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eNEWSLETTER - JANUARY 2010

Sent: January 1, 2010


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


"Cat's motto: No matter what you've done wrong, always try to make it look like the dog did it." - Unknown

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace." - Milan Kundera

Dear Friends,

Animal behavior has never failed to interest—and amaze—me! We have two new mother dogs at the shelter. One had six puppies and the other only one. The six were born a week later than the one but were much larger.

I had removed a sofa from my house and didn’t/couldn’t move it any further than the front porch. (I know my neighbors will be glad when I run completely out of furniture, since most of it ends up on the porch.) The one little solid black puppy was born on the sofa. Every day for two weeks, I would pick him up and love on him for a minute or two until the mother started to whine for him. He was fat enough but wasn’t growing.

Then one morning he wasn’t there. I panicked. I tore that sofa apart, shook out all his blankets—but no puppy. I crawled under the house, looked under the vehicles, went through the woods at the creek edge—still nothing.

As I was completing the feeding, the mother dog was at my feet. So I walked her all over the place, hoping she would lead me to the puppy, but nothing doing. I was rubbing her back and checking her for milk when I realized she had no milk! Now I was really scared.

I went back in the house and watched her from the window. Sure enough it wasn’t long before she was sitting in front of the doghouse with the six puppies in it. I had not looked in that house. The mother dog had been dropped off only a week or so before her puppies were born, and she had growled at me when I tried to check on them after the birth. But now I had to risk being bitten to find out if “the one” was in there.

As I stuck my head and hands into the dog house, the mother dog growled but didn’t try to bite. She let me move her blankets to look at the puppies. There were her six—and, Thank You Lord, one small black one. These two mother dogs didn’t know each other, but somehow they had worked together for the good of the puppies. The one with milk feeds all of them, and the other cleans them. I go sit in front of the dog house and watch this process several times a day.

I wish the whole world could work together like that, with everyone working for the good of all. And, once again, I was reminded of all of you and how you help me so that I can help the animals. I am thankful for each and every one of you. And, although I have not met all of you face to face, I still love you and appreciate you. We make a good team, all of us working together for the good of the animals. Thank you for all you do and all the love you send to us.



FENCING PROJECT—We were able to pay $400 to the fencing man during December. We now owe him $1,300 for his work. The fence means that none of our animals are now in danger from any type of predator—making it well worth its cost!!

We still need your help to get the balance paid!! Please consider a “special” donation to help us pay the rest of this bill.

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ADOPTIONS— We are absolutely delighted to report the adoption in December of one of our adult dogs and six of our puppies by wonderful local families.

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THE STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 118 stamps (vs. 139 required to send out the newsletter plus about 20 for sending out other mail) from Mardi Hoofnagle, Betty Phillips, Lois Holbrook, Benjamin Jones and Jamie Reagin. Since we had some left-over stamps, we only had to purchase about 20, but we would prefer to spend that money on direct animal care. So, stamp people—let’s start out 2010 with a bang!!

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IN HONOR OF--

From Kristi Crockett in honor of Paul & Mary Jane Johnson.

From Mary Ann Williams “to honor my employer: Deceased Pet Care, Inc.”

From Martha Lindsey, Nancy Johnson and Ronnie Burrell in honor of Eleanor Grier, Sue Johnson and Dot Madding.

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IN MEMORY OF

From Benjamin Jones “in memory of my beloved 16-year-old cat, Nu Beau, rescued from Rabun Gap in 1996.” Benjamin—I am so sorry to hear of all the sadness you experienced in 2009—losing both your brother and mother was a tremendous blow. I do thank you for the Mutts cartoon—I will keep it forever! I was glad to hear about the growth of your duck “tribe” to 21 and that you care for the six who are now too old to migrate and that your cats are doing well.

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THANK YOU--

To MaryJane Johnson for your donation toward our veterinary expenses.

To Delores Austin for the lovely card and compliments about our work.

To Elly Meyer for your wonderful Santa with puppies and kittens card.

And for sending us the article about the danger of the ingestion of certain plants—in this case, the very sad story of Napoleana, the beloved kitty of Rebecca Lombardo, who died after nibbling on tiger lilies. This caused acute renal failure, and the veterinarian told Ms. Lombardo that the damage could not be reversed. Ms. Lombardo and her husband had no idea that many varieties of lilies are poisonous to cats. To prevent this from happening to others, Ms. Lombardo has made a poster about Napoleana that area vets and grocery stores are displaying. She has also posted a plea on the Care2 petition site for the creation of a National Lilies Kill Kittens Awareness Day.

For a list of toxic plants, see the ASPCA web site – (aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/plants).

To Nadine Hereth for your extra donation, which will be put to good use—and your kind words.

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 and your lovely words praising our work.

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

To Diane and Jim Riddle for your note bringing us up to date on Anna and Saja, the kitties you adopted in 1997. We are so glad they are still well and bringing you so much joy.

To Mardi Hoofnagle for the wonderful puppy Christmas card.

To Gloria Overbey for your help with our veterinary expenses and warm holiday wishes.

To Lois Holbrook for your very kind words and your rescuing/vetting of strays. The importance of preventing reproduction cannot be over stated.

To Jenny Beaman for your help with paying for our new fencing.

To Avis Buchanan for your support aimed at our veterinary expenses.

To Maryland Timmerman, Rabeth Walker and Pets (IzzyMaeMarie, Leo, Zorro Toupae, and Goldie for your lovely card and good wishes for the season and the New Year.

To Kathy Beckman for your note and blessings.

To Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan for your support for Alabama and the spectacular card.

To Marsha Walton for the wonderful card. We hope 2010 is a better year for you.

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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 the clinic—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 $270) and/or garbage bill (currently $198.22).





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