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eNEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 2009

Sent: November 28, 2009


ALLCREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (www.allcatsinc.org) – 706-518-7905 (Cell/Text)
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible

December 2009 NEWSLETTER

"The really great thing about cats is their endless variety. One can pick a cat to fit almost any kind of decor, color, scheme, income, personality, and mood. But under the fur, whatever color it may be, there still lies, essentially unchanged, one of the world's free souls." - Eric Gurney

“Dogs are miracles with paws.” ~Attributed to Susan Ariel Kennedy

Dear Friends,

I have written twice about the “turtle story” and its update involving the help we have received from the teenagers--and many of their friends--involved in the story, who have worked at the shelter steadily and diligently over the past months.

Well, there is even more good news. The teenagers have brought back to their community their experiences with the respect and care for animals they have learned. As a result, all of the families with animals have begun to mirror that care. They are taking their dogs and cats to veterinary clinics and are keeping their cats and small dogs inside. Some have even constructed fences so their dogs no longer roam.

Words to describe how happy this makes us are hard to come by. We could not have received a better holiday season gift than to witness this transformation.

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FENCING PROJECT—I am sure that many of you know about the problem many neighborhoods throughout the country are having with coyotes, whose habitats have been taken over by development. As a result, their normal hunting areas have disappeared and they are preying on domestic animals in residential areas. Until recently, this had not been happening in our area. However, in the past couple of months we have been told by neighbors that their pets have been killed, apparently by these coyotes. In order to protect the shelter animals, we decided that we would have to put up a fence—even though we would have to incur debt to do so. Through a friend, we found a fence man who agreed to put up this six-foot fence for less cost than any of the companies we contacted, a total of $3,700. We were able to pay $2,000 of this upfront—and he agreed to give us time to raise the other $1,700.

To pay the balance—we urgently need your help!! Please consider a “special” donation to help us pay the rest of this bill.

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ADOPTIONS—We are delighted to report the recent adoption of four of our large shelter dogs by Franklin Pope, Robert Harris, Joyce Wainwright and Patricia Kling.

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THE (GREAT) STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 180 stamps (vs. 139 required to send out the newsletter plus about 20 for sending out other mail) from Mardi Hoofnagle, Joanne Daube, Lois Holbrook, Benjamin Jones and an anonymous donor. Thank you all so very much!! And keep up the great work!!

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PROPERTY TAX UPDATE: Some of you know about our recent emergency property tax problem as we called you to see if you could help. And now I want to thank Pat Kachur, Mary Jane Johnson, Susie Kerns, Barry Harbin, Lesley Atkins, Aliecia Wright, Dr. Harrison—and two supporters who wished to remain anonymous—for their help in solving it. I still am somewhat in the dark about how this situation became so urgent. We had received no notices about taxes being due until we received the one telling us the shelter property, as well as my own house, was to be sold on the courthouse steps on November 3—just five days from the date we received the notice.

I called the Courthouse and was told the tax notices had been sent to an address that didn’t belong to any of the properties—the address of my ex-husband. He didn’t see fit to tell me. The clerk at the Courthouse could not explain why they mailed all the notices to that address!!

But, thanks to everyone mentioned above, we were able to get the taxes paid in time. This payment did not include the 2009 taxes, which will be due on December 20, 2009. I haven’t received those notices either, but the Courthouse has promised to send them to my own home.

The shelter has seven different deeds, as we purchased adjoining property over the early years of our existence as it became available, which can be confusing. Although the taxes are officially due on December 20, late fees will not start to accrue for six months after that date—so we should be able to get them paid without any added expense.

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THANK YOU--

To MaryJane Johnson for your donation toward our veterinary expenses.

To Elly Meyer for your Thanksgiving wishes.

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

To Benjamin Jones for the wonderful Mutts comic strip promoting animal shelter adoption.

To Gloria Overbey for your help with our veterinary expenses.

To Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan for your donation wishing “a long, happy life for Jeffrey, a five-week old rescued kitten.”

ITEMS ALWAYS NEEDED AND WELCOME—

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 Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital, PO Box 1328, Dawsonville GA 30534. 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 $265) and/or garbage bill (currently $198.22).

HOLIDAY SEASON TIPS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF YOUR PETS

Fasten the Christmas tree to a wall or secure it another way to prevent your cat or dog from knocking it over.

Keep the Menorah where your pet cannot knock it over.

Hang breakables, tinsel, and other tempting decorations well out of paw's reach. Tinsel, ribbon, and ornaments are especially dangerous to pets if they chew or swallow them.

Make sure your pet doesn’t play with or chew electric cords. Keep the cords hidden by routing them through PVC pipe.

Place holiday plants out of your pet's reach. Many seasonal plants are poisonous, including mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias.

Some chemicals that extend the life of trees are poisonous. Cover the treated area with a section of window screen.

Don't share any candy with your pets, especially chocolate. Candy is toxic for animals and can cause vomiting, restlessness, heart disturbances, and even death. Tell your children not to share their candy with the family pet. If you suspect your pet has eaten chocolate or other candy that causes discomfort, consult your veterinarian immediately.

Poultry bones splinter and can be dangerous for pets to chew.

Pork dishes are rich and will often upset your pet's systems.

Instead of people food, give pets a few of their favorite pet treats during special meals or at parties.

Don't give alcohol to pets. While adult humans have the body mass to adjust to alcohol's effects, pets don't. Any alcohol given to pets is dangerous and too much can be fatal.

Confine your pets in a quiet room away from parties and family gatherings. Pets, especially dogs, may be easily excitable or threatened by unfamiliar people. Also, you may open the door many times during the evening, providing lots of opportunity for your pet to slip through your legs and outside.

ALL OF US AT THE SHELTER WISH FOR YOU AND THOSE YOU LOVE THE MOST JOYOUS AND SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON!!!




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