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Sent: November 29, 2008

706-518-7905 (Cell)
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible



Dear Friends,

Much has happened in our country since our last newsletter. After many, many stressful months of campaigning, our new President was elected and will take office on January 20. Whatever your political leanings and opinions on these results, it is our heartfelt hope that everyone will support President-Elect Obama as he and his team work to solve the many problems, economic and otherwise, that face our great country.

On a lighter note, we are delighted to hear that a puppy (we hope from a shelter) will join the Obama family in the White House. In an interview with Barbara Walters this week, Mr. Obama said that they will be getting a “big rambunctious” dog.

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END OF YEAR--December is an especially important month for our shelter. Because of kind people who send extra or special donations as seasonal gifts and the fact that December 31 is the deadline for tax-deductible donations, this month is traditionally the month in which we receive the most support. We cannot stress how much we count on that happening each year, because—just as traditionally—January and February are the months in which we receive the least support. Plus, they are the months in which we experience utility bills which are two to three times higher than the average of all other months.

So, we urgently need you to send us as much support in December as is possible considering your own personal situation. We deeply appreciate every donation, in any amount, that we receive and hope that the support you are able to send gives you a feeling of warmth in this season of good will.


With winter coming on, we need lots of items to ensure the animals are comfortable during the colder months. Many of these are available at either Home Depot or Lowes. We would very much appreciate the donation of gift cards from either place.

Gift cards for any other store at which we can buy items needed at the shelters, such as bleach, detergent, 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. Wal-Mart, Kroger, PetSmart, PETCO, Publix and Ingles cards are especially welcome.

Any type of animal medicine.

A special donation for veterinary bills. You may send a donation with a notation that it is to be used for veterinary care. Or send 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. NOTE: Because of a very generous donation recently sent to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic by one of our supporters, we have removed them from this list. Please be sure to let us know that you have sent support directly to one of the clinics—they are sometimes too busy to let us know about the support they receive from you.

A donation earmarked for our electric bill (presently about $300 per month but which will greatly increase with colder weather) and/or garbage bill (currently $182.98).


From Nancy and Bob Donahue “in honor of Kevin and Cory Donahue’s anniversary. They are continuing sponsors of Jumping Jack and have also provided shelter to lost dogs.”


From Marion Poythress “in memory of BEAU who was the beloved pet of our neighbors, Steve and Jeanne Moore…Jeanne was driving on a very busy road when she came upon a little half-starved black cocker wandering on the edge of the road. His coat was matted and she felt like he hadn’t eaten in a long time. Steve and Jeanne gave him lots of TLC for the 10 or so years he was with them. Beau was an adorable little dog with lots of personality.”

From Sally Prahl and the rest of the Prahl family “in memory of BUGGS and SWEET PEA, the last two of 16 cats my sister, Gail Donahue and her husband Tom Meehan, had at one time. Gail is the administrator of Orphans of the Storm shelter, and most of these cats had special needs or AIDS. Sweet Pea was an exception, having been rescued after being hit by a car. Gail nursed her back to health after surgery, and Sweet Pea was with Gail and Tom for more than 19 years. I am so proud of all my sister and her husband have done for their pets.”

From Joann Croghan “in loving memory of KRISHNA, TASHA and FRED, who have passed away this year and LING LING, SAM and TIGGER, who died in 2007.”

From Connie Rice “in memory of CODY, my 11-year-old Pomeranian. We had successfully dealt with his Addison’s Disease and heart problems for about seven years and thought we could keep him going for another couple. However, he collapsed one evening and we took him to the Emergency Animal Hospital. They found him to be extremely anemic and had an ominous growth on his spleen, which turned out to be a Hemangiosarcoma. The prognosis was hopeless and we had no choice but to ease his sweet little soul into heaven while I held him. Cody and I had a special connection, and I am devastated by his loss. We have four rescue cats and two remaining dogs—one of whom has just been diagnosed with Cushings Disease.”

Thank you, also, Connie for inquiring about my son Barry. He has been able to stay out of hospitals for quite a few months now—but I am afraid his health will always be an issue.


To Mary Jane Johnson, Mildred Ferrell and Gloria Overbey for your donations earmarked for veterinary care.

To Dena Roesler for her donation which, as usual, was matched by her company. Matching Gifts are offered by many companies and are a wonderful way to double (sometimes triple) your support.

To Kevin Donahue for your long-time support of Jumping Jack.

To Margaret and Fred Mitchell for your lovely card and even more lovely thoughts. We are delighted to hear that A.J. is still going strong at 15. Those “throw away” dogs are often the most wonderful ones. Congratulations to your son for “claiming” two dogs—they could not ask for a better home.

To May Speer for your continued support of Bella.

To Elly Meyer for your donation and note. We are sorry to hear that you have been hospitalized. Pneumonia, a pacemaker, a stroke and a broken arm—all in just one year. That is much too much trauma for one year. You are “owed” a very healthy 2009.

To Carol Clenney for your long-time support of a shelter cat.


Since our last report, we have received a total of 159 stamps from Benjamin Jones, Lois Holbrook, Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle and Connie Rice. We need 152 to send out this newsletter and 10 to 20 for other mail during each month. Since we had a few left over from October, we had enough for both purposes in November. We now have 15 left—so, how about sending us a few extra as a holiday present.


Baghdad, October 20, 2008 – Ratchet the Iraqi puppy finally had his day. An animal rescue group flew into Baghdad on Sunday and picked up the dog, which was adopted by Army Spec. Gwen Beberg of Minneapolis in a case that highlighted military rules barring troops from caring for pets while in Iraq. This was the third time that Operation Baghdad Pups had tried to get Ratchet out of the country after Beberg and another soldier rescued the puppy from a burning pile of trash in May. More than 65,000 people from around the world signed an on-line petition asking the Army to let the pup be taken to the U. S. The effort finally succeeded as Baghdad Pups, a part of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International, coordinated Ratchet’s departure—at a cost of about $5,000. FROM ABCNEWS – HOME – U.S. OCTOBER 20, 2008.

Please help us make this holiday season a happy one for all the four-legged creatures who depend on you for the things they need. Without your help, there would be no home, food and love for any of them.

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