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Sent: March 27, 2012

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From a cat........When humans die, they make a will to leave their homes and all they have to those they love. I too would make a will, if I could write. To some poor, wistful, lonely stray I'd leave my happy home, my dish, my cozy bed, my cushioned chair, my toy, the well-loved lap, the gently stroking hand, the loving voice, the place I made in someone's heart, the love, that at the last could help me to a peaceful, painless end held in loving arms. If I should die, Oh! Do not say: "No more a pet I'll have to grieve me by its loss." Seek out some lonely, unloved cat and give my place to him. This is my legacy, the love I leave behind, 'Tis all I have to give.” -- Margaret Trowton --

Dear Friends,

I was so happy last Monday. I finally had all the puppies outside in a pen. Of course I worry about them and keep running out to check on them. Later in the day, all the dogs were barking and I was afraid the little ones had gotten out so I went running to see. My little ones were safe and sound in their house. The dogs were facing the pasture, so I went around the fence to see why. A small black face peered out at me from under a bush. It took some coaxing to get him to come to me. When he did come out, I scooped him up and started to the house. That's when I heard another whimper coming from inside the pasture.

I carried the puppy I had to the house--then went back. Now there were two more puppies under the bush. I managed to get them and started back to the house. Then a brown and white terrier-looking puppy made an appearance. It didn't look like it belonged with the other three. They were all black and short haired, not terrier looking at all. I called to this puppy, but he wasn't going to trust me. I carried the other two into the house and went back for the terrier.
He didn't want anything to do with me. He would run down the road, scaring me to death that he would be run over.

Since chasing wasn't working, I simply sat in the grass. He would come almost into reaching distance--then run away again. It was hot out in the sun and I was already tired. I lay back in the grass to get my breath. I wasn't even looking at the puppy. I closed my eyes for a few minutes, trying to figure out what to do. Then, I felt a small nose on my face. I opened my eyes and looked at him. He backed off a few feet and watched me. I simply lay there. His curiosity got the better of him. He came back and lay down beside me. I slowly reached to pet him. He didn't move a muscle. "O.K.", I said to him, "We have to get to the house. I am not supposed to be out in the sun." He stayed where he was. I slowly picked him up. He went limp in my arms. His way of saying," I trust you."

So now I have puppies in the house again. Four little ones, who are as bad as the others to chew everything but their toys. Oh, well. I wouldn't know what to do with a living space anyway.
I would really appreciate your help with this unexpected extra expense for shots, de-worming, etc.

These puppies are super smart. They know exactly which room I am opening the door to enter. And their favorite door is the one to the refrigerator.

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IN HONOR OF—Mardi Hoofnagle
From Ron, Judy, Susie and Phoebe Neese, who are new supporters of our shelter. Susie is a rescued Jack Russell and Phoebe a red miniature dachshund who just survived major surgery—thanks to Dr. Ed Holton and his staff in Dawsonville, who removed a five-pound malignant tumor after having removed her spleen a few months earlier. Ron and Judy heard about us from her dear friend Mardi, with whom she taught at an elementary school in Cobb County. As we have learned and as you write, Mardi “is one of the sweetest, kindest people you may ever have the good fortune to meet.” We are so very glad she told you about us and our work.

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Since our last report, we have received 127 stamps from Jamie Reagin, Betty Phillips, Mardi Hoofnagle, Joanne Daube and Lois Holbrook. This is almost exactly what we use for sending this newsletter but not the other mailings we do during the month. We now have less than one book left—so let’s try to have a great stamp month in April.

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

To Gloria Overbey for being so constant in helping with our veterinary bills.

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

To Elly Meyer for the very much appreciated, on-line donation. And the darling “please get well” card.

To Mike and Lillia Godzosa for your donation for Ziggy and Zoe.

To the anonymous person who made a $30 on-line donation. We would love to know who you are, but the PayPal email we received had no name included.

To William Underwood for you donation for “what you need most.” It is greatly appreciated.

To Nancy Donahue for your donation to help with our utility bills.

To Walter Gordy for your kind note with its sincere best wishes. I am so glad you enjoyed the story of Pudding, the orange cat who saved his new owner’s life

To Dena Roesler for your donation, which will be matched by your company.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your wonderful little bird “friend” card.

To Nadine Hereth for your encouraging note. And be sure that whatever you are able to send in support is greatly appreciated! I’m not sure who said “getting old is fun,” but I’ll bet whoever it was had not yet experienced it.

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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, and Publix 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 $450) and/or garbage bill (currently $176.80).

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Boston, MA – March 22, 2012 – Sugar, a white furry, deaf cat plunged 19 floors from a window in a high rise building and—aided by falling into a tiny mulch patch—walked away almost unhurt according to animal rescue officials. Mike Brammer of the animal rescue service said “you could see the impact crater where she actually did hit the ground and she actually lost some fur in the hole, too.”

After bouncing up from her fall of 150-200 feet, Sugar ran near the building, rather than out on the nearby highway.

Sugar was tended to by the building concierge before the rescue people arrived and suffered only a small cut on her lip and a little bruising, including some to her lungs.

Animal Rescue was able to track Sugar’s owner because she is microchipped and with help from building management. Brittney Kirk, a registered nurse, said she left the window open due to the warm weather as she didn’t want to leave Sugar in a hot apartment. Ms. Kirk was immensely relieved that her kitty survived, adding “Sugar is a pretty special cat.”


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