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eNEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 2011 - PLEASE HELP ANNIE AND HER PUPS

Sent: November 27, 2011


ALLCREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (www.allcatsinc.org) – 706-518-7905 (Cell/Text)
Email: carolyn@sandwave.net or carolyngunter84@yahoo.com
PO Box 1095
Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible

"The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.” ~Robert Brault,

“After scolding one’s cat, one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference.” Author Unknown

Dear Friends,

November was a very hard month for me. I had very bad pain in my stomach and side persisting for weeks. I saw six specialists. They were all good at their own specialty and one even helped rid me of ulcers, but none of them could find the source of the pain. Coming home from still another unsuccessful doctor visit, I was feeling very sorry for myself. Turning into my yard, I saw a very pregnant black dog tied to my porch. My first thought was very selfish, "How am I going to care for this dog when I can't care for myself?" But, deep down, I knew I would find a way.

Sitting on the steps, I looked her over. She wasn't jumpy, scared or in any sort of distress. She simply looked back at me. That is when I noticed her eyes--soft brown, very intelligent and, for some reason, kind. I have seen a lot of intelligent dogs, but this one had kind eyes--which was new to me. She totally understood her situation, knew her very life and that of her pups was in my hands. And, she trusted that I would do the right thing for her. I untied the rope from the porch. Whoever had left her had made sure she had plenty of room to move around and left her a bowl of food and water. Since they obviously cared for her, I knew it had to be hard for them to leave her. And whatever their reason, I do believe she understood. She had on a collar with the name "Annie" but no tags or address.

"O.K., Annie," I said, "What do we do from here?" She came over and put her head on my knee as if to say "the best we can." I had just had a new pen built out back, and it had a dog house. I had not put anyone in it because they didn't need to be separated. It was like I knew Annie would be here. We went into the house and Annie promptly plopped down on one of the blankets on the floor. She was very much at home. "All right," I tell her. "You can stay in here for a couple of nights until you feel safe. But no bothering the cats." She sort of yawned, looked at me and slowly wagged her tail. Then fell asleep. I went out to the pen to put a water bowl, food bowl and a blanket in the dog house. Just to be ready.

As I finished that, I was struck by the horrible pain again. I had to sit in the yard; standing was impossible. Sitting in my big fenced yard was a mistake. All the dogs thought I was ready to play and I immediately was covered by furry bodies, all wanting their turn to be petted or fetch whatever I am throwing. Struggling to my feet, I made it back into the house and decided to lie down for a few minutes.

The pain persisted. I called my son to tell him this time it is different. He called his doctor. I wasn't exactly happy with that choice. His doctor deals mostly with bones; but, at that point, I just wanted a doctor.

Once again we filled out forms listing all the childhood diseases, surgeries, etc. As I was being examined, the doctor asked when I had had each of the surgeries. I told him I could tell him the decade but not the actual date. For some reason, dates do not stick in my head. As we reviewed each surgery, he asked what decade I had had the appendectomy. That I knew because Barry was three at the time. He was so little, but he tried to feed me when I got home from the hospital. The doctor said, "Your appendix has grown back and is inflamed. It has to be removed." I was in shock. "Grown back? How can that be?” “It happens more often than you think with surgeries done in the 60s” he told me. We went to the hospital for tests, which proved him correct, and I had the surgery.

Back at the house, Annie had made herself at home. She was happy to see me back. Late that night, she came into the bedroom and wanted out. That scared me. I could only put her in the new pen and that involved going through all the other dogs. I wasn't sure I could do it. But, when I opened the back door, she headed straight to the pen. None of the other dogs bothered her. I was amazed. I later learned Barry had let her out before and had shown her the pen. She knew where she was going. I wasn't able to stay with her, but I did get food and water out there. Checking on her about 3 a.m., she had three puppies. At 7 a.m., she had seven more. Ten new puppies!! I told her she did very good, petted her head and went back inside. She was so proud of herself.

So, now we have 10 new puppies that will need shots, deworming, etc., and Annie, who will need vet care and spaying after the puppies are weaned. But most important, Annie feels safe and loved again.

PLEASE HELP—We will need a lot of extra support for Annie and her babies. A special holiday gift donation would be very much appreciated. Please remember that you may send support on-line by using the Donation button on our website.

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PROPERTY TAXES—Many thanks to Nadine Hereth, Carol Clenney and Mildred Ferrell who sent us support to help pay our taxes. With more than $6,000 to pay by the end of January, we need your help!!

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STAMP REPORT—We had a great month, receiving 212 stamps (or a donation designated for their purchase) from Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle, Lois Holbrook, Gloria Young and Elmer Bryant. We were able to send out this newsletter and other mail during the month and still have 71 on hand.

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THANK YOU—

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

To Gloria Overbey for your support sent to help with our veterinary bills.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your kind note and Happy Thanksgiving card.

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

To Elly Meyer for the very much appreciated extra support and expression of sympathy over Joker’s passing. Our best to you, Mary, Truffles and Megan.

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

To Nadine Hereth for your very much appreciated “sermon.” And we certainly understand about December “expenses.”

To Mardi Hoofnagle for your sympathy card and donation in memory of Joker.

To Walter Gordy for your kind note expressing sympathy over Joker’s death.

To Jan Price who submitted our shelter as a recipient of a donation she was awarded for design of a poster at a library which has a library cat named Tober. They had a poster contest in celebration of his Finding Day (http://tobersadventures.blogspot.com). Librarian Christine Sterle wrote that “one of the prizes for the winner was a donation to the animal related charity of her choice. The winner was Jan from Jan’s Funny Farm; she and her crew designed a really cool poster in honor of our boss cat. Jan told me about your organization, and Tober commanded (well, he asked very nicely) that I donate the money. We were happy to do it!”

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IN MEMORY

From Holly and Thomas “in memory of Bud, who was one of two littermates adopted by our friend and neighbor Camellia Lipman almost 18 years ago” and “for Prissy, beloved feline companion of George and Ruth Whitlock and granddaughter Devon.”

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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 $195) and/or garbage bill (currently $158.04).

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HOLIDAY SAFETY—
Instead of our normal “News” item, we are reprinting this list of measures to make sure your holidays will be safe and happy for your entire families.

Holiday food can be harmful to animals. Don’t overindulge with turkey skin, ham fat or other fatty foods, which could lead to stomach upset and pancreatitis. Turkey bones should be avoided, as they can puncture intestines.

Avoid leaving food on an unsupervised table and keep a secure lid on garbage cans full of scraps.

Keep poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and hibiscus out of reach as they can be toxic.

Keep chocolates (especially the dark variety) away from your pets.

Sugarless candy with Xylitol is very toxic for dogs and may cause liver failure.

Don’t leave gifts that might contain candy under the tree or anywhere else where your cat or dog may get at them.

Never give your pet any beverage containing alcohol. It can cause respiratory and cardiac distress.

Keep lit menorahs and holiday candles out of reach.

Water in your Christmas tree stand can contain harmful preservatives, pine needles and bacteria. Consider purchasing an artificial tree to avoid these hazards. If you use a real tree, leave it undecorated for a couple of days so that your kitty gets used to and accepts it.

Secure your tree to keep it from falling over. If possible, anchor the top to the ceiling with fishing line.

Artificial snow is toxic to your cat.

Avoid hanging breakable ornaments on lower branches.

Holiday decorations, including ornaments, tinsel, garland, lights, ribbon and other small items can pose a choking or electrical hazard.

Lots of visitors, loud noises and extra food may also contribute to a stressful situation for your dog or cat. Give him or her quiet space if needed.

To keep your kitty away from tree problems, you may purchase a repellent spray like Keep Off. Be sure any repellent you purchase is for indoor use.


ALL OF US AT THE SHELTER WISH FOR YOU AND THOSE YOU LOVE THE MOST JOYOUS AND SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON!!!






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