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ALL CATS, INC. -- eNews for September 2004

Sent: August 29, 2004


ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (ALL C.A.T.S., INC.)
64 Lumpkin County Park Drive Dahlonega, GA 30533

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1095, Dawsonville, GA 30534-0022

All Donations are Tax Deductible
Founded By: Carolyn Keeton
Email: Carcats@knology.net

Please Send all Mail to the Above Post Office Address. Thank You!

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Welcome to our eNewsletter!

ENEWS - SEPTEMBER 2004

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB PORTAL AT: www.allcatsinc.org

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Dear Friends,

I want to thank all of you who wrote to express sympathy and "get wells" to me and to Lion. It has been a tough few weeks, but we both are doing better, although not 100%. Thanks also to the special donations towards Lion's medical bills (now totally paid) and extra labor costs. Now, here's a story I hope you will enjoy:

This story started a couple of weeks ago. Some people moved into the neighborhood, so we walked down there to say "hello and welcome" and to introduce ourselves. The very next day, I found a little white poodle with a broken leg in the ditch by one of the dog pens. I immediately picked it up and took it to the vet. Since animals that are injured sometimes get left in our yard, it didn't occur to me to go looking for an owner until later that afternoon. Sure enough, it belonged to the new neighbors. The woman kept stressing to me how much money they had paid for the little dog. That seemed to be its only value to her.

A few days later, the people came by and asked us out to eat "as payment for taking care of "the dog," never calling it by any name. I didn't really want to go to eat with them, but neither did I want to be rude--so we agreed on this particular day.

As we are going down I-85, a movement in the median catches my eye. I ask the man, Jim, to stop the car. He takes his time about doing it, then asks me what is wrong. I tell him I saw something in the median and I wanted to check on it. "Can't it wait until after we eat?" he asks. I counter with, "What if something is hurt?" At this point, John steps in and tells him he might as well go back. "I can promise you, you won't have a minute's peace if you don't." Believe me, John knows!!

When we reach the spot, I get out of the car and start walking down the median one direction, John the other. After a few seconds, John calls, "You better come here." There at his feet was a very small Chihuahua. She was very thin, had patches of hair missing and smelled of mange. She was also very scared. It took some coaxing, plus putting John's shirt over her to get her to let me pick her up.

Back at the car, the woman said, "You aren't seriously expecting to put that smelly stray in this car, are you? What could a dog like that be worth? Just call the dog catcher and tell him where it is." She produced a phone she handed to John; after all, I was holding the "smelly dog" and it wouldn't do to get germs on her phone. John looked at me. Then he said, "No, thank you. I have my own phone. I will call someone to come get the three of us."
Jim tried to be polite, saying, "Maybe some other time we can go out." I just look at him and smile, saying "I don't think so. But, I do have the vet bill for 'the dog.' You can stop by and pay that. Just think, it is now that much more valuable."

John, already speaking to someone on the phone, takes me by the arm, leading me away from those people. "You have that ready-to-kick-butt look," he said, "And I just don't have the energy. Let's go sit over there (opposite bank) until David gets here."

Jim makes a u-turn across the median, heading to the restaurant. He didn't get 400 feet down the road before the blue lights were flashing at him. Sitting there watching him get a ticket, I couldn't help grinning. Sometimes, we don't have to wait for God to get them!

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"FARM" Animals

If you would like to help with expenses for the cats and dogs who live at The Farm, please send your check to Carolyn Keeton at 4907 23rd Blvd., Valley AL 36854. Please remember that these special donations should be in addition to regular shelter donations-not instead of them, as the shelter has the same expenses every month and needs your support.


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FINANCIAL REPORT

In July, our donation income totaled $3,787.15. Our expenses totaled $3,859.96, including Lion's vet bill. We are in a negative position for the year in total, with the usual much higher electric bills coming up in the Fall and Winter months. We need your help to catch up and have a little cushion-thank you for whatever you can do to help!

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE

Since our last report, we have received donations toward vet expense (which includes the special donations for Lion) totaling $1125 from Pat Mayfield, Mary Jane Johnson, Vernon Miller, Margaret McBride, Avis Buchanan, Virginia and Bill Medcalf, Kathy Beckman, Ann Wilson, Mildred Ferrell, Nadine Hereth, Kevin Donahue, Misty Saldi, Victoria Johnson, Renee Merback, Kelly Lattanzi, Dr. Bob Klingbeil, Beverly Mooney and Dena Roesler. You may donate toward veterinary care in any one of the following four ways:

* Sending us a check made out to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic for whatever amount you wish to contribute OR
* Sending a check made out to ALL C.A.T.S., Inc. indicating the donation is to be used for general veterinary expense.
* Send a check directly to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic, P.O. Box 406, Murrayville, GA 30564. Be sure to indicate that it is to be applied to the All C.A.T.S., Inc. account.
* To donate online, visit our web portal (www.allcatsinc.org), and click on Vet Expenses under our How You Can Help menu.
* Then, select Veterinary Expenses and you'll be able to pay online instantly using your credit card and/or checking account.

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STAMP REPORT

Since our last report we received 146 stamps (vs. 230 needed) from Lois Holbrook, Marsha Walton, Benjamin Jones, Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle and Rollin Kimball. This is somewhat disappointing after last month's great results. Let's get back to 100% again!!!

THANK YOU-

* To Carol Clenney for her continuing sponsorship of one of our shelter kitties.

* To Kathy Spiker for her continuing on-line sponsorship of PIGSY TAIL.

* To Laura Richardson for her continuing on-line sponsorship of BLACKIE

* To the Baldaufs for their donation "for PUTTER."

* To Dr. Robert Klingbeil for his extra donation to purchase flea/tick preventive.

* To Julie Ashton, Dena Roesler, Renee Merback, Kevin Donahue, Nadine Hereth, Ann Wilson, and Kathy Beckman for taking the time to include notes with their donations. We do enjoy hearing from all of you.

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IN MEMORY

* From The Mitchell Family in memory of NEEJI, "The Perfect Cat." Margaret Mitchell writes, "We still miss Neeji every day, even though he died two years ago on August 28, 2002. He had been abandoned by his owners but had the good fortune to take up with us at age eight and in very bad condition. Our vet kept him alive for the next four years even though it was a struggle at times. His injuries were extensive beyond belief, but each time he came through. But the last one was too much for him and our beloved cat died. He lives in our thoughts and hearts. Thanks for the memories!"

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THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP OUR ANIMALS

1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.
2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies) and/or garbage bill (always $120).
3. Those of you who take or send food and/or supplies to the shelter-continue and accelerate if possible.
4. A special veterinary fund donation (see above).
5. Gift card for Home Depot for buying many cleaning supplies-buckets, brooms, etc.
6. Gift card for any other store at which we can buy items needed at the shelter. Wal-Mart, Kroger, PetSmart and Ingles cards are especially welcome.
7. Send extra stamps-so that we can continue our streak in which we receive 100% of the number needed to send out a newsletter.
8. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of treated lumber--can be any length. Also, treated plywood,
9. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of 3" and 2-1/2" hinges.
10. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of Dogloos, especially XLarge.
11. Any type of animal medicine.
12. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of bleach, detergent, Glad tall kitchen bags, paper plates, Pine-Sol, brooms, scrub buckets, dishwashing liquid, canned and dry cat food, dry dog food, cat and dog treats, paper towels. USE ABOVE PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF THE SHELTER TO SEND US ANY ITEMS TOO LARGE FOR A POST OFFICE BOX.
13. NEW ITEM-The shelter needs to have the grass mowed and weeds removed, etc. This is a VERY large job and one for which we have not had enough money to hire done. If you would be able to help us-and bring your own equipment-please let us know. We will contact you to set this up.


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FYI

We saw the following in the Kim Komando "Site of the Day" on August 17 and thought you all would enjoy it:

"Meow! All feline lovers rejoice! Now you can create a web page for your cats. Upload pictures, a quick bio, pet peeves (pun intended, I'm sure), favorite food and napping area and other tidbits of information.

"You can search for cats by breed, name, size, town or most-befriended.

"To visit this site, go here: http://www.catster.com/index_catster.php



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