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Sent: February 24, 2013

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“Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.” –Jim Davis (Garfield creator)
"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made." - Roger Caras

Dear Friends,

Even with the extra support we received from you in February, the shelter is still in dire straits. Unless we find a way to bring in enough money on a REGULAR basis, we will be forced to euthanize some animals. It is inconceivable to me that just four pregnant dogs abandoned on our property have caused this.

I never dreamed, when I took in the dogs, that all four would deliver on the same night and that they would produce 24 live puppies. One dog had 12 of them. Even with some puppies being adopted out, it now takes more than $2,000 per month to feed the amount of animals we currently house. This has increased weekly as they all grow, and I can only believe it will be more expensive as they head toward adulthood—as the mothers are all very large dogs.

Not only is the food a problem, the housing also needs enlarging. We desperately need more fence space. The local fence man will give us a break on labor, but even he can't afford to furnish the materials.

I have asked every no-kill shelter around for help housing these new puppies. No one has any space to spare. Every one has crowded conditions.

Please do what you can to help us. I am doing all I can to keep going. We have always managed to pull through these crises, but this is a big one.

What we need from you:

 If you are a regular donor, please try to increase your monthly support by 10%.
 If you do not send support on a monthly basis, please try to do so. No amount is too small!!!
 Please send Home Depot or Lowes gift cards so that we are able to buy fencing materials.

Remember that you may donate on-line by using the "Donate" button on our website.

I want to thank everyone who responded to our pleas of the last two months. You are all wonderful friends!!!

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On a personal note: My dog Rocky was killed by a careless driver this week. I am doing my best to believe it was carelessness. Rocky was in the front yard when he was struck by someone who didn't even slow down. The only consolation is he never knew what hit him. He was dead on impact.

Rocky wasn't just a dog. He was my friend, my constant companion. He rode with me everywhere I went. He especially liked to go to the Dairy Queen. The girls there petted him and always gave him an ice cream. He really felt like a king. I will miss him forever.

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NEWS FROM THE ANIMAL WORLD—LOS ANGELES/The Huffington Post, February 23, 2013 -- The economy may have remained sluggish last year but Americans refused to scrimp on their pets, with animal lovers spending upwards of $53 billion on food, veterinary care, kennels and other services in 2012. That's up 5 percent from 2011, when spending first broke the $50 billion barrier, says the American Pet Products Association, a trade group based in Greenwich, Conn. And APPA President and CEO Bob Vetere predicts another 4 percent gain this year.

At about $34.3 billion, food and vet care represented about two-thirds of total spending, with money spent on supplies and over-the-counter medications rising by more than 7 percent. Spending on the growing market of alternative vet care, such as acupuncture, totaled about $12.5 billion.

Vetere says spending on services like grooming, boarding, hotels and pet-sitting grew nearly 10 percent during 2012 to almost $4.4 billion.

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Since our last report, we have received 130 stamps, or support designated to purchase them, from Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle, Carol Clenney, Gloria Young and Lois Holbrook. We presently have one book of 20 in inventory—so need your help in March!!

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From Vicky Murphy “in memory of Muffin Ward-Cameron. Sweet little, much loved rescue who bravely fought cancer, going through many treatments. Doggie Mama, Connie Ward-Cameron, and Doggie Daddy, David Cameron, are suffering after losing their baby. But, oh, what a life this sweet little girl had with her parents!”

From Mary Jane Johnson “a memorial to my mother—“Dink” Collins. She loved animals so much and passed that love on to her three children. All three of us have at least one dog.”

From Thomas & Holly Lanford “in memory of Shasta, the feline love of Susan Conwell’s life.”

From Roberta Lanford and Thomas & Holly Lanford “in memory of Lou, beloved companion of Camilia Lipman. He joins his brother, Bud.”

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To Carol Clenney for your much appreciated monthly support of a shelter cat and fuel costs.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your extremely generous support and kind words of love to all of us.

To Stephanie Paulos for helping with our emergency needs—and the wonderful patriotic puppy card.

To Mildred Ferrell for your monthly donation to help defray vet costs.

To Gloria Overbey for regularly sending support for our vet bills.

To Dena Roesler for once again sending support, which will be matched by your company.

To Barbara Johnson for your support and heart-warming words of love.

To Mardi Hoofnagle for sending the Home Depot gift card.

To Julie Ashton for your support. We will do our best to “kiss all of them.”

To Nancy Johnson for your support and the lovely card—and, even more, the words written on it. “….you, your effort, your commitment deserve better support. This is all I can send but thankfully I can send this to help you with whatever needs you have.”

To Tony and Sally Prahl for sending both generous financial support and a Home Depot gift card.

To Kathy Beckman for your support and kind words on the adorable kitty note paper.

To Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan for sending support for our emergency fund.

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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 $355) and/or garbage bill (currently $88.00).

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FROM THE NEWS— After six days on the run, Teddy, an 18-month-old Bernese Mountain Dog, fell through thin ice in an accident that almost took his life. The dog, who clearly borrows the nine lives of a cat and the bulky body of a small bear, is now recovering from his ordeal as an entire town breathes a sigh of relief.

It all began when the newly adopted Teddy bolted past his ‘mom’ as she was taking her young child out of the car. Teddy took off like a shot, beginning a search that would capture the interest of the entire city.

Officer Jim Bartlett of the West Boylston Police Department was involved in the search for Teddy. “His owner had been calling here three times a day,” Officer Bartlett explained. “There were several sightings of Teddy. We’d get glimpses of him but when we’d call to him he would run the other way.” But, a local ice skater headed down to a pond and was startled to see that a large animal had fallen through the ice.

“Some guy went down to the brook to go skating. He thought it was a bear out there,” Officer Bartlett said. “I recognized him from his poster. It was Teddy.” The West Boylston Fire Department, who trains for rescues like these, immediately went to work, making the mission look deceptively easy.

Teddy’s guardian, Mark Lange, reports that Teddy is doing well despite losing a little weight. Teddy was treated at the Tufts University Foster Hospital for Small Animals.

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