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eNEWSLETTER - MAY 2010
Sent: April 29, 2010
ALL CREATURES 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
"One reason we admire cats is for their proficiency in one-upmanship. They always seem to come out on top, no matter what they are doing, or pretend they do.” - Barbara Webster
"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made." - Roger Caras
It was 2:15 p.m. and I had not had any breakfast or lunch. I decided to fix some toast and, while doing that, glanced out my kitchen window. At the bend of the road, near the creek, was a black truck with a trailer carrying landscaping equipment. As I watched, I saw a man take something (which looked like a trash bag) off the trailer and put it on the side of the road. Then, I saw the bag move! I ran out to my porch and yelled at him to stop. He didn’t; instead, he jumped back into the truck and drove away, running over a puppy in the bag in the process.
I ran down the hill to get to the puppy. Blood was all over the road and I knew he couldn’t survive. I gently moved him off the road and then saw two other dogs running up the road in the direction the truck had gone. I called to them but they wouldn’t come back.
I got into my car to take the puppy to the vet and, since I always carry food, I left some for the two dogs—both grown pit pulls. The puppy was dead when I got back to him. He, too, was a pit bull—tiny and covered with mange. The other two came back for the food—they, too, were very thin and mange-covered.
I called my son to help me with the grown dogs but we could not even get near them. So, we did the only thing we could do—alert the County Animal Control to their plight. Then we placed a dog house and more food in the nearby woods. We buried the puppy on my place—near my Little Lion, who lived 20 years with me. Lion was loved and cared for all his years—the puppy never had any human love or care. It was so sad.
As I stood by his grave, I couldn’t stop crying. There was nothing left to show what a sad end to a sad life this baby had. Nothing but the bloodstain on my shoes.
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POLICE DOG UPDATE—I gave you some misinformation in the last newsletter in regard to the puppies getting police badges. Since then, I have learned that this only happens after they have completed their training and are officially accepted by the/a police department. After meeting with their trainers and future “partners,” I have been assured that they are “exceptionally intelligent dogs.” We will be allowed to have photos of them, not only with their badges but with their partners as well. We will post their photos on the website at that time—and are very much looking forward to that.
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FENCING PROJECT—We received a donation toward this project from Annette Gonzales and our debt has been reduced to $350. Thank you very much, Annette.
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We recently received from Susan Traendly a donation in memory of Bootsie Murphy, long time feline companion of Vicky Murphy. When Vicky first thought about adopting a kitten in 1995, a good and wise friend of her urged her to consider getting littermates. Vicky ended up adopting two orange tabbies (reminding her of handsome Tiger Rag, with whom she and her sisters grew up) who had been left in a box at her vet’s clinic. When Vicky picked them up, she named one Boots (because of his four white paws and her father’s nickname) and the other Tommy Dan after a favorite uncle. Bootsie died very unexpectedly at an emergency clinic after surgery to reroute his urinary system. The same vet from whom Vicky adopted the kitties (Dr. Sandra Kingrey) left her practice to be with Vicky when Bootsie died. Vicky adds that “I cannot put into words the joy these two kitties brought to my life! It was wonderful to watch them grow up together and observe their interactions. I would encourage anyone to adopt two kittens at one time….Grieving is the price of loving when you lose a pet. As heart wrenching as it is for me right now, I still feel it’s worth the price.”
We also received word from Mary Jane Johnson that her “Golden Retriever, Jake, was put to sleep March 16. He had kidney disease. We had only had him for five weeks. We had adopted him even though he was 14 years old at the time. We miss him terribly.” Thank you, Mary Jane, for your very kind words about our work.
Nancy Johnson wrote us that “My mom, Martha Lindsay, passed February 25 at age 90. She was an animal lover and supported your group in prayer and monetarily. She felt her church was ‘too big anyway’ and wanted people to know of your work and the need for support. Hopefully, the offerings from folks that loved Martha will help your shelter. God Bless!
In addition to the many donations we have previously noted in our newsletter, we have received support this month from Elizabeth M. Lindsay and Judith L. Warren in memory of Mrs. Lindsay. She was truly loved!!
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THE (WONDERFUL) STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 207 stamps plus two donation to purchase70 more (vs. 156 required to send out this newsletter and other mail) from Mardi Hoofnagle, David Garvin, Barbara Johnson, Elmer Bryant, Benjamin Jones, Joanne Daube and Jamie Reagin. This is the best stamp month we have had in two years—great thanks to all of you!!!!
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To Joann Croghan for your support of the Alabama shelter.
To Elly Meyer for the “Rest and relax” card—and the story of Truffles. She sounds like a wonderful dog, as those who are rescued often turn out to be. Glad she gets along with Megan. And thanks for the Easter wishes.
To Carol Clenney for your long-time support of a shelter cat and help with fuel costs.
To Avis Buchanan for your donation toward our veterinary bills.
To Dena Roesler for your donation, matched by your company, to help with veterinary expenses and purchase stamps.
To Mildred Ferrell helping with our veterinary expenses.
To Kevin Donahue – Pat has received your message and sends greetings to you.
To Walter Gordy for your note about Lucy, whose story was in our last newsletter, and compliments about our work. Lucy has now been spayed—and none too soon, for the vet discovered she had an infection which would have become life-threatening if the surgery had not been done.
To Gloria Overbey for your help with veterinary care expense.
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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 $415) and/or garbage bill (currently $202.03).
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INTERESTING ITEMS FROM THE NEWS—
CHICAGO—April 19, 2010—Charles, a tabby cat who lived with his person Robin Alex in Albuquerque, disappeared eight months ago while being cared for by a friend while Robin was in New Orleans working with Habitat for Humanity. Alex was absolutely crushed but no amount of looking for Charles, advertising, checking shelters resulted in finding him. BUT, in early April Robin received a call from Chicago Animal Care and Control that they had picked up Charles (who was microchipped). Alex could not afford the round-trip ticket to Chicago—but, enter Lucien Sims (another Albuquerque resident) who also has a tabby cat and was moved by this story (sent to him by his mother). In a great twist of fate, Lucien was on his way to Chicago for a wedding and offered to pick up Charles at the shelter and bring him home. In addition, a cat carrier was donated and American Airlines waived the cat’s travel fee. So, Charles is back home and in good condition. FROM MSNBC.COM – TRAVEL NEWS.
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