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eNEWSLETTER - AUGUST 2011
Sent: July 24, 2011
ALLCREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (www.allcatsinc.org) – 706-518-7905 (Cell/Text)
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible
August 2011 NEWSLETTER
"With their qualities of cleanliness, discretion, affection, patience, dignity, and courage, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?" - Fernand Mery Her Majesty the Cat
“If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” ~Woodrow Wilson
When school was out, Lori came running to my truck. I had to tell her she couldn't ride with me, but I would follow the school bus to her house. The teacher followed along behind me. When we reached Lori's house, she went running inside--only to return within seconds holding the white kitten. "Please hurry and take it. My daddy will be here in a few minutes," she said. But it was too late. Her daddy was pulling into the yard as we stood there.
He looked at the kitten, then at me and the teacher. His first question, "What is going on here? Is something wrong with my daughter?" The teacher took the kitten from Lori and went to her car. This seemed to give Lori some relief. At least this kitten was safe. I wasn't so sure we were safe--or Lori for that matter. The only way to deal with the situation was with direct answers. No beating around the bush.
"Yes," I said, "There is something very wrong with your daughter. It's called not trusting your father." "WHAT THE HE__ DO YOU MEAN!” he yelled at me. "If you will listen to a tape, I won't have to explain anything," I answered. "Or, I can call the sheriff and he can search this place. Your choice." Of course, he chose the tape. Retrieving it from my truck, I told him to sit down, that we had a lot to discuss.
At first, he didn’t even believe what he was hearing. You could see the look on his face. Then, he began to understand the whole implication of the taped conversation. He put his head in his hands and listened. When it ended, he asked to hear it again. I was happy to oblige. By the time the tape ended this time, he had tears streaming down his face. "My God, I had no idea," he said. "I love my daughter. She thinks I'm a killer, doesn't she?"
"You are a killer," I answered. "Every single time you kill an animal, you are a killer of a precious life. And the ones you are killing, or causing to be killed, are not doing it of their own choice-- but yours. Can you imagine the total terror of those kittens as they waited for death? Little helpless beings, too small to defend themselves? It is just as bad as people who kill children. There are those who will disagree with that statement, but I will stand by it until I die. Not to mention what you have done to your own daughter."
"I have NEVER hurt my daughter and I never would," he said. "No? Do you want to hear the tape again? She thinks she has been "bad' and you do this to punish her. I think that is child abuse. Not physical but mental--and that is sometimes worse. What do we do from here? I can't let this continue.” "What do you suggest?” he asked. “I'll do anything. But first, I need to hug my daughter." And he did. Lori and her father were crying. He was apologizing and begging her forgiveness. Promising to never fight dogs or hurt another living thing for the rest of his life.
This was great, but we still had the situation of the dogs and the dog-fighting ring of which he was a part. I was not going to let that go. It had to be stopped.
Finally, he turned to me and said "Call whoever you need to. I will help all I can. Just don't get my name in the paper. I don't want to hurt my family any more than I already have."
So I made my calls to the higher-ups with the right connections. We didn't want someone looking for attention for themselves but someone who was seriously concerned about animals first and the crime second. And, we got all the help anyone could ask for. The RIGHT kind of help! The father named names, gave dates, confessed to his part in the activity and gave up all his dogs to a private organization which helps this type of abused animal.
We will continue this story as it progresses through the system. Until then, a judge is releasing the details when he feels it is appropriate and safe to do so. We don't want to in any way compromise the justice system.
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REMEMBERING YOUR SPECIAL PET--We were recently contacted by Marion Cheney, one of the owners of StarSeed Gems Studios in Cocoa, Florida. Their silver and glass studios specialize in creating beautiful keepsake or memory pendants. Mounted on these silver pendants are stones made from art glass in which they fuse the ashes of a loved one, a treasured pet, or grains of sand from a special place. The ashes absorb and release energy in the form of light and become visible in darkness, resembling a beautiful night sky. Sometime ago, they began to receive inquiries from clients who requested memory pendants to honor their beloved pets. In response to these inquiries, they broadened their offerings to include pet memorial jewelry. This jewelry is called StarSpark Gems. Because they appreciate the work that rescue and adoption services perform in saving and improving the lives of animals and of the families who get these animals, they have initiated a program of offering to animal rescue services a $50.00 donation for each pendant which is purchased via a link from a participating shelter or rescue group. Marion has invited us to participate in this program, and their web sites http://www.starseedgems.com/ and http://www.starsparkgems.com/ have been posted on our shelter website. Our link has been posted on their website, showing us as a participating animal shelter. Purchases made via referrals from our website will generate $50 for All CATS (for each pendant sold).
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STAMP REPORT— Since our last letter, we have received 228 stamps (or a donation for purchase of them) from Jamie Reagin, Betty Phillips, Elmer Bryant, Mardi Hoofnagle, Joanne Daube, Lois Holbrook and an anonymous donor. We have just under two books in inventory right now—so keep up the great work!!
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To Carol Clenney for your long-time support of a shelter cat and help with fuel costs.
To Sasha DeWeese, whose mom Jennifer made a donation in honor of his 16th birthday “with love.” This donation will be matched by Jennifer’s employer.
To William Underwood for your “some of the best” assistance and comments on the first part of our story—we hope you find this “chapter” uplifting. (We don’t always understand those “mysterious ways” either.)
To Pamela Allen “in honor of Nadine Hereth’s birthday.)
To Walter Gordy for your comments on the story. I am sure you are glad about the father’s change in attitude and behavior towards his daughter and animals. (I watch Animal Planet, too.)
To Katherine Pobst for your lovely card and wonderful words. We think the world is a better place because people like you support organizations like our shelter.
To Julie Ashton for your get well wishes.
To Mildred Ferrell for your donation to help with the veterinary expenses.
To Mary Jane Johnson for your donation and wishes for a wonderful 4th of July holiday for all volunteers.
To Gloria Overbey for your assistance with our veterinary expenses.
To Elly Meyer for your nice card. We’re very glad to hear you are feeling better.
To the Godzosas for your help with Ziggy and Zoe’s medical expenses.
To Nadine Hereth for your wishes about my health. And a very happy 93rd birthday to you.
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From Vicky Murphy for your donation “in memory of Susan and John Traendly’s fur child, Gracie, who lived a life of luxury after Susan rescued her from the side of the road.”
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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 $215) and/or garbage bill (currently $127.65).
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