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Sent: June 29, 2013

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“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” - Jules Verne

“I like a bit of mongrel myself, whether it's a man or a dog; they're the best for every day.” ~George Bernard Shaw

Dear Friends,

SHELTER CHALLENGE--A long-time supporter has offered a challenge to "retire the feed store debt." Because of new management at the store, it's imperative that we quickly catch up our account with them. Every dollar contributed to this special cause through August 30, will be matched up to $1,000. That means if we collect $1,000 from our other supporters, we'll have $2,000 to use towards paying down our debt! No amount is too small (or too large).

If you can help us towards this goal by making a special donation between now and August 30, please make a notation on your PayPal contribution or on your check that it's to "pay down the feed store debt" and we'll keep track of it. In our September newsletter, we'll tell you of our success. We're excited by this opportunity and look forward to getting your contributions so we can double their impact.

We will update the challenge status every couple of weeks. Please check the Stories and Articles section of our website and click on Feed Store Challenge.

Please keep in mind that we still need your regular donations for all of the other shelter expenses.

STORM DAMAGE UPDATE--As you know, the shelter sustained significant damage during the series of recent storms. Since my plea for help, we have received $1,030 in support designated for repairs ($1,500 needed to complete them) and $300 for temporary rent of the mobile home ($150 per week). I want to thank Michael and Lilli Godzosa, Robert Brown, Robert and Cynthia Bachman, Tammie Porter, Pat Kachur, Victoria Johnson, Jenny Beaman, Dena Roesler, Mardi Hoofnagle Mary Jane Johnson and Vicky Murphy for their generosity.

Vicky's support was "In memory of Tommy Dan, my 18 year old orange tabby lovebug. I adopted Tommy Dan and his litter mate, Bootsie, 18 years ago after a wonderful vet in Roswell, Dr. Sandra Baker, rescued a litter of five newborn kittens left without their mother. The kittens were named after my father and favorite uncle who are brothers and best friends. Watching my two orange boys play, sleep together and groom each other was delightful. They traveled around our home in tandem. It has been one of the greatest joys of my life to have shared my home with these two kitties and I encourage anyone thinking about adopting a kitten to adopt two littermates.”

ANOTHER STORM RELATED "DISASTER" - The day after I sent out my plea for help with storm-related repairs, the shelter clothes dryer stopped working--no doubt due to getting wet during the storms. This machine is an indispensable piece of equipment--for the animals need clean bedding every day. If you can help with support designated for a replacement dryer or know of a used one in very good condition--we urgently need your help.

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A DAY IN MY LIFE--Just yesterday (June 24), a friend called me from a nearby "primitive" campground asking if I could come help a "dog in trouble.” I said of course I could and asked for details. Before he could reply, my phone went dead. I jumped in the car and headed over. When I arrived at the camp, I was met by my friend, who said a dog was trapped on a ledge about 10 feet down the rock wall. "Then why didn't you get him?” I asked. "Come on, you'll see," he replied.

Getting to the rocks, I was met by a crying 10 year old and his parents. I kept thinking someone should have done something by now. Why were they waiting on me? Then I looked at the fissure that would have to be climbed down. I wasn't sure even I would fit in it. I had brought a rope, a carrier and some gloves. Not expecting a rescue, but an injury, I wasn't well prepared.

Looking over the edge of the rock, I asked how the dog got down there. The boy said, "I threw a rock and my dog chased it. I didn't mean for him to, he just did." So much for teaching a dog to play fetch, I thought. I tied the rope around my waist and tied the carrier to me. I gave my friend the other end to hold and told him he better not let me fall. He assured me I was in good hands.

The "10 feet" which had been described to me was really more like 25. I inched down the fissure. It seemed to take forever to reach the dog (Buddy). He was scared and a little scraped up but otherwise fine. He went into the carrier without a complaint. I tied the rope around the carrier several times so he could be hauled up and also be very secure. My friend, Thomas, and the boy's father were to haul Buddy up over the ledge. This would have been fine except the father wanted another rope around the carrier (he called it a basket), "just to make certain they could maintain control." Sounds good, right?

About six feet into the lift, the father gave the carrier rope a jerk toward himself. This caused the carrier to bump into me, sending me over the ledge onto the next one. I tumbled down another 25 feet, convinced I was going to be killed. My right leg was hurt, my ankle throbbing so much I couldn't stand on it. I started crawling back up the rocks. When I reached the first ledge, Thomas had the rope back down for me. They told me they had also called my son, who does all rescues of this sort. I was more worried about what he would say to me for not calling him in the first place than I was about getting to the top and medical treatment.

Thomas and the father helped lift me the last 25 feet up the rocks, with the rope again tied around my waist. My ankle looked broken and I was bruised all over. At the emergency room, it was determined I only have a sprained ankle and am "very lucky to be alive." Today as I write this, I am sore all over and can't put any weight on my ankle unless I am wearing my hiking boots for support. I have also had to promise my son I will never, NEVER do anything like that again. He said, "After all, you are 68 years old. Who do you think you are?" Maybe this time, he is absolutely right!

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UPDATE ON MY JUNE STORY—The abusive man I wrote about last month was arrested for assault. He got into a fight with a man in a bar and severely injured him. The person injured will have permanent hearing loss from the attack. I hope with all my heart that this horrible man does serious jail time.

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ANIMAL HEALTH—Diabetes is an example of a disease that was rarely diagnosed in companion animals years ago and had no animal-specific treatment, with vets having to change the dosage in drugs meant for humans. Today, with the pet population generally getting more food and less exercise, an estimated 1 in 100 dogs and 1 in 500 cats will get the disease. In the last 25 years, the percentage of American households with a companion animal has increased from 56 percent to 62 percent.

Merck’s animal health unit, based in Summit, recently reintroduced the only federally-approved injectable insulin for dogs and cats with diabetes. The country’s second biggest drug maker has also created a pre-filled, calibrated version that resembles a ballpoint pen, which is available in certain European markets and is planned for the United States.

“People now want to take care of their pets like a family member so they are going to the vet to get dental care, regular checkups, eye care.” said Richard DeLuca Jr., president of Merck animal health. As the human population has aged and the middle class has grown, DeLuca added, “people have gotten more pets as companions or have acquired pets for the first time.” There are now about 150 million dog and cat pets in the U.S.

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STAMP REPORT—A terrific month--Since our last report, we have received 230 stamps from Mardi Hoofnagle, Carol Clenney, Connie Rice, Jamie Reagin, Gloria Young and Lois Holbrook. Keep up the great work!!

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From Mary Ann Williams “in loving memory of Doyle Shugart, founder of Deceased Pet Care.”

From The Langley Family and The Savannah Lady Bugs “in memory of Wilson Craig, father of Bonnie Strohm.”

From Bonnie and Sonny Strohm “in memory of Wilson Craig, father of Bonnie Strohm.”

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From Little Miss Trouble, the Hebrew Children, the Daddy's Girls, the Reprobates and the Mommie's Boys and Smudge and the Outside Children "in honor of Thomas Lanford Senior and Junior on Father' day."

"And to Pam and Virginia Rountree for "Cat-Cat" - who is missing in action."

THANK YOU—In addition to the specific “Thank Yous” listed below, we want to thank each and every one of you who send us support—we couldn’t make it without you!!

To Carol Clenney for the Publix gift card—given to you as a birthday gift--and your regular monthly support.

To Mardi Hoofnagle for the Home Depot gift card.

To Mildred Ferrell for your monthly donation to use where most needed.

To Gloria Overbey for your consistent help with our expenses.

To Connie Rice for your support to help with expenses where needed—and the lovely words you sent.

To Robert and Cynthia Bachmann for your generous on-line support.

To Kathy Beckman for your gift of another Lowes card.

To Michael and Lilli Godzosa and Barbara Kanya for your monthly on-line support.

To Renee Merback for your support to help with food and veterinary expenses.

To Jo-Anne Croghan for your contribution to “the Alabama shelter.”

To Sandy Briggs for your help with our food bill.

To Julie Ashton for your "generous donation for my birthday. It has helped so very much."

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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 $315) and/or garbage bill (currently $88.00).

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FROM THE NEWS—Argentina, June 13, 2013—The Canadian Voice for Animals Foundation in Argentina recently seized a hose in the middle of city traffic, and not a moment too soon. The 20-year-old horse, now named Emilia, was being whipped by her ‘owner’ in the street because she could not move fast enough under the massive load he had placed on her cart. Thanks to the fast action of some bystanders, Emilia is now learning that the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence. “We arrived on scene within minutes,” explained Coqui Montiel, who leads the Foundation’s sanctuary in Enre Rios. “A judge was called and he gave us permission to take Emilia into custody.” The judge’s actions alone are an indicator of the Foundation’s unusual relationship with local authorities. While in so many parts of the world, it is nearly impossible to seize an animal on the spot or to even persuade authorities to begin to build a case for taking action against cruelty, action here was swift and decisive.

At the group’s refuge for small and large animals, you’ll frequently find police volunteering their time on the weekends to care for the horses, dogs and cats. Emilia is now enjoying ample food, shelter and veterinary care for likely the first time in her life. FROM WWW.CARE2.COM

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