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eNEWSLETTER - JULY 2010

Sent: June 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

"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

SPECIAL PLEA – With the onset of hot weather has come the need for flea control and prevention. We have just completed the first round of treating all of our animals and will need to do this monthly through the Fall. The cost will be approximately $300-400 each time. We urgently need your help in the form of a special donation so that we can make sure this is done on a timely basis to preserve the health
of all our animals. If you are able, please send a donation earmarked for this purpose--in addition to your regular support, which is essential for our normal expenses.


Dear Friends,

It had been a rough day; 92 degrees and my AC on the fritz. I couldn't seem to get into the rhythm of my usual routine, so it took longer than usual. But, finally, time for a break. I grabbed a handful of ice cubes to put into a bowl of water, got a dog biscuit for Lucy, my faithful companion, and a coke for me. I also took my phone out to the front porch. Giving Lucy her treats, I sat on the steps to call the vet.

While talking to the vet, I became aware of a car turning off the main road. Nothing unusual about that, except it was barely moving. "Car trouble or someone tossing out some poor animal," I thought. I had never heard a car go so slowly. Then it came into view. A new, black, shiny Cadillac. "Doesn't belong on this road. Probably someone from the new subdivision trying to find their way through the maze of back roads that even I, who spent the first 17 years of life here, can still make a wrong turn. I watched the car round the curve, still moving slowly. It was being skillfully maneuvered around the potholes at the creek and up the hill. You would have thought it had water glasses balanced on the hood.

I stood up as it nosed into my yard. Lucy got to her feet, too. A woman in a white silk shirt and pants came around the car. Even her shoes matched the outfit. For a split second, I felt a pang of envy. I was painfully aware of my sweaty, torn t-shirt, very dirty white shorts and bare feet. I have always wanted a white silk shirt, or, quite frankly, a silk shirt of any color. But I would never spend the money for one. Lucy put her nose into my palm, reminding me of just what is important to us.

I hurried out to the car, not wanting the lady to get grass stains on those shoes. "Can I help you?" I asked. She looked at me, then past me as if to assure herself that she was in the right place. "You're going to think I'm crazy, but I think I have something that belongs here," she said. "I was in the pet store, and this little thing seemed to be asking me to take him home. I don't mean with me, but to his home. I promise I'm not making this up." She paused for breath and continued. "He was the only one that paid any attention to me. He seemed to be "waiting for a ride. I know how this sounds." I had to admit that she had an original story for wanting to get rid of a pet.

She continued, "I have been up and down these roads, looking for his home. Last week, when we passed over the railroad tracks was the first time he showed any interest in any place we have been. He even jumped into the back and looked out the window. He did it again today."

"OK," I said. "Let's have a look."

Reaching into the car, she retrieved a small carrier and handed it to me. Behind me she made a sound as if she was uncertain about her decision. I asked, "Are you alright?" She nodded. I sat on the porch step to be able to see into the carrier. She said, "I call him Leone. It seems to fit him." I nodded and turned to the carrier. Opening the door, I got a chill, even with the heat.

Looking out at me was an absolutely perfect miniature of my Little Lion, the companion of so many years who I have missed so terribly. "Yes", I said." He belongs here."

IN MEMORY

From Kathy Beckman “in memory of my beloved Gracie, Louise and Zelda. Gracie passed in January, Louise in February and Zelda in May. Of course, I miss them very much, but I know I’ll see them again. All the cats with whom I’ve shared my life have been rescue situations. Zelda was living at a hotel in Jacksonville in 1995 and I brought her home with me. I have many stories…..”

THE STAMP REPORT—

We are very glad to report that since our last report, we have received a total of 158 stamps (vs. about 156 required to send out this newsletter and other mail) from Jennifer Hoofnagle (love those new shelter stamps), David Garvin, Joanne Daube, Mardi Hoofnagle, Lois Holbrook and Jamie Reagin. We have about 25 stamps in inventory right now—so keep up the great work in July.

THANK YOU--

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

To Elly Meyer for the pretty pastel card and your good 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 medical bills.

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

To Mildred Ferrell helping with our veterinary expenses.

To Avis Buchanan for your donation to help with veterinary bills.

ON-LINE DONATIONS—REMINDER

Please remember that donating on line is a fast and secure method of sending support to us. Just access our website – www.allcatsinc.org – 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 charges a 2.5% fee.

ITEMS ALWAYS NEEDED AND WELCOME

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 $2350) and/or garbage bill (currently $214.60.

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INTERESTING ITEMS FROM THE NEWS—

Researchers have developed a database of canine DNA, and law enforcement officials hope it will help prosecute people who run dog fighting rings and who have been almost impossible to prove a case against. Dr. Melinda Merck of the ASPCA forensic science division states that the Canine CODIS is similar to that used by the FBI and ready to be used to investigate and prosecute dog fighting operations.

An 18-month investigation of one of the largest dog fighting rings in US history, which involved federal, state and local law enforcement, led to the arrest of at least 19 people and the confiscation of 400 dogs in 2009. These dogs were bred for dog fighting and their DNA was collected and used to set up Canine CODIS. The ASPCA says this database will help investigators establish connections among dog breeders, trainers and operators by using canine blood collected during suspected dog fighting raids.

Once the program was up and running, Merck was able to link DNA from 100 dogs. The lab now has DNA specimens from more than 400 dogs, she added.

Although there are no official statistics, the SPCA estimates that tens of thousands of people are involved in dog fighting, which is a felony in all states. Merck hopes that the database will grow as law enforcement officials from the US and abroad contribute samples. EXCERPTED FROM CNN JUSTICE – JUNE 23, 2010




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