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ALL CATS, INC. -- eNews for February 2004

Sent: January 31, 2004


64 Lumpkin County Park Drive Dahlonega, GA 30533

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1095, Dawsonville, GA 30534-0022

All Donations are Tax Deductible

Please Send all Mail to the Above Post Office Address. Thank You!

Founded By: Carolyn Keeton Email:


Welcome to our eNewsletter!




Dear Friends,

I was happily answering e-mails when I noticed the temperature indicator on my computer. It read 28 degrees. Oh no, I think, I hope I don't have to go out in this. Then I noticed the time: 1:13 a.m., so maybe not tonight after all. But, you can just bet, if it's freezing, storming or a holiday, I will have to be out there. And, this night was to be no exception.

At 2:30 a.m., someone pounded on my door. I recognized the voice of my friend, Nicole. Nicole is very young, 28. She calls me "Mama" and John "Pawpaw." Nicole never had parents who cared for her, so she helps fill that space with us. I call her "baby girl." It always makes her smile. It also draws some strange looks when we are in public.

"Mama, come quick. A dog has been run over. He's in a culvert and it looks like half his back is gone." Nicole is also prone to dramatics. I open the door to find her covered with blood. Her blood. She had tried to get the dog and it had bitten her.

I wake John to take Nicole to the hospital against all her protests. "I will take care of the dog. Now go."

I don't have any blankets except the one on my bed, but I have learned from experience that you have to cover angry or hurt animals if you want to calm them. It also keeps you from getting bitten or clawed--if you do it properly.

I arrive at the culvert to find several people trying to reach the dog with long poles with a rope noose tied to the end-accomplishing nothing but making the dog even more scared. One of them asks, "Do you want me to get my gun and just shoot it? It looks hurt pretty bad." "No," I answer. "If everyone will just quiet down, the dog will be calmer." Then, not wanting to sound like a know-it-all, I attempt a joke, "Y'all look like a lynching party. Remind me not to get in any ditches around any of you." It works. Everyone laughs then backs off, waiting to see if I know what I'm doing. They are not alone in wondering about that!

When I look into the culvert, I can barely make out the shape of the dog. This is one of those culverts that gradually reduce in diameter. The dog is so far back that he may even be wedged in there. I can tell I won't fit in there. I have to find a way to make him come to me.

Since he was out in this cold at this time of night, I had to think he was hunting food. If he was hungry, he would respond to food, even with all the pain he had to be suffering. I ask one of the men standing there to go to "The Farm" and get food. All these people are familiar with the farm. It stands in the midst of their community, and all of them are learning they can find help or a home for strays there. Most of them know me by sight. I am that crazy person they see crawling through the bushes, woods or ditches any time I know of an animal that needs help. They didn't know what to make of me for a while, but now they are used to me, even if they still don't understand me.

The man returns with canned food but no opener. Someone standing nearby opens the can with his knife. I pick up a piece of cardboard from the ditch and put a small amount of food on it and push the food as far back into the culvert as I can reach. The dog sniffs the food, then crawls close enough to eat it. Great--At least he isn't stuck back there. I keep replacing the food, putting the cardboard closer to the entrance to the culvert each time. But--The dog refuses to come completely out. He feels safer inside the culvert, but I need to get him to a vet so he simply has to be gotten out. All the coaxing, all the food, all the begging is to no avail. I sit in the edge of the culvert wondering what to do next. It is very cold, so all the people go back to their homes. I have the blanket from my bed next to me. I am also at a total loss as to what to do other than wait. It's so cold I am trembling.

I put my head on my knees, close my eyes and prepare to stay here for a while telling myself (not for the first time) that I am really getting too old for this. Then, I realize I am warmer. Without opening my eyes, I feel the dog next to me. He is seeking warmth from both me and the blanket. Turning my head slowly so I won't scare him away, I look at him. He is bloody, and there is a very large flap of skin hanging from his back. It looked terrible, but I knew from experience it just needed stitching. It wasn't a deep wound. I'm sure he was cut by the tire when the car hit him.

I reached over him to pull the blanket to cover him. He allowed this, even lying down to be covered. But, when I tried to pull the blanket with him inside, he growled. I realized I couldn't pick him up by myself if he resisted. If he didn't resist, I would be able to handle him. The bleeding had stopped, so I didn't have to worry about him bleeding to death. I just had to worry about both of us freezing to death. Slowly but surely I get him wrapped securely in the blanket and in my lap.. We are both warmer, but I can't stand up from where we are. So, again, we sit waiting.

In a little while I hear a voice. "You still there, Ms. Carolyn?" "Yes, can you help me out of here?" Looking up, I see the man who had gone for the food for me. "You must be 'bout froze down there," he says, climbing down to reach me. Helping me to stand, he picks up the dog and carries it to the van for me. "Ms. Carolyn, you sure something else, comin' out here like this. You goin' to catch your death of cold." "Nope," I reply. "No self-respecting cold germ is out on a night like this. And, thank you very much for coming to see about me. I thought I was going to end up spending the night in that culvert."

The dog is healing very well. So is Nicole. She had seven stitches, the dog had 32. They are now close friends. Nicole visits the dog every day. She gives him his medication, changes his bandages and calls him "Buster." She is learning about the power of loving and being loved. In fact, they both are.

Buster still needs a sponsor to provide for his medical bills and general care. Nicole will provide all the love and labor to care for him and would take him herself but she doesn't have a home. She lives with whatever relative she can at any given time. She has permanent lung and heart damage from abuse as a child. Her income is a small monthly check--not enough for her to live on in a home of her own. So, Buster will continue to live at "The Farm" in Valley, AL with Carolyn and John. Anyone caring to help with Buster's expenses can do so by mailing a check to Carolyn Keeton; 4907 23rd Blvd; Valley, AL 36854.

Following are the financial results for December:

Labor $4,611.12
Veterinary $374
Garbage $240**
Utility Bill $121.57
Food $40.12
Supplies $79.64
Stamps $0
Misc. $ 9.40*

*Bank Service Charge
**Paid January's Bill in December

Total expenses were $5,475.95. Donations for December totaled $7,767. This means that we not only erased our 2003 shortfall of $640.31 but we have a cushion of $1,650.74 to carry into the traditionally tough months of January and February. However, this cushion will disappear in a hurry if we do not continue to have your support. Let's make THIS January and February non-traditional!!



Since our last report, we have received donations toward vet expense totaling $250 from Mildred Ferrell, Avis Buchanan, Bitsy Bloom, Jane Johnson and Jenny Beaman. Your donations during 2003 enabled us to care for any and all medical situations for our animals. Please continue this wonderful trend in 2004 by:

* Sending us a check made out to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic for whatever amount you wish to contribute OR
* Sending a check made out to ALL C.A.T.S., Inc. indicating the donation is to be used for general veterinary expense.
* Send a check directly to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic, P.O. Box 406, Murrayville, GA 30564. Be sure to indicate that it is to be applied to the All C.A.T.S., Inc. account.
* To donate online, visit our web portal (, and click on Vet Expenses under our How You Can Help menu.
* Then, select Veterinary Expenses and you'll be able to pay online instantly using your credit card and/or checking account.

If you wish your donation to be used for a specific veterinary procedure, please so indicate on the check or in a note accompanying it.



Since our last report we received 81.9% (212 in total) of the stamps needed to send out a newsletter from Judy Ciccarello, Nancy Caravello, Dorothy Walters, Connie Rice, Lois Holbrook, Benjamin Jones, Jamie Reagin, Robert Salzman and Mardi Hoofnagle. Because we had stamps left over from last time, we did have enough to send out this newsletter. Many, many thanks to all of you. We'd love to be able to report another 100% or more next month, so keep those stamps coming.



From Joyce Roberts "in memory of BOGEY AND SMOKEY."

From Dr. and Mrs. Robert Klingbeil "in memory of QUE, our daughter Leslie's ferret that died recently."

From Anne Roberts "in memory of SMOKEY AND BOGEY."

From Elisa McCrary "in memory of TINY, our beloved dog who died in early December. We didn't have TINY for very long, but he was an important part of our lives, and we will never forget him. TINY will live in our hearts forever. There was something so touching about the frailty of the big, healthy-looking dog. I can still close my eyes and see him lying on the couch with his head in my lap, comfortable and happy and drifting off to sleep. I hope our small donations will help you give more dogs like TINY a better life."



* To Pierre Kimball for his donation and Matching Gift (BellSouth) form. Please remember that many companies offer matching gift opportunities. It's a way to double (or triple) your gift.
* To Kathy Spiker for her continuing on-line sponsorship of PIGSY TAIL.
* To Laura Richardson for her continuing sponsorship (now via online credit card deduction) of BLACKIE and extra donation for purchase of a DogLoo for her.
* To Pattie Reber for once again paying our garbage bill.
* To Kevin Donahue for sending us a Home Depot gift card.
* To Barbara Fuller for her donation "for GOLDIE."
* To Elly Meyer for her lovely note in regard to the story of Bailey and Freeley.
* To Bettina Bissell for her encouraging thoughts; we are so glad you enjoy our stories!
* To JoAnne Croghan for sending us pictures of her Stone Mountain Park kitties-Star, Jake, PeeWee, Zoe and Valentino.



From Toni Graney "in honor of my dear friends JUDITH AND MAUREEN."



1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.
2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies) and/or garbage bill (always $120).
3. Those of you who take or send food and/or supplies to the shelter-continue and accelerate if possible.
4. A special veterinary fund donation (see above).
5. Gift card for Home Depot for buying many cleaning supplies-buckets, brooms, etc.
6. Gift card for any other store at which we can buy items needed at the shelter. Wal-Mart, Kroger, PetSmart and Ingles cards are especially welcome.
7. Send extra stamps-so that we can always report beginning receiving 100% of the number needed to send out a newsletter.
8. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of treated lumber--can be any length. Also, treated plywood.
9. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of 3" and 2-1/2" hinges.
10. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of Dogloos, especially XLarge.
11. Any type of animal medicine.
12. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of bleach, detergent, Glad tall kitchen bags, paper plates, Pine-Sol, brooms, scrub buckets, dishwashing liquid, canned and dry cat food, dry dog food, cat and dog treats, paper towels.





If you are looking for the perfect gift for your dog, don't forget to check out Dog On It's online store. From specialty dog treats to lovely, classic look 100% pre-shrunk cotton throws, quality durable dog collars, leads and more! Visit the Dog On It website at: They offer online payment using PayPal, mail check/money order as well as phone in orders (1-877-GETDOGS). Dog On It will donate a portion of your purchase to All CATS.


Just a short note from your web developer. I've had the privilege of working with long time All CATS supporter, Susan Jaunsen over the past year and wanted to share with you all how wonderful an idea Good Grief Bears is for anyone wanting to send something other than flowers during a time of grief.

I can personally attest that the quality of the bears is excellent and the personal touch added by Susan made me feel secure that my gift would be carefully packaged and sent in a timely fashion. Not only that, it was extremely affordable with bears starting at just $8.50. I highly recommend Good Grief Bears and hope that you will keep them in mind should you find yourself needing a way to say I care.

From the Good Grief Bears website: Have you experienced a personal loss? Perhaps this is your season to mourn. Or you may have a friend or loved one who is struggling with grief. By sending a Good Grief Bear, you are saying "I know this is a difficult time for you and I care."

Visit the Good Grief Bears website at:

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