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eNEWSLETTER - JUNE 2008

Sent: May 28, 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

VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT: www.allcatsinc.org

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


"You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says,
`My God, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!'" - Dave Barry


Dear Friends,

May 24, 2008 – As this is written, all of us feel such gratitude to those of you who were able to respond to our plea of last month by giving us extra support to help us with our financial plight. That extra money enabled us to bring our vet bills up to date and pay all the utility bills—plus the normal purchases of food and other supplies. But, the need never ends so we ask that you continue to send as much support as you can afford. It’s a very old saying, but true: “We ask not that you give until it hurts—but until it feels good.”

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We at the shelter know that all of you share our concern about the way animals are cared for and treated. So, we are sure that you will be as happy as we are to hear that the State of Kentucky passed in April S.B. 58 (Romeo’s Law), named in honor of an eight-month old yellow Lab who was beaten by Ronald Shawn Turner. This action was taped by neighbors and Turner was found guilty of animal cruelty, resulting in a fine and prison time. The new law makes it a felony to torture a dog or cat, resulting in serious physical injury or death. A representative of the Kentucky division of the Humane Society of the United States reported that legislative message lines overflowed with calls from animal protection groups and citizens from all over the state.

Please let us know of any other legal triumphs of which you are aware, as we would like to share them with everyone.
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ANIMAL HEALTH—The topic this month is animal dental care:

Your pet needs dental care - regular, professional care from your veterinarian, as well as care at home from you. The American Veterinary Dental Society recommends that pet owners follow three basic steps:

STEP 1: Take your pet to the veterinarian for a dental exam. Don’t wait for your pet’s annual checkup if you suspect there may be a problem.

STEP 2: Begin a dental care regimen at home. Your veterinarian can suggest steps that may include brushing your pet's teeth. One of the most convenient and effective ways to combat oral disease is feeding specially formulated foods proven effective in combating plaque and tartar buildup. The Seal of Acceptance from the Veterinary Oral Health Council, an organization initiated by the American Veterinary Dental Society to guide consumers, appears on products that meet defined standards for plaque and tartar control in dogs and cats. For further information on the VOHC or their product standards, visit www.vohc.org.

STEP 3: Schedule regular veterinary checkups. These are essential in helping your veterinarian monitor the progress of your pet's dental health routine. Your veterinary health care team can help you schedule the appropriate visits. This information was gleaned from the website of the Animal Medical Veterinary Association (AVMA.org.)

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 240 stamps (vs. 162 used to send out newsletters) from Jamie Reagin, Jennifer & Sasha De Weese, Benjamin Jones, Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan, Martha Hoofnagle and Connie Rice—all of whom sent Forever stamps. You “stamp people” really came through for us!!! We had enough stamps to mail this newsletter and send out the other mail we needed to for the month. And, we still have one book left over. So, thank you all very much—and keep up the great work!!

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PAYPAL DONATIONS—Please remember that you may make donations to the shelter via PayPal. Just visit their website, www.paypal.com – use our PayPal email address – donate@allcatsinc.org – and follow the site instructions. You may use a credit card or have the donation deducted from a bank account.

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Our great appreciation to Jenny Beaman, Mary Jane Johnson, Gloria Overbey and Avis Buchanan for your donations to our veterinary care fund since our last newsletter. We encourage all of you to 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 MEMORY OF:

• From Thomas Lanford in memory of Sharon Sunder.

• From Mrs. Dennis Croghan “in loving memory of Krishna. He died February 28, 2008. He would have been 10 in April. Krishna was a lovable goofball. He was black and almost looked like a Burmese. At least he did not suffer long.”

• From Thomas Lanford “in memory of Eight Belles, the valiant little filly who was second in the Kentucky Derby but will be first in our hearts.”

• From Annette Gonzales “in memory of Molly.”

• From Nadine Hereth “in memory of Milo, my cat, who died April 10.”

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THANK YOU—

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

 To Jennifer & Sasha De Weese for your continued sponsorship of Cookie. We are delighted to hear of the canine additions (Dexter and Chessie) to your family. Hopefully the sleepless nights will end soon.

 To Margaret and Fred Mitchell for your kind words. We wish that no one would have to go hungry or have to make those terribly hard financial choices that have become prevalent due to the economic slowdown our country is experiencing.

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

 To Avis Buchanan for your lovely compliment.

 To Mary Jane Johnson for your very generous gift and encouraging words.

 To Dr. Jessie Davis of Tallassee, AL for sending us a large supply of Frontline.

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

 To John Carlson for your gift and note to use it where most needed.

 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 $173.98).
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.

INTERESTING ITEMS FROM THE NEWS

London, April 28, 2008—According to German researchers, having a dog in the house reduces the risk that young children will develop allergies. This study of 9000 children over six years adds weight to the theory that growing up with a pet trains the immune system to be less sensitive to potential allergy triggers such as asthma, eczema and hay fever. One of the researchers was quoted, as follows: “Our results show clearly that the presence of a dog in the home during subjects’ infancy is associated with a significantly low level of sensitization to pollens and inhaled allergens.” The findings were published in the European Respiratory Journal. FROM MSN HEALTH, ALLEGIES AND ASTHMA


Breckenridge CO, April 27, 2008—An English Springer Spaniel (Lulu) was found alive eight days after being buried in the rubble of a building explosion. Lulu’s owner was trapped and injured in the explosion. Lulu was found 15 feet down in a crawl space. A veterinary exam showed that she suffered mild dehydration and an injured left eye. Brian Mislanski, Lulu’s owner, is slowly recovering and has been allowed to see Lulu, which lifted his spirits.


Tokyo, May 21, 2008—Yosuke the African grey parrot decided to “fly the coop” one recent day—but did not figure on getting lost. Two weeks later, the police rescued Yosuke from a rooftop and he spent a night at the station. The next day he was sent to a nearby veterinary hospital while police tried to find his owner. After not saying a word at the station, he began chatting with the vet a few days later. “I’m Mr. Yosuke Nakamura,” he told the doctor. He also provided his full home address, down to the street number. The policeman said they checked the address, and there was indeed a Nakamura family living there. So Yosuke was returned home. The family told police they had been teaching the bird his name and address for about two years. It certainly did pay off! EXCERPTED FROM MSN WORLD NEWS




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