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Sent: March 27, 2011

ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. ( - 706-518-7905 (Cell/Text)
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible

"The really great thing about cats is their endless variety. One can pick a cat to fit almost any kind of decor, color, scheme, income, personality, mood. But under the fur, whatever color it may be, there still lies, essentially unchanged, one of the world's free souls." - Eric Gurney

“We long for affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.” ~George Eliot

Dear Friends,

Thank you so very, very much to those of you who responded to our urgent plea in the March newsletter by sending a special donation or adding to your “normal” support. Thanks to you, we are making good progress in getting all our financial obligations up to date. One of you made an interesting suggestion—that those supporters who receive a tax refund, donate a small percentage (10-15%) to our shelter.

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Several weeks ago a lady appeared at my door asking if I could help her. She had 12 dogs and needed help with food for them. When I asked where she lived, it turned out to be only a little way up the road. I figure her dogs must be the source of the barking I could hear at night.

Grabbing two bags of food, off we went to see her animals. All were healthy and playful, but they did seem overly interested in the food bags--meaning they weren't getting all they wanted to eat. I walked around helping her feed them. All had plenty of water and the pens were very clean. She seemed to be doing fine with everything pertaining to their care. She explained her son refused to send her any more money if she was going to use it for dog food.

When I got back home, I called around asking for food donations for her. I also explained WHY she no longer had food money. By the next morning, I had enough food to last her a week. It wasn't the best food, but it was better than nothing. I took whatever food they gave me, dog or cat, knowing the dogs would eat it. She was very grateful and would walk down to my house and help clean pens to repay me. I felt as if I got the best end of the deal.

Then, three days ago, someone I didn't know came in my yard yelling, "Mrs. Thompson is lying in her dog pen. Can you come?" When I got there, I could hear sirens in the distance. Someone had called an ambulance—but it was too late for Mrs. Thompson.

Not only the police, but animal control also came. The neighbors and I assured animal control we would find homes for the dogs and they left. I knew the police officer. He asked me about kin and I told him about the son but that I didn't know where he lived. He suggested we go inside and look for an address.

When he opened the door, I couldn't believe what I saw......cats everywhere. He looked at me and asked, "Want animal control back?" "Not in a million years," I replied. "You have my word I will get them out of here.”

I got on my cell phone and started calling every no-kill shelter I knew about. By the end of the day, I had somewhere for all of them to go. A good thing, too. That night, as we were loading some of the cats into carriers, a man burst through the door with a rifle, demanding we leave so he could, "kill all these (expletive deleted) animals." We called the police, who came and restrained him. By daylight, every cat was in a new home. Every neighbor on that road, and some on the next, had taken home a dog. Mrs. Thompson was a much loved lady.

I looked around at the way she had fed all the cats. There were platters of cooked rice with beef or chicken broth and a few bowls of cat food and several with dog food soaked in milk. She was using her food stamp card to buy food she could feed to the cats or make dog food or rice nutritious for them.

After we had them in their new homes, we discovered all were spayed/ neutered and very healthy. She had done a remarkable job of caring for her animals. I still visit each of the dogs every week and we still supply food for the ones with people on fixed incomes or with health problems. I wish we could supply better food, but we have a hard time keeping our own animals cared for as we want them to be. But I am sure Mrs. Thompson is very proud of us for saving all the animals she loved so much.

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ADOPTIONS—Since our last report, we have adopted out two cats (together), one 18-month-old dog and have five puppies spoken for. The puppies will go to their new homes in about three weeks.

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THE STAMP REPORT--Since our last report, we have received a total of 111 stamps (or donations specified to purchase them) vs. about 154 required to send out this newsletter (and other mail) from Dena Roesler, Jamie Reagin, The Hoofnagle Family and Joanne Daube. Due to having such a great stamp month in February, we had enough to send out this newsletter. We have about 40 stamps in our present inventory—so we do need your help in April!!

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From Maudan Shugart “in loving memory of my friend Barbara Buck, who died suddenly recently. She was a wonderful, cheerful lady who housesit with many animals for many years; and she is missed.” We are very glad that you enjoy our newsletter.

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To Bill Underwood for your generous donation to help with our vet expenses. We found your comment that “I can’t afford not to contribute” this month very thought-provoking. We are glad to continue to be among the “few of the best.”

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

To Nadine Hereth for the extra support. I agree with your “snake-bitten” comment.

To Mildred Ferrell for your donation to help with the overwhelming utility expenses.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your extra donation and the wonderful doggie card from Guiding Eyes for the Blind. We think you are wonderful, too.

To Gloria Overbey for your assistance with our veterinary expenses.

To Barbara Johnson for the “something extra.”

To the Godzosas for your help with Ziggy and Zoe’s medical expenses.

To Jo Anne Croghan for your donation to the Alabama shelter.

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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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i-GIVE – Reminder - Every time you shop at any of 700+ online stores in the iGive network, a portion of the money you spend benefits All Creatures Are Truly Special, Inc. It's a free service, and you'll never pay more when you reach a store through iGive. In fact, smart shoppers will enjoy iGive's repository of coupons, free shipping deals, and sales. To get started, just create your free iGive account. And when you search the web, do it through where each search means a penny (or more!) for us! If you make your first purchase (through iGive!) within 45 days of joining, iGive will make an additional $5 donation to the shelter. Start iGiving at: & ALLCATSINC

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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 $265) and/or garbage bill (currently $143.35).

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BOSTON—Terisa Acevedo, who moved in with relatives after a fire gutted her home, returned to the site a month after the incident when the landlord asked her to turn off a vehicle alarm in the driveway. She heard scratching and pulled away some wood covering the doorway and found her one-year dachshund pup, Lola, whom she had thought was killed in the fire. Veterinarians at Boston’s Angell Animal Medical Center said the dog somehow found food and water in the house and should fully recover. Lola has “refeeding syndrome,” a condition which requires a careful reintroduction of food to prevent life-threatening complications in malnourished patients. EXCERPTED FROM MSNBC.COM, TODAY, PETS – MARCH 24, 2011.

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