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eNEWSLETTER - JULY 2011

Sent: June 28, 2011


ALLCREATURES 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
July 2011 NEWSLETTER

"Of all God's creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat." - Mark Twain

“I talk to him when I'm lonesome like; and I'm sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that.” ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth

Dear Friends,

I really wanted to write about my teaching experience with the grade school class. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. We played the games, petted the animals and had a very lively discussion about animal care. The whole class participated, all but one little girl. And this little girl is the reason I can't concentrate on the details of the teaching. She is also the reason for the need for these classes.

She listened very intently to all the discussions but never volunteered anything. Through some of it, she had tears in her eyes. I was very concerned for this child. I really made a point of telling the children that help could be obtained for their animals if it was needed. I told them about animal control and how, if called, they would pick up animals that were being mistreated. I told them how people who mistreat animals could be put in jail. Animals are meant to be loved and cared for and appreciated and they would return that love 100 times over. I was trying to comfort the child, but everything I said seemed to make matters worse. I was desperately searching my mind for something that would help her. Finally, I said, "If you know of an animal in trouble, you can talk with me about it and I will do my best to fix the problem." This seemed to bring her some relief, but what had I gotten myself into?

When the lesson was over and the clean-up was done, I asked her to help me carry the things to my truck. When we got outside, I asked her how I could help her. Again, her eyes filled with tears. Very softly she said, "You can come get my kitten before my daddy gives it to the dogs." I thought my heart would stop. I had just told this child I would help and she was expecting immediate help--and she was going to get it. All at once, the words came tumbling out. "My daddy brings home kittens and I get to play with them for a few days; then they are gone. Then he will bring more, but they go away, too. I followed him through the woods one night when I saw he had my kittens in his hands. He went to a big pen with real mean dogs and he put my kittens in the pen. I ran all the way back home so he wouldn't see me. My mama saw me come in the house and told me to never go out at night again. Why would he do that? Why would he give my little soft kittens to the dogs? Doesn’t he love me? Have I been bad? Did I do something so bad I can't have kittens? Can you help me find out what I did so I can have a kitten? I'll be real good, I promise I will." Then, "I have a little white kitten hid in my room. I am scared I will be bad and he will take it away, too. Please help me be good. Please come get my kitten before I am bad and he gives it to the dogs. Please, please, please take my kitten home with you.

I looked into her little tear-stained face and promised I would go home with her today. This poor child thought she had caused this horror. I couldn't imagine just how scared she was that she would be bad again and not even know what she had done. But, I did know for sure that little kitten was coming with me, today, if I had to call the police to get it. I realized I was holding my tape recorder and it was recording. I had the whole conversation on tape. What I didn't know was her name, so I asked and she said, "My name is Lori_________." So now I had something to play for police if her daddy didn't want to listen to me. I didn't want to have to call the police. The child was carrying enough guilt over the kittens. I didn't want her to feel responsible for putting her daddy in jail. I knew I couldn't allow his activities to continue, but the child had to be spared.

I talked to the teacher and explained the situation. She asked, "What are you going to do?” I answered, "I am going home with the child and talk to her parents. And, I am going to take the kitten with me. Whatever it takes." Then she really surprised me. "Do you want some company?" she asked. I replied, "I would be most grateful."

While waiting for school to be out, I made two copies of the tape. I had no way of knowing if her father was violent and I didn't want to lose my evidence. I went to the post office and mailed one tape to my house, just to be safe. Then I went back to school to wait and worry.

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SPECIAL NOTE FROM TIFFANI: The above story is part of an on-going investigation against dog fighting. The local ring came to light because of grandma’s teaching at the school. We will be able to finish the story next month—but, to relieve your minds—the both the little girl and her kitten are well and much happier.

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STAMP REPORT— Since our last letter, we have received 100 stamps from Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle, Joanne Daube and Lois Holbrook. Since we had an inventory of about 90 stamps, we had enough this month—but we are down to one and one-half books now!

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THANK YOU—

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

To Lois Holbrook for your story about Tater and the enclosed wonderful picture.

To William Underwood for your “some of the best” assistance.

To Elly Meyer for your kind words and prayers. I will be sure to give Tiffani your message.

To Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan for your donation to help the Alabama shelter.

To Julie Ashton for your blessings.

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

To Mary Jane Johnson for your donation toward our animals’ medical expenses and the wonderful card.

To Gloria Overbey for your assistance with our veterinary expenses.

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

To Dena Roesler for your donation, matched—as always—by your company.

To Nadine Hereth for your great card. I’ll try hard to take your advice.

To Alice Smith for your support and for sending the animal medicine. We can always use it.

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IN MEMORY

From Mary Ann Harrell (his loving daughter) “In memory of my wonderful Dad on Father’s Day—James A. Harrell.”

From Roberta Lanford “In loving memory of 13-year-old BUTTERSCOTCH…She was a near death kitten when I had a call from my son telling me he had her. So we cared for her all these years. Other strays have come and gone, but she lived on. She followed me everywhere, over our 80 acres.”

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ITEMS ALWAYS NEEDED AND WELCOME

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 $235) and/or garbage bill (currently $127.65).

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FROM THE NEWS—Chaser, a seven-year old border collie, is purported by her owner Dr. John Pilley to recognize 1,022 nouns. On the TODAY show, Chaser fetched several items simply when instructed by Matt Lauer. For instance, “Chaser, fetch tennis.” After a few seconds of nosing the 25 items on the set, Chaser promptly picked up the tennis ball and dropped it into a tub. She also fetched a peppermint chew toy. But, when asked to “fetch SpongeBob,” she really showed her talent. “SpongeBob is not out there,” Pilley said. But, in seconds, Chaser wagged her tail while eagerly shaking a SpongeBob flying disk in her mouth. Border collies are reputedly one of the smartest and most motivated breeds. They like challenges and stimulation and, since Chaser is a house dog and not herding sheep, she needs other tasks. Pilley, a retired psychology professor, adopted Chaser as a puppy.





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