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Sent: July 29, 2012

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P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
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"Do you see that kitten chasing so prettily her own tail? If you could look with her eyes, you might see her surrounded with hundreds of figures performing complex dramas, with tragic and comic issues, long conversations, many characters, and ups and downs of fate." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We long for affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.” ~George Eliot

Dear Friends,

The alarmingly hot weather so many areas have suffered this summer has hit us hard—both in cooling cost—and, now, causing our main air conditioner (which cools where the cats and older dogs live) to need either repair or replacement. The man who came to look at it said we can expect it to fail in the near future—and that repairing it would cost as much as a new one. Losing cooling would be a disaster for our animals-so we URGENTLY need your help to purchase a new one very soon!! We have checked several places in our vicinity, and it will cost about $350 for a replacement unit. PLEASE help us keep our animals safe and comfortable by a special donation for this purchase. If you send a special donation, please note that it is for buying the air conditioner. DO REMEMBER THAT YOU MAY DONATE ON-LINE BY USING THE “DONATE” BUTTON ON OUR WEB SITE.

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Carolyn’s health improved at the managing pain clinic to the extent that she has been allowed to move to a nursing facility. There she needs less 24/7 medical care. The doctors still maintain that she must do no shelter work. But she has been able to visit the shelter and supervise the employee caring for the animals (who—by the way--is doing an excellent job). So—we still need your extra help to pay for this care for between one and two months—when (if there are no setbacks) Carolyn will be able to spend full-time at the shelter.

We could NOT have done this without your financial help. PLEASE, PLEASE continue to send as much support as you can to make sure the animals continue to receive the excellent care that they deserve and need.

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You may remember that several months ago, Carolyn wrote about a new creature eating at the shelter. The following is excerpted from that story: “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. 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 on a log. Going across the creek, I realize the log had fallen lower to the water. I went to Lowes to buy a large post. My son placed the post across the creek and to make a safe walkway. I am going to try to get a photograph of the animal. In the meantime, I can certainly make sure it has food. I will let you know if I discover what it is. In the meantime, it does keep me entertained.” Now, as they say, the rest of the story--as told to her son, who relayed it for inclusion in this letter:

Several neighbors had ideas on what this animal could be. They ranged from a cat to a "hybrid" possum. Everyone tried to photograph it. I finally had to ask people to stay away from my creek area. I was afraid the little creature was feeling unsafe. It wasn't coming out unless it was dark and then it only grabbed some food and scurried back to the hollow log.
Then, it just happened--the Fish and Wildlife officer came by. I told him about the animal. Of course he was interested. It took several days before he could get a look at it. His pronouncement was, "It's a spotted skunk."

I had looked up skunks on the internet, and none of the spotted skunks looked like this. Even the ones called "spotted" have swirls of white. I didn't find a one that had actual spots. The closest anything came to this animal is the Civet cat, and even this is not exactly the same. So, for now, we are going to believe the Wildlife officer and call it a spotted skunk. At least this description keeps people from wanting to get close to the little creature. And, for me, I am just going to make sure it has food and enjoy the fact that whatever it is, it chose to live here.

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From Elissa and Ron McCrary “in memory of our wonderful dog, LILY.”
From Thomas Lanford Jr. “in memory of ROXIE ROCKET BOOSTER, beloved dog of Ginny, Albert, Jarod and Nathaniel Burt.”

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Since our last report, we have received 74 stamps from Lois Holbrook, Jamie Reagin, and Mardi and Toby Hoofnagle. Since we had such q great month in June, we only had to purchase 15 stamps for sending out this letter. But—our inventory is now ZERO. Please help make August a really top-notch stamp month!!

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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 Elly Meyer for your generous on-line donation.

To Mildred Ferrell for your help with veterinary care.

To Misty Saldi and two kitties who are part of the family, Figaro and Lagniappe for your donation and lovely note and prayers for Carolyn’s health.

To Bill Underwood for “a few of the best” to help out where needed most. Your generosity is very much appreciated.

To Nadine Hereth for your extra support, love and prayers.

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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 $420) and/or garbage bill (currently $178.85). As described above, we have had to up the use of air conditioning because of the extreme heat we are experiencing right now—which has caused a big jump in cost.

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FROM THE NEWS—Excerpted From Care2Causes July 29, 2012
Imagining a world where thousands upon thousands of animals no longer suffer in biomedical research and drugs actually help the people they’re meant to save may not be as far off a dream as it seems with the development of ‘organ chips.’

A $70 million research project that will develop transparent silicon microchips with hollow channels that contain actual living human tissue and pumps to replicate organ function is underway and is predicted to provide faster, cost-effective and more accurate results for testing diseases, toxins and pharmaceuticals – all on something about the size of a flash drive.

The ‘Tissue Chip for Drug Testing’ program is being funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

“More than 30 percent of promising medications have failed in human clinical trials because they are determined to be toxic despite promising pre-clinical studies in animal models. Tissue chips, which are a newer human cell-based approach, may enable scientists to predict more accurately how effective a therapeutic candidate would be in clinical studies,” according to the NIH.

While chips are already being used in some areas, this project intends to improve upon existing test measures – cell cultures, human and animal testing – and overcome the limits of individual chips by creating and combining multiple chips to emulate the entire human body, in addition to designing software that can control and analyze different functions.

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has entered into an agreement with DARPA to develop an automated instrument that integrates 10 human organs-on-chips and link them together to create a human-on-a-chip. They’ve already got gut-on-a-chip, which mimics digestive functions, and are working on the heart, bone marrow and kidneys.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University will be working on a ‘microbrain reactor,’ which is intended to provide new insights into how the brain receives, alters and is affected by drugs. Researchers there plan on studying the biology of stroke and what role the brain plays in obesity by using tissue samples from affected patients.

“The ability to apply these precious samples entrusted to us by patients to a platform where we can literally measure hundreds of parameters is a dream come true,” said team member BethAnn McLaughlin, assistant professor of neurology and member of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, who adds that there is not a single drug that has gotten FDA approval to protect the human brain from a stroke.

“Given the differences in cellular biology in the brains of rodents and humans, development of a brain model that contains neurons and all three barriers between blood, brain and cerebral spinal fluid, using entirely human cells, will represent a fundamental advance in and of itself,” said John Wikswo, the Gordon A. Cain University Professor and director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education (VIIBRE), who is orchestrating the multidisciplinary effort.

Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of California-Berkeley will also be participating.

The project isn’t just exciting for the scientific community and patients who are waiting for that medical breakthrough they desperately need to live either, but is also a welcome advance from those who want to see the end of the suffering of animals used in biomedical research.

“This is an exciting example of how modern-day innovation can produce a humane and more reliable approach to understanding the inner workings of human disease without the need for animal suffering. The USA appears to be leading the way in funding alternatives, it is now time for the UK to catch up,” said Dr. Katy Taylor, scientific adviser for the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection.

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