittens to campus.
We know their current feeding location is not a good one-too close to the parking lots, too visible to people who dislike/fear cats, etc. So over time, we'll gradually move their food and them toward the back of Reinbolt. The Blume feeding station has apparently reached maximum capacity, so it's time to open another cat cafe on campus.
If any kitten whisperers out there want to try to tame them into adoptability, then we'll try to find adopters. In the meantime, they're fed every day and spoken to in a kindly fashion but have not been touched. Proceed with caution. (And in the future, please volunteer to be a For Paws foster.)
Then there's the problem of the kittens' mom who sliced open my knuckle, got out of the trap, and has defied all efforts to retrap her. I understand why the kittens are so untame! Thanks for your support.
For Paws Wrangler

October 6, 2010
Subject: Fines and Feeders

Fines For Felines

Hello. Dr. Palmer Hall, Blume Library Director, came up with a wonderful fund-raiser for the campus cats; all library fines collected this month will go to For Paws. Academic Council gave a thumbs-up to the proposal this morning.
Library fines aren't much fun for borrowers or the circulation staff, but at least cat fans will know they're supporting Spice, Cien, Crema, et al. And you don't have to have a fine to participate; already one student who returns library materials on time gave a donation. So we're very grateful to Dr. Hall for creating this opportunity to raise money for the cats; he doesn't even have a cat, but he sees the value of our program.
We're also grateful to freshmen Denise Almaraz, Lauren Faz, and Marlenne Ramirez for volunteering to feed the cats Friday and Saturday nights. While attending an orientation community fair this summer, Denise was inspired by the enthusiasm of For Paws volunteers Joe Lucio and Pat Somach and then recruited her two suite mates for feeding duty.
While we've been challenged by the sheer number of cats this summer, we've been greatly blessed by more and more people stepping up to make our program even stronger. Thanks for all your support.
For Paws Cat Wrangler

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