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Sent: July 28, 2009

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

“It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes in to my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.” – Unknown

Dear Friends,

“We are fighting the greatest oppression of all, wrought upon the most innocent and helpless—and I feel we are engaged in the worthiest struggle there is.” When I first read Lise Giraud’s words many years ago, I wished that I could have been the one to say them as they embody in a few words how I feel about the work we do here. No matter the frustrations and anger I often feel while doing this work, the belief that it is what I was put here to do sustains me. Of course, almost none of this work could be done without your help.

We all know how the economic troubles besetting our country have impacted almost every facet of the lives of its people. We, along with many other charities, have seen support decline precipitously. But, our animals still need the same level of care—and the cost has not declined; in fact, in some cases, has risen. We ask that you do your very best to send as much support as possible to help us continue the work that we believe you care about just as much as we do. Thank You!

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Because of its urgent nature and importance, I am reprinting a July 22 news release from the State of Georgia sent to us by Carolyn Danese. Of course, the measures described to keep pets safe during hot weather do not just pertain to Georgia—but anywhere at all during the Summer months.

“With dog days and their accompanying high temperatures upon us, Georgians are doing their best to keep cool. Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is reminding pet owners that their cats and dogs need assistance in order to stay safe and healthy on sweltering days. Here are a few tips to help your pet beat the summer heat:

“Keep a fresh water supply available. Change the water daily. This helps ensure that it remains clean and prevents mosquitoes from breeding in it.

“Keep it in the shade so it doesn’t get hot.

“Do not leave your pet in a parked car – even with the windows cracked. The temperature can become dangerously high within minutes. (This is true whenever the outside temperature is above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.)

“If your dogs are outdoors, make sure that they have a shaded, well-ventilated place to get out of the sun’s harmful rays. Place doghouses in the shade. (Cats are better kept indoors year-round for their health and safety as well as to protect songbirds and wildlife.)

“Limit strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. Take walks in the morning or evening. Bring your dog inside to the air-conditioning if it seems too hot. Dogs with short snouts such as Pugs, English bulldogs and Pekineses are especially vulnerable to the heat.

“Avoid prolonged contact with asphalt or concrete. These surfaces may burn paw pads.

“Fleas and ticks are more active during the summer months and can cause serious health problems. Talk to your veterinarian about how to keep these from infesting your pet.

“Keep your pet’s vaccinations up-to-date. This is especially important during summer to protect against mosquitoes and disease-carrying insects.”

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URGENT HELP NEEDED FOR FLEA CONTROL – We are still in urgent need of a special or extra donation for the purchase of flea control products! 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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THE STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 118 stamps (vs. 148 required to send out the newsletter plus about 20 for sending out other mail) from Joanne Daube, Jamie Reagin, Lois Holbrook, Gloria Young and Mardi Hoofnagle. This is an improvement over June--BUT we still had to spend about $21 on stamps. Your help would be greatly appreciated!!

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To Mary Jane Johnson for your donation and the good wishes sent to us with the wonderful card. We hope that everyone enjoyed the July 4th celebration honoring our country.

To Gloria Overbey for your help with our veterinary expenses and your note: “I was so happy to hear of your husband’s miraculous recovery—praise God for His mercy and love!”

To Elly Meyer for the adorable pug dog card AND the sentiments expressed about John’s recovery.

To Avis Buchanan for your donation to help us with our veterinary bills.

To Annette Gonzales for your note wishing John “continued wellness.”

To Nadine Hereth for the wishes you expressed, which I would like to reproduce here: “When you are lonely, I wish you LOVE; When you are down, I wish you JOY; When things get complicated, I wish you FAITH; When things get empty, I wish you HOPE.”

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

To Mildred Ferrell for your donation to help with veterinary expenses and purchase of flea preventive.

To Dena Roesler for your donation, matched by your company.

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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.

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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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Pike’s Peak Pet Pantry ( lists by state US Pet Food Banks. If you are unable to access this list, please drop us a note and we will send you the listing for whatever state or states you need. Another source for help is the HSUS’s web site, which also has state by state pet assistance listings.

FLORIDA, July 23 – David Grounds watched in horror as his dog Mandy ran to the edge of a backyard pond and was snatched by a 7-foot alligator. Without a thought for his own safety, Grounds ran to the water’s edge and grabbed the gator’s lower jaw with one hand and the upper jaw with the other. Remembering something he had read, he jabbed the gator hard in the eye and it let go of Mandy for a moment. He then tried to throw the gator to the right and run—but the gator caught his right hand. In just a split second, two of Grounds’ fingers were separated from his hand and he was free—and so was Mandy, who had scratches on her back and belly but was otherwise unhurt. While being interviewed by Meredith Viera of the TODAY Show a few days later, he stated that “It wasn’t a bad trade, Mandy for two fingers.”

AUSTIN TX, JULY 10 - Traveling from Austin to Boston on foot seems like a huge challenge—but maybe it's a little easier if you've got four legs to stand on. Two Great Pyrenees dogs, Murphy, 8, and Hudson, 2, along with their owner, 38-year-old Luke Robinson, are mid-way through a 2,000 mile trek that will take at least two years to complete. The three hikers are braving the hot sun and stormy weather, as well as a host of mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, to travel cross-country for a cause: to raise money and awareness for canine cancer research and to find out why so many dogs are affected by the disease at younger and younger ages. Robinson was inspired to embark on the adventure after the death of his first Great Pyrenees, Malcolm, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at age 6, and died two years later. Robinson had loved his pet and was crushed by Malcolm's death. But Robinson's personal tragedy also led him to a question: Why? Read the full story at:

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