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eNEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2008

Sent: September 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

VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT: www.allcatsinc.org

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


“Animals have these advantages over man: They never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.” Voltaire, letter to Count Schomberg, August 31, 1769.

Dear Friends,

September 26, 2008 – As this is written, the economic crisis still swirls around the country, with a “solution” known as the “bailout” still being fought over by Congress, the Treasury and the White House. We certainly have no idea how and when this will be finally settled—but we certainly know that the vast majority of Americans are worried about the effect it will have on them and their families. Many people have already seen their financial situations deteriorate and others wonder if they, too, will see much tougher times in the future. We at the shelter truly understand that this situation makes it harder for many of our supporters to be able to send their usual donations.

We really don’t like to start a newsletter on this kind of negative note; however, there really is no choice this month. To put it succinctly—not enough money has come in during September to pay all the bills, including some of those which were overdue at the beginning of the month. The situation has become very urgent. We badly need your help in October in order to properly take care of our animals. You have always come through for our four-legged family—and we are sure you will do your very best to do so once again. So, thank you in advance.

And, thank you so very much to those of you who were able to send extra support in September. We deeply appreciate every donation, whatever the amount.

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AID FOR THOSE IN NEED PROJECT—We have now given out all of the $50 grants to people who have requested them to help purchase food for their animals. We are delighted that we have been able to help.

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ANIMAL HEALTH—The topic this month is disaster preparedness—information sent to us by Carolyn Danese. We have already sent this information to those of you who are on our email list. However, we feel strongly that supporters who receive our letter by post office mail should have it, too. Tips to keep your pets safe and healthy during disasters:

• Pack a pet emergency kit with the following items: current identification, vaccination records and medical information; animal carrier; leashes and harnesses; manual can opener; litterbox and litter; blanket or towel; three-day supply of food, water and medication; first aid kit containing antiseptic wipes, bandages, gauze/tape and antibiotic lotion. Place the small items in a waterproof container and store them all in a safe place.

• Be sure to designate a “safe place” in the home, preferably a window-less room. Make sure that everyone knows that the kits and supplies are in this room.

• Keep plenty of cleaning supplies alongside emergency pet kits. These supplies should include plastic bags, household bleach, all-purpose cleaner, disinfectant and air-tight containers for pet waste.

• Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and ID that includes two phone numbers - yours and one in another area. Maintain current photos of pets to help identify them if they become lost or separated from you. Have a picture of you with your pet to prove the pet belongs to you. Consider having an identification computer chip implanted in your dog or cat by your veterinarian or local shelter. This is an important form of identification for your animal, especially if it is difficult to distinguish from others of the same breed.

• If evacuating your home, take your pet with you or place it in a kennel or veterinarian’s office safe from a storm surge. If you are staying with friends or relatives, make sure they know you are bringing your animals so they can make arrangements. (They may have pets that are not compatible.) Check with motels and hotels to be sure they will allow animals. You may visit http://www.petswelcome.com/ for a list of pet-friendly lodgings. Many hotels will allow animals during an emergency. During a declared disaster by the governor, animal-friendly shelters may be opened in the state in partnership with Red Cross shelters, if necessary. Shelters should be considered a last resort. Check with the local Red Cross or Emergency Management in your area to see if shelters are open and if they will allow animals.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 110 stamps (vs. 152 used to send out newsletters) from Jamie Reagin, Linda Gettle, Benjamin Jones, Barbara Johnson and Mardi Hoofnagle. Fortunately, we did have stamps left over from August so we were able to send out this newsletter and the other mail this month without purchasing more. We have about one book of stamps left—so please send as many as you can in October.

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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, Margaret & Fred Mitchell, Gloria Overbey, and Mildred Ferrell 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 Mardi Hoofnagle for your extra support sent for our vet bills in honor of Toby, your kitty with diabetes. We certainly agree that vet bills for any chronic condition can build up in a short time.

• From Annette Gonzales “in honor of our 12-year-old Basset Hound Jake, who just survived a cancerous tumor removal and spleenectomy. What a blessing!” Annette, we are so very glad to hear that Jake is doing so well.

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THANK YOU—

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

 To Elly Meyer for the wonderful orange tabby kitty card. We are sorry to hear about your bout with pneumonia but happy you have recovered.

 To Mary Speer for your continuing sponsorship of Bella.

 To Fred & Margaret Mitchell for the extra donation and adorable boy and puppy card.

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

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

Please check with the human resources or community relations department of your company to see if they participate in a matching gift program. It is a way to have your support doubled, or—in some cases—tripled.

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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.

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INTERESTING ITEMS FROM THE NEWS

Greeley, CO – August 13, 2008 – A dog stood guard over her owner’s body for up to six weeks after the man committed suicide in the remote northeastern plans. Cash, a German shepherd belonging to 25-year-old Jake Baysinger, was found beside his body—thin and dehydrated but alive. She apparently survived by eating mice and rabbits and kept coyotes away. Cash was reunited with Sara Baysinger and the couple’s two-year-old son and is recovering well. FROM CNN.COM/US

London – August 15, 2008 – Nils Olav already has medals for good conduct and long service. He made honorary colonel-in-chief of the elite Norwegian King’s Guard in 2005. And on Friday he was knighted. Not bad for a 3-foot-tall penguin—in fact three of them. The current Nils Olav is the third penguin (since 1972) to serve as the guards’ mascot and was knighted by a representative of Norway’s King Herald V. Loudon and will now be known as “Sir.” FROM MSN WORLD NEWS

Hong Kong – September 26, 2008 – Cookies from a major Japanese company and Chinese-made baby cereal are the latest products caught up in the tainted milk scandal. The same chemical, melamine, which caused the deaths and grave illnesses of so many U.S. dogs and cats, has been found in these products and baby formula in China. At this date, six baby deaths have been reported and more than 60,000 illnes




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