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Sent: January 29, 2012

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“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” - Jules Verne

“A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.” ~Ogden Nash

"There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." - Unknown

Dear Friends,

I am Kenneth, Carolyn’s brother. My sister amazes me on a regular basis. Take this past month for instance. She suffered two heart attacks in two weeks. The first was very mild, the second more severe. She called me on the way to hospital from the ambulance. "Don't worry about me," she said. "Just take care of my animals." I wonder how many times I have heard that statement over the years.

I arrived at the hospital at the same time she did. All through the prep time, she was giving me instructions for the animals. "Little Gray needs her medicine twice a day. The shaky puppy has to be hand fed. Make sure they all get their worming medicine this week. It's time for the flea medicine on the back of their neck. Make sure to wet the dry food for the small puppies, etc., etc."

On the way to surgery she was still at it. "Don't let Charlie stay outside. Let Crystal sleep on my bed. Prissy has to be lifted off the bed and then put back up. If anything is missing off the table, just look under the bed; Memphis will have batted it under there. Make sure everyone has fresh water every day. Feed Prissy on the bed or the cats will take her food, etc."

I was a very worried brother, waiting for her to come out of surgery. The first I saw of her being wheeled into her room, she was still talking. "Ziggy and Zoe need their dip every other day. Princess will want out so you have to wait on her to do her business then come back in. Nita will use the papers, but she doesn't like to. Even the babies will use the papers. Just make sure they have clean ones twice a day. Check their feet to make sure they haven't stepped in anything." She continued in this vein until I told her to stop, that I knew what to do.

I asked the nurse if she talked all through the surgery. "No, we put a tube in her mouth," she answered. I was puzzled. I had this same surgery and I had a needle in my hand. "Why did she need a tube in her mouth?" I asked. The nurse replied, "She didn't. WE needed it." I could only shake my head in understanding.

Carolyn's total down time for the first surgery was only two days; the second was only three days. She is back to caring for the animals full time. The only thing she has a problem with is unloading the truck. Barry and I make sure she doesn't do that. But, truth be told, we have to watch her or she will be stacking up the bags of food.

She has to have her gall bladder removed, but she says that will happen when she can't possibly stand the pain. We do worry about her at times. Very stubborn little person. And you may quote me on that. And--I want to thank all of you who support her work.

Note from Carolyn: Kenneth is a minister, serving a congregation located more than an hour from here. Even with his very busy life, he has been here helping me care for the animals every day.


Several of Annie’s pups have gone to wonderful, loving homes. The younger pups still need their second deworming and shots before they can be adopted. Your help would be very much appreciated.


Since our last report we have received 115 stamps from Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle, Joanne Daube and an anonymous donor. Our stamp inventory is getting a bit low—so those of you who send stamps, please do try to send some in February.


From Jim and Diane Riddle “in memory of ANNA. We adopted Anna and her sister Saja from ALL CATs in 1997. Both have added so much to our home for almost 15 years. They travel back and forth to our mountain house several times a year. We lost Anna on December 30 after years of kidney problems. We miss her so—and so does her sister. Thank you for all you do.” Jim and Diane—the kitties could not have had a better home than with you. We hope that Saja has many more healthy years with you.

From Mike Morrow “in memoriam for JEANNE SCHEHR and COCO MORROW.”

From Thomas Lanford, Jr. and Roberta Lanford “in memory of ROSALIE WHITLATCH, a cat owner and lover.”

From Joanne Croghan “in loving memory of TIGER and GENNY.”


From Betty Brandt “in honor of my brother WALTER GORDY for his 80th birthday on January 18. Thank you for all you do.”


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

To Gloria Overbey for your support helping us with our veterinary bills.

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

To Elly Meyer for the very much appreciated on-line donation.

To the Godzosa’s for your donation for Ziggy and Zoe and wherever else help is needed.

To The Laddin’s for your “little extra for Annie.”

To Nadine Hereth for your kind words. We are so very sorry to hear about the accident involving your new car. We are relieved that you were not injured.

To Barbara Johnson for sending an extra donation for Annie. We wish you “could keep this up,” too. 

To Marianne Pugh for the flea treatment you sent.


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, 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 $422.00) and/or garbage bill (currently $158.92).


Funkstown, MD – December 25, 2011 – A golden retriever, an English springer spaniel, a Doberman and several mixed-breed dogs have something in common. They are part of a program that gives the gift of life to an injured or sick animal. They are blood donors. As often as every seven weeks, the area dogs arrive at the Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown and provide between eight and 16 ounces of blood. Over a year, the dogs produce enough samples to save the lives of more than 40 dogs. They are volunteers in the Canine Blood Donor Program, organized by the Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank in Purcellville VA. The blood bank has been in existence since 1993 and ships to more than 600 animal hospitals in the US and Canada.

In the past, facilities bred dogs specifically for this purpose—and the dogs were kept in cages until and after their blood was collected. The Blood Bank here firmly believes in only utilizing voluntary donors. The dogs are pets—loved and cared for in a hone environment by their families. To become a canine blood donor, a dog must weigh at least 35 pounds and be between the ages of 9 months and 7 years, be up to date on vaccines and heart worm prevention and cannot be on any long-term medications. EXCERPTED FROM TODAY.MSNBC.MSN.COM 12/25/11

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