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Sent: April 27, 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!

"Ode to the Cat" by Pablo Neruda.”
“But the cat, only the cat turned out finished, and proud:
born in a state of total completion,
it sticks to itself and knows exactly what it wants.”

May 4-10, 2008 is National Be Kind to Animals Week

Dear Friends,

April 25, 2008 - Several of us read an article yesterday which described the results the economic downturn our country is experiencing is having on charities. It was very depressing and disturbing. The article concentrated on the subject of people needing much more help from charitable institutions than in the past. For instance, the Atlanta Food Bank is being asked for help by people who are neither homeless nor destitute. People who have homes and jobs are finding expenses so much higher that they can no longer afford to purchase enough food for their families. These people are saying that they have to choose between buying gas so they can get to their jobs or buying food. According to the article, similar stories abound throughout the nation.

So, we are not surprised that our financial support has decreased and certainly understand why this is happening. However, the animals we care for still need the same level of care—the cost of which has actually increased as we pay higher prices for food and supplies.

We ask that those of you who are able to do so, please increase your support as much as possible to make sure that our animals do not suffer any decrease in the level of care we have always been proud to provide.

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A VERY LUCKY (IRAQI) DOG UPDATE—Nick Mastrovito recently sent us an update on Pirate. He invited all the Americans on base for a barbeque and decided that Pirate needed brushing to look her best for the party and to feel better in the 100-degree weather. She loved it!! About 23 people attended the picnic, enjoying ribs, hamburgers, steaks, sweet tea, sweet potato casserole and corn on the cob, and Pirate loved the company. Pirate is quite a social dog and very much enjoys it when her friend Mitzi comes over to play several times a week. If you have not already done so, please check out our website for pictures of Pirate.

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ANIMAL HEALTH—We return to our (intended) monthly section of information that may help to keep your four-legged family healthier and happier. Two items:

1. Cornell Feline Health Center has made available videos containing step-by-step instructions about caring for your cat. They are located at and include such subjects as Giving Your Cat a Pill or Capsule, Trimming your Cat’s Claws, Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth, Caring for a Diabetic Cat. You will need Macromedia Flash Player to watch the videos. If you don’t presently have that application, you may click the Flash Player plug-in button on the lower left corner of the homepage, follow the directions (click Download Now) and the software will be installed. The same procedure is used for both Windows and Macintosh.

2. Heartworm disease is a preventable, but serious and potentially fatal, parasitic disease that primarily affects dogs, cats and ferrets. Heartworms are transmitted from animal to animal by mosquitoes. When a mosquito bites an infected animal, young heartworms enter into that mosquito's system. Within two weeks, they develop

into infective larvae which are then injected into another animal through the mosquito's bite. Over the next six months, the infected larvae mature into adults: during the first three months, the larvae migrate through the animal's body eventually reaching the blood vessels of the lungs; during the last three months, the larvae become adults and enter the heart. Once in the heart, the heartworms will continue to grow up to 14 inches in length. In time, the worms will injure the blood vessels, resulting in severe lung and heart disease. If worms of both sexes are present, they will create new young heartworms that can damage other organs when the animal's immune system attempts to combat the infection. This life cycle continues when a mosquito bites the infected animal and ingests the heartworms. Heartworms may survive for 5 to 7 years in dogs and 2 to 5 years in cats.

If your dog shows symptoms (coughing, becomes lethargic, loses its appetite or has difficulty breathing) your veterinarian will test your dog's blood for the presence of heartworms. Further tests, such as chest x-rays, a blood profile and an echocardiogram, may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis, to evaluate the severity of the disease, and to determine the best treatment protocol for your dog.

There is an FDA-approved treatment available. There is some risk involved in treating a dog for heartworms. However, serious complications are much less likely in dogs that are otherwise in good health and if the disease is detected early. The goal of heartworm treatment is to kill the adult and young worms that are present in your dog’s body. While your dog is hospitalized and for a period of time afterwards, it will require complete rest and may need additional medications to help limit inflammatory reaction as the worms die and are absorbed by the body. This information was excerpted from the American Veterinary Medical Association website

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 20 stamps (vs. 162 used to send out newsletters) from Jamie Reagin. Fortunately, we did have a good supply starting the month. However, after using quite a number for normal mail, we had to purchase 97 to send out this newsletter. This represents just under $40 that we would have rather spent on food and supplies. So, we need those of you who normally send stamps to send us a bunch in May—preferably the Forever ones which will be good after the May 12 price increase.

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Our great appreciation to Jenny Beaman, Gloria Overbey and Avis Buchanan for your donations to our veterinary care fund since our last newsletter. We would appreciate it if all of you would 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 Kelly Lattanzi “in memory of MINNIE MOUSE.”

• From Sara Martin “in memory of my precious cat, HARRIET. Please use this where you think best.”

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

 To Margaret and Fred Mitchell for your kind thoughts. We very much appreciate what you do for us.

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

 To Elly Meyer for your usual upbeat note. We so look forward to hearing from you each month and are very glad you celebrated No. 90 “for days.”

 To Mary Speer for your continued sponsorship of Bella. We so much appreciate your support.

 To Mildred Ferrell for your donation to help with our utility bills.

 To Kathy Beckman for your good wishes. We send the same to you and those you love.

 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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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. Any type of animal medicine.

9. Bedding (washable, please), food and water bowls.

10. 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.


The NY Times, April 21, 2008—Pope Benedict XVI’s kindness towards the stray cats of Rome is already Vatican legend. His house in Germany, its garden guarded by a cat statue, was filled with cats when he lived there full time before being posted to the Vatican. And, most assuredly, he is the first (and only) pope to have an authorized biography of him written by a cat—Chico, a ginger Tabby who lives across the road from Benedict’s old house in Germany. The book, entitled “Joseph and Chico: The Life of Pope Benedict SVI as Told by a Cat,” is a children’s book and was “co-authored” by an Italian journalist.

The book, which has been translated into 10 languages and sold 12,000 copies in the U.S., tells of young Joseph Ratzinger’s childhood love for all furry animals and of the adult cardinal’s deep bond with the narrator.

When Cardinal Ratzinger was the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he tended to the cats that frequented the garden of that building in the Vatican and bandaged their wounds.

The Pope’s fondness for felines has been often mentioned since his elevation in 2005. One prominent Catholic blogger in California, writing as Gerald Augustinus, claims to have a two-year-old Siamese named Benedictus.

Unfortunately, when the pope moved into his papal quarters, the Vatican did not allow him to bring two beloved cats with him.

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