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Sent: September 27, 2009

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“Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.” – Elie Wiesel

“I do not want the peace which passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.” – Helen Keller

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

Dear Friends,

This is a story that started about 50 years ago and hasn't yet ended!

When I was about 15, my mother brought a very small snapping turtle into the house. It had been injured by a car and she was determined to save its life. When the vet refused to care for it, saying "Let nature take its course,” mother brought it home and cared for it. It had an injured leg and couldn't retreat all the way into its shell. Mother did the best she could, keeping it fed and as comfortable as possible as it healed. We were all thrilled when he was able to completely retract his leg into his shell, but we were sad to have to turn him back out into the wild.

We made a small ceremony of his release and we all watched as he walked down toward the creek. He had an odd gait because of his leg but didn't seem to have any pain. We followed him all the way to the creek and rejoiced at his pleasure of swimming in the water. He would move so fast it was an amazing thing to see. We didn't see him for a few days; but, early one morning, mother found him on the back steps. He loved carrots, so she gave him a couple. After eating them, he still stood there--so she fed him something else. This satisfied him so he left again.

This routine continued for years, with the time between visits becoming longer and longer as he became more adept at living in the wild. Then came the time we had not seen him for a year. It was hard to think something had happened to him, but it was just possible he had outgrown his human family. He had been so large the last time we saw him that he could have been very dangerous if he had so chosen.

Then, about 10 years ago, my brother called and asked, "Guess who I saw today?" Being too busy to play games, I said, "Just tell me what they wanted and I'll tell you who it was." His reply was "Carrots." It had been so long that I didn't get it at first; then it hit me. "Not the turtle? He would have died of old age by now." "Nope. It is him. He took a carrot from my hand. He is HUGE. I was halfway afraid to offer it to him from my hand, but he took it just like he did when we were little.” I was amazed he could still be alive but glad to know he was still around.

A year ago, I came to live on my old home place to recuperate and help get another shelter started. This area was desperately in need of a safe place for animals, and my son knew of a man and wife team who need a little help in getting started. They had done all the correct things as far as legal work, holding adoption days almost every weekend at different locations throughout the county and seeking donations, etc.; but there were ways I could help them that are only acquired through experience.

One afternoon I heard gun shots coming from the creek on my property. I went running down the hill to find two teenagers, one of whom was firing into the roadway at a turtle. I grabbed hold of his rifle, which I had assumed was a BB gun, all the while yelling at him to get off my property and NEVER to shoot at any living thing near me again. That is about the time I realized the barrel of the gun was hot. This was no BB gun! Now I was afraid to turn loose of it, scared I might get shot. I had hold of the gun both at the barrel and at the trigger. The boy twisted the barrel around to touch my arm. He did this several times, burning into my flesh each time. He even fired the gun once while it was against my arm. When he tried to fire it a second time, it was empty and I was no longer afraid of getting shot so I managed to wrest the rifle from him. Turning to look at the turtle, I saw him moving into the water. It was our turtle from so long ago!! He walked with that same crooked gait but he didn't seem to be injured.

Calling my son, he said I should charge the boy with attempted manslaughter. I didn't want to ruin the life of a young person, but I did want him to understand that animals have the right to live their lives and not be killed "for the fun of it.” And, he certainly needed to understand that it wasn't going to happen on my property.

The next day, the boy and his mother came to visit me. She was afraid for her son. I don't blame her for that, but he needed to learn respect for wildlife. We came to an agreement. The boy gave me his gun and he would volunteer time at the shelter.

I have severe burns on my arm that will leave scars forever. I consider that a small price to pay for saving a life and helping to teach a young person the value of all living things. About a week later, I stepped out the back door and there was the turtle. I was in awe of him. He was so huge and looked so fierce it was hard to believe it was the same one. You could also tell he was very old, even for a turtle. I went back into the house and got a carrot. I held it out to him, all the while expecting to be bitten. But no, he took it from my hand and walked a few feet away to eat it. I got another and he took it, too but carried it down the hill with him. I see him from a distance now, but every few days I will leave a couple of carrots by the creek. The carrots represent more than just food for the turtle to me. They also represent the continuation of love from my mother all those years ago.

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From Chloe, Gigi & Faith “in memory of our grand mother.”

From Lan and Fuss “in memory of Sally Irvin.”

From Bud & Lou “in memory of our Dad, Harvey Lipman.”

The above were sent with the help of Thomas Lanford, Jr.

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From Little Miss Trouble, the Hebrew Children (Shadrach, Meshack & Abednego), Pumpkin, Miss Belle Boyd Lee, Mellie Lou, Sweetie Pie and Smudge, Ocee, Slinky & Callie “in honor of Sharon Priestly, who took care of us while Mom and Dad abandoned us to go on vacation.”

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THE STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 85 stamps (vs. 141 required to send out the newsletter plus about 20 for sending out other mail) from Elinor Eaves, Jamie Reagin, Gloria Young and Mardi Hoofnagle. Therefore, we had to spend about $30 to purchase stamps. We would very much appreciate it if you would help us out in October by sending as many stamps as possible.

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To MaryJane Johnson for your donation and the lovely puppy card with the encouraging note.

To Mrs. M. A. Korman for your long time, extremely generous support.

To Gloria Overbey for your help with our veterinary expenses.

To Elly Meyer for the lovely card and very kind words about our work.

To Bonnie & Sonny Strohm for your generous support and suggestion about Mutt Madness.

To Nadine Hereth for your note about how much you care. We all appreciate how much you have helped us and wish you the very best. We very much understand the problems that come with advancing age.

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

To Mildred Ferrell for your donation to help with veterinary expenses.

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

To Florine Tillman for your hopes for better days for John and me. Unfortunately, John recently suffered a broken hip when struck by a hit and run driver and is in the hospital awaiting surgery.

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GOODSEARCH UPDATE – Their September newsletter concentrated on their new toolbar. This software, which takes just a minute to install, allows you to support us even if you forget to go to the Goodsearch site first! This is a real game changer in both the ease of using their site and amount of you can earn for All CATS. Here's how it works...

1. Download the toolbar at

2. Search the web directly from the built-in search box. Each search generates a donation (about a penny per search) for the shelter!

3. Shop online as you normally would at any of the 1,300+ participating stores, including Gap, PetSmart, Dell and Staples. When you're at the store's website, the toolbar will automatically light up displaying the percentage donated and any available coupons. With this new toolbar, your purchases will generate donations even if you forget to start your shopping at GoodShop!

Every time you shop online at your favorite stores you could be saving money and earning a donation for us. There's no extra cost to you; you may even save money as the merchants are providing thousands of money-saving coupons!

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Atlanta, GA – September 4, 2009 - The six-month waiting period is over. Fulton county dog owners who have in the past tied up their dogs while unattended now must make other arrangements. We have received an email with the following attachments to aid dog owners who must make this change: (1.) Housetraining tips. (2.) Build or reinforce a fence tips. (3.) Fulton County flyer with phone numbers for help. (4.) Free Spay/Neuter application. If you or anyone you know would like us to email or snail mail any of these four publications to you, please let us know.

Minneapolis, MN – September 4, 2009 - This week, the University of Minnesota Medical School (UMMS) stated that it will eliminate the last of its medical student animal labs by year’s end. The head of the school's department of emergency medicine said that UMMS has "markedly curtailed the use of live animals for medical student education in Emergency Medicine" and "will have completely phased out their use by December 31, 2009.” He went on to say that “[o]ur students are being taught using simulation models….” USA Today published an article on this subject. If you would like to be sent a copy, just let us know.

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