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eNEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER 2013

Sent: October 29, 2013


ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (www.allcatsinc.org)
Texting: 256 744 4805
Email: Carolyngunter84@yahoo.com
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022

ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE

“I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed. These things, to me, are expressions of love.” James Herriot

“God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he'll be there.” Billy Graham

Dear Friends,

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We had a small fire Sunday night that destroyed some wiring in my house. I had overloaded a circuit using extension cords to get heat to the dogs. This is a very old house and still has a fuse box. Now I don't have any electricity at all. A friend has loaned me a generator, but it is small and will only power two things at a time. In the meantime, no lights, no TV (a BIG thing for me), no computer, no hot water. No hot water is the worst. No cleaning, which is a MUST with animals, no showers, which is a must for me if I intend to be near anyone after a day with the animals. No clean bedding, dishes, food bowls, no heat at all for any of us.

This house has no insurance. So it is up to me to get things repaired. I have gotten two estimates. One is $1,500; the other is $1,575. At least I don't think someone is trying to rob me the way some contractors do. If you possibly can, PLEASE help with a special donation to pay for the repairs. It seems like everything goes wrong at once and I am constantly needing money. I can only trust things will get better.

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Building Project Update—The building has its beautiful red roof, all the windows installed and it DID have all the Tyvek on. Tyvek is material used in first responders’ suits to prevent contamination. It is used on buildings as a weather-proofing. The dogs proceeded to tear it off as far as they could reach and destroyed it. So now I need to buy more. There is no sense in trying to put it on the building until I have the siding. Everything the warehouse promised us is in place except the doors. And, until I have the Tyvek reinstalled, the doors can't be hung. Little bratty dogs have caused a problem. But I don't think they have ever had as much fun. They were so happy I didn't have the heart to scold them.

I do hate that the plywood has been rained on. It is causing it to turn black. That doesn't affect its use, just its looks, which will be eventually covered up with siding anyway. In the meantime, I have covered the North facing doors with plywood to keep out the cold wind and rain. The only door open to the dogs is facing South. I can close it up at night to keep them warmer with electricity pulled from my house. A very high wind pulled off one panel of the tin roofing, but the roof is lined with a layer of plywood, so no real damage. My son has already ordered another panel for us. I am so proud of this building. I just stand back and admire it. If it never even gets past this stage, it is way more than I ever dared to dream of owning.

Please see the several new photos of the building on our website.

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As you know, we had a food crisis during October and asked for your help. Your response was wonderful. I would like to thank Michael & Lilli Godzosa, Stefanie Paulos, Susan Brogdon, Vicky Frazer, Jamie Reagin, Kelly Meeks, Elaine Crowell, James Mooney, Tricia Anderson, Marsha Bennett, Dena Roesler, Jenny Beaman, Deborah Heald, Kelly Lattaxi, Mary Johnson, John Smith and Tammie Porter for all sending on-line support--which is such an efficient way to get your support in a timely manner.

Unfortunately, with the puppies growing up to be big dogs, our food cost has increased to $125/day. To avoid going through yet another food crisis--PLEASE, if you possibly can, increase your regular support to help purchase food or send a special donation for that purpose.

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FYI - IN REGARD TO ON-LINE SUPPORT - You may or may not be aware that PayPal deducts a 1.2% fee when on-line support is sent using a credit card. For instance, if you send $100; we receive $97.50. IF you wish to avoid this fee, you may direct PayPal to take it out of your bank account which you would have to set up with them. You are then able to choose the option of "gift" and no fee is deducted.
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REMINDERS
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.

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. Please let me know if you would be able to commit to such a sponsorship.

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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—
Jennifer, Sasha and Trina (dog sister) DeWeese “in loving memory of Dexter, our Beagle. We rescued him at age 8 when he was turned into animal control for being too old. He lived to be 14. He was our ‘doodle-bug’ and we miss him. Please use our donation towards utilities for the new building.”

Nancy Johnson “in memory of Morgan, my neighbors’ beloved little cocker spaniel. Oh, how I miss that sweet baby’s loving kisses. She will be sorely missed.”

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 111 stamps from Jamie Reagin, Lois Holbrook, Mardi Hoofnagle and Karen Garvin. We use about 130 per month so keep those Forever stamps coming!!

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THANK YOU—Please be assured that our thanks are not limited to the specific names below. We appreciate so very much all support sent by every single one of you. If your name is not included and you would like it to be, please let us know. We try to be careful to not put in names unless we are sure we have permission to do so.

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

To Mildred Ferrell for consistently help with our veterinary expenses.

To Connie Rice for extra support to purchase dog food—and your lovely card.

To Dena Roesler for your donation—always matched by your company. Which means your support is doubled!!

To Jennifer Hoofnagle for your help with “food and supplies.”

To Mary Jane Johnson for your Halloween wishes telling us that we “should dress as angels, since that is what you are to all of the animals.”

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

To Betty Phillips for your suggestion about purchasing blankets at Good Will, Salvation Army or any other thrift shop. We also admire so much your efforts to feed and neuter/spay so many cats and dogs. It’s wonderful to know that nine of the cats are fixed and the other four planned for this month. Especially at ages 76 and 85, you are to be greatly commended.

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

To Mary Knepp for the wonderful card with the four dogs and your much appreciated Blessings.

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

To Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Kalk for your lovely Guiding Eyes for the Blind card and your kind words. We will definitely add your family to our prayers.

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ON THE LIGHTER SIDE-- I love salads. Especially those from Zaxby's. Or, maybe, I only think they are special because I get one so seldom. Last Tuesday night, I was craving one, so I loaded up Crystal to go with me. As crazy as it sounds, she likes salads as much as I do.

I always ask for my salad to be divided into two bowls, just so she can have a share. When I did this at Zaxby's, the guy at the window asked why. When I told him my dog got half, he laughed at me. "Dogs don't eat salads," he said. "Mine does" I replied. "Well, if you can get that dog to eat salad, I will give you free salads for as long as I am manager here" he said.

I parked my car. When the salad was brought out, several people gathered around to see me made out a liar. I wasn't worried. The guy insisted he be the one to put the salad in front of Crystal. Fine with me. I knew she wouldn't eat until I told her it was O.K. to take food from a stranger. Putting the food in front of her, she simply sat there. "See," he exclaimed, "I knew she wouldn't eat it."

"Crystal, you may eat now," I said, pointing to the bowl. Actually, saying the words weren't necessary. I just used them for the guy's benefit. Pointing to the bowl was all the permission Crystal needed. She sat down and started eating the salad. She ate every last bite, and then looked up for more. That was when I noticed they had not put any chicken in her bowl. They were trying to cheat, thinking it was the chicken Crystal wanted. But, no. She actually likes the lettuce, eggs, cheese, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc., in the salad.

So now I am in possession of a card that gives Crystal a free salad a week for life. Not exactly what he said, but we are happy with it.

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ITEMS ALWAYS NEEDED AND WELCOME--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 $235) and/or garbage bill (currently $89.20).

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FROM THE NEWS—United Kingdom A 15-year-old ginger cat, Artful Dodger, is more than living up to his name. Last month’s Telegraph reports that Dodger has been taking rides on the bus, after boarding at a bus stop near his home. Sometimes he sits on passengers’ laps; he also likes to sit on seats that have been recently vacated, apparently for their warmth.

Dodger’s owner, Fee Jeanes, says that he initially started to frequent the bus stop as people gave him food scraps. But then the bus itself became the attraction; like greenhouses, they are sunny and warm, says Jeanes in the Telegraph. Dodger has gone on 10-mile round-trips. Jeanes says that her daughter’s friends had indeed seen him on the bus that far away.

“I couldn’t believe it and panicked. I got into my car to go off and look for him and then at that moment the bus pulled up near our house and low and behold he got off. “He had fallen asleep on board and nobody knew about it. When the driver realized he knew who Dodger was and where he lived and kept him on board. “That afternoon I saw Dodger climb on board another bus and I rushed to tell the driver. “I was shocked when she told me Dodger was always on there…”

The bus company, First, spoke in welcoming tones about Dodger riding the bus and has only asked the drivers not to feed him, out of concern that Dodger might prefer the bus over home for food and shelter. A company spokesman did say that “in principle we do not have a problem with it being around the bus station,” even adding that “Given this cat is elderly we suspect it would be eligible for free travel, perhaps a bus puss, if such a thing existed.”

Dodger seems to have made himself quite a fixture on the bus, sometimes even waiting in the middle of the road for the bus to stop.

Pity that more people (at least here in the US) don’t see the benefits of public transportation as much as the Artful Dodger does.

This is a Care2 favorite, back by popular demand. It was originally posted on January 5, 2012.




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