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Sent: August 30, 2009

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

“Until there are none…rescue one.” – Unknown

“Better to light a candle for one lost animal than to curse the darkness of man’s indifference. Saving just one animal won’t change the world, but it surely will change the world for that one. Without us they have no voice. Deep inside the heart and soul of every stray is the ultimate desire to be loved.” Unknown

Dear Friends,

Since John and I live so far apart, we only see each other on weekends. So, instead of him mowing the yards as he usually does, we decided to go for a drive. We were planning to make a loop through Alabama, Georgia, N. Carolina and Tennessee. This is actually easy as, if you look at a map, they all come close together. We were going to visit some of our favorite flea markets and yard sales. After all, it is time to start stocking up on blankets and other necessities for use by the animals this winter. After stopping at several places, the next destination was a relatively distant Rome, GA, where I told John that the “car stinks.” He said it just the Rome paper mill—but I knew better. Years ago, I complained about the paper mill smell to my Daddy; and he told me it wouldn’t bother me if would break the smell down to identify the types of trees that were being processed. Since that time, a paper mill has never smelled bad to me. The smell in the car was completely different; it was making me queasy.

By the time we reached Jasper, GA, I was really sick at my stomach. John stopped at a convenience store to get me some water, and I did feel better after being out of the car for a few minutes. But, I knew that I couldn’t make our planned route and asked John to carry me home. On the way back, we passed an auction and I wanted to stop, so once again I was out of the car—for about an hour—and feeling better. But I still wanted to go home.

Nearing home, I was close to passing out. John stopped again for something cold to drink. I was too sick to get out of the car. When he got back in the car, he said “I do think that smell is coming from the car. It is stronger outside next to it.” As we neared the opposite side of town, I passed out for so long that John became very frightened. Our cell phones had no service there so he stopped at a stranger’s house and called an ambulance. After being given oxygen, I was—again—feeling better and refused to go to the hospital.

After traveling another few miles, I began to hallucinate. When we passed a church with three crosses, I began beating on the car window. When John stopped, I ran to the church, convinced I was dying. Kneeling in front the crosses, I was getting fresh air—and life. The pastor of the church lives next to it and came out to talk with me for a few minutes. He said a prayer for me and we continued home. At home, my head hurt and my whole body ached. A nephew, a paramedic, came to give me oxygen and called someone to check the car.

When the exhaust system was checked, they discovered a leak. I had been breathing the exhaust fumes the whole trip. I had such a high level of these fumes in my system that my nephew said I was very lucky to be alive—and wouldn’t have been if we hadn’t made all those stops.

My doctor told me that I have very small lungs, which is why I was so affected—and John was not. He added that a dog or cat wouldn’t have survived—nor would a small child. I am telling you this story so you will know to get your exhaust systems checked. It only takes a few minutes, and it can mean life vs. death for someone we love-human or animal.

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As everyone knows, our country and its citizens have suffered financially during the last two years. Many charities have been adversely affected—including us. Our support has decreased slightly more than 20% in 2009 vs. the same period last year. So, we are excited to present to you two new ways to support us, which can also be a positive for you:

1. ALL CATS was offered, and quickly accepted, an offer to join the Pet Chamber of Commerce at no cost. We were added to its business directory in the Members-Georgia section as of August 12. Its website is We very much encourage you to join the Chamber. When you do, please include the shelter name in the “referred by” field and they will give us 25% percent of your join fee. (Be sure to use our FULL name, All Creatures Are Truly Special, Inc.)

2. We were also invited to participate in the iGive network and have signed up. Every time you shop at any of 700+ online stores in the iGive network, a portion of the money you spend benefits All Creatures Are Truly Special, Inc. It's a free service, and you'll never pay more when you reach a store through iGive. In fact, smart shoppers will enjoy iGive's repository of coupons, free shipping deals, and sales. To get started, just create your free iGive account. And when you search the web, do it through where each search means a penny (or more!) for our cause! If you make your first purchase (through iGive!) within 45 days of joining, iGive will make an additional $5 donation to the shelter.

Start iGiving at: & ALLCATSINC

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THE STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 218 stamps (or a donation for the purpose of purchasing stamps) from Jennifer & Sasha DeWeese, Elmer Bryant, Jamie Reagin, Connie Rice and Mardi Hoofnagle. We need 142 stamps to send out this newsletter plus another 20-25 for other mail sent out each month. So, you all did great. You don’t need reminding—but we’re doing it anyway—that we still need you to send us as many stamps as possible, each and every month.

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To Mary Jane Johnson for your donation towards our veterinary expenses and the wonderful card with the two handsome dogs.

To Vicky Murphy for sending us the information on the 2,000-mile trek of Luke Robinson and his two dogs (from Austin to Boston) to raise awareness of canine cancer, described in our August newsletter. Vicky also introduced us to the website from which that story was taken. It promises “daily good news.”

To Gloria Overbey and Avis Buchanan for your help with our veterinary expenses.

To Elly Meyer for your usual upbeat note. We’re trying to “keep cool.”

To Jennifer & Sasha DeWeese for your long-time sponsorship of “COOKIE and her friends.”

To Mr. & Mrs Dennis Croghan for your donation in support of our Alabama location.

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

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

To Dena Roesler for your donation, matched—as always-- by your company.

To May Speer for your support of BELLA.

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With a “little help” from Thomas and Holly, we received an “in honor” donation for The Rev & the Mrs. Rev Lanford on their 50th wedding anniversary from their grandcats: Little Miss Trouble, the Hebrew Children—Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego, Miss Belle Boyd Lee, Mellie Lou, Pumpkin, Sweetie Pie and The Outside Menagerie.

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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 $250) and/or garbage bill (currently $178.92).

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On Saturday, August 15, LUCY LU, a rescued dog, became the first ever American Pit Bull Terrier to be a registered therapy dog in the state of Georgia. Big congratulations go to Kim Murphy who rescued Lucy Lu. After being up for adoption for a short time, Lucy Lu became a permanent family member in the Murphy home. After attending obedience training and passing all of her tests with flying colors, Lucy Lu became a registered therapy dog.

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We’ve said the following many, many times over the years - but it can never be said too often.

Did you know that just two uncontrolled breeding cats can create the following:

• Two to three litters a year at a survival rate of 2.8 kittens per litter.

• With continued breeding (no spaying/neutering):

• 1 Year = 12 cats (or more); 3 years = 2,201 cats (or more); 5 years = 12,680 cats (or more).

If you multiply this, it becomes a staggering 10-year total of 80,399,780 cats.

Please have your pet(s) spayed/neutered and encourage others to do so, thus alleviating the overpopulation problem and saving lives!!!

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