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eNEWSLETTER - MARCH 2009

Sent: February 27, 2009


ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL
(www.allcatsinc.org)
706-518-7905 (Cell)
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible

“Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.” – Anonymous

“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Dear Friends,

Note to e-newsletter subscribers—you read about part of the following story in the February electronic newsletter.

For those of you who receive our newsletter through the Post Office mail--Just after your February newsletter was put in the mail, Carolyn was injured trying to help a stray dog she saw hit (on purpose) by a male driver on the road near her home. She ran to the dog and managed to pull him to the side of the road but, being in severe pain, the dog bit her foot to the bone. As she lay there unable to move, the dog died in her arms. Still unable to drag herself to her house, she had to wait until a relative happened by and drove her to a doctor. The doctor cleaned the wound and gave her antibiotics. Unfortunately, the foot became infected and Carolyn had to undergo two hospital stays, surgery on the foot and the loss of a bone. She is presently able to get around using a walker—but, obviously, is not able to do much animal care.

Last month, we asked the people who receive our e-newsletter to send in extra support if at all possible so that the extra labor she needs could be paid. Carolyn would like to thank all of you who were able to do so. Since she is still unable to do the work she normally performs, she still needs help with money to pay the labor bills. Anything extra you are able to send (or a special one-time donation) would be much appreciated. It is expected that she will be incapacitated for about five more weeks.

The good news is, despite being hurt and trying to help the dog, she did get the license number of the car. The man was arrested and is presently in jail.

THANKS FOR HELP WITH LABOR COSTS

Carolyn wants to spend very special thanks to Bennie Meadows, Vicky Frazer and Tony Graney for the support you sent with notes to use it for the extra labor costs incurred due to her injury.

She also wants to say “thank you” to those of you who sent extra support but who did not state that it was for this purpose. We would very much like to publish your names, so please let us know if you authorize us to do so.

ANIMAL HEALTH—This month we are continuing a list of “human” foods/meds that may be harmful to animals:

Medicine – Hide medicine from your pets just as you would from your children. The most common cause of pet poisoning is from animals ingesting a medicine or drug normally prescribed for humans. Often, it is because the pet owners give their animals human medicine hoping to help them. But, for instance, acetaminophen and ibuprofen are extremely toxic to dogs and cats. They can cause gastric ulcers, liver damage, kidney failure and—sometimes—death.

High Fat Meats, Chicken Skin and Fat from Beef – Ingestion of any of these may lead to gastrointestinal upset or even pancreatitis. This can be a very painful condition. Never give your pet meat with the bone in it, as animals can choke on them and they can splinter as well.

In addition, we have recently received several emails about the possible danger to our animals of the ingredients in certain cleaning products. Please be sure to read the “warnings” section of the product labels, which—unfortunately—are often in tiny print. If there is a warning that states the product “may be harmful to small children and animals,” do not use it in any place where either could come in contact with it—before or after use. One woman wrote that her cat walked on a damp surface in her shower after she had just cleaned it and, of course, licked her paws (as any cat will do). As a result, the cat ingested a substance which caused symptoms which her vet said were similar to anti-freeze poisoning. The kitty suffered kidney failure and had to be euthanized.

ITEMS ALWAYS NEEDED AND WELCOME—

Many items we use to care for the safety and comfort of our animals 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 $600) and/or garbage bill (currently $182.98).

IN HONOR OF—

-- From Thomas C. Lanford, Jr. “To Mom on Valentine’s Day from her menagerie: Little Miss Trouble, The Hebrew Children—Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego, Miss Belle Boyd Lee, Miss Mellie Lou (aka Stinky), and—of course—the latest addition, Pumpkin.

-- From Nancy Donahue “in honor of Kevin Donahue’s birthday.”

-- From Kevin Donahue “to honor my friends Vince and Lynn McConnell for helping me out and for adopting a rescue dog named Samson.”

IN MEMORY OF—

-- From Thomas C. Lanford, Jr. “in loving memory of our ‘precious flower,” Miss Annabelle, the sweetest cat ever.”

-- From Mrs. Roberta Lanford “in memory of Abba (Annabelle). She was one of seven felines in the home of Thomas Lanford and Holly Lunsford. They really miss precious Abba. She would talk to me via the phone each Sunday morning.”

-- From Thomas Lanford "in memory of Babe, beloved horse of Christin (A) Olvey, aka GLady--a damn good dawg if ever there was one."

THANK YOU—

-- To Mardi Hoofnagle for sending us the Kroger gift card you received from your two grandcats and for your wishes for Carolyn’s recovery. We are glad to hear you recovered well from the bite you received. Give our regards to Toby.

-- To Mildred Ferrell for your donation 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 Avis Buchanan for your donation toward our veterinary expenses.

-- To Mary Speer for your continued support of Bella.

-- To Gloria Overbey for your help with our veterinary expenses.

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

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

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

-- To Mary Jane Johnson for your generous donation to help with our veterinary bills.

-- To Jo Anne Croghan for your support “for Alabama.”

THE STAMP REPORT—
Since our last report, we have received a total of 40 stamps from Jamie Reagin and Mardi Hoofnagle. Since we had a large number of “leftover” stamps, we only had to purchase 21 in order to mail this newsletter. But, now we have ZERO in inventory. So, we need your help!!

On the subject of stamps, the cost of a first-class mail stamp will increase from 42 to 44 cents on May 11. Customers may use any Forever Stamps they purchase anytime after the price change. So, please send us as many Forever stamps as possible.

INTERESTING NEWS ITEM—Veterinary Pet Insurance searched its database of 466,000 insured pets to find the most popular dog and cat names of 2008.

The winners were: Dogs—Max, Bailey, Bella, Molly, Lucy, Buddy, Maggie, Daisy, Sophie and Chloe. Cats—Max, Chloe, Tigger, Tiger, Lucy, Smokey, Oliver, Bella, Shadow and Charlie.




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