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eNEWSLETTER - APRIL 2008
Sent: March 29, 2008
P. O. Box 1095
Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
64 Lumpkin County Park Drive
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Telephone: 706 518 7905
VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT: www.allcatsinc.org
Please Send all Donations/Letters to the Above Post Office Address. Thank You!
"Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission: To be of service to them whenever they require it.” Saint Francis of Assisi
The first quarter is just about behind us as this is written on March 28 and Spring has officially arrived. We are very glad for both—as January-February-March have been very difficult financial months for us. The latest utility bills total about $350, which is an improvement over the past two months—but still a challenge for us to be able to pay. We know this is redundant—but we especially need your financial help to overcome the deep hole in which these three months have left us. Whatever you are able to do—thank you very much in advance.
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It hardly seems possible but more than a year has gone by since we first heard about our pets dying from contaminated food. It is an ugly anniversary but we feel it important to take up quite a bit of newsletter space this month to bring you all up to date on how things stand:
In March, we reached the one-year anniversary of when we first began to hear about contaminated pet food killing potentially thousands of dogs and cats. Unfortunately, few safety measures have gone into effect. Pet food safety legislation has been passed and an industry commission has made recommendations to improve the safety and quality standards for pet food. However, the federal legislation relies on manufacturers to voluntarily recall contaminated pet food. Obviously, voluntary does not work as well as mandatory. The FDA Amendments Act of 2007 requires the agency to set up an early warning system to identify contaminated pet food and outbreaks of illness associated with pet food and to work with industry representatives, veterinarians and other interested parties to establish pet food ingredient standards and definitions, processing standards and updated labeling requirements for nutritional and ingredient information. The agency has one year from the passage of the legislation, last September, to implement the early warning system and two years to establish standards and definitions. However, the legislation does not grant the FDA mandatory recall authority.
In addition to the requirements set down in last year’s legislation, an agreement was signed in December between the U.S. and China to improve the safety of certain imported products, including pet food and treats — but the limited agreement relies primarily on China to police product safety.
The Food and Drug Administration received more than 14,000 consumer complaints about pet foods but never reported more than the first 14 deaths — nine of which were lab animals for pet food manufacturer Menu Foods, plus four cats and one dog reported by consumers. Since there is no national system to track pet deaths, we will never know exactly how many animals died due to eating pet food made with the tainted ingredients.
However, the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians is in the midst of an ongoing study that has certified 226 deaths.
In February, Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co.; Suzhou Textiles, Silk, Light Industrial Products Arts and Crafts I/E Co.; and Las Vegas-based ChemNutra Inc. were charged by the U. S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas for allegedly introducing adulterated food into the market in two separate but related indictments. The indictment asserted that reports from consumers suggest as many as 1,950 cats and 2,200 dogs have died. U.S. Attorney John F. Wood said authorities haven’t been able to substantiate all those reports, but “as for pet deaths, we think it’s in the thousands.”
Veterinarian Paul Pion of the Veterinary Information Network believes that thousands died and tens of thousands were affected. He adds, "My bet is that it happens more often than we think and it never gets detected."
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Chinese producers will register with Chinese authorities, and Chinese regulators will certify that foods covered by the agreement meet U.S. standards. FDA inspectors gain broader access to Chinese production facilities, and each government must notify the other within 48 hours of any significant risks to public health.
We think you will agree that a lot more needs to be done to make sure our four-legged family members are safe.
THE ABOVE WAS EXCERPTED FROM SEVERAL SOURCES, INCLUDING MSNBC ARTICLES IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH AND THE FDA
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A VERY LUCKY (IRAQI) DOG—One of our long-time supporters, Nick Mastrovito, of the US Army, is stationed in Iraq. He recently sent us pictures of PIRATE, an Iraqi dog who acts as guard dog for Nick’s team. She has her own dog house/bunker and is a respected member of the team. In one of Nick’s earlier deployments to the Middle East, he brought home Katsia, an Iraqi dog who passed away in 2005 at age 15. Please check out our website for the pictures of Pirate.
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GOODSEARCH REMINDER—Last Fall, our organization was accepted into the Goodsearch nonprofit support program. As described by the organization, GoodSearch is the “search engine with a unique social mission. It’s powered by Yahoo!, so you get the same great search results. We donate 50% of advertising revenue to the nonprofits and schools selected by our users.”
So, all you have to do is go to www.goodsearch.com —we suggest you add it to your “Favorites” list—and use it for any Internet searches you need to do. All CATS will receive a direct donation for every search you do. Please be sure to use this search engine only for searches you would do on any other site, as “fraudulent searches will result in your charity being delisted.” Payments are made to eligible organizations each December—so in 2008 we will have a full year of searches by you and your friends and will receive a significant donation.
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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 186 stamps plus a donation to cover the purchase of 120 more (vs. 162 used to send out newsletters) from Mardi Hoofnagle, Lois Holbrook, Barbara Johnson, Benjamin Jones, Elmer Bryant, Jamie Reagin and Betty Phillips. Obviously, we are doing very well indeed on stamps—but we always appreciate receiving them—especially the Forever ones, which will be good even after the May 12 increase in stamp cost.
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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Our great appreciation to Mary Jane Johnson, Gloria Overbey 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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IN HONOR OF
• A very special Happy Birthday to Elly Meyer who celebrated 90 years on March 10. That is truly “hanging in there.”
• From Sally Prahl “in honor of my brother’s birthday—Kevin Donahue.”
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To Carol Clenney for your continuing sponsorship of one of our shelter kitties.
To Margaret and Fred Mitchell for your special donation toward our utility bills.
To Kevin Donahue for your continuing sponsorship of Jumping Jack.
To Mary Speer for your continued sponsorship of Bella. We so much appreciate your support.
To Mildred Ferrell for your help with our electric bill.
To Dena Roesler for your continued donations, always matched by your company.
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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THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP OUR ANIMALS
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 $166.73).
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.
INTERESTING ITEM FROM THE NEWS
WELLILNGTON, NEW ZEALAND (AP) – A dolphin swam up to two distressed whales that appeared headed for death in a beach stranding in New Zealand and guided them to safety, witnesses said. The actions of the bottlenose dolphin (named Moko by residents who said it spends much time swimming playfully with humans at the beach) amazed would-be rescuers and an expert who said they were evidence of the species’ friendly nature. The two pygmy sperm whales, a mother and calf, were found stranded on Mahia Beach. Rescuers worked for more than an hour to get the whales back in the water but they re-stranded themselves four times and it appeared they would have to be euthanized. Along came Moko, who approached the whales and led them 200 meters along the beach and through a channel out to the open sea. After the rescue, Moko returned to the beach and joined in games with local residents. EXCERPTED FROM CNN.COM/ASIA – MARCH 12, 2008.
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