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eNEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER 2010

Sent: October 27, 2010


ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (www.allcatsinc.org) - 706-518-7905 (Cell/Text)
Email: carolyngunter84@yahoo.com
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible

“A cat isn't fussy - just so long as you remember he likes his milk in the shallow, rose-patterned saucer and his fish on the blue plate, from which he will take it, and eat it off the floor.” Arthur Bridges

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." -- Unknown

Dear Friends,

I am Grandma Carolyn’s granddaughter-in-law, Tiffani. I have just received my law degree. Next comes National Guard basic training; then I want to return to school and study to become a vet. I believe I can do a lot of good for animals if I know the law and veterinary medicine.

I feel as if I know some of you. Grandma talks about you as if you live just down the road. She calls you her "partners and friends." She worries about your health and your pets and speaks of you as if she has known you forever. I wish all of you would send her a picture of yourself and your pets. She would really like that. So would I.

A lot of things have happened at the shelter this past month. A litter of puppies arrived in the middle of the night, in a box left on the front porch. Lucy was thrilled. She immediately started cleaning them. She would curl around them trying to feed them but she allowed Grandma Carolyn that privilege. And to Lucy, that really is a "privilege." That dog would mother the world if she could.

Grandma's brother rescued six puppies. On his way to church, he saw these little beings tossed from a moving car. He had never witnessed such a thing. Needless to say, he missed church that morning. He did get the tag number of the car and will testify against the person(s) when they are arrested. He kept two of the puppies, but the others came to us. They have had their shots and are being treated for mange. They are adorable yellow labs about 10-12 weeks old. If you are able to receive photos in your email, please send an email and we will send a picture of them. They are very intelligent and playful and always hungry; in a word, they are a handful. I try to make time just for them every day. They so enjoy being petted. They will be ready for adoption in two weeks.

Two of our kittens were adopted, both to the same home. I was glad to see the two going together as they won't be lonesome. The family is very nice and we have visiting privileges. I am still not used to having to let them go to new homes. I would like to keep them all!

We have an extremely large vet bill from all the spaying and neutering and shots. Grandma isn't yet physically able to take animals to the vet, so I am trying to get all spays and neuters done as soon as possible. She is improving; but until she is better, I have the responsibility of taxi duty. I will leave soon for my National Guard six-week basic training. All the animals need to be spayed or neutered before I go so Grandma won't have to lift any heavy critters. So, we URGENTLY need your financial help so all of that may be accomplished.

Please forgive me if my letter isn't as interesting those Grandma writes. I have been trained to deal with just facts. I will try to do better if Grandma lets me do the writing again. Love from Tiffani.

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BENE-PET WAREHOUSE-- Please give ordering from our online store a try. You and other consumers can Shop, Save and Support our shelter. The store offers over 20,000 pet related products from top name manufacturers at prices up to 40% off. The shelter receives 10% of the amount ordered on a very timely basis. PLEASE--Encourage your friends and family to order, too. If you would like more of the wallet-size cards describing how to order, just drop us an email or a note in the mail!!

Bene-Pet operates the store on our behalf at www.mypetwhs.com/go/allcats or by following the links on our site.

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THE STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received a total of 188 stamps vs. about 156 required to send out this newsletter (and other mail) from Linda Gettle, Joanne Daube, The Hoofnagle Family, Jamie Reagin, Jennifer Hoofnagle and Elmer Bryant. Thank you all very much. We have about 20 stamps on hand right now—so keep up the great work!!

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IN MEMORY—From Kathy Beckman “in memory of my best little friend, ZOE, a smart and beautiful tuxedo cat. I took care of her for 14 years at a private school where she had her own custom-designed house. I liked nothing better than sitting with her on weekends, sipping my decaf and working crossword puzzles. There’s always a breeze where her house is. Something happened to her on July 10 of this year. I still can’t believe she’s gone—and miss her very, very much."

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THANK YOU--

To Nadine Hereth for the “little extra” – which means a lot! And for your note. I’ll be sure to tell Barry that you agree that I need a “keeper.” I’m glad you admit that you probably would be just as “crazy” as I am.

To Elly Meyer for the extra money you sent and the wonderful kitty card and encouraging note.

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

To Jennifer Hoofnagle for your very nice note.

To Dena Roesler for your donation, matched by your company and for the amount you sent expressly to help in my recovery.

To Mildred Ferrell for helping with our veterinary expenses.

To Gloria Overbey for your help with vet bills.

To Grandma Hoofnagle for sending the picture of your diabetic cat, TOBY, and your daughter’s new adopted puppy BELLA. They are both absolutely adorable!

To Bob Donahue for your donation to help with the electric bills.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your donation toward the medical expense of our animals.

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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!

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 $340) and/or garbage bill (currently $139.35).

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ETCETERA—

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – October 8, 2010 – Grommit, beloved pet of an Indiana woman, has joined a few thousand dogs, in the last 20 years, whose lives are being lengthened by an implanted pacemaker. Grommit, a yellow lab, received his silver-dollar size implant in 2006 after suffering black-outs caused by a defect in his heart which put him at risk of sudden death. The $2,000 procedure was performed at Purdue U. and lasted about two hours. Dogs get to leave that small animal hospital in a day or two but must stay calm at home for about a month to be sure the wires heal and don’t shift. Grommit’s recent four-year check-up by Dr. Green (one of 200 U.S. veterinary cardiologists who can perform this procedure) found that his pacemaker is still working fine.

Today, nearly all pacemakers used in dogs, cats and horses are donated by medical device makers and funneled to a clearinghouse called the Companion Animal Pacemaker Registry and Repository. The nonprofit organization sells the devices (worth $5 to $10 thousand) to veterinarians for about $500. The proceeds go to animal research conducted by veterinary cardiology residents. EXCERPTED FROM MSNBC.COM – OCTOBER 13, 2010.







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