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Sent: March 31, 2013

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“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

"Everything a cat is and does physically is to me beautiful, lovely, stimulating, soothing, attractive and an enchantment."- Paul Gallico, from "An Honourable Cat"

Dear Friends,

Thanks to all of you who have been so generous, the shelter is still holding on and we still have all our beautiful animals. If not for you, we would have had to euthanize at least half of them. I hope to get pictures of the animals up on our web-site soon. I have been photographing them when I get a space to breathe. Now, I just need to get photos to Pat Kachur so she can do the hard work of posting all of them. I have to admit, I don't know how to even access the site to do any posting.

I also don't know how to fully express my thanks for the support of everyone. I will be feeding and all at once, tears spring to my eyes.

I am so grateful to have these babies still here when it could have turned out so differently. We still have a long way to go to get everything they need--shots, neutering, etc., but--for right now--food is still the main need. I hope none of you mind, but these new babies are being named after you. They are all sweet, loving babies and--thanks to you--they are also healthy.

As a reminder, this is what we continue to need from you:

 If you are a regular donor and have not already done so, please try to increase your monthly support by 10%. Many, many thanks to those of you who increased your March support by 10%--or more!!

 If you do not send support on a monthly basis, please try to do so. No amount is too small!!! Of course, we very much appreciate whatever amount of support you are able to give—at any time!!

 Please send Home Depot or Lowes gift cards so that we are able to buy fencing materials and other supplies always needed.

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OUR LATEST ADVENTURE (AND HAPPY ENDING) -- A week ago, I had a call from the local state park. Someone had dumped six dogs there and either I get them trapped or they would shoot them. As bad as this sounds, it is for the protection of the deer; and, after seeing all the fawns, I could understand their concern, just not their methods. My friend, Branden Scott and I got the dogs in only one try. It didn't require any trapping. The dogs were happy to climb into the car with us. One had a hurt right back leg and was in pain. We carried them to the vet and told them they might have to call animal control to take them as we are in extreme financial straits at this time. I did request medical attention for the injured one but was afraid to commit to any other expenses.

After thinking of this all night, I went back to the park and asked for donations for this group of dogs. Some of the patrons overheard this conversation and offered money. I think this shamed the park officials into donating, too. In fact, they said they would "collect" money for the dogs and pay expenses as long as I would find homes for them. I was worried about finding homes for six grown dogs, but agreed to give it a try.

I made photos of the dogs, posted the pictures and story on the Events Calendar in their lobby along with contact info for me. In two days, three of the dogs had homes with campers in the park and another two had a home together with the Park Ranger. It looks as if the injured one will come live at the shelter, but I can live with that. The Park has promised to pay all expenses for him for a year, so he won't be a financial burden on the shelter. I was very pleased with this outcome.

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MORE HAPPY NEWS-- I was distressed to learn that my good friend, Nadine Hereth, was in hospital. She had suffered a fall and broken two ribs. Then, in hospital, she contracted pneumonia and broke yet a third rib in another fall! I swear that Nadine and I are the only people I know who can go to hospital and get worse! When I called her, she was in good spirits and told me she was going home in a couple of days. I called her at home and she was indeed improving. I was very happy to hear that! So, Nadine, know I am thinking of you and wishing you the best.

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NEWS FROM THE ANIMAL WORLD—Laser therapy is the use of laser light to stimulate biological processes that lead to faster healing and pain relief. Lasers used for therapy use much less power than surgical lasers, and the beneficial effects come not from heat but from the stimulation of the body’s natural healing processes. There have been thousands of scientific studies over the last 40 years demonstrating beneficial effects of laser therapy on a wide range of conditions, including wound healing, nerve regeneration, reduction in edema, pain relief and anti-microbial properties. Laser therapy has also been approved by the U.S. FDA and many international health agencies for use on human patients. Any condition that causes swelling and pain can be treated with laser. Most treatments take from 3 to 8 minutes and are frequently conducted in conjunction with other forms of rehab therapy—such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, ice, TENS and joint mobilization.

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Since our last report, we have received 150 stamps from Mardi Hoofnagle, David Garvin, Jamie Reagin, Barbara Johnson, Joanne Daube and Lois Holbrook. We presently have 35 in inventory.

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From Frederick Mitchell “in loving memory of Margaret Mitchell.”
From Benjamin Mitchell “in memory of my mother, Margaret Mitchell, who passed away yesterday. We are a family of animal lovers, and this is what she wanted in lieu of flowers. God bless and thanks for all you do.”
From Karen Espinoza “in memory of Margaret Mitchell of Marietta.”

From Thomas Lanford in loving memory of:
- BoB’s ancient orange tom, BJ. BoB estimates that he had to be over 20.
- Otis the cat who is missed by both Allison Smith and his canine brother, Cooper, who is still looking for him.
- CJ, Mary Galbraith’s 17-year-old schnauzer.
- Buster, beloved cat of Dr. Tim McDonald.
- Caramel, “the loving companion of my brother and sister-in-law for 16+ years.”
- Sister “friend of Steve Burris and playmate of Helen Reddy & Samson.”

From Nancy Johnson “in memory of Martha Lindsay.” And thank you for the encouraging words.

From Mrs. Thomas Lanford, Sr. “our son William just had to put their sweet cat Caramel, to sleep after 16 years. She lived through so many traumas in her life.”

From Vicky Murphy “in memory of Tai Rosenberger, a beautiful rescue who helped raise her two little puppy brothers, Buddy and Hogan. Doggie parents Lauren and Chris Rosenberger provided lots of love and a beautiful life for Miss Tai.”

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HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY to “the Rev” from his grand-cats in Larry Town: Meshach & Abednego, Little Miss Trouble, Belle Boyd Lee, Mellie Lu, Pumpkin, Rambo, Sweetie Pie, Smudge, Callie Gal and OK.

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To Carol Clenney for your much appreciated monthly check. Your consistent support is very much appreciated.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your generous support to help with our veterinary medical bills.

To Mr. & Ms. Fritz Kalk for your Easter wishes and the adorable dog and kitty card, with one of my favorite Aesop quotes – “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

To Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan as a “Happy Birthday to Dewey.”

To Mildred Ferrell for your monthly donation to help defray vet costs. We do so appreciate your regular support.

To Nancy Donahue for sending support to help with feeding our dogs.

To Anne Roberts for your financial support and the wonderful MUTTS cartoon.

To Gloria Overbey for again sending help for our vet bills—plus a little extra.

To Dena Roesler for sending support twice during March, which will be matched by your company.

To Barbara Johnson for the extra support you sent and your pledge of an increase in your “regular” help.

To Walter Gordy for your very generous support to help with the new puppy expenses.

To Mardi Hoofnagle for sending the Lowes gift card.

To Betty Phillips for the “little extra.” It means a lot!!

To Bill Underwood for your very generous support. That “few of the best” is a very big help. We definitely agree with that Winston Churchill quote – “Never, never, never, never give up!!”

To Renee Merback for your support to be used for food or vet bills—and your pledge to continue to help our animals. I also appreciate your very kind words about my loss of Rocky. Recovering from that will take a very long time—if not forever.

To Jim Riddle for sending support in Rocky’s memory.

To Jo Blackton for your gift to help with feeding the new moms and puppies.

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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 $380) and/or garbage bill (currently $88.00).

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FROM THE NEWS—Jeff Bennett is a very busy man. He owns three businesses in Florida, distributing diving and fishing equipment. He also owns and flies a small plane. For quite some time, he had been very angry about stories of animal cruelty, neglect and abandonment. About three and one-half years ago, he decided to do something about it. He started using his plane to fly dogs, cats and a host of other animals in dire circumstances to safe places where they received treatment and care. In June of last year, he hit a milestone of fling his 1,000tgh rescue animal to safety. Bennett is affiliated with Pilots N Paws, a South Caroline-based organization that whisks “death row” animals to safety by connecting shelter and animal rescue organizations with pilots and plane owners. Since the organization was formed in 2008 more than 2,700 pilots have spent their own time and money transporting thousands of animals all over the United States. FROM TODAY.MSNBC, MSN.COM – JUNE 17, 2012

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