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Sent: April 29, 2013

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“That was the first time I knew I loved him.” Kim Basinger, about her future husband's rescue of a dog hit by a car on a highway. While driving to work, Alec Baldwin stopped the car and dodged traffic to save the boxer. They adopted her, named her Gracie, and had her join their 15 other dogs and cats.

“The cat is the only animal which accepts the comforts but rejects the bondage of domesticity." - Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

Dear Friends,

Since the last newsletter, and thanks to all of you, I have been able to purchase a portable building, complete with electric and AC, for the cats. It is proving invaluable for their comfort. I was also able to have the fence man install the cross-fencing needed for the dogs. I was able to pay him $1,000 of his $1,400 bill. He is being patient about the balance, but we would appreciate any help you can give to help pay the rest.

Our feed store has changed management, and the new manager is demanding payment on our bill ASAP. I have continued to purchase food each week with cash and pay something on the old balance. The cost of food remains our largest expense—and we urgently need your continuing support to keep all the animals well fed.

In the past month, we have had spayed one cat and three dogs. The last remaining six male cats were neutered. At least that is a big relief. Maybe they will settle down a little now. However, I am convinced Ziggy and George will fight forever. They both want custody of my pillow. It is terrifying to be sound asleep and, all at once, two large cats are fighting right over my head!

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 have continued to increase your support by 10%--or even more.

 If you do not send support on a monthly basis, please try to do so. No amount is too small!!! 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) – I was called to the Park by the Ranger. An Emu had stepped on the leg of a newborn Kid. The little goat was barely able to walk and he was only hours old. When I arrived, I thought the leg was broken, but on examination, I realized it was simply out of joint. Thank goodness it was something I could fix. The park has a "nature takes it course" policy. Thankfully, some of the people working do not abide by that rule. In the last week, I have been there five times to care for the baby goat and four deer. The deer are so used to me now that I can actually feed them from my hand. That is an amazing experience, considering they are all wild. People will stop on the road and make pictures of me with the deer. One man gave me money to buy food for the deer, saying, "This is the best show in the Park."

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MORE HAPPY NEWS-- The dog with the hurt right back leg, now healed, has been adopted by a person at the park who works security there. That dog gets to ride in the car with him while making rounds. It is great to see.

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WISH LIST ADDITION—The shelter computer has “died.” Not having a working computer is definitely a hardship for us. If you have or know of an “extra” computer in good working condition that could be donated, please let me know.

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Since our last report, we have received 140 stamps from Mardi Hoofnagle, Gloria Young, and Jamie Reagin. We presently have 16 in inventory. Let’s try to have a great stamp month in May.

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ANIMAL HEALTH--Dental disease is by far the most common illness in dogs and cats it is also one of the simplest problems to treat.

Research shows 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have signs of dental disease. This is a problem that is highlighted as pets get older particularly cats! Vic Menrith, a Feline Specialist, states that there is a direct link between dental disease and kidney failure in cats. Poor dental health results in a buildup of bacteria, which enters the blood stream and eventually makes its way to the kidneys--placing them under unnecessary pressure.

Cats rarely show any signs of pain or illness until the final stages of disease. Unfortunately by the time cats show signs of kidney failure, it is usually in the last stages of the disease. It is important the dental care of older cats be kept up to date. Water intake and urination patterns should be monitored. Any increase in drinking should be noted and the cat should be checked by a vet.

Dogs suffer from a number of oral hygiene problems too, and just like cats it is particularly important to maintain good oral hygiene as they grow older. Small dogs with cramped mouths seem to suffer particularly badly--breeds such as Terriers, Shih Tzus, et al.

Signs of tooth and gum disease include bad breath, red swollen gums (gingivitis), tartar on teeth, pawing or rubbing at the mouth, difficulty eating, and excessive dribbling.

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From Thomas and Holly Lanford in loving memory of LU-CHIN, 16-year old feline friend of Beverly Sargent and the Szczepkowski family. She was Beverly’s “closet cat” since the Atlanta Olympics.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MOM & DAD from 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 consistent and very generous support to help with our veterinary medical bills.

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

To Gloria Overbey for again sending help for our vet bills—and for increasing your support by 10%.

To Nancy Johnson your lovely card and words of encouragement. We are so happy that your business has improved.

To Connie Rice for your support to help with food expense or vet bills.

To Karen Espinoza for the Lowes card and also the Starbucks ones (which I will definitely enjoy).

To Carole Mauldin for the support blessings you sent on the adorable puppy note paper.

To Kathy Beckman for your support in Rocky’s memory and the gift cards you sent. We much appreciate your pledge to send more Lowes cards in the future.

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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, PetSmart 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 $360) and/or garbage bill (currently $88.00).

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FROM THE NEWS—MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dogs always have been known as loyal companions to humans. These days, they're increasingly helping each other — by giving their blood.

Rising demand is causing places like the University of Wisconsin-Madison's veterinary teaching hospital to seek more dog and cat blood donors. Six years ago, they had three donors. Now they have about 22 dogs and cats who give blood regularly.

Dr. Jonathan Bach, who oversees the hospital's blood bank, says demand has grown along with pet owners' willingness to give a high level of care to their animals. The donors are sometimes former patients themselves. But most often, they're companions to students or staff members.

Animals most often need the blood because of anemia, although the hospital does get animals who have suffered injuries or accidental poisonings. FROM YAHOO.COM – APRIL 19, 203

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