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Sent: April 29, 2012

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P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
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“To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace.” ~Milan Kundera

“If a cat does something, we call it instinct; if we do the same thing, for the same reason, we call it intelligence.” - Will Cuppy

Dear Friends,

Carolyn is presently in the hospital after having received a new heart valve. She has waited for quite some time and just a few days ago received notice that one had become available—sadly because of the death of a young girl. The girl's parents wanted to donate her organs—wonderful people. The surgery was on April 23 and was successful. She hopes to be home sometime during the first week in May. The shelter had to hire a person to do the work she normally does. Could you please help us with this extra expense?

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Carolyn wrote the following before all of the above happened:

There is a new creature eating at our shelter. I don't know exactly what it is. It has the body of a skunk except it has spots, not stripes. It also has longer legs than any skunk I have ever seen, more like a cat. I have no idea where it came from; it just appeared at the outside food trough one night.

For several nights I tried to see where it went to bed down. No luck. I asked my son for a night camera so I could get a better look at it. This worked great. I found where it crossed the creek by watching the camera. The next day, I went to that place on the creek bank. Sure enough, there were tracks. The same tracks I had seen around the food bowl. They disappeared at the log across the creek, so I knew it was nesting on the other side.

Going across the creek, I realize the log had fallen lower to the water. So, I went to Lowe's, bought a 4x6x16 and dragged it from the truck to the creek bank. So far, so good. Now to get the post in place. A post that large is very heavy, and I had to get it to span the creek. I knew I couldn’t do it alone.

I called my son. He came over and placed the post across the creek and secured the ends in the ground so it would be a safe walkway. As he worked, he scolded me for trying to lift such a heavy object. I decided not to tell him I not only loaded it on the trailer, I also dragged it to the creek bank. What he doesn't know won't get me fussed at.

After he secured the post, it was so strong even I could walk across it. So the waiting began. I am going to try to get a photograph of the animal. In the meantime, I can certainly make sure it has food. Barry warned me that if it is a skunk of some sort, I might want to keep my distance. Fat chance of me staying away. I will let you know if I discover what it is. In the meantime, it does keep me entertained.

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KIND WORDS TO SHARE—Recently, we received a request from a family in Lawrenceville, Georgia to take in a dog at our Alabama location. We agreed but were curious why they did not contact a closer shelter. The answer was “AC was recommended by six other shelters as the best place for dogs.” The reason given was we “have more space to run, free choice food and water. And 24-hour supervision by someone who genuinely loves them and doesn’t consider them a problem.” Needless to say, we are gratified by this accolade.

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HEALTH NOTE—You who have cats as a part of your family have no doubt either experienced hyperthyroidism in regard to one of more of your kitties or read and worried about it as your felines grow older. We very recently read that there is the possibility of a dietary “fix” in a prescription diet food –“y/d” released in 2011 by Hills. The diet restricts the amount of iodine in the diet to less than 0.3 parts per million. We must stress that not enough studies have been done to prove the efficacy of this diet—but you may want to discuss it with your veterinarian.

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IN MEMORY OF—From Thomas & Roberta Lanford Sr. “in memory of Shadrack, one of Thomas and Holly Lanford’s four-pawed friends.”

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Since our last report, we have received 120 stamps from Jamie Reagin, Barbara Johnson, Mardi Hoofnagle, J. Wiseman and Lois Holbrook. We need 123 stamps to send out the newsletter plus a dozen or so for other mail each month. We had to purchase one book in April and have none in inventory. How about making May a great stamp month!!!

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

To Gloria Overbey for helping once again with our veterinary bills.

To Mildred Ferrell for your veterinary care support.

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

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

To Mary Jane Johnson for your assistance with our veterinary bills.

To Barbara Johnson for sending “extra” support in April

To Tonya Graney for your on-line donation. We very much appreciate it.

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

To Avis Buchanan for sending veterinary care support.

To Nadine Hereth for finding and sending that “lost” check. A nice “surprise.”

To Mrs. W. H. Briggs for your donation to help pay our temporary help.

To Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan for your donation for the “Alabama shelter.”

To Julie Ashton for your blessings. They are very much appreciated.

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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 $410) and/or garbage bill (currently $182.36).

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David Lay of Missouri has a farm sanctuary for cows and oxen which began when he traveled with a neighbor to pick up some cows he bought. One of the cows was considered a cull since she had not calved the year prior. She was to be sent off to slaughter, but—for some reason—David could not let that happen. So, he took her (Minnie) home to his small farm, on which he had a few milk cows. Minnie, Maggie, Max, Sassy, Molly and the other residents of what has now become a sanctuary will live out their lives there. David says that the farm cost him more than $40,000 last year and its income (from milk) was about $6,000.

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