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ALL CATS, INC. -- eNews for April 2004

Sent: March 26, 2004


ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (ALL C.A.T.S., INC.)
64 Lumpkin County Park Drive Dahlonega, GA 30533

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1095, Dawsonville, GA 30534-0022

All Donations are Tax Deductible

Founded By: Carolyn Keeton Email: Carcats@knology.net

Please Send all Mail to the Above Post Office Address. Thank You!


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Welcome to our eNewsletter!

ENEWS - APRIL 2004

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB PORTAL AT: www.allcatsinc.org

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Dear Friends,

Before I relate this month's rescue story, I want to ask your help. Upon arriving at the shelter on one recent morning, we were greeted by the sight of five young kitties who had obviously been dumped during the night. These poor babies huddled together, bewildered, frightened and very sick. We rushed them to the vet; but, after examinations and tests, the doctor said that only one could be saved. The rest, sadly, had to be euthanized. The cost of the exams, tests and euthanasia amounted to several hundred dollars. If you are able, please consider a special donation so that we can pay this bill. See below for methods for such donations.

Now, the rescue story - which I hope you will enjoy.

Flash flood warning!!! These are the words flashing across my computer screen. I hate those words more than you can know. So many innocent creatures get caught in flood waters, trapped by the very fences and chains that are there to keep them safe. Thank goodness the shelter is on high ground.

I immediately think about a dog I see every day. His owner lives by the creek and ties him to a tree nearby. "The perfect solution," the owner tells me. "He has shade from the tree and all the fresh water he can drink." That may sound great most of the time, but what about now? He is tied in a flood area. What if no one is home to untie him from the tree? He will surely drown. I drive down to see about him. The water is over the creek bank, but not even halfway up to the tree he is tied to. But, he will definitely have to be watched. There is hardly any slope left to the yard and flood water will rise very quickly.

This is not a friendly dog, but I am sure that is because he doesn't get any play time. I have seen him watching the children in that family playing nearby, but I have never seen any of them play with him. This is probably a case of the kids wanting a puppy when he was little and cute, but not wanting a grown dog. Sad to say, this happens a lot.

I keep an eye on the clock. I don't want to wait very long before going back to see about the dog. I know the children will be coming home from school soon. Surely they will move the dog to higher ground. I wait for the sound of the school bus coming by; then I go back. The dog's feet are in water, but the children are there. Then I watch, amazed, as the children go into the house, not even looking at the dog. This can't be happening! Don't they even care? Maybe they are going to put up their books and things before taking him off the chain. I drive a little way up the road, turn around and come back. The dog is still standing there. By this time, I can't even see where his chain is tied to the tree. The water is rising rapidly.

I get out of the van and call to the children. No one answers. I go knock on the door, still no answer. That is when I realize there aren't any lights on in the house. I don't know where they have gone, but they left their dog to die.

I live only two blocks from their house. I rush home to get a leash. When I get back, the dogs head and some of his back is all I can see of him. I start wading out to him. He stands very still, just looking at me. He doesn't make a sound. I don't hear anything but the sound of the water rushing under the bridge. The water is cold. I am afraid of the water, but I am more afraid of not getting to the dog. After what seems like forever, I am close enough to reach him. When I raise my hand to find his collar, he catches my hand in his mouth. For one horrifying second, I think I am going to be hurt. Then he releases my hand and stands still again. I find the snap on his chain, fasten the leash on his collar and start toward the van. Then I realize the water has risen even more and we have to go toward the house. There is a dip in the driveway and I couldn't be sure of my footing. Reaching the house, we climb onto the front porch. There, right in front of me, is a dog chain. I fasten him to it. Once again he catches my hand in his mouth, holds it for a second--then turns me loose.

The porch is very high off the ground. I have seen the back yard flood before, but have never seen water come past the back steps, so I know he is now safe.

After being back home for a couple of hours, there is a knock on the back door. The owner of the dog is standing there. "Did you put Plowboy on the front porch?" he asks. I said that I did. "Then you just got yourself another dog. I won't have a dog that lets anyone into the yard." "But, he was going to drown!" I protest. "It doesn't matter. He is a guard dog. He is not supposed to let anyone near him." With that remark, he goes to his truck and returns with the dog. He fastens his chain around the wrought iron railing, then leaves. I am left staring at Plowboy. I have nowhere to put him. Absolutely nowhere! I can only leave him tied to the porch. I get food, water and a blanket for him and leave him where he is while I figure out what to do. A little while later, there is a knock on the front door. There stands John with a strange look on his face. "What's wrong?" I ask. "Why are you knocking on the front door?" "There is a big dog that won't let me on the back porch," he said. "You could warn me of these things." I think that is funny. I have my own guard dog that won't let John into his own house. Yep, that really is funny.

To his credit, John built a house for the dog and fenced off part of the yard for him. Plowboy now lives with us and seems to trust us to care for him. He needs to be neutered, shots, etc. He also has some sort of skin problem, but I am not yet comfortable enough with him to try dipping him. He is a Rottweiler mix. Any help with expenses will be greatly appreciated.

If you can help with Plowboy's expenses or any of the other animals featured in our recent newsletters, please send your check to Carolyn at 4907 23rd Blvd., Valley AL 36854. Please remember that special donations for a particular animal or animals should be in addition to regular shelter donations-not instead of them, as the shelter has the same expenses every month and needs your support.

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE:

Since our last report, we have received donations toward vet expense totaling $240 from Dena Roesler, Renee Merback, Mildred Ferrell, Mary Jane Johnson and Avis Buchanan. As mentioned at the beginning of this letter, we have an urgent need for donations toward veterinary expenses. You may make such donations any one of the following four ways:

* Sending us a check made out to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic for whatever amount you wish to contribute OR
* Sending a check made out to ALL C.A.T.S., Inc. indicating the donation is to be used for general veterinary expense.
* Send a check directly to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic, P.O. Box 406, Murrayville, GA 30564. Be sure to indicate that it is to be applied to the All C.A.T.S., Inc. account.
* To donate online, visit our web portal (www.allcatsinc.org), and click on Vet Expenses under our How You Can Help menu
* Then, select Veterinary Expenses and you'll be able to pay online instantly using your credit card and/or checking account.

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STAMP REPORT:

Since our last report we received 70.9% (183 in total) of the stamps needed to send out this newsletter from Nancy Caravello, Lois Holbrook, Elinor Eaves, Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle, Dorothy Walters, Robert Salzman, Ron Coleman, Pattie Reber, Carolyn Lowe and an anonymous donor. We had hoped to continue our consecutive months not having to purchase stamps; hopefully we can start another such stretch next month.

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THANK YOU:

* To Carol Clenney for her continuing sponsorship of one of our shelter kitties.
* To Kathy Spiker for her continuing on-line sponsorship of PIGSY TAIL.
* To Laura Richardson for her continuing on-line sponsorship of BLACKIE
* To Dr. Victoria Johnson for her donation for BUSTER and Family. We have not been able to finish all the shots and neutering for every one of them, so donations would still be welcomed. We are disappointed that none have yet been adopted. If you are interested in adoption, please contact Carolyn at carcats@knology.net
* To the Baldauf's for the donation in honor of PUTTER.

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FINANCIAL REPORT:

Instead of the usual breakdown, I want to simply report the following: Our fixed expenses (not including food, supplies, veterinary care and emergencies) for January and February totaled $8,484.

Donations for those two months totaled $8,494.

Actual non-fixed expenses for those months were $1,860.67.

If you total the fixed and non-fixed expenses, you get $10,344.67 - which is $1,850.67 more than came in as donations.

If it were not for the excellent December donations, this would be a disaster. As it is, obviously we cannot continue with these kinds of results and survive. If you are able to add to your normal donation or make a special one, this would be the time to do so.

Thank You!

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IN MEMORY:

* From Mary Jane Johnson "in memory of MISSY, my best friend Carol's cat who died recently."
* From Mary Ann Williams "Mer Mer makes this donation in loving memory of BUTTONS DERWAN. BUTTONS is missed so very much by Dee, Richard and Dean."
* From Elly Meyer "in memory of my daughter's kitty - CHLOE - she was a darling grey Persian with little white feet-and was a "purr machine." We miss her-she died February 17."
* From Sandy Caroland "in memory of NICHOLAS, my friend's cat who perished in a house fire, and REXFORD, my friend's cat who had to be euthanized due to a terminal illness."
* From Pat Kachur "in memory of KATIE, my white angel who had to euthanized due to advanced cancer."
* From Debbie Heald "in memory of my cat LADY. She was with us for 14 years and we miss her."

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THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP OUR ANIMALS:

1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.
2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies) and/or garbage bill (always $120).
3. Those of you who take or send food and/or supplies to the shelter-continue and accelerate if possible.
4. A special veterinary fund donation (see above).
5. Gift card for Home Depot for buying many cleaning supplies-buckets, brooms, etc.
6. Gift card for any other store at which we can buy items needed at the shelter. Wal-Mart, Kroger, PetSmart and Ingles cards are especially welcome.
7. Send extra stamps-so that we can continue our streak in which we receive 100% of the number needed to send out a newsletter.
8. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of treated lumber--can be any length. Also, treated plywood,
9. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of 3" and 2-1/2" hinges.
10. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of Dogloos, especially XLarge.
11. Any type of animal medicine.
12. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of bleach, detergent, Glad tall kitchen bags, paper plates, Pine-Sol, brooms, scrub buckets, dishwashing liquid, canned and dry cat food, dry dog food, cat and dog treats, paper towels. USE ABOVE PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF THE SHELTER TO SEND US ANY ITEMS TOO LARGE FOR A POST OFFICE BOX.

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NEWS FROM THE ANIMAL WORLD:

A THANK YOU TO CAROLYN DANESE FOR SENDING THIS

ATLANTA - "My Equine Health staff and I are on cloud nine this morning," said Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin following the conviction of an Elbert County couple in a case of animal cruelty.

"The Department of Agriculture's involvement in this case began more than a year ago when we impounded 17 horses from Richard and Christine McRae of Elberton due to their failure to provide adequate food, water and humane care and treatment. One of the horses was in such poor shape that it had to be euthanized."

"Our inspectors worked through two nights getting these horses to safety. Rehabilitating some of the horses meant physically lifting them off the ground every few hours because they were so weak. It was only through the dedication of our staff that more of the horses did not die. Our staff also did an exemplary job documenting the case and served as expert witnesses in court proceedings.

"I would like to extend thanks to authorities in Elbert County who pursued and brought this case to trial. Sheriff Barry Haston and his deputies, District Attorney Bob Lavender and Assistant District Attorney Jimmy Webb and their staffs are to be commended for their fine work. I also thank the veterinarians and University of Georgia specialists who provided testimony in this case," said Irvin.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture took action to impound the horses under the authority of the Humane Care for Equines Act. It has nursed and maintained the McRae's horses since January 2003.





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