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Sent: May 25, 2009

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

“I love cats because I enjoy my home and, little by little, they become its visible soul. ~ Jean Cocteau

"I believe in animal rights, and high among them is the right to the gentle stroke of a human hand.” ~ Robert Brault

“By the love of those I've been privileged to rescue, I have been rescued." ~ Annette King-Tucker

Dear Friends,

I had decided I didn’t really believe in miracles, or God, or even doing “the right thing” just because it was right—or because your heart told you right from wrong. I was in a really deep depression, and I didn’t even want to come out of it. Life is/was totally unfair. My husband, who had done “the right thing” all of his life was lying in a coma, and the doctors were telling us there was no use keeping him on life support.

I was the person who had to make the choice. How could I ever make a choice that would end his life? This is the man I depend on for everything. An impossible choice! On the other hand, he had told me to never put him on life support. So, finally, we set a time; and all his brothers and sisters, his daughters and I were at his bed at the hospital in Birmingham to say good bye.

We gathered around his bed and each of us said something. I was the last to speak before the shutting down of life support. By then I was angry. How dare God do this to us? So I said, “John, you have three choices here. You can die, you can get well or you can just keep breathing and lying in this bed. If that is your choice, I will put you in one of the dog pens and feed you and hose you down every day with the cold water I use when I clean the dog pens.”

At that precise moment, he opened his eyes and looked straight at me. “Well, then,” he said, “I guess I better get well.” And he has! He isn’t completely well, but he will get there. And none of us could believe he actually spoke. We are all so proud of how well he is progressing. He even mowed a small portion of the yard today, Thursday. And I learned he is more afraid of ice baths than almost anything. This is a useful piece of information to have. It could come in handy again sometime.

We are all so grateful for the prayers on his behalf made by all of you. Thank you so very much. I truly believe it helped in his recovery. Again, Thank You. Carolyn

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ANIMAL HEALTH—The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends pet owners have a first aid kit including gauze, nonstick bandages, towels or strips of cloth to control bleeding and adhesive tape (not human tape like Band-Aids) for security wraps. They also suggest milk of magnesia or activated charcoal to absorb poison and hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) to induce vomiting. Add a digital rectal thermometer, an eyedropper to give oral treatments and a muzzle. If you don’t have an actual muzzle, nylon stockings, towels or gauze rolls may be used. Your kit will also need species-specific items so, again, know what may be important for your type of pet.

Poisoning and exposure to toxins (antifreeze, rodent poisons, cleaning products) need immediate action. Call your vet or the ASPCA animal poison control center (888-426-4435) and be prepared to give them the species, breed, age, sex and—VERY important—weight of your pet. Try to have the ingested product in front of you. If your pet is bleeding, place a gauze pad over the wound and apply steady pressure for three minutes. Severe leg bleeding may be treated with a gauze tourniquet, loosening it for 20 seconds every 15-20 minutes. In every emergency, call your vet for instructions on how to stabilize your pet for transport to the office. Many Thanks to Carolyn Van Oostrom for sending us this article, written by Lynda Shrager, Albany NY Times-Union

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A NEW WAY TO HELP US—Thomas Lanford writes that the Target stores will put items on sale and promote them with a “Buy 2; get a $5 gift card” deal. They often do that with cat litter. People can send the gift cards to All Cats as a contribution.” Many thanks Thomas for that idea—and for the three gift cards you sent us.

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THE STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 180 stamps (vs. 148 required to send out this newsletter) from Gloria Overbey, Kelly Lattanzi, Gloria Young, Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle and Barbara Johnson. We were able to send out this newsletter and the rest of the other shelter mail this past month—and have almost a book left over. Thanks to all of you—keep up the great work!!

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--From James and Linda Alexander “for Edna Jones”

--From Judith Anderson “in memory of Edna Jones.”

--From R. K. Donahue – “This is a gift from his cousin, Carol Fudge, in memory of Gary Donahue.”

--From Marianne Lambert “in memory of Ms. Edna Jones.”

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From Vicky Murphy for your donation “in honor of John and Carolyn. I am very grateful for the work you do. There will be a special place in heaven for you.”

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To Mary Jane Johnson for your donation to help with our vet bills. Your lovely card and the sentiments expressed are very much appreciated.

To Dena Roesler for your donation (part of which was designated for our vet bills) which, as usual, was matched by your company.

To Mary Speer for your continued support of Bella.

To Gloria Overbey for your help with our veterinary expenses.

To Elly Meyer for your thoughts and prayers for John and the lovely card.

To Mildred Ferrell for your help with our medical expenses.

To Annette Gonzales for your good wishes for John and the extra support you sent.

To Nadine Hereth for your good wishes and prayers.

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

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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 and be sure to verify that you are supporting our organization. Our account is credited every time you use this search engine.

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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 about $450) and/or garbage bill (currently $178.92).


Gainesville, FL – The University of Florida and the ASPCA have teamed up to tackle the shortage of trained investigators of horrendous crimes against animals to help prosecute those responsible for such crimes. The program, which begins in Spring 2010, may be the country’s first forensic sciences program at a major university. The program will offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses and continuing education for veterinarians, law enforcement, animal control officers and others involved in the investigation and prosecution of crimes against animals. According to Melinda Merck, senior director of veterinary forensics for the ASPCA (who helped investigate the dog fighting charges of which Michael Vick was convicted) “Our biggest mandate is to educate others. Veterinary students are craving this information and it will effect change.” FROM MSNBC PET HEALTH, APRIL 27, 2009.

London – The Royal Welsh Regiment is saying farewell to Billy the Goat (full name William Windsor), a four-legged military buddy. The battalion has had a regimental goat as part of its ceremonies for more than 200 years. FROM MSNBC WORLD NEWS, MAY 20, 2009

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