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ALL CATS, INC. -- eNews for July 2004

Sent: June 26, 2004


ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (ALL C.A.T.S., INC.)
64 Lumpkin County Park Drive Dahlonega, GA 30533

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1095, Dawsonville, GA 30534-0022

All Donations are Tax Deductible

Founded By: Carolyn Keeton Email: Carcats@knology.net

Please Send all Mail to the Above Post Office Address. Thank You!

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Welcome to our eNewsletter!

ENEWS - JULY 2004

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB PORTAL AT: www.allcatsinc.org

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It is late Monday afternoon, Memorial Day. I have finished with all the usual feeding, cleaning, scooping, etc., and can see a good hour ahead to do nothing but read. The children have all called to say they are safe at home after their various weekend excursions. They know how we worry about them, especially during heavy traffic weekends.

I get about halfway down the second page of my book when the phone rings. Reluctantly, I go to answer it. The Caller ID says it is a wrecker company. When I answer the call, a man asks, "Is this the lady that takes animals?" I answer that I am.

"Well, I towed a car from a wreck and when I got here to unload it, I heard something crying. Scared me half to death. I was afraid it was a baby. Anyway, there are two little puppies in the car. Real little. I don't know what to do with them, so I called you." "Why don't you call the owner?" I ask.

"I called the police and told them. They said to call animal control. They also said they haven't been able to notify the next of kin yet but will tell them about the puppies when they do." Oh, now I understand.

"How could they not have found the puppies?" I ask. "They are real little and were under the seat, just jammed in there. It took me a while to get the seat off them. But, they ain't hurt, just hungry by the sound of them. They look too little to eat by theirselves." "O.K.," I answer. "I'll come get them."

We get there to find two beautiful little white with black spots, Lord-only-knows-what-kind puppies. They are too small to tell what they are. I don't think their eyes have been open over a day or two. They definitely need a bottle. I feel them over very carefully, just to know for myself that they aren't injured. One tries to suck on my finger. The other just looks at me out of small black eyes as if to say, "What's taking you so long? I'm hungry." We have a nursing mother dog at the Farm, but I don't know if she will take puppies not her own, but we will see. If not, then I will bottle feed them.

Back at the Farm, Sis, the mother dog, nuzzles the puppies and proclaims them to be suitable by lying down to feed them. Soon, they are happily nursing beside with the other puppies. So far so good.

Tuesday, I call the police to get the name of the next of kin. Hopefully, they will want the puppies. I go to the funeral home to express my condolences and tell them where the puppies are. The couple I find there are very old. Both use walkers to get around. It is obvious they can't care for the puppies, but I feel I must make the offer. It has to be their decision. They listen to me very intently, but shake their heads. "She didn't have no dogs that we know of. She must have picked 'em up somewheres. She was always feedn' strays, but she didn't have none of her own."

So--we will never know where they came from exactly. But we do know where they are. They are safe and sound with us. In the car they were rescued from was an old People magazine with the story of Princess Diana. It was an obviously much read magazine. So, we are calling these puppies Diana and Dodi. A small memorial on Memorial Day.

If you can help with expenses for Diana and Dodi or any of the other animals featured in our recent newsletters who live at The Farm, please send your check to Carolyn at 4907 23rd Blvd., Valley AL 36854. Please remember that special donations for a particular animal or animals should be in addition to regular shelter donations-not instead of them, as the shelter has the same expenses every month and needs your support.

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FINANCIAL REPORT

For May, our expenses were:

Food: $102.89
Supplies: $0.00 (Still using our stockpile.)
Veterinary: $366.00
Utilities: $265.14
Service Chg.: $8.20
Litter: $50.00
Business License Renewal: $600.00
Labor: $3,962.00

Total: $5,457.12

Donations totaled $5499.42 for May, a slight plus compared to expenses.

Thanks to special donations from Pattie Reber, Patricia Stephens and Sherry Hansen, we were able to purchase enough dog flea preventive for about half of the dogs. Please consider making an extra donation for this fund-as the parasite problem will continue for many more months in this hot climate.

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE

Since our last report, we have received donations toward vet expense totaling $385 from Virginia Medcalf, Mildred Ferrell, Tammie Porter, Mary Jane Johnson, Linda Wrigley, Bill Musso and Avis Buchanan.You may continue (and please do!) to make such donations any one of the following four ways:

* Sending us a check made out to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic for whatever amount you wish to contribute OR
* Sending a check made out to ALL C.A.T.S., Inc. indicating the donation is to be used for general veterinary expense.
* Send a check directly to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic, P.O. Box 406, Murrayville, GA 30564. Be sure to indicate that it is to be applied to the All C.A.T.S., Inc. account.
* To donate online, visit our web portal (www.allcatsinc.org), and click on Vet Expenses under our How You Can Help menu
* Then, select Veterinary Expenses and you'll be able to pay online instantly using your credit card and/or checking account.

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STAMP REPORT

Since our last report we received 216 stamps (vs. 233 needed) from Robert Salzman, Carolyn Lowe, Benjamin Jones, Lois Holbrook, Anonymous, Mike Morrow, Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle and Nancy Caravello. We're getting SO close to 100%--let's get there in July.

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THANK YOU

* To Carol Clenney for her continuing sponsorship of one of our shelter kitties.
* To Kathy Spiker for her continuing on-line sponsorship of PIGSY TAIL.
* To Laura Richardson for her continuing on-line sponsorship of BLACKIE
* To the anonymous supporter who once again donated money to cover our garbage bill.
* To the Baldaufs for their donation "for PUTTER."
* To Kevin Donahue, Jeannie Robertson, Bonnie & Sonny Strohm and Elly Meyer for enclosing lovely notes with their donations. We do enjoy hearing from all of you so very much!!

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IN MEMORY

From Karen Lyons "in memory of our sweet CASEY. She died May 13, 2004 after giving us over 12 years of joy. She was a stray who wandered into our yard and was in terrible shape. She was so sweet and all good." Thank you Karen for sending Casey's picture.

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THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP OUR ANIMALS

1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.
2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies) and/or garbage bill (always $120).
3. Those of you who take or send food and/or supplies to the shelter-continue and accelerate if possible.
4. A special veterinary fund donation (see above).
5. Gift card for Home Depot for buying many cleaning supplies-buckets, brooms, etc.
6. Gift card for any other store at which we can buy items needed at the shelter. Wal-Mart, Kroger, PetSmart and Ingles cards are especially welcome.
7. Send extra stamps-so that we can continue our streak in which we receive 100% of the number needed to send out a newsletter.
8. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of treated lumber--can be any length. Also, treated plywood,
9. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of 3" and 2-1/2" hinges.
10. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of Dogloos, especially XLarge.
11. Any type of animal medicine.
12. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of bleach, detergent, Glad tall kitchen bags, paper plates, Pine-Sol, brooms, scrub buckets, dishwashing liquid, canned and dry cat food, dry dog food, cat and dog treats, paper towels. USE ABOVE PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF THE SHELTER TO SEND US ANY ITEMS TOO LARGE FOR A POST OFFICE BOX.

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FYI

We saw this article on the MSNBC website on June 21, written by Molly Masland.

Dogs have long been used to sniff out explosives and drugs, track criminals and find missing children. Now, researchers are attempting to harness the olfactory powers of canines for use in the field of medicine.

Scientists are training dogs in the hopes that they may one day be able to reliably diagnose certain forms of cancer by smell, and help doctors catch these diseases earlier than conventional diagnostic tools currently allow.

Already dogs are used to warn of epileptic seizures, low blood sugar and heart attacks, although whether they are detecting changes in smell or physical behavior is still unknown. And, while they may not be able to perform CPR or operate a cardiac defibrillator (at least not yet), some canines do know how to call 911.

'This isn't anything magic'

Much of the research in this area is based on the theory that disease causes subtle chemical changes in the body or alterations in metabolism, which in turn releases a different smell, or chemical marker.

Auburn, Ala., who has personally tested the olfactory capabilities of more than 4,000 dogs over the last two decades. "Physicians have always used their own senses to determine the presence or absence of disease."

For instance, diabetes was once diagnosed by the smell or taste of a patient's urine. Certain infections in burn victims can be detected by the smell of a patient's skin, and bad breath is often a sign of gum disease.

Recent small-scale studies of dogs' ability to detect the chemical markers of cancer, specifically melanoma, have shown promising results. The phenomenon was first briefly reported in 1989 in the British journal The Lancet and, since then, preliminary evidence has slowly been accumulating that suggests dogs may indeed be able to differentiate between healthy skin cells and cancerous ones.

A sophisticated sense of smell

Work is also under way to determine whether dogs can accurately diagnose prostate cancer. If the thought of a dog sniffing your private parts sounds just a little too, well, weird, have no fear: The dogs don't actually smell men's genitalia directly, they sniff urine samples instead.
Part of what makes a dog's sense of smell so sophisticated is its ability to smell multiple layers of chemicals, says Myers. Dogs don't detect a single chemical but a combination of them. "If (they were identifying) just a single chemical, medicine might have picked up on it. The dog may be doing something a little better," says Myers.

Little research has been done to unravel the mystery behind dogs' ability to warn of a seizure or other medical crisis, but most observers believe it is based on canines' keen observational skills, sense of smell, or a combination of both.

"There would have to be some type of chemical change or physiological change in the body," says Sharon Hermansen, executive director of Canine Seizure Assist Society of North Carolina, and Cyrano's trainer. "People can't tell when (a seizure) is coming on, so there's something the dogs are doing that we can't figure out."

Each pooch chooses its own signals

Whether a dog has been trained to predict seizures, heart attacks or low blood sugar in diabetics, each animal develops its own set of signals to warn its owner. Some will walk in front of a person and refuse to move, others will knock their owner into a chair, while some will simply freeze and stare.

And yes, dogs have even been trained to call 911 on their own in the event of a medical emergency. Given that most telephones aren't made for use by large furry paws, trainers have had to use more dog-friendly devices, such as step lights and pull cords, says Joan Bussard, founder of Amazing Tails Inc., a service and alert dog training program based in Oxford, Pa.
The most difficult part of training alert dogs is not teaching them to warn of a medical crisis - they can either do this on their own or they can't - but training owners to recognize their pet's signals, says Bussard.

"Sometimes it's very clear and other times it's very subtle. You have to play a guessing game," says Bussard. "When they learn to talk, we'll be in good shape."



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