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Sent: September 28, 2013

Texting: 256 744 4805
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022


“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” Albert Einstein

“Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.” His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Dear Friends,

Building Project Update—We are very happy to report the building process is underway. It is so amazing to actually see the progress made every day. Most of the dogs sit at the fence we had to construct to keep them out of the way and simply stare at these men with all their equipment. I think they actually realize this is for them. They should know it. I take them through the building every night and tell them so! One of the workers said it would be good if I kept them out until the building is finished. I don't think so. I want them to get a feel for it as it is built. I do keep them away for the actual building process.

We have added two photos showing progress on the construction to our website. Please click on “Our Animals” and “Building Project Photos.”

In one photo, only half of the roof is on--but the dogs wanted to sleep in the building last night, so I let them. They were not happy with me when they had to be removed this morning, but I promised them it wouldn't be long before they could stay as long as they liked. I know it is silly of me to think they understand everything I say, but they do get the idea this is theirs. I am so excited to know we will be getting a RED tin roof. It should look great!! A happy color for all of us.

We are still in need of money for electricity and water supplies. These were not part of the building giveaway. I am so happy just to have a dried-in building. But, in the long run, electric and water would be fantastic. All the major connections are already in place from the house I live in. We would like to have the actual wire and pipes, etc., to complete the job. It would be a big plus to have the electricity to power heaters in the winter. Not only would it be amazing for the dogs, it would keep the water from freezing. As it is now, I still have to run a hose from the back porch to the pens. If it gets to freezing, I have to carry it from the house in buckets.

Mostly, I am so happy the dogs will not have to be in dog houses this winter, but in a place where we can shut the doors and keep the wind out. I am now looking for blankets for the dogs to sleep on. I am sure the concrete floor will be cold. But, getting blankets should be a small thing. Last year at Christmas, Wal-Mart had throws for $8.00. We are still using the pieces of them. Unfortunately, the dogs do have a tendency to chew them. Since we no longer have any little puppies, maybe they will last longer this time around.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all who helped make this building a reality—Fred Mitchell, Robert and Cynthia Bachmann, Mardi Hoofnagle, Bennie Meadows, Dena Roesler, Vicky Murphy, Joan MacDonald, Michael and Lilli Godzosa, Gail Brown, Nancy Denison, Jenny Beaman, Avis Buchanan and Dr. Victoria Johnson. It is the single greatest thing I could have received this year.

A special note to my friends who apologized for not being able to send money. Please don't. You have been with us through so much. We appreciate all you have done. I just wish, for your sake, things were going better for you. Know that I pray for you and I love you.

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Our puppies are growing up to be big dogs and are eating more as they grow. Food has become an even larger expense—please, if you can, increase your regular support to help purchase food or send a special donation for that purpose.

Update on telephone situation--I still can only use the texting feature. Until I can afford a replacement, I can only be reached by email/texting.

As mentioned above, we will VERY SOON need all the blankets we can get. Our babies need bedding for the upcoming cold season. If you would be able to send us bedding material, please email me (or write me at the address above) for the address to which it should be sent. If you send funds for purchase of blankets, just include a note to that effect with your check or on-line donation. Please do not send bedding or any large items to the post office address.

If you would be able to sponsor a spay or neuter of one of the puppies, it would be greatly appreciated. We will need these around Christmas. Hint, hint!!

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Goodsearch – We recently sent an email to many of you about four ways you may use Goodsearch to make money for the shelter. If you did not received the email (or you receive paper copies of our newsletter), please send your email address to so that it may be forwarded to you.

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See pictures and stories of many of our animals on our website by clicking on “Our Animals” and then “Updated Shelter Photos.”

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IN MEMORY—Two of the supporters who sent funds for the building project did so in memory of loved ones:

Fred Mitchell in loving memory of his wife Margaret who passed earlier this year. Margaret was a great friend of all animals and a staunch supporter of our shelter. She is greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

Vicky Murphy “in memory of my father, Boots Murphy, who went to heaven on August 16. Daddy was an animal lover whose heart became softer with age. He rescued a cat he named Blue (she looks like a Russian Blue) that was an indoor kitty and had a wonderful dog named Star. As Daddy became sicker, Star would crawl under the house and lie directly under Daddy’s bed and cry. He laid directly under Daddy’s bed when he was still in his regular bed, and then when a hospital bed was brought in and placed across the room Star would lie directly under the hospital bed. It broke our hearts to see Star’s distress so we would roll Daddy in his wheelchair to the porch door so he could talk to Star. We can never take lightly an animal’s intuition and deep feelings for their human companions. Blue now lives with me, and Star will be staying at my father’s house because a family member will be moving in there.”

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 140 stamps from Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle and Gloria Young. We just heard that the Post Office is planning to raise the cost of a stamp by 3 cents. So, please send us as many Forever stamps as you can.

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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 definitely couldn’t make it without you!!

To Carol Clenney for your regular monthly support for fuel, stamps and sponsorship.

To Mildred Ferrell for your monthly donation for veterinary expenses.

To Ben Mitchell for your very generous support to help bring heat to our new building. We are so glad that you feel your mother Margaret would be happy about our work.

To Jo-Anne Croghan for the “shelter challenge.”

To Bill Underwood for your extremely generous support “to help out the weak side and to recognize your labor on Labor Day.”

To Mary Jane Johnson for the wonderful Guiding Eyes card with the beautiful dogs and your lovely words.

To Barbara Kanya, Michael & Lilli Godzosa and Karen Espinoza for your consistent monthly support.

To Avis Buchanan for your very kind words about our work.

To Kathy Beckman for again sending a much-appreciated Lowes card.

To Gloria Young for the beautiful cat card and sentiments inside. I love being called an “Animal Advocate Angel.” Thank you, too, for your prayers.

To Gloria Overbey for your consistent help with our vet bills.

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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 $285) and/or garbage bill (currently $89.20).

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FYI—Thanks to Vicky Murphy for sending us the following article about managing expenses when you have pets:

NO-TIP WATER DISH. Use an old Bundt or angel food pan for your dog’s water bowl. Push a wooden stick through the hole in the middle of the pan into the ground to keep the pan from turning over. The pan can be lifted off for cleaning but the dog can’t tip it.

SHREDDED PILLOWS. If you love for your large dogs to sleep in comfort but do not love the cost, maintenance and smell of the doggy beds, stuff old clean pillow cases (the ones with zippers) with shredded paper from your shredder. Once a week wash the pillow cases and refill with new shreddings. Now each dog has a plump and fresh pillow every week. They sleep in comfort and there are no doggy smells or costs involved.

RECYCLED BUCKETS. Are you sick of all the half-full bags of cat litter and pet food in the garage that get wet and turn into a soggy mess? A terrific solution is to go to your local grocery store and ask the bakery for their empty frosting buckets with lids. They are often happy to give them to you for free. Bring them home, thoroughly clean them, remove the labels and make new laminated labels or print clearly on the bucket. This will save you from having to throw out half-full bags of ruined pet supplies.

CHEAPER BY THE POUND. If you are shocked to find that a small two pound bag of pine shavings (to be used as bedding for small pets) costs $6, go to the local feed store and buy a bag of compressed horse bedding. It is the same pine shavings in a bag that weighs about 40 pounds, contains 3.5 cubic feet (compressed) and is enough to cover the floor of a 10 x 10 foot horse stall three inches deep. That ought to be enough to last your little fur baby forever. And the price? Around $5 a bag (may vary from one area to the next).

GIVE ‘EM A SIGN. If your pet runs away, place a yard sign in front of your house with a photo of your missing dog or cat (bird, snake?) together with your phone number. People who find animals often will walk or drive around the area, trying to find the pet’s owner.

DIY TOYS. Toys from the pet store are ridiculously expensive and, in all honesty, are not always made very well. Go to the local hardware store and buy a huge rope. Cut it up in manageable lengths for your puppies.

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