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eNEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2008

Sent: August 31, 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!

“We who choose to surround ourselves with lives more temporary than our own live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Yet we still would live no other way.” - Irving Townsend


Dear Friends,

August 30, 2008 – I would first like to say a heartfelt “Thank You” to those of you who sent extra money or a special donation in August. If August had been a “normal” month, we would be caught up with our bills and close to “even” (income vs. outgo) for the year. But, it was far from “normal.” Our utility bills doubled over the average of the previous three months due to the cost of air conditioning during the very hot and humid month and there was an increase in the cost of garbage pickup, which is $80/month more expensive than a year ago.

Besides utility cost increases, we had a heavy veterinary care expense month. Fortunately, we have good relationships with the veterinarians we use and they do not insist on immediate payment upon seeing an animal. However, they must be paid soon in order to maintain these relationships so that our animals will never be denied care due to lack of money.

If you are able to help us with either of these urgent needs with an extra donation or an increase in the amount you usually send us, we would be deeply grateful.

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AID FOR THOSE IN NEED PROJECT—As you know, a few months ago we described how a supporter gave us a special donation to be used to make grants to people who, because of financial setbacks, were having problems feeding their animals. We are overjoyed that we have been able to help some of these people and wanted to share the story of one of them. This lady had worked for many years but, due to downsizing, had been laid off. She had found part-time work but was struggling to buy food for her dog and cat, both rescue animals. We sent her one of the $50 grants and she wrote back, telling us how that money had not only purchased much needed food for her animals but seemed to bring her some good luck as she was given some dog food by a friend who had purchased the wrong kind and found some great, unexpected bargains when she went shopping.

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GOODSEARCH REMINDER—We recently received the July GoodSearch newsletter in which they described how a shelter for Blind Cats in North Carolina was able to earn $1,300 by using the GoodSearch/GoodShop program. Please remember to use GoodSearch.com whenever you need a search engine. Be sure to verify that you are supporting our organization.

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ANIMAL HEALTH—The topic this month is microchipping of animals. A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip itself does not have a battery—it is activated by a scanner that is passed over the area, and the radiowaves put out by the scanner activate the chip. The chip transmits the identification number to the scanner, which displays the number on the screen. It is injected under the skin using a hypodermic needle. It is no more painful than a typical injection, although the needle is slightly larger than those used for injection. No surgery or anesthesia is required—a microchip can be implanted during a routine veterinary office visit. The microchips presently used in pets only contain identification numbers. The microchip cannot track your animal if it gets lost. Although the present technology microchip itself does not contain your pet's medical information, some microchip registration databases will allow you to store that information in the database for quick reference. THE ABOVE INFORMATION WAS GLEANED FROM THE WEBSITE OF THE ASPCA

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 187 stamps (or donation given to purchase stamps) (vs. 153 used to send out newsletters) from Jamie Reagin, Connie Rice, Benjamin Jones, Elinor Eaves, Thomas Lanford and Mardi Hoofnagle (hope you do win that lottery sometime soon, Mardi). Thank you, stamp people—you came through with flying colors. We even had enough stamps to send out all the “regular mail” in August. 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 Mary Jane Johnson, Patricia Stephens, Gloria Overbey, and Avis Buchanan for your donations to our veterinary care fund since our last newsletter. As described above, our veterinary bills skyrocketed in the last month and we urgently need your help. 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, Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital 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:

• From Elizabeth Mitchell “in honor of my mother’s 76th birthday on August 14. Mrs. Margaret Mitchell. I honestly cannot think of anything that she’d rather have. Please use it where you most need it. And thanks again for doing what so many of us wish we had the heart and the courage to do.” Elizabeth, without people like you and your parents—we could do nothing. We thank and salute you!

• From Vicky Murphy “in honor of Karen Waid, who has rescued and found homes for many precious felines.” Thank you, Vicky, for all you do and for your very kind words.

IN MEMORY OF:

• From Thomas Lanford, Jr. to Frank Seiler “in loving memory of UGA VI from the DawgDish Supper Club (& BullBat Sports Bar) Tailgating Society.”

• From Holly Lunsford “in memory of Skip Caray from a favorite listener.”

• From Elaine Coleman “in honor of and in memory of my mother, Mildred Foster.”

• From Thomas & Holly “in memory of Sidney, beloved cat of Opie & Katie Moody.”

• From Thomas & Holly “in memory of Jazz, beloved dog of Lisa Kennedy for some 20 years.”

• From Barbara Johnson “in memory of Sydney, our beautiful Golden Retriever neighbor. She died too young after receiving the best care possible. Her mama and daddy, Marty & Debbie, are heartbroken.”

• From Laurie and Dan Beynon “in memory of our beloved beagle, Spanky. He brought so much joy and love to our lives in the 12 years he was with us. He was mischievous, affectionate and dedicated to us and his work as a therapy dog with Happy Tails of Metro Atlanta. He never met a stranger…animal or human. He courageously battled cancer, chemo and surgery the last 10 months of his life and we miss him dearly. We look forward to seeing him again one day ‘Over the Rainbow Bridge.’”

Note: If you send us a donation in the name of someone who has lost a beloved pet and would like us to send a letter of sympathy and acknowledgment, please be sure to send us the name and address to which it should be sent. If you would prefer that we email this acknowledgement, just include the email address.

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THANK YOU—

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

 To Fred and Margaret Mitchell for the wonderful doggy card, in which you wrote “Isn’t the adorable dog of summer wishing for the ‘dog days’ of fall. So are we!!!” We agree—the cool crispness sounds very good right now—during the 90 to 95 degree days of August.

 To Mary Speer for your continuing sponsorship of Bella.

 To Elly Meyer for the card with the cutest kittens ever on the front. Makes you just want to hug them.

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

 To Mary Jane Johnson for the gorgeous flower and bird card—and for the sentiments expressed in it.

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

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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 $182.98).
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

The following was sent to us by Carolyn Danese: The Georgia Department of Agriculture needs you to help choose the state’s new Feline Friend license plate. Log onto www.fixgeorgiacats.org and vote for your favorite design. The tag design with the most votes by September 8, 2008 will be featured on the new license plate. Out of almost 200 entries from all over the country, the top six pieces were chosen that best represented a variety of media and ideas. The contest and ultimately the final license plate are part of a funding initiative to benefit the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program (DCSP).

The winning art will be featured on the new Feline Friend License Plate, which will be sold in addition to the current designs beginning in December 2008. The Dog and Cat License Plates currently are the primary funding source for the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program (DCSP). This innovative program provides subsidies for spay/neuter procedures performed by licensed and accredited veterinarians in all 159 Georgia counties. More than 35,000 spay/neuter procedures have been performed since 2003 through the DCSP. Unlike other spay/neuter programs, the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program has no participation income requirements. All Georgia residents may benefit from spay/neuter subsidies granted by the DCSP. Interested residents should contact their local veterinarians to confirm program participation or call the Department at (404) 656-3667 or visit www.agr.state.ga.us for more information.




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