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Sent: January 27, 2013

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"If the pull of the outside world is strong, there is also a pull towards the human. The cat may disappear on its own errands, but sooner or later, it returns once again for a little while, to greet us with its own type of love. Independent as they are, cats find more than pleasure in our company."- Lloyd Alexander

"My dog is usually pleased with what I do, because she is not infected with the concept of what I "should" be doing."
- Lonzo Idolswine

Dear Friends,

Thanks to you who sent extra money to help with our food bills and puppy shots and deworming, we were able to get the second rounds of shots and deworming accomplished. AND five of the pups will be coming to great homes in just a couple of weeks. BUT, with the pups growing and eating more plus extra food for the moms (who are large dogs), our food bill is now $250/week—up more than $100, even though we purchase the least expensive brands that are still nutritious.

In addition, our utility bills, due to rate changes and colder weather, have increased by $275/month.

So, you can see, we very much still need your extra help. Please do your best to send as much support as you are able to make sure no one goes hungry or is cold.

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IMPORTANT NEWS IN THE ANIMAL HEALTH FIELD—Purebred Golden Retrievers (3,000 of them) will be tracked for their lifetimes (usually 10 to 14 years) for genetic, nutritional and environmental risks to help scientists and veterinarians find ways to prevent canine cancer, widely considered the No. 1 cause of death in older dogs. It will be the largest and longest dog study ever conducted. In addition to cancer, it is expected that the data will yield information about other dog diseases, like arthritis, hip dysplasia, hormonal and skin disorders and epilepsy.

The Morris Animal Foundation is providing much of the $25 million needed for the study, the rest will be raised by online public donations that allow people to sponsor one of the 3,000 canine volunteers. The study is recruiting purebred golden retrievers under two years old whose pedigree can be traced back at least three generations. A pilot study of 50 dogs began in August 2012. Preliminary results from that group should be ready soon and reportable results available in a year. It is expected that recruitment of dogs will take two years, with most of that time spend in verifying eligibility—which takes about four weeks—and making sure owner and veterinarian will participate. Thus far, 800 dogs are verified for participation or on the waiting list. EXCERPTED FROM AP ARTICLE, DATED JANUARY 26, BY SUE MANNING.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 90 stamps from Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle and Lois Holbrook. Because of the great response in December, we had just enough stamps to send out this letter and other mail. But our inventory is presently 6 stamps. So, we need your help in February!!

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To Carol Clenney for your ever-so-appreciated generous support of a shelter cat and help with fuel costs.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your wonderful polar bear card and extra support for medical bills and food.

To Avis Buchanan for helping with our vet bills.

To Mildred Ferrell for your donation to help pay for vet care.

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

To Dena Roesler for your support, to be matched by your company.

To Bill Underwood—that extremely generous “few of the best” did a great deal to start off the New Year on a positive note!!

To Jenny Beaman, Robert & Cynthia Bachman and Michael & Lilli Godzosa for your support via on-line donations.


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 $375) and/or garbage bill (currently $88.00).

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FROM THE NEWS—By Piper Hoffman, December 21, 2012
A Shih Tzu named Bandit disappeared five years ago. But he wasn’t gone forever.

Bandit’s person, Mike, and Mike’s nieces kept looking for the dog, whom Mike had fought to keep in his divorce settlement. But it turned out that Bandit found him.

Bandit somehow wound up at an animal control facility, and from there he went to a shelter called reTails Indy, which later posted Bandit’s story on its website.

The shelter scanned him for a chip, and lo and behold, he had one. Somehow animal control had missed it. The shelter staff was even more surprised to find that the phone number registered with the chip was still current. Mike lived right nearby. Within 10 minutes he was at the shelter, ready to reunite with his long-lost companion.

“This is my little buddy,” Mike said, holding Bandit close and fighting back tears. “This is my best friend.”

Bandit had run out an open door five years earlier and was seen being scooped up by a stranger in a car. Someone got the car’s license plate number, but Mike says the man refused to return Bandit despite his repeated attempts.

Mike was often out of town doing construction work; it was lucky that Bandit happened into the shelter when he did, because a week earlier Mike would not have been home to take the call and pick him up.

Without a microchip, Bandit and Mike never would have found each other again. Time Magazine writes that “approximately 10 million pets have been chipped over the past 15 years.” They “have helped reunite more than 600,000 pets with their owners,” reports‘s Lavanya Sunkara.

For a FAQ about microchips, visit the Humane Society‘s website.

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