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Sent: October 29, 2009

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

“Everyone’s pet is the most outstanding. This begets mutual blindness.” – Jean Cocteau

“Our task must be to free ourselves…by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – M. Ghandi

Dear Friends,

In the October newsletter, I wrote about the turtle that has been, and is still, a part of our life here after first meeting him 50 years ago. Part of that story involved my rescuing the turtle from two teenagers, one of whom was firing at him with a rifle. The turtle was unhurt but I suffered burns from grabbing the barrel of the rifle, resulting in scars of which will be with me forever.

As I told you in the letter, the boy and his mother came to visit me the next day and they agreed he would give up the gun and volunteer time at the shelter.

Since that time, the boy has volunteered many days during the week and on weekends—and done a great job. Even better, he has brought his siblings and several friends to help. They all continue to work for us and have learned the value of animal life. That animals were to be respected and cared for had never been a part of their lives—but now it is and they are spreading that feeling throughout their community.

So, what began as fear of a tragedy has become a very, very positive experience. I regard the burns and resulting scars I received as a badge of honor.

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We recently received an email newsletter from Pamela Manley, Marketing Director/Facilitator of A Growth Place, Inc., in Stockbridge, GA. The purpose of the newsletter is to introduce their new programs. They will be working with the legal community to offer evaluation and treatment programs for animal cruelty. They will also be offering additional educational programs and working on legislature to change the current laws and add new ones in Georgia. The email and accompanying newsletter is too long to print here. However, we would be glad to forward it to anyone who is interested or send a hard copy to anyone who requests it. If you wish to reach Pamela, her numbers are 770-506-9575 or 678-725-0695.

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From Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan “in loving memory of Fred, LingLing and Tasha.”

From Pat & David Kachur “in memory of Mandy, a tiny cat with a huge heart. Her passing has left a huge hole in our lives.”

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THE STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 146 stamps (vs. 139 required to send out the newsletter plus about 20 for sending out other mail) from Dena Roesler, Jamie Reagin, Joanne Daube, Barbara Johnson, Gloria Young, Benjamin Jones and Mardi Hoofnagle. October was the first month in quite some time in which we received enough stamps to have a surplus. Let’s keep that up in November!!!

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To MaryJane Johnson for your donation toward our vet expenses and the wonderful Guiding Eyes for the Blind card. We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad.

To Gloria Young for your donation to help with veterinary expenses.

To Gloria Overbey for your help with our veterinary expenses.

To Elly Meyer for the adorable kitten card. We are very glad you enjoyed the turtle story and its happy ending.

To Avis Buchanan helping once again with our veterinary bills.

To Jennifer & Sasha DeWeese. The Matching Gift for your very generous donation was received in October.

To Carol Clenney for your long-time support of a shelter cat and to help with fuel costs.

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

To Dena Roesler for your donation, matched by your company. We are especially delighted to hear about your adoption of a new feline friend, Fiona. Her description—tortoise shell in black and gold with a little white and light green eyes—is absolutely beautiful. Since we are a fan of Burn Notice, we can identify with your description of Fiona on that show—definitely “vocal and feisty.”

To Nadine Hereth for your note about our turtle story. We are glad you, too, stop when you see one on the road.

To Barbara Johnson for your kind words about the turtle story and about our work.


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 $285) and/or garbage bill (currently $198.22).

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FROM MSNBC-PET HEALTH-SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 Just as the average life expectancy for people keeps increasing, we continue to see the same parallels in our pet population. Veterinarians say that choices we make for our pets can go a long way in affecting their life spans. Some tips for making their lives longer, healthier and more comfortable follow:

1. Don’t overfeed your dog or cat. You should be able to feel but not see his ribs.

2. For puppies, roly-poly is out—slim is in.

3. Teach your dog hand signals for commands such as sit, down and come when he’s a puppy. If he loses his hearing as he ages, you’ll still be able to communicate with him.

4. Keep your dog or cat active throughout life with walks and playtime. Maintaining muscle strength around arthritic joints helps keep them comfortable and more mobile.

5. Protect the teeth and gums with regular brushing and veterinary cleanings to prevent blood-borne infections that can negatively affect internal organs such as the heart and kidneys.

6. Schedule regular veterinary visits for your oldster so you can catch and treat problems before they become serious.

7. Don’t ignore lumps and bumps in older pets or decide to “just watch it.” Cancer is often highly treatable, even in older animals; but only if it’s discovered early.

8. If your pet’s vision is impaired, he can still get around using sense of smell, but it’s a good idea not to move the furniture around.

9. Ask your veterinarian about medication to treat arthritis pain in cats and dogs.

10. Give your pets lots of love and attention.

MSNBC-US NEWS-JULY 9, 2009 – While no hard statistics are kept on the number of no-kill animal shelters in the US, the number does appear to be growing—and the number of animal adoptions rising in those cities. Many cities, animal control agencies and private shelters in the US are forming alliances that they hope will lead to a no-kill nation in half a decade. For instance:

The Richmond, Virginia SPCA announced plans to become no-kill in 2002 and by 2006 had achieved their goal: an adoption rate of 75 percent or more with no more healthy but homeless animals dying in the city. The SPCA organization is no kill and the euthanasia rate for the city itself is 19 percent, one of the best in the country.

The Nevada Humane Society, Reno, adopted a no-kill policy in 2006. In less than a year, cat adoptions nearly doubled and dog adoptions increased 51 percent.

This article is much longer than we can print here, with a lot of very interesting details. We would be glad to mail a copy to anyone interested in receiving it.

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