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Sent: March 2, 2008

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

Physical Address:
64 Lumpkin County Park Drive
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Telephone: 706 518 7905


Please Send all Donations/Letters to the Above Post Office Address. Thank You!

"He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
- Immanuel Kant

Dear Friends,

As in most other years, February 2008 has proven to be the month in which monetary support of our work is at a very low level. This February, the problem was compounded by the second consecutive month of a shockingly high electric bill. As we mentioned last month, the bill was almost $500, which was double the “normal” amount. Unfortunately, our latest bill was just under $450—which has created an even more problematic situation. So, we urgently need your help. If you are able to make a special donation in March towards this bill, please do so.

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A SUPPORTER SUGGESTION—One of our supporters who received her tax refund in February, sent us a donation representing one-tenth of the refund. She suggested that we put out this idea in the newsletter so that others of you would consider doing the same.

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HEALTH TIPS/INFORMATION—We have been very pleased by supporter reaction to our new Health section. Many of you have written to thank us for this addition. So, we will continue this month with information on hookworms. Hookworms are the second most common intestinal parasites found in dogs, but they are less commonly found in cats. Your pet can become infected when larvae penetrate the animal's skin or the lining of the mouth. An infected female dog can pass the infection to her puppies through her milk, but this does not occur in cats.

Hookworms are dangerous parasites because they actually bite into the intestinal lining of an animal and suck blood. As with roundworms, puppies and kittens are at high risk of infection and developing severe diseases. Left untreated, hookworm infections can result in potentially life-threatening blood loss, weakness, and malnutrition.

Like roundworms, hookworm infections are zoonotic, and infections usually occur by accidentally eating the larvae or by the larvae entering through the skin. In humans, hookworm infections cause health problems when the larvae penetrate the skin. The larvae produce severe itching and tunnel-like, red areas as they move through the skin and, if accidentally eaten, can cause intestinal problems.

As with other forms of worm infections, hookworms are very common in our animals. See your veterinarian for assistance in determining if your pet suffers from them and the proper treatment for ridding your four-legged family members from these pests.

This information was excerpted from the American Veterinary Medical Association website.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 92 stamps (vs. 162 used to send out newsletters) from Mardi Hoofnagle, Lois Holbrook, Elinor Eaves, Benjamin Jones and Marsha Walton. Fortunately, we had enough stamps in reserve to send out this newsletter. But, now we have only one a one-half books left. So, we would very much appreciate receiving as many as you are able to send.

We owe a very abject apology to Barbara Johnson for managing to not mention your stamp donations—
not just once but in two newsletters. We very much appreciate your sending them and your kind note about our work.

STAMP PRICE INCREASE: We recently received the following notice from the USPS: “The price for a one-ounce First-Class stamp will increase from 41 to 42 cents on May 12.

“The Postal Service developed the Forever Stamp for consumers to ease the transition during price changes,” said Postmaster General John Potter. “We encourage Americans to buy Forever Stamps now for 41 cents, because like the name suggests, they are good forever.” So, if you purchase Forever Stamps for us prior to May 12, they will cost just 41 cents each and can be used “forever.”

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Our great appreciation to Mary Jane Johnson, Mildred Ferrell and Avis Buchanan for your donations to our veterinary care fund since our last newsletter. We ask that all of our supporters consider a gift to this fund—so our animals will NEVER have to suffer for lack of medical care. As always, you may donate toward veterinary care in any one of the following ways:

• Sending us a check made out to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic or Riverside Veterinary Hospital, Inc. 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 (1) Murrayville Veterinary Clinic, P.O. Box 406, Murrayville, GA 30564, (2) Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital, PO Box 1328, Dawsonville GA 30534 or (3) Riverside Veterinary Hospital, Inc., 2110 South Broad Avenue, Lanett AL 36863. Be sure to indicate that it is to be applied to the All C.A.T.S., Inc. account. If you would like your donation acknowledged in this newsletter, please drop us a note—the clinics are sometimes too busy to let us know about the support they receive directly from you.

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• From Thomas Lanford “in memory of M. J.’s cat, who died of feline Leukemia. M.J. is a dear friend of my grandmother, Evelyn Mason.

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• From Brian and Eebie Cheshire “in honor of Kevin and Cory Donahue. Their dedication to the well being of dogs and cats is inspiring.”

• From Miss Annabelle, Little Miss Trouble, Miss Belle Boyd (the wacko cat) and the Three Hebrew Children: Shadrach, Meshack & Abednego – “To Mom on Valentine’s Day – Thanks for taking care of us.”

• From Marion and Giene Poythress “in honor of our English Springer Spaniels, Penny and Meg, who would be 16 on February 17.”

• From Dennis Baldauf “for Putter.”

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 To Carol Clenney for your continuing sponsorship of one of our shelter kitties.

 To Kevin Donahue for your continuing sponsorship of Jumping Jack.

 To Mary Speer for your continued sponsorship of Bella.

 To Mildred Ferrell, Mrs. William Briggs and Bob Donahue for your special donations to help with our electric bill.

 To Dena Roesler for your continued donations, always matched by your company.

 To Avis Buchanan for your donation toward buying food for our animals.

 To Nick Mastrovito for your donation for “Goldie and Friends.”

 To Margaret and Fred Mitchell “for the lovely “Thinking of You” card with the adorable bunnies.

 To Elly Meyer for the Teddy Bear Valentine’s Day card.

Yes, we know we continue to sound like a broken record--but Matching Gift programs are a wonderful way to double (and sometimes even triple) your donations. In the Atlanta area alone, there are more than 200 companies which offer Matching Gift plans. Please check with the Human Resources or Community Service department of your company to see if they have such a plan.

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1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.
2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies depending on the weather) and/or garbage bill (currently $165.29).
3. Those of you who provide food and/or supplies to either shelter—continue and accelerate if possible.
4. A special veterinary fund donation (see above for details).
5. Chain link fencing and the “stuff” needed to install are always items that the shelters need. A gift card for any place that sells fencing, etc., would be much appreciated!!!
6. Gift card for Home Depot or Lowes for buying many cleaning supplies—buckets, brooms, etc.
7. Gift card for any other store at which we can buy items needed at the shelter. Wal-Mart, Kroger, PetSmart, PETCO and Ingles cards are especially welcome.
8. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter in Alabama of Dogloos, especially XLarge.
9. Any type of animal medicine.
10. Bedding (washable, please), food and water bowls.
11. 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, and paper towels. Please send large items to the Dahlonega physical address listed above.

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ATLANTA JOURNAL/CONSTITUTION (February 24, 2008) – “A new study suggests cat owners are less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than people who, well, don’t own cats. And no, dogs don’t do the same trick. The study of some 4,400 people, by researchers at the University of Minnesota, found that feline-less people were 30 to 40 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those with cats. Yet dog owners had the same rate as nonowners. ‘No protective effect of dogs as domestic pets was observed,’ said the study, presented Thursday at the International Stroke Conference in New Orleans.” (January 29, 2008) – “Jo Hanna Schaffer’s dog is more than a best friend. The 67-year-old Vietnam veteran, a former Army medic, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and three years ago she decided to get a service dog, a Chihuahua named Cody. Code barks if someone is approaching from behind and cuddles with her when she is depressed.

“’I never took a pill for PTSD that did as much for me as Cody has done,’ says the Billerica, Massachusetts, resident, who no longer takes medication for the disorder.

“Schaffer is one of a growing number of veterans with PTSD who are turning to an alternative therapy: psychiatric service dogs.

“Like guide dogs for the blind, psychiatric service dogs aid people with mental illnesses, from anxiety disorder to bipolar disorder to PTSD. The dogs are trained to know when their owners are having a panic attack, for example; and the animals might calm them down by curling up in their lap or giving a nudge.”

“The use of service dogs for mental illness has emerged in the past decade, says Dr. Joan Esnayra, founder and president of the Psychiatric Service Dog Society. Esnayra coined the term “psychiatric service dog” in 1997 and has worked with thousands of people who are using the animals. She estimates that the society’s online community is adding more than 400 members each year.

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