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ALL CATS, INC. -- eNews for June 2004

Sent: May 23, 2004


ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (ALL C.A.T.S., INC.)
64 Lumpkin County Park Drive Dahlonega, GA 30533

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1095, Dawsonville, GA 30534-0022

All Donations are Tax Deductible

Founded By: Carolyn Keeton Email: Carcats@knology.net

Please Send all Mail to the Above Post Office Address. Thank You!


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Welcome to our eNewsletter!

ENEWS - JUNE 2004

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB PORTAL AT: www.allcatsinc.org

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Thanks to so many of you sending a little extra, we have been able to purchase enough flea preventive for the cats to have one dose each. For that, our (and their) thanks. Now, we need to ask you "dog people" to send extra money so the doggies can have similar protection.

As stated last month, a veterinarian who supports our cause lets us purchase this product at cost. Please consider sending either an extra amount over and above your regular donation OR a special donation strictly for this purpose.

So many of you enjoyed the two funny stories I told you last month and asked for more, I am printing another episode that still brings laughter to me every time I think about it. Here goes:

There is a very dark street near where I live that seems to be the dumping ground for unwanted pets. After three days in a row of having to go pick up an animal there, I decided to "stake out" the road. The police promised to arrest anyone I caught leaving animals for "abandonment and/or cruelty" as long as I was willing to testify against them.

I borrowed my grandson's pickup because he has a lot of off-road lights on it. Not that he ever actually got the truck "off road," he just liked the lights. With a flip of four switches, you could light up an area almost as large as a football field.

I got there too late one night as there was already a puppy there and so I didn't get to see who dropped it. The next night, I was parked off to one side of the road under a tree. Since the truck is black, it was almost invisible in the darkness. After waiting for about 30 minutes, I noticed a car, without lights, driving slowly down the street toward me. "Ah, ha," I think. "I'll get this one." But instead of stopping, it turned around the corner. In a few minutes, it was once again cruising slowly toward me. I was confident he couldn't see me, especially since he was driving without lights. Problem was, I couldn't see him very clearly either. This time around, they pass the corner, so I know they have to come right past me. I put my fingers on the light switches, just waiting for them to stop. Since they were driving without lights, it was obvious they didn't want to be seen. Boy, were they in for a surprise!

Several yards from me, they came to a stop. The interior light came on. I could tell there were two people. "Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy." One of them is getting out. I could tell he was still outside the car when the interior light went off. I waited another few seconds, then "WHAM," I flipped all the switches at once... and lit up a police car and a very embarrassed policeman "doing his business" on the side of the road!!

That truck might not have been off road before, but you can believe it was that night. I turned off the lights, turned that truck around and got the heck out of there before the policeman could get back into the car. When I got back home, I parked that truck in the barn and closed the doors.

A little while later, the police car came by the house while I was walking Little Lion and Poppy. He stopped for a minute to say "hello" and to tell me they had been patrolling on the dark road that night. "Have you been out there tonight?" he asked, looking around at the vehicles in the yard. Crossing my fingers behind my back, I look him straight in the eye, "No, not yet, but I think I'll go check it out. You never know what you might see out there."

If you can help with expenses for any of the other animals featured in our recent newsletters who live at The Farm, please send your check to Carolyn at 4907 23rd Blvd., Valley AL 36854. Please remember that special donations for a particular animal or animals should be in addition to regular shelter donations-not instead of them, as the shelter has the same expenses every month and needs your support.

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FINANCIAL REPORT

For April, our expenses were:

Food $115.30 (All cat food; donation of dog food was very much appreciated.)
Supplies $0.00 (Still using our stockpile.)
Veterinary $175.00
Utilities $313.80
Service Chg.$8.20
Labor $2,750.44

Total $3,362.74

Donations totaled $3,301.91 for April-almost even with expenses. At this writing, May is somewhat better. The summer months are historically very low-income months, we have absolutely no cushion-plus the expenses for flea prevention, and keeping the animals comfortable in the brutally hot Georgia weather will be great. Please keep up your level of giving-or, hopefully, increase it just a little!!

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MISSION FISH

We hope those of you with Internet access have explored the Mission Fish information. We have posted more information on our website in regard to their services.

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE

We are absolutely DELIGHTED to report that since our last report, we have received donations toward vet expense totaling $1,050 from Dr. & Mrs. Robert Klingbeil, Avis Buchanan, Dena Roesler, Mildred Ferrell, Cynthia Bachmann, Mary Jane Johnson, Virginia & William Medcalf, Toni Graney, Mrs. W. H. Briggs, Sara Martin, Catherine Sisson, Lois Hoofnagle, Mark Docterman and Benjamin Jones. You may continue (and please do!) to make such donations any one of the following four ways:

* Sending us a check made out to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic for whatever amount you wish to contribute OR
* Sending a check made out to ALL C.A.T.S., Inc. indicating the donation is to be used for general veterinary expense.
* Send a check directly to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic, P.O. Box 406, Murrayville, GA 30564. Be sure to indicate that it is to be applied to the All C.A.T.S., Inc. account.
* To donate online, visit our web portal (www.allcatsinc.org), and click on Vet Expenses under our How You Can Help menu
* Then, select Veterinary Expenses and you'll be able to pay online instantly using your credit card and/or checking account.

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STAMP REPORT

Since our last report, we received 201 stamps (vs. 256 needed) from Carolyn Lowe, Pattie Reber, Nancy Caravello, an anonymous donor, Benjamin Jones, Thomas & Barbara Johnson, Lois Holbrook, Robert Salzman, Mardi Hoofnale and Marsha Walton. Keep up the good work-let's try for 100%!!

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THANK YOU

* To Carol Clenney for her continuing sponsorship of one of our shelter kitties.
* To Kathy Spiker for her continuing on-line sponsorship of PIGSY TAIL.
* To Laura Richardson for her continuing on-line sponsorship of BLACKIE
* To Nicolette Zervakos for taking the time to include a note in with her donation.
* To the anonymous supporter who donated money to cover our garbage bill.
* To Dr. & Mrs. Robert Kleinbell for their donation toward BUSTER'S expenses.
* To Sheri Monack for her donation towards our domain name renewal.


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IN HONOR

* From Harry D. Patrick for his donation toward the vet bill for the five kittens. It was in honor of "my Calico, BEANIE, who turned five years old on April 1, 2004-she is an April Fool's girl."

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IN MEMORY

From Mardi Hoofnagle in memory of LUCY, the 28-year-old quarter horse who was recently put to rest after suffering greatly from crippling arthritis from an old injury. For years, Lucy had dozens (perhaps hundreds) of devoted fans that would pull off at the pasture fence in northeast Cobb County to visit with the mare whose gentle temperament and friendly personality had won their hearts. "She was an icon. She definitely had a fan club," said Betty Phillips, who with her husband Tom, had owned Lucy for 25 years...After she was put to sleep, the Phillips?s hung a wreath of flowers and a hand-lettered sign announcing her death. A continuous stream of cars materialized and tributes started to appear at the site-bouquets of flowers, some tied with ribbons, Easter lilies, candles, balloons and Lucy's favorite treats, carrots and apples. She had a personal mailbox and it has filled with sympathy cards. Betty Phillips said, "It amazes us, the respect and love this little animal has gotten, the lives she touched. They feel about her as they do about a human. She had an impact on people's lives." People visiting her felt they had made a friend. Good-bye Lucy!

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MAKE ONLINE DONATIONS!

Just a reminder that you can make online donations instantly using your credit card or even your bank account! We utilize PayPal for all our online transactions. PayPal has the industry's most-advanced encryption, fraud prevention and Buyer and Seller Protection Policies. PayPal is dedicated to keeping your account safe and secure.

You can help us by donating to any of these areas:

Fuel Fund
Vet Expenses
Well Fund
Shelter Needs
Website Fund

Simply visit our website at http://www.allcatsinc.org and look for the menu on the left hand side of the page that says: "How You Can Help" and select the fund of your choice.

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THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP OUR ANIMALS

1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.
2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies) and/or garbage bill (always $120).
3. Those of you who take or send food and/or supplies to the shelter-continue and accelerate if possible.
4. A special veterinary fund donation (see above).
5. Gift card for Home Depot for buying many cleaning supplies-buckets, brooms, etc.
6. Gift card for any other store at which we can buy items needed at the shelter. Wal-Mart, Kroger, PetSmart and Ingles cards are especially welcome.
7. Send extra stamps-so that we can continue our streak in which we receive 100% of the number needed to send out a newsletter.
8. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of treated lumber--can be any length. Also, treated plywood,
9. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of 3" and 2-1/2" hinges.
10. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of Dogloos, especially XLarge.
11. Any type of animal medicine.
12. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of bleach, detergent, Glad tall kitchen bags, paper plates, Pine-Sol, brooms, scrub buckets, dishwashing liquid, canned and dry cat food, dry dog food, cat and dog treats, paper towels.

PLEASE USE ABOVE PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF THE SHELTER TO SEND US ANY ITEMS TOO LARGE FOR A POST OFFICE BOX.




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