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Sent: January 1, 2009

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

“I have been studying the traits and dispositions of the “lower animals” (so called) and contrasting them with the traits and dispositions of man. I find the result humiliating to me” - Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth, 1907

Dear Friends,

December was a month in which we were reminded how many wonderful people we have in our support group. So many of you took the time to send us lovely notes and cards that our “Thank You” section is the longest ever. Financially, our deep appreciation for your extra and special support, especially considering the difficult economic times we are all experiencing.

Please do remember that January and February are traditionally the months in which we receive the least monetary support. We need your continued help to get through those down months.

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ANIMAL HEALTH—This month, we are beginning a list of “human” foods that may be harmful to animals, which we will continue in future issues. In 2007, the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center received more than 130,000 calls. Most cases of animal poisoning were caused by common human foods and household items.

• Avocados contain a toxic component called persin, which can damage heart, lung and other tissue in many animals. It is very harmful to dogs, cats and most other animals.

• Beer (and other alcoholic beverages) can cause the same damage to an animal’s liver and brain as they cause in humans. But the effects can be deadly on animals since they are much smaller than us. The smaller the animal, the more deadly the effects can be.

• Nuts - Walnuts and macadamia nuts are especially toxic. Effects may range from paralysis to death. Symptoms normally begin within 12 hours and can be even worse if the animal eats chocolate along with the nuts.

• Chocolate contains theobromine, which can kill your pet if eaten in large quantities. Dark and unsweetened baking chocolates are especially dangerous.

• Candy, or anything containing Xylitol (a common sweetener found in many diet products) can cause a sudden drop in an animal’s blood sugar, loss of coordination and seizures. If left untreated, the animal could die.

PAYPAL DONATIONS—Please remember that you may make donations to the shelter via PayPal. Just visit their website, – use our PayPal email address – – and follow the site instructions. You may use a credit card or have the donation deducted from a bank account.


In the winter, 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 (latest bill was almost $400) and/or garbage bill (currently $182.98).


--From Jennifer and Mardi Hoofnagle “in honor of Barney. He was Mardi’s beloved cat who passed away in November after getting a sudden, rare blood disease. Barney was adopted by Mardi from her grandchildren after several other cats ganged up on him and he needed a new home. He was a quirky and silly cat and had a great life living with his ‘Grandma Hoof.’ He will be missed by all!”

--From Mary Ann Williams, who writes, “I could not think of a better way to honor people than by sending donations to All Cats Inc. You all are very, very special people.

- First, I would like to honor my dogs’ groomer, Linda Beamon. As always, she does a terrific job!
- Second, with highest respect and appreciation, I want to honor my employees Doyle & Maudann Shugart, who own Deceased Pet Care, Inc.”


--From Laura Hagen “in loving memory of Buckley and Destin. I lost Buck in May and Destin in July, and I miss them both every day.”


--To Dennis Baldauf for your donation “for Putter.”

--To Connie Rice for your donation toward medical expenses—and the wonderful Peace on Earth card with the darling dog and cat.

--To Laura Hagen for your very generous sponsorship of Blackie.

--To Mildred Ferrell for your donation for our vet bills.

--To Benjamin Jones for the Petsmart gift card. And for bringing us up to date on your tribe, expanded lately to nine cats—plus the ducks and geese. We could not agree more with your feelings about the kind of people who “dump” animals—they are truly cruel and disgusting.

--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. We hope that 2009 is a great year for all of us.

--To Gloria Overbey for your donation to help with our veterinary bills—and the lovely kitten and puppy card with the kind note.

--To Margaret and Fred Mitchell for your supportive note and holiday wishes and adorable Christmas puppy card.

--To Mary Speer for your continued support of Bella and your special donation to purchase her a pink collar.

--To Mary Jane Johnson for your donation toward veterinary expense—and the wonderful puppy and Santa card.

--To Avis Buchanan for your donation to assist with veterinary expenses.

--To Elly Meyer for your donation and note. We are so glad you are feeling better. (We loved the card with the gorgeous white kitty.)

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

--To Jamie Reagin for your donation to help with veterinary bills.

--To Bette Anderson for sending us the animal medicine. You may be assured it will be put to good use. Please give our condolences to your cousin for the loss of her dog.

--To Joann Croghan for your support “for Alabama.”

--To Maryland Timmerman and Rabeth Walker for the wonderful card and your support. We completely understand how hard it is to stretch the dollars to cover the needs of the animals.

--To Pat Stephens for your beautiful winter scene card and kind words.

--To Annette Gonzales for the adorable “puppy with Christmas lights” card and your donation toward our utility bills.


Since our last report, we have received a total of 160 stamps from Jamie Reagin, Gloria Overbey, Connie Rice and Benjamin Jones. We need 152 to send out this newsletter and 10 to 20 for other mail during each month. So, we had just enough for December. Please continue to send as many as you can as we have zero in inventory right now.


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