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Sent: December 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

“There is nothing in the animal world, to my mind,
more delightful than grown cats at play.
They are so swift and light and graceful, so subtle
and designing, and yet so richly comical.”
- Monica Edwards

"The reason a dog has so many friends, is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue."
- Anonymous

Dear Friends,

For a few months now, I have been seeing a woman walking by the shelter every few days. I am always busy out back so we only nod if we happen to see each other. Then, a few days before the bull hurt me, I was out front unloading supplies from the car when she came by. The dogs certainly know the treat boxes and were causing great difficulty with getting them into the house. The lady came across the yard to my aid. "These are the best behaved dogs on my walk," she commented. I look at the havoc going on and say "not when treat boxes are in sight. I never skip a single animal; if I don't have enough for all, I just don't bring them out. Just watch the big red one; he will go to the end of the line hoping to score another." Sure enough, he grabbed his treat and off to the end of the line he went.

Well, I guess I better get going" she said, eying my coke sitting on the porch table. I asked "may I give you a coke for all your help? I don't think I could have done it alone.” "Yes, thank you. May I take it with me? " Of course” I replied." "What about your can, are you through with it?” Then I understood--she was picking up cans because she needed money. I felt so sad. Here I had been picking them up off the road for recycling and this person needed them to sell for food money. I wanted to help, but I didn't want to insult her. On my back porch was a bag of uncrushed cans and a box full of crushed ones. "Say, could you take some cans off my hands? I really don't have time to take them for recycling this week. I'll be happy to drive you home so they won't be so heavy to carry." She looked down at her hands for a full ten seconds, and then looked up at me. "I know who you are Ms. Carolyn. It was my mother-in-law you used to give your cans to." I tried to explain that I hadn't seen her in a long time. I knew she was caring for a disabled son and a husband hurt at work who might never walk again. She also had a little dog named Bunny who was very old and very much loved. The husband was hurt in a private job and had already been told he couldn't draw workman's comp. "What happened to her?" I asked. "I had to start picking up the cans because she wasn't coming by and I didn't want someone else to take her route" the lady replied. “She and Bobby (the disabled son) were the people killed in a car wreck taking him to the children's hospital. My husband and I moved back to help out, but he can't find a permanent job--so, I went back to walking her old route. I have a confession, Ms. Carolyn. I have been bringing this baggie every few days and taking food from down at the creek for Bunny. Will you forgive me? I have also carried this bag (drawing forth a Wal-Mart shopping bag) and picking up the trash people throw out. I thought you would appreciate that."

My son drove up about then. "Barry, I would like for you to meet.......I looked to her for her name, ‘Lydia,' meet Lydia. She is having a very hard time. I was hoping we could help.”
After they exchanged information, we loaded the cans in the car while Barry finished unloading the supplies. When I returned from carrying her home, Barry and I talked about their situation: "It isn't going to be easy finding him a job while they are without a car. All we can do is try.”
But, the very next day, Barry came bearing good news. He not only had found Jim a job, he had found him a car he could pay for by the week at the same place. He had a job crushing cars and the one he could buy was brought to them to be crushed. The company paid $350 for it. It is an old car, but running very well and he could have it at the same money, paying $25 a week.

I had not seen any of them since before I was hurt. Coming home from gum surgery recently, there was a box sitting on top of my not running car. (A rat has chewed the wires and it being what it is, it may never get fixed.) Anyway, there was this box with a bow with a lot of dog treats and a note. “These are from Bunny. She wants them to be the extra treat Big Red gets the second time around in line. She wants to apologize for the way I went about getting food. She promises there will be something more for Big Red after we get a little better straightened out. Just between us, I think she has a crush on him. Lydia."

I did send Lydia a note telling her she didn't have to worry about even one of the ALL CATS community begrudging Bunny a single morsel. I just wish she had stepped up sooner. She and Bunny come for a visit almost every week. And, you know, I think Bunny does have a crush on Big Red. She follows his every step, looking at him with adoring eyes. And he nearly prances walking with her.

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ADOPTIONS—Since our last letter, we have adopted out eight cats and three “teenage” dogs. We do not normally have adoptions during the holidays. However, all of these animals went to families I have personally known for many years. The first home visits have been done, and we are delighted with the results.

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THE STAMP REPORT—We are absolutely delighted to report that since our last report, we have received a total of 345 stamps (or donations specified to purchase them) vs. about 154 required to send out this newsletter (and other mail) from Betty Phillips, Elmer Bryant, Joanne Daube, Barbara Johnson, Jamie Reagin, Gloria Young, Marcia Olson, Lois Holbrook, Mardi Hoofnagle and an anonymous donor. This is the highest total month for stamps we have experienced. Thank you all so very much!!

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From Elissa McCrary “given in memory of Pat Lineback.”

From Marcia Olson “in loving memory of Bravery.”

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BENE-PET WAREHOUSE AND FACEBOOK-- Bene-Pet has set up a Facebook account for the shelter. They are Facebook Friends with MANY other animal-related organizations, helping them financially, and wanted to include our shelter in the group.

Our link is!/profile.php?id=100001731658808.

Please give ordering from our online store a try and share the information with friends and family. 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. Bene-Pet operates the store on our behalf at or by following the links on our site.

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To Bill Underwood for your generous donation and note with the Bertie Wooster/P.G. Wodehouse reference. We are glad to be among the “few of the best.”

To Elly Meyer for the wonderful kitten card. And for the extra donation in memory of Bravery.

To Carol Clenney for your long-time support of a shelter cat and help with fuel costs. And the extra donation from John Carlson.

To Mildred Ferrell for your donation to help with veterinary expenses.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your donation toward the medical expense of our animals and the wonderful doggie Christmas card. We also appreciated very much the Visa gift card.

To Joan MacDonald for your donation “in honor of Bravery, who should have been treated as the hero he was!"
To Lois Holbrook for the lovely card and for including us in your prayers for the New Year.

To Gloria Overbey for your adorable puppy note and kinds word about our dedication and devotion, with wishes for the New Year.

To Maryland Timmerman and Rabeth & Frank Walker for the wonderful kitty Santa card and the kind sentiments.

To Kathy Beckman for your holiday season good wishes.

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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 $385) and/or garbage bill (currently $139.35).

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Biloxi, MS – December 2010 – Five years after wandering away during Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, a gray and white cat named Scrub has been reunited with his Mississippi family. Scrub was brought to the Humane Society of South Mississippi shelter by a woman who had fed him for a couple of months but was worried about his health during a cold snap. Scrub was identified by an implanted microchip. Scrub’s person, Jennifer Noble, told the local newspaper that she was skeptical when she first received the shelter call—but, by the end of the first night back, Scrub was snuggling in bed with her son. Scrub appears to be in excellent condition—the only injury a small nick in one hear and a scar on the other. Humane Society Director, Tara High, told the paper “This is the power of microchipping. There is no other way this cat would have found its family.” FROM MSNBC.COM – DECEMBER 8, 2010

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