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Sent: May 25, 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

"Cats are a tonic, they are a laugh, they are a cuddle, they are at least pretty just about all of the time and beautiful some of the time."- Roger Caras

“I have a dog and sometimes I'll be the littlest kid with my dog and marvel at his ears and his nose and how he looks at me. If he died, I'd bawl like a baby." - Aaron Eckhart

Dear Friends,

This is a follow-up of the story published in our May newsletter. We finally got the two dogs settled down enough to trust us. It wasn’t easy; but when they realized we were their food and shelter source, they came around. Both are actually very sweet.

Since they do need a lot of attention, we felt that a home would be the best for them. Fortunately, a cousin said they could live at his house. I wasn’t sure they would stay, but we carried the dog houses and food bowls they had been using with them so that they would have something familiar. We took them to the vet and, other than their skin condition and being very underweight, they were pronounced healthy. They now have all their shots, meds for their skin and—as I write this—they are no longer skinny.

I did promise my cousin that I would provide food and medical care for them. He lives on a fixed income, and I didn’t want their care to cost him anything. He provides love and comfort to them; and, in return, they seem to adore him. Even though they have a pen, I have yet to drive into his yard and see them in it—they are always in the house with him!

I wish I could find the person who let these animals get in that horrible condition. I’m sure there are more at his place because an adoption/sale agreement fell from his truck as he sped away. The problem is that it did not have a name, address or telephone number on it.

But, I promise to keep looking for him. I will know his truck and trailer if I see it again. And, he will pay for his neglect when I find him!!!

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FENCING PROJECT—Those of you who receive our newsletter electronically received an emergency plea in May. We desperately needed special donations to repair our fence, a large portion of which was flattened by the storms which hit Albertville and the surrounding area. Since we still owed the fence man a balance, he would not do the repair until we could pay him that $300 plus $400 for the repair. We are absolutely thrilled to report that you came through with $200 more than the $700 needed. That extra will be spent on much better locks and some concrete for the areas where the dogs try to dig out.

So, many thanks to Mardi Hoofnagle, Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan, Dr. Victoria Johnson, Dena Roesler, Laura Mitchell, Bennie Meadows, Tonya Graney, Bettina Bissell, Jenny Beaman, Nick Mastrovito and Vicky Murphy. You all did a great job!!

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From William and Virginia Medcalf “in memory of Martha Lindsay.”

From Thomas Lanford “in memory of Jim Brown.”

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From Thomas Lanford “in honor of the following for Mothers’ Day: Roberta Lanford, Evelyn Mason, Ruth Whitlock, Pam Rountree, Virginia Rountree, Camellia Lipman, Kathleen Lanford and Holly Lunsford.”

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THE STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 125 stamps (vs. 156 required to send out this newsletter and other mail) from Jennifer Hoofnagle (who sent us the new shelter stamps), David Garvin, Barbara Johnson, Mardi Hoofnagle, Lois Holbrook and Jamie Reagin. With the stamps left over from April, we had enough to send out this newsletter and the regular mail during the month. However, our supply is now almost depleted. So, please send as many as possible during June.

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To Mary Jane Johnson for your assistance with our veterinary bills.

To Elly Meyer for the wonderful Snoopy card and your Mothers’ Day wishes.

To Carol Clenney for your long-time support of a shelter cat and help with fuel costs.

To Gloria Overbey for your donation to help pay our veterinary bills.

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

To Mildred Ferrell helping with our veterinary expenses.

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ADOPTIONS—We are delighted to report the adoption of seven kittens to several loving homes near the shelter. Some of the new parents have brought the kittens back to say “hello” and to brag about how wonderful they are. Plus, we have adopted out one of our larger dogs. His new family has named him Chester.

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Many of our supporters who helped with the fence repair project sent their donations on line. This is a fast and secure method of sending support to us. Just access our website – – and click on the Donation button. Follow the directions from that point, and your donation will be sent to us immediately. Please be sure to choose the Personal and Gift tabs so that we will receive your entire donation. Otherwise, PayPal takes a 2.5% fee.

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Our Alabama shelter has two acres of grass which needs to be mowed regularly. Our old, small mower just isn’t up to the task. We urgently need a new or good used riding mower. If you have one to donate or would like to help pay for one—please contact us! Lowes presently has some on sale for $800 + tax (half price). Lowes gift cards would be much appreciated as we use many of the items for sale there.

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 $250) and/or garbage bill (currently $214.60.

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A California woman will spend her $2 million scratch-off lottery prize on animal rescue.

Many lottery winners let their finances go to the dogs. Beverly Evens of Shasta County, Calif., is spending her lottery prize on the goats -- specifically 35 goats, three horses and an undetermined number of chickens.

Evens, who began rescuing animals nine years ago after adopting a baby Alpine goat, won a $2 million scratch-off lottery prize in May after buying a $5 ticket at a convenience store. She'll collect $60,000 a year after taxes for the next 25 years. George Winship, editor of the Anderson Valley Post, offers more details about the winner:

Beverly and Jim Evens plan to use a portion of their prize money for building fences, fixing stables and improving their goat pens. They also might buy some new flooring after an elderly dog got sick and caused them to tear out all of their wall-to-wall carpeting. Other than that, they might splurge on a few certificates of deposit as investment collateral.

Beverly Evens said she won't quit her day job as a supervisor at Wal-Mart. She's spent the earnings from that job to care for the goats. Her husband is a general contractor.

She credits her win to Bucky, the first member of her now extensive goat family. "It all started with Bucky. It's because of him that we are here and we bought this ticket," she told Winship. The Evenses moved from Riverside and bought 10 acres in Happy Valley a couple of years ago after local officials reportedly threatened to shut down her operation.

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