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ALL CATS, INC. -- eNews for August 2004

Sent: July 27, 2004

64 Lumpkin County Park Drive Dahlonega, GA 30533

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1095, Dawsonville, GA 30534-0022

All Donations are Tax Deductible

Founded By: Carolyn Keeton


Please Send all Mail to the Above Post Office Address. Thank You!

Welcome to our eNewsletter!





LION, one of our dogs, was bitten by a rattlesnake early this week. Rushing to aid him, Carolyn was also bitten. Both were rushed to medical care and will recover. Lion's medical bill was several hundred dollars, and we urgently need your extra donations to pay it, as we already-as noted below-owe the clinic almost $150.

In addition, temporary labor had to be hired to care for the animals while Carolyn is incapacitated. Your special donation to help pay that bill is also badly needed.

Remember you can also make a donation online at our website: or cut and paste this special donation url into your web browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc.):'s+Share+Vet+Bill&item_number=LionsVetAC


You can see a photo of Lion on our website here:


We recently read the following article written by Molly Nasland, Health Editor, MSNBC, and felt it important and exciting enough to share this excerpt with you:

Imagine being laid up in a hospital and, as you're wheeled down the sterile hallway, along strolls a three-foot-tall horse wearing yellow rubber booties and a backpack full of daisies. No, you're not having a morphine-induced hallucination, you haven't died and landed in some kind of surreal Barnum & Bailey heaven. You've just met Lucky Boy, one of the thousands of animals making the rounds at hospitals across the United States. Fifteen years ago it used to be unusual to see a dog or cat in a hospital, but now even miniature horses like Lucky Boy are lumbering down the corridors. And as animal-assisted therapy continues to grow in popularity, a range of pets worthy of Noah's Ark is turning up in medical centers - everything from pot-bellied pigs, pigmy goats and parrots, to pet chickens, giant rats and llamas.

'Animals motivate people'

The greater presence of animals in health-care settings comes amid increasing evidence that pets are good for us and can play a significant role in patients' recovery. Sometimes known as "pet therapy," animal-assisted therapy and activities have become an important tool for doctors and rehabilitation specialists.

"Animals motivate people to participate in their therapies, brighten patients' days, give them a chance to talk about the animals in their lives, and give them the opportunity to forget that they're in a hospital," says Dianne Bell, coordinator of the Delta Society Pet Partners program, which helps train and register animals and their owners for volunteer positions in health-care settings.

Currently there are more than 8,000 Delta Society Pet Partner teams in the United States and a handful of other countries, says Bell. Each makes an average of three visits per month and is likely to touch the lives of more than 540 people per year. And these figures don't include the hundreds of other volunteer teams registered through different programs.

Exercise and more

At the Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., Lucky Boy the miniature horse regularly visits with patients and contributes to the rehabilitation team's efforts. Originally started by Jena Munson, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist at the hospital, the animal-assisted therapy program also incorporates dogs and cats.

Many of the patients that meet with the animals have had spinal-cord injuries, strokes or diseases of the central nervous system. By petting and grooming the pets, they get exercise, improve their fine-motor skills and are able to work on their balance, among other things.

"I look at this type of therapy as one of my tools in my arsenal to maximize a patient's recovery," says Dr. Thomas Franco, medical director at the hospital's Rehabilitation Center. "My goal is to keep the patients interested and stimulated and extending themselves."

The work the animals and their handlers do offers patients much more than an opportunity to move around and stretch their limbs. It can serve as an icebreaker - a chance to draw out people who are emotionally shut down or depressed - or a way to help improve their memory by memorizing the names of different parts of the animal. One patient, Munson recalls, refused to speak with any of the hospital staff members but would happily talk to Lucky Boy.



If you would like to help with expenses for the cats and dogs who live at The Farm, please send your check to:

Carolyn Keeton
4907 23rd Blvd.
Valley AL 36854

Please remember that these special donations should be in addition to regular shelter donations-not instead of them, as the shelter has the same expenses every month and needs your support.



In June, our donation income totaled $3,881.15. Our expenses totaled $3,849.35-not including, of course the outstanding veterinary bill described below. We need your help-it is as simple as that!!



Since our last report, we have received donations toward vet expense totaling $360 from:

Jane Johnson
Susan Gwinner
Mildred Ferrell
Jane Johnson
Avis Buchanan
Nancy Wade

We presently owe almost $150 to the Murrayville clinic so we urgently need you to make a special donation to our veterinary care fund in any one of the following four ways:

* Sending us a check made out to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic for whatever amount you wish to contribute OR
* Sending a check made out to ALL C.A.T.S., Inc. indicating the donation is to be used for general veterinary expense.
* Send a check directly to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic, P.O. Box 406, Murrayville, GA 30564. Be sure to indicate that it is to be applied to the All C.A.T.S., Inc. account.
* To donate online, visit our web portal (, and click on Vet Expenses under our How You Can Help menu.
* Then, select Veterinary Expenses and you'll be able to pay online instantly using your credit card and/or checking account.



Since our last report we received 254 stamps (vs. 230 needed) from:

Jamie Reagin
Elinor Eaves
Marsha Walton
Mary Speer
Nancy Caravello
Benjamin Jones
Carolyn Lowe
Mardi Hoofnagle
Robert Salzman
Anonymous Donor

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL-YOU DID IT!! Let's keep up the great work!!



Carol Clenney for her continuing sponsorship of one of our shelter kitties.

Kathy Spiker for her continuing on-line sponsorship of PIGSY TAIL.

Laura Richardson for her continuing on-line sponsorship of BLACKIE.

Anonymous supporter who once again donated money to cover our garbage bill.

The Baldaufs for their donation "for PUTTER."

Elly Meyer for her lovely and supportive note-especially for being called "a guardian angel."

Tonya Graney for her donation "for Dodi and Diana."



From Susan Gwinner "in memory of my cat NICHOLAS."

From Peter and Joan Bone "in memory of KELLY."

From Carole Malone "in memory of two of my beloved cats: 18-year-old MOLLIE, who died September 15, 2003 of kidney and heart disease and 12-year-old ABBY, who died of breast cancer (which had spread to her lungs) on September 5, 2003. " Thank you Carole for your note. We couldn't do all these things without your support.



1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.
2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies) and/or garbage bill (always $120).
3. Those of you who take or send food and/or supplies to the shelter-continue and accelerate if possible.
4. A special veterinary fund donation (see above).
5. Gift card for Home Depot for buying many cleaning supplies-buckets, brooms, etc.
6. Gift card for any other store at which we can buy items needed at the shelter. Wal-Mart, Kroger, PetSmart and Ingles cards are especially welcome.
7. Send extra stamps-so that we can continue our streak in which we receive 100% of the number needed to send out a newsletter.
8. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of treated lumber--can be any length. Also, treated plywood,
9. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of 3" and 2-1/2" hinges.
10. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of Dogloos, especially XLarge.
11. Any type of animal medicine.
12. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of bleach, detergent, Glad tall kitchen bags, paper plates, Pine-Sol, brooms, scrub buckets, dishwashing liquid, canned and dry cat food, dry dog food, cat and dog treats, paper towels. USE ABOVE PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF THE SHELTER TO SEND US ANY ITEMS TOO LARGE FOR A POST OFFICE BOX.

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