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eNEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER 2008

Sent: October 26, 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!


“Most pets display so many humanlike traits and emotions it’s easy to forget they’re not gifted with the English language and then get snubbed when we talk to them and they don’t say anything back.” Stephenie Geist

Dear Friends,

October 25, 2008 – At this time last month, we were watching and listening to Congress, the Treasury and the White House deliberate over whether or not an enormous “bailout” would be approved. Since that time, it was first not approved and, a few days later, approved. Since that time, the economic news has continued to be depressing—with both Presidential candidates telling the country daily what each would do to get us back on a solid economic footing if elected. The stock markets have continued an up and down course, unfortunately mostly down. As of the end of business yesterday, the Dow Jones Average was at 8379, having dropped 5.35 percent for the week. The election is but a few days away, and we hope and pray that our new President will be able to reverse the economic fortunes of our beloved country—but we know that it will take much time to do. Whatever your opinion on this situation and whomever you believe will best be able to help us, we sincerely hope that you will vote on November 4.

Even though the month of October did not see any relief in our economic problems, we are so grateful that you, our supporters, came through for us with both “regular” and “extra” support. Because of you, were are at this moment within $175 of being able to pay all overdue bills from past months plus those of October.

We ask that you, if at all possible, continue your support in November at the same level so that we can be current with all expenses by the end of that month. But, please remember, we deeply appreciate any support you are able to give.

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ANIMAL HEALTH—This month, we’re taking a somewhat different approach—how having pets can make people healthier. For instance:

• People with hypertension who adopted a cat or dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations than did those who did not own a pet, according to a recent study at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

• Results of a 10-year study of more than 4,300 Americans by the Minnesota Stroke Institute at the University of Minnesota suggest that having a pet can relief psychological stress and anxiety (which can lead to cardiovascular issues, particularly heart attacks).

• Walking with a pet helps to sooth nerves and offers instant relaxation. Many studies have shown that stressful situations tend to be lessened when a person has a pet.

• Research by Judith M. Siegel, Journal of Personality and Society Psychology, shows that elderly people with pets actually made less doctor visits, especially for non-serious medical conditions than those without pets. The author concluded that pets may serve as a “stress buffer” and provide companionship and acceptance that people might otherwise seek from their doctors.”

Sounds like a win-win situation to us.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 155 stamps (vs. 152 used to send out newsletters) from Mardi Hoofnagle, Linda Gettle, Elmer Bryant and Jamie Reagin. With the leftovers from last month, we had just enough stamps to send out this newsletter and our other mail. Many thanks to you stamp people—and keep it up!!!

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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 your bank account.

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Our great appreciation to Mary Jane Johnson, Sara Martin, Gloria Overbey, Avis Buchanan and Mildred Ferrell for your donations to our veterinary care fund since our last newsletter. As always, you may donate toward veterinary care in any one of the following ways:

• Sending us a check made out to 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) Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital, PO Box 1328, Dawsonville GA 30534 or (2) 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. Please be sure to let us know that you have sent support directly to one of the clinics—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 Thomas Lanford, Jr. & Holly Lunsford “in honor of Evelyn Mason’s 90th birthday from her great-grand cats—Miss Annabelle, Little Miss Trouble, the Hebrew Children: Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego, Miss Belle Boyd Lee and Miss Mellie Lou”

 From Thomas Lanford, Jr. & Holly Lunsford “in honor of Roberta Lanford’s birthday from her grand-cats—Miss Annabelle, Little Miss Trouble, the Hebrew Children: Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego, Miss Belle Boyd Lee and Miss Mellie Lou.”

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IN MEMORY—

 From Elmer Bryant “in memory of our 18-year-old calico, who had to be put to sleep September 29. His name was K.C. (Kasey) for Kroger Cat, as he was abandoned at about age six months at the Kroger grocery store (which explains the name).” And, thank you for the good wishes.

 From Marion Poythress “in memory of Dandelion who was Alex Ruffner’s kitty companion since she found him as a baby in the woods near her apartment.”

 From Dan & Laurie Beynon “in continuing memory of our beloved “Spanky.” Thank you for sending us such a wonderful picture of him.

THANK YOU—

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

 To Sara Martin for your very generous donation of a Lowes gift card in addition to the support sent to one of the veterinary clinics we use.

 To Walter Gordy for your generosity all this year.

 To Mary Speer for your continuing sponsorship of Bella.

 To Annette Gonzales for your extra support. It definitely does help.

 To Elly Meyer for your usual cheery note. Congratulations on becoming “younger.”

 To Bonnie & Sonny Strohm for your kind note. We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your dear friend of so many years. Finding good homes for so many of his animals was a wonderful thing for you to do, and we send our congratulations for such good work.

 To JoAnn Croghan for your donation “for Alabama.”

 To Fred & Margaret Mitchell for the lovely card. We are happy to hear about the visit of your daughter and grandson. The fact that your thoughts are with us in these difficult times is very comforting.

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

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

Many, many companies have matching gift programs. Please check with the human resources or community relations department of your company to see if they participate in one. 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

San Antonio, October 21 – A new $15 million veterinary hospital for four-legged military personnel opened at Lackland AFB, offering a long overdue facility that gives advanced medical treatment for combat-wounded dogs. Like soldiers and Marines, military dogs suffer from war wounds and routine health issues that need to be treated so they can continue working. Dogs injured in Iraq or Afghanistan get emergency medical treatment on the battlefield and are flown to Germany for care. If necessary, they’ll fly on to San Antonio for more advanced treatment. “We act as the Walter Reed of the veterinary world,” said Army Col. Bob Vogelsang, hospital director. The hospital has operating rooms, digital radiography, CT scanning equipment, an intensive care unit and rehab rooms with an underwater treadmill and exercise balls. A behavioral specialist has an office near the lobby. FROM MSNBC U.S. NEWS, MILITARY – OCTOBER 22, 2008.

St. Petersburg, FL – An Atlanta pooch traveled more than 400 miles for a Florida vacation, but even that might not have been enough for the golden retriever. Pepper the dog was covered in fleas and dirt when a St. Petersburg man found him outside a travel office during a thunderstorm. Jay Getman took the dog to a veterinarian. A microchip implanted in the dog’s neck helped him reunite the dog with his grateful owner. Pepper went missing from a dog sitter’s home nine months ago when his family was in Mexico. FROM MSNBC, HOME – OCTOBER 1, 2008

Islamorada, FL – A dog is recovering after a Florida Keys carpenter dove in to save his pet from a shark. Greg LeNoir took his 14-lb. rat terrier Jake for a daily swim at a marina. The five-foot shark suddenly surfaced and grabbed nearly the entire dog in its mouth. LeNoir balled up his fists and dove into the water. He hit the shark in the back and it finally let go of Jake. Jake suffered bite wounds but was not critically injured. FROM MSNBC, U.S. NEWS, LIFE – SEPTEMBER 30, 2008.

PET FOOD WHICH HAS BEEN RECENTLY RECALLED BY THE FDA:

Hartz Corporation Voluntarily Recalled
One Specific Lot of Nationwide Chicken-Basted
Rawhide Chips Because of Possible Health Risk. The product involved is 4,850 - 2 pound plastic bags of Hartz Chicken-Basted Rawhide Chips, lot code JC23282, UPC number 3270096463 which were distributed to a national retail customer. While the normal testing that Hartz conducts through an independent outside laboratory did not detect the presence of Salmonella in any Hartz rawhide products, sample testing conducted by another laboratory did indicate the presence of the bacteria in a sample bag of the Chicken-Basted Rawhide Chips.









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