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Sent: January 28, 2009

Message from Pat:

Early last week, Carolyn saw a man deliberately swerve to hit a stray dog on the road near her house. She ran out to help the dog and, being in severe pain, it bit her foot--deep to the bone. She still managed to drag the dog to the side--but he died in her arms. Unable to walk, Carolyn called a relative on her cell phone and was taken to a doctor, who cleaned the wound and gave her antibiotics. However, two days later, one of Carolyn's animal care employees found her semi-conscious on the floor of her house with the foot grotesquely swollen. She was rushed to the hospital and into surgery this past weekend. She almost lost at least part of her foot--the surgeon said one more day and she would have had to have it amputated. Fortunately, the surgery was successful and she should be able to come home in a few days.

However, she will be unable to care for the animals for six to eight weeks while the foot heals. Which means we will incur extra labor costs for the employees, who will do the work she normally does. We estimate that we will need $200 per week over and above our normal labor costs. So, if you are at all able to send a little extra support--it would be especially welcome.

PS - You will be glad to know that Carolyn got the license plate number of the car that hit the dog, and the man has been arrested and charged with felony animal abuse.

Now, the newsletter--with a story Carolyn wrote before all of this happened.

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

“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth” ~ Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe, letter to President Franklin

Dear Friends,

This story isn’t really a “Christmas miracle,” but it did seem like one. And it started with a text message from Pat Kachur wishing us a Happy Holiday. The problem was—I didn’t have my phone to receive it. Earlier in the day, I had been to the cemetery to visit the graves of my parents, family and friends. Somewhere in all that walking I had put my phone down on a tombstone. A family visiting the cemetery heard the “ping” of the phone and read the message. They replied to Pat, asking who owned the phone and how could they get it back to the owner. She gave them the address, and they started looking for me. Since neither my house nor mailbox has numbers, I wasn’t found until the next day after they had exchanged text messages with Pat once again. When Pat gave directions, they replied, “Oh, that’s the house with all the dogs.”

When the family came to my house, I was struggling with a 50-lb. bag of dog food. I had suffered a broken arm helping a neighbor birth twin calves a couple of days before. The cow kicked me but it was my fault, not hers, for being turned the wrong way. But at least the birth was successful. Anyway, the man helped me with the dog food and cleaned the pens for me. My cousin had been doing this, but he was late getting here that day.

As we worked, we talked about how they came to find my phone. Because the father lost his job four months ago, they didn’t have enough money to buy Christmas presents for all four members of the family, so they took a vote to see what to do with the money they had left to spend. Every single member wrote the same thing on their card: “Buy a flower for Grandma’s grave.” This brought tears to my eyes. They were all so unselfish. Not even the children had asked for anything for themselves. Remarkable and wonderful! The children played with the dogs and then picked up the yard, which is always a mess from the refuse trucks going down this road. The woman washed the dishes and swept the floor for me. I was never so happy to have lost a phone!

After the work was finished, we had cocoa and cookies. By then, my cousin had arrived, so we told him the story. He said to the man, “I can’t offer you a regular job, but I could use some help a couple days a week, if you are interested.” It is hard work, moving furniture; but the man immediately accepted.

As we were saying our “goodbyes,” and “thank you’s,” the woman said, “We will be back to help you. And they have, every other day since. They wouldn’t accept any money for gas, and I knew they didn’t have it to spare, so my cousin bought a five-gallon can and twice a week, when the man is working, he pours gas in their car. Just a little payback for their generosity to a stranger who needed help.

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ANIMAL HEALTH—This month we are continuing a list of “human” foods that may be harmful to animals, begun in the January letter. 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.

Caffeine—Coffee, tea or any product that contains caffeine stimulates an animal’s central nervous and cardiac systems. This can lead to restlessness, heart palpitations and death, depending on how much the animal consumes.

Grapes and Raisins—Both of these can lead to kidney failure in dogs. As little as a single serving of raisins can kill them. And the effects are cumulative, which means that even if a dog eats just one or two grapes or raisins regularly, the toxin that builds in his system will eventually kill him.

Onions—Onions are another common food that can be highly toxic to pets. They can destroy an animal’s red blood cells and lead to anemia, weakness and breathing difficulties. Their effects are also cumulative over time.

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REMINDERS OF EASY WAYS TO RAISE FUNDS—(1) Mission Fish is a website in which the worlds of eBay and charity are combined. Anytime you put an item up for auction at eBay, sign in through MissionFish ( and indicate you want a percentage of the final sale to go to our organization. We are registered with this organization and received a nice check from them over the Holidays.

(2) Please remember to use whenever you need a search engine. Be sure to verify that you are supporting our organization. We received a small check from them in December. Let’s make that a BIG check the next time.

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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. Please remember to let us know by email or note that you have made a PayPal donation, as we do not get any notice from PayPal.

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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: 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).

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From Kristi Crockett “in honor of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Johnson of Dunwoody, GA.”

From Walter Gordy “in memory of Bubba, beloved cat of 16 years belonging to my good friend Patricia Kephart."

From Lindsay Bush “in memory of Leon Hightower, father of Kathy Beckman.”

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To Dennis Baldauf for your donation “for Putter.”

To Mary Jane Johnson for your donation toward our vet bills and the wonderful holiday card with the Golden puppy.

To Dena Roesler for your donation which, as usual, was matched by your 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 Avis Buchanan for your donation toward our veterinary expenses.

To Mary Speer for your continued support of Bella.

To Mildred Ferrell for your donation to help with our ever more expensive utility bills.

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

To Elly Meyer for you generous donation and wonderful kitten card.

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

To Gail & Bob Brown for your donation of three Lowes gift cards. We are sorry to hear of the medical issues which have arisen in your family and send our very best wishes for improved health.

To Mardi Hoofnagle for your kind note with the adorable black and white kitty. We do plan to write about diabetes in the near future. However, you may want to check out the following site which discusses management of that disease in both dogs and cats: In the meantime, our best to Toby Cat.

To Joann Croghan for your support “for Alabama.”

To Jennifer & Sasha DeWeese for your donation last year, which has just been matched by your company, Duke Realty.

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Good News. Since our last report, we have received a total of 281 stamps from Elmer Bryant, Mardi Hoofnagle, Barbara Johnson, Jamie Reagin, and Gail & Bob Brown. Since we need 152 to send out this newsletter and 10 to 20 for other mail during each month, we are in quite good shape. But, please still send as many as you can—for the “lean” months which may be ahead.

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