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eNEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2011

Sent: September 25, 2011


ALLCREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (www.allcatsinc.org) – 706-518-7905 (Cell/Text)
Email: carolyn@sandwave.net NEW ADDRESS!
PO Box 1095
Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible


“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 like a bit of mongrel myself, whether it's a man or a dog; they're the best for every day.” ~George Bernard Shaw

Dear Friends,

As the saying goes, we have good news and we (unfortunately) also have bad news.

The GOOD NEWS is that you came through to help us with our September bills. You quickly sent us enough support to pay all the bills—on time—and buy a little extra supply of dog food and spay two cats (very much needed). For this help, we thank you very much!!

The BAD NEWS is a lot like the news last month. We went to the post office today to pick up the mail for the week. What we found there were the first two October bills, totaling about $140 for electricity. AND, one support check for $15. We will receive two other utility bills, which should total about $280. All of these will be due between October 10 and 12. We need your help once again in October to enable us to continue our work to care for our animals and help the animal world in general. We thank you now for whatever assistance you are able to provide.

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Isn't it wonderful when one good thing leads to another and then that good deed leads to still another? Well, that is exactly what happened to us recently.

It started with the simple act of teaching children the importance of proper care of an animal. That led to the breakup of a dog-fighting ring. We are still at the stage where we can't talk about all the details until ALL persons charged have been to court.

In the course of an arrest of one of those people, the woman made the remark, "Why don't you leave us alone? We care for our dogs. Why don't you go down to the R-------'s and just see for yourselves what cruelty to an animal is? They're probably all down there right now fighting roosters and ringing their necks when they lose. Most will be too cut up to live anyway from the metal spurs on their claws."

Most everyone took that to be a way of trying to get the officers to leave. After all, they hear these stories all the time. People trying to make themselves look less guilty by placing blame on someone else. The officers said they would look into that situation, but they did have to finish the job at hand.

When one young officer heard what the woman said, it triggered something in his mind. He remembered seeing an injured chicken on the side of the road near the place the woman was talking about. He asked his superior for permission to "go check it out." After all, she had said "They should all be there now."

When he arrived at the location, it appeared that no one was home. No lights, no noise, no people. When he walked around back, he saw a dim glow coming from a building far back in the edge of the woods. He walked closer. It didn't take long until he could see vehicles and hear people cheering or booing.

He went back to his cruiser and called his Captain with the news of what he had seen. It wasn't long before they had a search warrant and several units headed that way.

After checking the grounds to make sure they had all exits to the property blocked and at least three officers at each door to the building, several officers entered the building. There they arrested 26 people. I don't exactly understand all the charges as they differ between owning one of the roosters and just being there to watch and bet. What I am clear on is that the persons owning the land and "hosting" the fighting went to jail where they couldn't make their bail and had to stay until their court date. In court they were given jail time and a large fine. As I write this, the other persons are still moving through the court system and I don't have any results for them.

Another thing I know for a fact is that this judge is doing his job and doing it well. I wish all judges were like him.

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STAMP REPORT— Since our last letter, we have received 140 stamps from Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle, Joanne Daube and Gloria Young. In order to send out this newsletter and other mail during the month, we had to purchase one book of stamps but use only six of them. So, our inventory is now 12 stamps.

Let’s do even better in October!!

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THANK YOU—

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

To William Underwood for your extremely generous “some of the best” assistance with our vet bills. Your support enabled us to do the spays mentioned above.

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

To Gloria Overbey for your help with veterinary care bills.

To Avis Buchanan for sending a donation toward veterinary expenses.

To Mildred Ferrell for your donation to help pay our electric bills.

To Mardi Hoofnagle for sending that “extra” you received by caring for a neighbor’s cat.

To Elly Meyer for the very much appreciated extra support and beautiful card.

To the Godzosa’s for your donation for Ziggy and Zoe.

To Nadine Hereth for your generous support. We are very sorry to hear of your accident—but relieved that no one was hurt. (Seventy-seven years of driving without an accident is a record to be proud of.)

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IN HONOR AND MEMORY

From Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan “in honor of Tiger Lilly, who left this world on August 12. We miss you.”

From Pat Kachur “in memory of Pixie, who I adopted from All Cats 12 years ago. She developed liver disease and—though given the best of specialist care—succumbed on September 23. I miss my little tortie.”

From Anne Roberts “in memory of Bogey and Smokey.”

From Harry Patrick a donation to sponsor Marshmallow “in memory of my believed Beanie, a Calico I rescued in 1999 and who passed away in 2010, and in memory of Maggie, who I rescued in September 2009 but was tragically killed in October 2009 in a freak accident in my home. My heart aches for both of these precious souls, and I miss them every day I’m here. I have three rescue cats currently in my home; one is 8, one is 2 and one is 1. Thanks in God’s Love.”

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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 $255) and/or garbage bill (currently $159.35).

FROM THE NEWS

New York, September 14, 2011 – A calico cat named Willow, who disappeared from a home near the Rocky Mountains five years ago, was found today wandering the streets of Manhattan and will soon be returned to a family in which two of the three kids and one of the two dogs may remember her. How she got to New York and how she lived are mysteries. But, thanks to a microchip implanted when she was a kitten, Willow will be reunited in Colorado with the Squire family—who had long ago given up hope of finding her. A man found her on 20th Street and turned her in to Animal Care and Control, who found the microchip and contacted the Squire’s, who had moved but reported their new address to the microchip company. Willow will spend some time with a foster family in New York while arrangements are made to return her to Colorado (transportation and health certificates).

Mrs. Squires stated that “All our pets are microchipped. If I could microchip my kids, I would."





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