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Sent: December 30, 2012

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"If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” ~Woodrow Wilson

"The really great thing about cats is their endless variety. One can pick a cat to fit almost any kind of decor, color, scheme, income, personality, mood. But under the fur, whatever color it may be, there still lies, essentially unchanged, one of the world's free souls." - Eric Gurney

You will remember that in our last newsletter we reported that four very pregnant dogs were abandoned on our property. Since that time, they all gave birth—and we have 24 new puppies in our care. We were able to give them their first shots and deworming in December. BUT, to be absolutely frank, we DESPERATELY need extra money for food. PLEASE help us with this need. Remember that you may donate on-line via PayPal by using the “Donate” button on our website.



A bitter flavoring agent will be added to all antifreeze and engine coolant manufactured for sale for the consumer market in the United States, a change voluntarily proposed by the manufacturers.

The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) had partnered with the Humane Society Legislative Fund to pass laws in seventeen states to require the addition of bitterant. "Today, all major marketers are placing the bitterant in antifreeze in all 50 states,” said Phil Klein, executive vice president, legislative and public affairs for CSPA.

"The Humane Society Legislative Fund applauds them for taking this important step to help protect our pets, kids and wildlife in every state,” added Sara Amundson, executive director of the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

Anywhere from 10,000 to 90,000 animals are poisoned each year after ingesting ethylene glycol, according to Amundson. This highly toxic substance used in auto antifreeze and coolants smells and tastes sweet, making it attractive to animals as well as children. One teaspoon of antifreeze or engine coolant can kill an average-sized cat.

By adding the bitter-tasting denatonium benzoate to antifreeze and coolant sold directly to consumers across the country, the manufacturers hope to drastically reduce the number of poisonings. Denatonium benzoate has been used in common household products and as an anti-nail biting formula for decades in the United States.

"It is vital that consumers continue to read the labels and follow label instructions on the proper use, storage and disposal of antifreeze," said Klein.

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From Mike and Lilli Godzosa “in memory of our cat TARQUIE. He was 17.5 years young.” Mike and Lilli - thank you so very much for donating the meds and cat food.

From Vicky Murphy “in memory of MAGGIE DUKET, a precious little kitty my friends Joe and Ann Duket of Blairsville adopted from Maggie Valley. She had a heart condition they were unaware of and she died at three years of age. Their little Bichon Frise, Molly, really misses Maggie. God has sent them another kitty. Their neighbors called about a stray underneath their porch thinking Joe, who works at the local animal shelter, could take the kitty there. When Joe and Ann got there, he called out to the kitty and she came running to him. So, the kitty—named Halle-- ended up with a wonderful home. They also have an Australian Shepherd named Gracie, who is deaf. Joe has trained her with hand signals, and they have won some competitions.”

From Mary Ann Williams “in loving memory of my two best buddies, MOLLY and TUCKER, who I lost this year.”
“In loving memory of DOYLE SHUGART, founder of Deceased Pet Care. Doyle was not only my employer; he was my friend and a friend to many, many other people. He will forever be missed.”

From The Croghan Family “in loving memory of PRECIOUS. She was pregnant when I rescued her from Stone Mountain Park and had five beautiful kittens at my home. She died at about 10 years of age, taken away too early from us.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 199 stamps (or donation to purchase them) from Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle, Carol Clenney, Gloria Young, Gloria Overbey and Lois Holbrook. Thanks for the great month. Please keep sending them—they are always needed!!

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From Veena Ly “in honor of a special teacher at Weekday Ministry Preschool at Marietta First United Methodist Church, JULIE VOGT.”

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

To Mary Jane Johnson for your ever so appreciated help with our veterinary bills and the wonderful doggie card.

To Nadine Hereth for the catch-up. Your Toy Land Open House sounds like a great deal of fun—and a lot of work. Congratulations on its success.

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

To Mildred Ferrell for your donation to help with our medical bills.

To Nancy Donahue for your much appreciated Christmas gift.

To Julie Ashton for your generous support and blessings.

To Gloria Young for once again sending support for our vet bills.

To Fritz & Marliese Kalk for the adorable puppy card and your blessings.

To Rabeth Walker, Maryland Timmerman and your large family of strays—thank you for the lovely kitty card and your warm wishes.

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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 $200) and/or garbage bill (currently $88.00).

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The U.S. pet industry is set to rake in a record $53 billion this year, despite sluggish overall consumer demand, according to a report by brokerage firm ConvergEx.

“Even in a faltering economy, pet industry expenditures continue to accelerate,” strategists Nicholas Colas, Beth Reed and Sarah Millar wrote.

“While people are putting off some other major ‘lifestyle’ changes, such as getting married and purchasing a home, they’re showing no signs of giving up man’s best friend.”

Spending on pets stood at $37.3 billion in 2001 and has grown steadily since. This year, sales of pet products and services are expected to total $52.9 billion, a 42 increase over 2001.

According to the report, the total lifetime cost of owning a small to medium-sized dog ranges from $7,240 to $12,700, and the lifetime cost of a cat ranges from $8,620 to $11,275.

The report points out that since 2008, in particular, the cost of keeping a pet has surged above the rate of inflation.

“While the price of pets themselves, as well as supplies and accessories are getting comparatively cheaper, the prices of vet and other pet services, and pet food, are all rising at a pace greater than the rate of inflation,” the strategists said.

The cost of pet ownership has risen by 11.7 percent since mid-2008, the strategists said, versus just 5.2 percent for the consumer price index.

By Katy Barnato,, October 27, 2012


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