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eNEWSLETTER - JULY 2008
Sent: June 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!
“It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much – the wheel, New York, wars and so on – whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But, conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man – for precisely the same reasons.” Douglas Adams, The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
June 27, 2008 – In the May newsletter, we wrote the following: “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.”
Since that time, stories such as the above have even increased—and their devastating effect on the animal world has been much written about. Individuals and families have found themselves unable to care for their pets—in many cases, turning them over to already-overburdened shelters. The great majority of these are euthanized. Other pets have just been left behind when families had to move due to foreclosures of their homes. Some have been taken to vets to be euthanized.
One of our supporters, who wishes to remain completely anonymous, wrote to us of her great concern about this situation. She asked us to help her make a difference in some small way—and, after we heard her idea, we were honored to be able to do so. She has sent us one half of her economic stimulus (rebate) check—in addition to her normal support. She stipulated that this $600 be used only to help people in financial trouble help their animals. Therefore, with her agreement, we are offering twelve $50 checks to individuals and/or families who find themselves unable to feed their pets. We are depending on all of you to help us identify those people who need this assistance. The only criteria, besides the need, are that the money must be spent on animal food and we must be sent the receipts—to send on to our supporter. Pat Kachur is coordinating this program. Please either write to her at the normal post office address or email her at email@example.com if you know of someone who needs this help.
If anyone would like to add to this fund, we would be delighted to add your donation to the $600.
To help animals nation-wide, please see the second item in our “Interesting Items From the News” section.
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ANIMAL HEALTH—The topic this month is animal first aid basics:
A sick or injured animal is often in a frightened state, so if emergency first aid is necessary protect yourself (even if it's your own pet). Cats can be handled with gloves or wrapped in a blanket--a dog can be muzzled. If there's any question of seriousness, follow up your first aid with advice from your veterinarian, whose listing should be kept handy with other emergency phone numbers. Of course, before an emergency ever arises, it's a good idea to learn all you can about first aid techniques and pet health care. Never leave dangerous objects like pins, needles, or fish hooks within reach. Be aware of your pet's normal behavior, so you can recognize what's not normal. Remember that the objective is to relieve suffering . . . perhaps even to save a life. Emergency first aid is most effective when rendered quickly, but calmly. By all means--Keep your veterinarian's telephone number handy with other emergency phone numbers.
One emergency situation which may occur is accidental poisoning. Here is what to do if that happens:
• Keep the animal warm and quiet.
• Try to determine what the poison was, when it was ingested, and the amount swallowed.
• Immediately call your veterinarian or nearest poison control center.
• FYI – The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (APPC) is available for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, their number is (888) 426-4435. A $60 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.
If you decide to take the pet to your veterinarian, bring the container (or the label) with you. Most of the time poisoning is accidental. Keep poisonous materials out of reach, know what your pet is doing at all times, and keep emergency telephone numbers handy.
THE ABOVE INFORMATION WAS GLEANED FROM THE WEBSITES OF THE ASPCA AND THE ANIMAL VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.
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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 100 stamps (vs. 159 used to send out newsletters) from Jamie Reagin, Linda Gettle, Benjmin Jones, Mardi Hoofnagle, Joanne Daube and Betty Phillips. Since we did have leftover stamps from last month, we only had to spend about $40 on stamps for the newsletter and other mailings. It seems we have a pattern of alternating “good” stamp months and “not so good” months. So, let’s have a great month in July!!
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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 – firstname.lastname@example.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 Mary Jane Johnson, Mildred Ferrell, 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 Peaches, Steve Burris’ orange tabby companion of 18 years.”
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To Carol Clenney for your continuing sponsorship of one of our shelter kitties.
To Bill Underwood for your generous donation. You may be assured that it was put to good use.
To Mary Jane Johnson for your kind note included with your donation. (We loved the card.)
To Kevin Donahue for your continuing sponsorship of Jumping Jack.
To Margaret and Fred Mitchell for the wonderful kitten and frogs card and the sentiment expressed on it.
To Dennis Baldauf for your support “for Putter.”
To Elly Meyer for the adorable card. “Happy Spring” (well, now it’s Summer) to you, too.
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
Thursday, June 19 – Chicago - At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Marshals seized various animal food products stored under unsanitary conditions at the PETCO Animal Supplies Distribution Center located in Joliet, Ill., pursuant to a warrant issued by the United States District Court in Chicago. FROM FDA EMAIL DATED JUNE 19, 2008
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June 18, 2008 – FROM THE KIM KOMANDO TIPS OF THE DAY (KOMANDO.COM) “Many families have been hit hard by the mortgage crisis and the economic downturn. But there are more victims than you may realize. I'm talking about family pets. The economy is having an impact on them, too. Some people can no longer afford to care for their pets. Others are forced to move into apartments that don't permit pets. Animal shelters are overflowing with abandoned pets. And these shelters need our help. Well, there is a simple, painless way for you to help: Visit The Animal Rescue Site. You can generate money for charities that help animals. All you need do is click a button! Go back daily to help!”
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May 23, 2008 – Mt. Laurel, NJ – Companies that were sued over contaminated pet food linked to the deaths of perhaps thousands of dogs and cats have agreed to pay $24 million to pet owners in the US and Canada. “The settlement attempts to reimburse pet owners for all of their economic damages,” said a lawyer for the plaintiffs. The deal would affect people who incurred expenses directly related to the illness or death of a pet linked to the food….Nearly 300 people sued about 30 companies in state and federal courts. They, and perhaps thousands of other pet owners, would be eligible for payments under the deal.” FROM MSN BUSINESS, RETAIL – May 23, 2008.
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