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Sent: February 27, 2010

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

"You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals."- George Mikes

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive." - Gilda Radner

Dear Friends,

I want to thank all of you who send me all the nice notes. You are always thanking me for what I do—and I very much appreciate it! But, I get the easy part. All of you provide the financial support that allows me to do care and rescues—and everything else that has to be done for the animals.

Another person who does more than her share is Pat Kachur. Without Pat, the shelter would have ceased to exist. She does all the work involved with the banking, preparing this newsletter with the help of her husband, David (including purchasing envelopes and paper, printing, stamping and stuffing the envelopes, printing the newsletter and sending out the electronic version). She also keeps the mailing list up to date. She records donations and expenses and pays the bills—all “stuff” I simply am no good at doing. And she does this in addition to holding down a full-time job and taking care of her own seven cats.

In addition to all this, she is also the person who makes sure I don’t neglect myself—reminding me regularly to eat properly and take care of my health. (I tend to forget to eat when involved with a challenging animal issue—thinking I can survive on Coca Cola.)

Pat is also the person who “picks up the slack” when it comes to shelter needs. She may fuss at me from time to time, but she never refuses to help with whatever my current problem happens to be—if it is possible for her to do so! I owe her a tremendous “Thank You.” In fact, all of us owe her our thanks and I want to take this opportunity to tell her how much she is appreciated.

So, Pat, thanks for everything!! We love you!!

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WE’RE EXCITED AND PROUD—We were recently told by the local police department that they are looking for dogs to train as members of the department—with emphasis on finding and confiscating illegal drugs. After looking at some of our dogs, they picked two of our five-month old pups to do some preliminary testing for needed skills. Well, it turns out that these dogs are two of the most remarkable animals they have ever seen. With no training at all, they were able to find all of the drugs that the police hid in various places. The dogs are presently a month too young to formally be included in the training—but the police want to give them other tests when they reach six months and are confident they will be accepted. If this all does come to pass, we will report in future newsletters—and put their pictures on the web site.

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FENCING PROJECT—We still owe almost $1,000 to the man who installed the fence which has made our animals much safer. This has become a very urgent matter!

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ANIMAL HEALTH AND CARE—Most of us have veterinarians who we like and trust with our precious pets, and it is true that the vast majority of veterinarians deserve that trust. However, there are others who do not. We recently read an article from entitled, “When vets make mistakes, pets pay the price.” It was dated February 10, 2010. It describes instances where vets and labs make errors that disable and/or cause the death of companion animals. For instance, Stefani Olsen of Silver Springs, Md., returned from a weekend business trip to discover that the clinic where she’d boarded her elderly diabetic cat, Toonces, had overdosed him with 10 times the amount of insulin he needed, leaving him blind, wracked with seizures and suffering from severe brain damage that lasted until his death.

The article includes information about the legal system as it pertains to veterinarians and their treatment of animals. In many states, veterinary boards dismiss up to 80 percent of the complaints filed again their members. Unfortunately, our legal system regards pets as mere property, with no way to recover damages for emotional loss.

The entire article is seven pages—much too long for this newsletter. However, we would be glad to mail you a copy upon your request.

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THE STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 120 stamps (vs. 158 required to send out this newsletter and other mail) from Mardi Hoofnagle, Barbara Johnson, Jennifer Hoofnagle and Jamie Reagin. We had almost enough to send out our mail and this newsletter but now have none. Let’s start a string of months where we do not have to purchase any stamps!!!

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To Mary Jane Johnson for your donation toward our veterinary expenses. We are glad you were able to adopt the two 14-year-old (one blind and one deaf) golden retrievers (to join the three rescue dogs you already had). We share your outrage at the people who “dumped” them because they had a baby. To just abandon dogs that had been raised together for 11 years is unconscionable. Autumn and Jake are so lucky to have had you take them in and give them a place to live out their lives.

To Elly Meyer for the lovely Valentine’s day card and the wonderful story about Baloo, Leo and Shere Khan – three animals rescued from drug barons eight years ago and now living at Noah’s Ark in Locust Grove. Imagine—animals that are natural enemies becoming fast friends.

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 Alice Smith for your donation towards our fencing project.

To Nancy and Bob Donahue for your donation to help with our heating bills “in honor of our children, Kevin Donahue, Gail Donahue and Sally Prahl.”

To Gloria Overbey for your support to assist with our veterinary expenses.

To Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan for your support for the Alabama shelter “for the happiness TASHA brought us.”


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 $450) and/or garbage bill (currently $201.17).

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Westfield, NJ – January 31, 2010 – As a patient services volunteer, Conner makes his rounds at the Sunrise Senior Living complex and stops to greet a familiar face. He visits with hospice patients and seniors who live in the complex. Not an unfamiliar story but what makes it unique is that Conner is a three-year-old, short-haired collie. Conner and his owner Suzanne Gorda are part of the Care Alternatives Hospice program, which organizes about 15 human-animal teams to visit hospice patients throughout New Jersey.

These animals have a special instinct and presence about them according to the volunteer supervisor for the program. She adds that they tend to gravitate to the people who need them most.

Though most of the animal volunteers are dogs, Care Alternatives also uses goats and a pot bellied pig. The animals are brought in to ease the pain of and provide comfort to patients who may not have long to live.

Any size or breed of dog can be used as a therapy pet but must first pass a test which involves walking on a leash, tolerance of noise and comfort level around new and unfamiliar people. FROM NJ.COM – REAL-TIME NEWS, UNION COUNTY

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