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Sent: August 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

"People meeting for the first time suddenly relax if they find they both have cats. And plunge into anecdote."- Charlotte Gray

"The disposition of noble dogs is to be gentle with people they know and the opposite with those they don't know...How, then, can the dog be anything other than a lover of learning since it defines what's its own and what's alien." - Plato

Dear Friends,

I told you about the kitten Pat Kachur named Pawla. When I brought her into the house, I introduced her to each of the other inside animals, individually, the way I always do. I told each animal this was their little sister and let them sniff her from front to back. This seems to eliminate most problems from the start. When I got to Lucy, for some reason I told her "Lucy, this is your kitten. You are responsible for keeping her safe." Several times a day, I would let Lucy into the room where the cats, Lick-Lick (thank you, Benjamin Jones, for the name suggestion) and Pawla, live.

I have a large sheet of Plexiglas in front of one door to the room so the others can see inside the room (my bedroom). I don't want them to ever feel left out. Every night, Lucy would sleep on one side of the glass and Pawla would sleep up against the other side. They are so adorable to watch.

A couple of weeks ago, I took in a white cat and her 16-week-old kittens. I had homes waiting for the kittens but was worried about the mother’s reaction to them being gone. No problem. She immediately started cleaning and caring for Pawla as though she was her own. We named the white cat Sparkles after another wonderful cat who helped bring us together.

Lucy was beginning to get quite disturbed at losing all her time with Pawla. After four nights of Lucy scratching on the Plexiglas and almost constant whining, I told her to come back into the room. She entered, looked around, and promptly went over to Pawla, picked her up and carried her over to the Plexiglas and lay down with her. Pawla snuggled up to Lucy and they both went to sleep. Sparkles has accepted Lucy as a friend and someone who helps her love Pawla. Sparkles was saved from a shelter that was going to put her down. But, after speaking with the man at the shelter, he held Sparkles for one extra day to give us time to get there. I didn't know about her kittens until I was ready to take Sparkles and leave and Sparkles kept going to the cage that held the kittens. When I asked the man about the kittens, he said they belonged to the white cat but were old enough to be kept there, hoping for another home. There was no way I was going to leave them there. It cost a lot of money, $60 for each of them; but I had to do it. They all have very good homes now and Sparkles is happy with Pawla, who now spends her days with Sparkles and her nights with Lucy. She is a very happy little cat. She should be, as we all love her very much. And Lucy takes her responsibility very seriously, too.

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ADOPTIONS—In addition to the kittens mentioned above, we found homes for six puppies and two large dogs. One of the large dogs was adopted by our Pastor’s family.

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WE’RE VERY EXCITED—We were recently invited to join the Bene-Pet Warehouse. In order to help support our efforts, Bene-Pet has created a new online store where our supporters and other consumers can Shop, Save and Support. Our new online store offers over 20,000 pet related products from top name manufacturers at prices up to 40% off. All Creatures Are Truly Special, Inc will receive 10% of all the sales made through our storefront--and there is absolutely no cost to us.

Bene-Pet operates the store on our behalf at or by following the links on our site. As a token of our appreciation for your support, you can receive an additional 10% off your purchases between now and September 30, 2010 when you use the code nokill.

Some of the other features of the store include:

• A broad catalog of products for dogs, cats, birds, small animals or fish.
• Member Programs with order history, address books, wish lists and special sales.
• Monthly sales with hundreds of quality items.

If you would like to have a wallet-size card with information about our new store, please drop us a note requesting it.

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From Nick Mastrovito in memory of GEORGIA. “She was a wonderful companion to us and graced us for 10 years. We miss her immensely but I’m sure that she is running through the fields with Scout and Katsia.”

From Thomas Lanford “in memory of David & Elaine’s BUDDY—who was much more than just that to them.”

From Janis Wolfson “in memory of MS. PRECIOUS VALENTINE, a feisty dog.”

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THE STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 111 stamps vs. about 156 required to send out this newsletter and other mail from Betty Phillips, Joanne Daube, Mardi Hoofnagle, Jamie Reagin and Lois Holbrook. (Lois, we loved the animal stamps with the American Lung Association message.) We did have to purchase stamps this month—so we’d much appreciate a great stamp month in September!!

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VACCINES NEEDED—We very much need your financial assistance in keeping the vaccinations of our animals up to date. Please help us by sending a special donation for this purpose—or an “extra” amount in addition to your regular support.

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To Mary Jane Johnson for your assistance with our veterinary bills and the wonderful card with “Sunshine and Flowers.”

To Elly Meyer for your kind card. I very much enjoyed our recent conversation.

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

To Barbara Johnson for the extra support to help with flea prevention.

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

To Mildred Ferrell for helping with our veterinary expenses.

To Nadine Hereth for your kind words; I am very glad you loved the Leone story.

To Jennifer, Sasha, Trina and Dexter DeWeese for your generous donation, to be matched by Jennifer’s company.

To Mardi Hoofnagle for sending us your cat sitting money.

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Please remember that donating on line 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 charges 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!

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.

A donation earmarked for our electric bill (latest bill was about $250) and/or garbage bill (currently $214.45).

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FYI—A British cat, Oscar, has made a full recovery after being fitted with a pair of prosthetic feet. His hind paws were severed by a combine harvester. The three-hour procedure by neuro-orthopedic veterinary surgeon Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick could serve as a model for human amputees. A team of veterinarians and scientists designed a feline foot that mimics the way a cat walks and runs. Custom-built paws were attached to the end of Oscar’s prostheses so that he may run and jump like any normal cat. One video of Oscar walking on his artificial feet has attracted more then 346,000 views on YouTube. EXCERPTED FROM CNN ARTICLE BY DANA ROSENBLATT, JULY 8, 2010.

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