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Sent: September 30, 2012

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"Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” Albert Einstein

“Never, never, be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Friends,

I am trying to take better care of myself. Part of this is to eat better. Having breakfast a couple of times a week is part of the plan, so I go to Hardee’s for eggs and biscuits. One morning, on the way there, I see a small, elderly beagle standing near a stretch of woods. He is just standing there, looking at the hatchery across the road. It is hard to tell if he is homeless, but he is very thin. Of course that could be simply from his age. Not wanting to take the chance, I pull over and leave some dry dog food. At Hardee’s, I get a large water to leave for him when I go back.

Sure enough, he is waiting by the food when I return. This whole trip is less than three miles, so it wasn’t a long wait for him.

I don’t usually go for breakfast but a couple of days, but the next morning I kept thinking about the dog--so I went again. I didn’t see him as I went down the road, but he was in the same place when I came back. Again I stopped. This time I was prepared with dry food and water and a bacon biscuit, just in case. When I stopped the car, he came over to it and waited for his food just like we had been doing this forever. So there we sit, me and the dog, eating breakfast by the side of the road. A couple of people waved and I waved back. They probably thought we were a strange sight.

Again the next morning, the whole process was repeated with one exception....the dog had brought a bowl with him. I couldn’t help but laugh--he was so cute sitting there holding the bowl in his mouth. And, best of all, it let me know he wasn’t homeless; he just wanted a friend. Later that day, I decided to go see if I could find his home. His bowl was at the end of a driveway about half a mile from where we shared our meal. As I drove up the driveway, he came from around the house to meet me. I retrieved his bowl and placed it by the water dish next to the house. I also left some dry food in it so he would know he didn’t have to carry it to the road. I couldn’t find any people to explain the situation to, so I sat in the driveway with the dog for a while and he seemed to enjoy having company.

We did this for a few days before I finally met the woman who lives there. I introduced myself and she said, ”You must be Terry’s friend. He belongs to my son who is in Afghanistan. Terry misses him very much. He has just begun to eat again. He was so lonesome that he wouldn’t eat for days after Brian first left.” I told her about our breakfasts and said I hoped that was all right. I didn’t know he had a home at first meeting. She assured me it was fine with her and asked what brand of food I was feeding him. He didn’t want to eat what she bought. I told her, but I really don’t think it was the food. He just needed some attention. She told me where she kept his food so I could feed him from it and we made plans for me to feed him at least two days a week.

This has worked very well. I was there one Sunday morning, not my regular day, and I carried him a bacon biscuit. I heard a man say, “Do you know there is a woman sitting in the driveway?” I heard the woman answer, “Yes, that’s Terry’s friend. They have breakfast together a couple times a week. I guess she decided to do brunch today.” He said, “I’m going to get a picture and send it to Brian. He’ll get a kick out of this.”

I heard the camera clicking, but neither Terry nor I turned around. After all, this was our time and we didn’t want to share it.

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GOOD NEWS—Thanks to volunteer labor and donated building materials, we have two great new doghouses.

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ANIMAL HEALTH NEWS—On September 15, Purina ( sent out this list of tips to determine if your cat is healthy or if a trip to the veterinarian is warranted. “It can often be hard to recognize when your cat has an illness, simply because the signs they present may be different from those of humans or dogs. If you pay close attention to the signs of health in your cat, you may be able to improve your chances of catching an illness early, and finding better ways to treat it.”

“We asked our experts: what simple signs of health can you look for in your cat? They noted that the signs are different for every cat, but an overall rule is to look for changes in the status quo. If your cat is acting and looking different from her usual self, you should consult a veterinarian. This is especially true in the case of older cats, where it's common for owners to write off changes as being due to old age. Your vet may be able to treat some of these symptoms and improve the quality of life for your cat.

Check to see if your cat has been eating more or less than usual. This could be a sign of an underlying problem.

Keep an eye out for changes in your cat's bowel movements or urination, especially when it comes to frequency and/or quantity. Suddenly going outside of the litter box when there have been no changes to her box can also indicate certain illnesses. Consult a veterinarian if there are any irregularities.

If your cat's eyes look cloudy or unclear, there could be a problem. Watch for her ability to focus, as well.

A healthy cat has a shiny, glossy coat. If your cat's coat looks dull or rough, this may be a health issue. Also consult a veterinarian if your cat does not appear to be grooming herself anymore.

If your cat's energy level changes without any explanation, consult a veterinarian. Both lethargy and mania are reasons for a checkup.

Stay alert for changes in your cat's mobility. If she appears unbalanced, dizzy or has difficulty moving, something isn't right.

If your cat's personality seems to have changed, for example by becoming very aggressive, especially when being touched, it could be due to a number of health issues.”

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From Barbara Johnson “in memory of my beloved SALLY, who died on June 2. I rescued SALLY when she was seven months old…losing her was like losing a part of me. She was a 12-year-old Westie and a part of my family.” Barbara, we are so sorry for your loss but glad to hear about the kitty who is helping you and Samantha deal with your grief.

From Debbie Heald “in memory of GATO.”

From Thomas Lanford “in memory SAM, part of Bob & Lady J’s menagerie.”

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Since our last report, we have received 80 stamps from Lois Holbrook, Jamie Reagin and Mardi Hoofnagle. We had exactly enough stamps to send out the newsletter and other mail—but our inventory is now zero. Please send as many as you can in October.

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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 once again helping with our veterinary bills.

To Mike and Lillia Godzosa for your very generous on-line support.

To Mildred Ferrell for your gift designated for assistance with veterinary care.

To Mary Jane Johnson for helping once again with our veterinary bills.

To Avis Buchanan for sending assistance for veterinary care.

To Bill Underwood for a few of the best to “help out the weak side.”

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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. Gift cards from either place are much appreciated.

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 gift designated to help with our veterinary bills.

Help with electric bill (latest bill was about $285) and/or garbage bill (currently $88.00).

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FROM THE NEWS—August 2, 2012 – New York City

New laws enacted in the state of New York will protect better animals from the grisly animal fighting industry. Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill sponsored by NY assemblyman John McEneny and Senator Patricia Ritchie to prohibit manufacturing, sale, and possession of items used in the animal fighting trade.

"There was a void there. If you didn't catch them in the act, if no one testified, how do you prosecute?" "It's a very big issue both for dog and cock fighting, and they are both very common,” McEneny said in a Wall Street Journal article after the passage of the bill.

Animal fighting tools include razor sharp knives used to slash roosters’ feet, cat mills that provoke the biting of other animals, and other, more sinister devices like the rape stand. While catching a criminal in the act of conducting a dog or cock fight might be difficult, the possession of these items indicates participation in the “sport.” And the existence of these tools might also implicate their owners in other unrelated crimes.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, some 70 percent of convicted animal fighters were also involved in other criminal activities like domestic violence, drug offenses, sex crimes, and child endangerment. And by its inherent nature, dog fighting is a gambling sport.

“Animal fighting is a cruel and senseless act that involves a host of other criminal activities,” said Brian Shapiro, New York state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States praises Assembly Member John McEneny and Senator Patty Ritchie for championing this anti-crime and anti-cruelty bill and we are so glad Governor Cuomo signed it into law.”

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