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Sent: June 29, 2009

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

“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” – Immanuel Kant

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” – James Herriot

Dear Friends,

Last month, I wrote to you about the miracle that was my husband John’s recovery from what we (including all the doctors) felt was going to end his life. Another part of the miracle was the response we have gotten from so very many of you—cards, letters, notes, prayers. We are overwhelmed. John is now able to do most of the “normal” things that we all do to take care of ourselves. However, he is no longer able to work—and will be forced to shut down his business, a financial and emotional blow for both of us.

We want to again thank all of you for caring and sending so many messages of hope. I’ve always felt that “animal people” are the very best kind…you continue to prove me correct.

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URGENT HELP NEEDED FOR FLEA CONTROL – Especially here in the South, fleas are a huge problem for anyone who has animals. We need your help right now to help us fight this parasite. A special or extra donation for the purchase of flea control products is urgently needed! We would also appreciate receiving donations of the products themselves. Of course, the type which is squeezed on to the animal is preferred since it is much easier to use when you have many animals. However, any type would be very welcome.

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ANIMAL HEALTH—Our subject this month, apropos to the paragraph just above, is how much care must be used when treating our furry friends with flea control products. In light of recent government scrutiny of flea and tick products, the ASPCA is cautioning pet parents to use care when applying any over-the-counter or prescription flea and tick solutions. Spot-on products—topical insecticides applied to the skin—generally kill fleas and ticks by targeting their nervous systems. But, if misapplied, these products can have devastating consequences.

According to new data from the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, when cats are treated properly and according to label directions, fewer than 2% experience major illness, while nearly 20% suffer major problems when the solution is used incorrectly. “Cats especially are extremely sensitive to insecticides,” says Dr. Steven Hansen, ASPCA Veterinary Toxicologist and Senior Vice President of Animal Health Services. “Just a few drops of concentrated permethrin, present in many spot-on treatments designed for dogs, can be lethal to cats.”

Here’s some advice for keeping your pet safe from fleas and insecticides this summer:

• Confirm your pet has fleas by identifying common signs such as scabs, excessive scratching and droppings (known as “flea dirt”) in your pet’s coat.
• Talk to your vet about choosing the right, species-specific flea treatment for your pet and never use products made for dogs on cats, and vice versa.
• Avoid applying flea powders and sprays in addition to a spot-on treatment—the chemicals in different products can have adverse reactions with each other.
• Clean your house, including rugs, bedding and upholstery, and discard any used vacuum bags. Since fleas love long, unkempt grass, remember to treat and maintain your yard as carefully as your home.

If you suspect your pet is having a reaction from a flea infestation or topical flea and tick product, please contact your veterinarian immediately.

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THE (NOT SO GOOD) STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 60 stamps (vs. 148 required to send out the newsletter) from Joanne Daube, Jamie Reagin and Mardi Hoofnagle. This means we had to spend about $50 on stamps for this newsletter and other mail sent out in June. While this is not a tremendous sum, we would rather spend it on direct animal care. So, stamp people, help us reverse this result in July!!!

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From Mildred Ferrell for your donation toward our veterinary expenses “In memory of Moses and Max.”

From Dena Roesler in memory of Chloe. Dena “had to put my little girl Chloe cat to sleep at the beginning of June. She developed a cancerous tumor in her mouth, and it was getting to the point where she could no longer eat. I was keeping her alive for myself because I just didn’t want to let her go, and it was not fair to her. I can tell you that this was the hardest thing I have ever done. I miss her every day. She was my friend and companion and she always made me smile. My home is very lonely without her.” Thank you, Dena, for letting us know. We hope that at sometime in the future you will adopt another kitty in Chloe’s honor to fill that lonely spot in your home and heart.

From Norris Warner “on behalf of Mrs. Edna Jones in support of All CATS.”

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From Thomas Lanford “in honor of Roberta Lanford, Holly Lunsford, Evelyn Mason, Camellia Lipman, Ruth Whitlock, Pam Rountree and Virginia Rountree on Mother’s Day.”

From Nancy Donahue “in honor of Bob Donahue’s birthday—for veterinary expenses.”

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To Mary Jane Johnson for your donation to help with our vet bills. As always, your lovely card (with the adorable kitten) and the sentiments expressed are very much appreciated.

To Kevin Donahue for your blessings on my family and all the animals.

To Gloria Overbey for your help with our veterinary expenses and the wonderful “Miracles” card.

To Elly Meyer for your great orange tabby kitty card AND the sentiments expressed about John’s recovery. Your prayers are very much appreciated. (And your idea about “yelling” at you to help with your medical concerns gave us a much-needed chuckle.)

To Avis Buchanan for your donation in support of our veterinary bills and your kind words about John and his return to health.

To Annette Gonzales for your happy note about John’s recovery.

To Nadine Hereth for your good wishes and prayers.

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

To Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan for your donation for the Alabama shelter.

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REMINDER OF AN EASY TO RAISE FUNDS-- 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 $375) and/or garbage bill (currently $178.92).

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ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 25 - The Feline Friend license plate (also known as the Cat Tag) is now available at tag offices throughout Georgia. Proceeds from sales of the license plate directly benefit the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program (DCSP), which helps pay for spay/neuter procedures in Georgia. Georgians may purchase the Feline Friend or the program’s two other license plates (Buddy and Animal Friend) from county tag offices for a $25 one-time fee. More than $22 from each license plate sold directly benefits the DCSP. These funds are allocated only for spay/neuter procedures and educational outreach on this healthy choice. Since November 2003, the DCSP has helped fund 47,185 spay/neuter surgeries in all 159 Georgia counties. 1,033 veterinarians currently participate. Any Georgia resident may benefit from the DCSP regardless of income. All funds earned through this program stay in Georgia and benefit pets here.

BOSTON, MA – JUNE 17 – A 2-lb., 8-week-old kitten was found inside a mailbox by a letter carrier during a scheduled afternoon pick-up. The Massachusetts SPCA has named the kitty Postina and feel she was stuffed through a small opening of the mailbox and dropped several feel below. Postina is recovering nicely and is being offered for adoption. The MSPCA received 10 calls an hour from potential adoptive parents. Animal abandonment in Massachusetts is punishable by up to a $2,500 fine and five years in prison.

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