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Sent: July 1, 2012

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“Cats can be cooperative when something feels good, which, to a cat, is the way everything is supposed to feel as much of the time as possible.” - Roger Caras

“Ever wonder where you'd end up if you took your dog for a walk and never once pulled back on the leash?” ~Robert Brault

Dear Friends,

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We have some hopeful news this month in regard to Carolyn’s health. Since the last newsletter, she was moved from the Birmingham hospital to a small hospital which specializes in managing chronic pain. They have not been able yet to discover the cause of the pain---but it appears have found a way to manage it so that Carolyn can eventually lead a normal life. If all continues to go well, she (hopefully) will be able to come home in about three weeks. She is now able to eat regular food (not through a tube) and is gaining strength. The doctors say that she will need to have help at the shelter for about two months after getting home. We do so appreciate the extra support you have sent over the past few months. WE STILL NEED THAT EXTRA HELP! THANK YOU FOR WHATEVER YOU CAN DO.

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Before all of Carolyn’s health problems occurred, she wrote the following about the daily life of running a shelter. Her son said she would like to have it printed this month.

"In my heart, I believe running a shelter is one of the truly noble jobs. What could be better than caring for God's creatures? A shelter worker dedicates their life to loving, feeding and supporting an otherwise mostly unwanted life. All you have to do is think of the circumstances under which each animal came to live with you. All have a story, some horrific, some a change in their person’s well-being. But, whatever the reason, if you hadn't stepped up, the animal would be homeless. See what I mean by "noble?"

"Now for some realities:

"What you really are: (1) Doorman. You open the door at least 50 times a day so someone can come in or go out. Sometimes they only want to look out to see if they are missing anything. (2) Food server. No matter how you feel, what you would like to be doing, you have to make sure everyone has fresh food and water. (3) Sanitation Inspector. The pens, floor, walls, bedding, etc., have to constantly be monitored. And not just the obvious things. Animals can be very inventive when it comes to finding new places to "do their business." (4) Peace Maker. At least once a day there will be a dispute over something. Two, or more, dogs will want the same ball, chew toy or simply to be the first one at the food. Never mind that there is never just one of anything to play with. There is always "free choice" food and water, but still they act like they haven't been fed in days. (5) Ball Thrower. This is a must for pure joy for the animal. They get so intent on playing; sometimes they will keep playing even after I am exhausted. (6) Head Patter. Everyone has to be petted and told they are loved and wanted. (7) Doctor. Any medications have to be dispensed and on schedule. There are times this is a major undertaking, depending on the animal. (8) Laundry Person. There are blankets to be washed every day. This is a never ending job, and you best not think you can skip a day. That will REALLY get you behind!

"But, even with all the different dirty jobs, you wouldn't want to do anything else. Because of the work, you receive all the love and loyalty they are capable of giving. And that is tremendous!!"

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• From Jo-Anne Croghan “in loving memory of TASHA AND MAY” (for the Alabama shelter).

• From Mary Ann Harrell “in memory of my wonderful Dad for Father’s Day. His name was JAMES A HARRELL.”

• From Maudann Shugart “in memory of MOLLY, beloved dog of Mary Williams, long-time employee of Deceased Pet Care and good friend. MOLLY passed away recently and is very much missed.” And thank you, Maudann, for your kind comments and get-well prayers for Carolyn.

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Since our last report, we have received 139 stamps plus two generous donations for their purchase from Elmer Bryant, Mr. & Mrs. James Riddle, Lois Holbrook, Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle and Gloria Young (loved those “Green” stamps, Gloria). This was a great month—please keep up the good work.

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

To Gloria Overbey for helping so consistently with our veterinary bills.

To Mike and Lillia Godzosa for sending extra support for Ziggy and Zoe or “wherever needed.”

To Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Kalk for the lovely Thinking of You card. The waterfall scene is beautiful.

To Jennifer and Sasha DeWeese for your very generous on-line donation, which will be matched by your company.

To Susan Houser for your help with our vet bills.

To Nadine Hereth for sending extra support and an uplifting note with prayers for Carolyn’s recovery.

To Paul and Maryjane Johnson for helping with our veterinary bills.

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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 $310) and/or garbage bill (currently $178.42). We have had to up the use of air conditioning because of the extreme heat we are experiencing right now—and this will surely make our electric bill jump.

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The news item this month is especially relevant considering the work Carolyn has done to fight animal abuse related to dogfighting and cockfighting. It is from the latest issue of—which is a very interesting site, which you may wish to look into:

A provision in the Senate-approved Farm Bill that would impose tough sentences and harsh fines for attendees of dogfights or cockfights and extra penalties for bringing a minor passed with an overwhelming vote of 88-11.

“I applaud the Senate for taking an important step toward finally ending animal fighting activities,” said Rep. Tom Marino. “Although we have more work to be done to assure passage in the House, the strong bipartisan support in the Senate demonstrates the need for this legislation and I urge my colleagues’ support as the House Agriculture Committee begins consideration of their version of the Farm Bill.”

The amendment to the Farm Bill was introduced by Sen. David Bitter (R-LA) and is almost identical to the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, which was previously introduced in the Senate by Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash) and Scott Brown (R-Mass) and in the House by Tom Marino (R-PA) and Betty Sutton (D-OH), now has 196 cosponsors.

Under the current federal animal fighting law it’s a felony in every state to train animals to fight, move them across state lines to fight or hold a fight, but spectators are not addressed.

“Despite efforts by Congress to put an end to animal fighting, this cruel sport continues to exist throughout the country, and is financed by thousands of dollars from spectators who contribute to this blood sport,” said Sen. Blumenthal. “This legislation would prohibit knowingly attending an animal fight, and extend stricter penalties for any individual who knowingly brings a child to an animal fight–closing a final key loophole in federal animal fighting legislation. These crimes are a federal matter and the federal response ought to be as strong as possible. Animal fighting encourages the worst in the human condition, and members from both sides of the aisle have been vocal in their commitment to putting an end to this inhumane activity.”

As the HSUS points out in a statement, it’s not like spectators accidentally stumble on fights. They seek them out and pay to get in just to gamble on the ensuing savagery.

“Spectators are participants and accomplices who enable the crime of animal fighting, make the enterprise profitable through admission fees and wagering, and help conceal and protect the handlers and organizers,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. “Federal investigators who raid large-scale animal fighting operations may soon be able to prosecute the entire cast of characters who sustain dogfighting and cockfighting.”

Legislation to help stop animal fighting must now be passed by the House, which is still drafting its version of the Farm Bill.

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