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Sent: November 30, 2013

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


"Saving one animal may not change the World, but for that one animal, the World is changed." Carolyn Gunter

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France

“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

Dear Friends,

Sometimes things go wrong without any rhyme or reason. This is exactly what happened to Doogie. He has been here all his life. All the dogs know him. But on the 20th, a whole pack of them attacked him. By the time I got to him, only seconds, he was on the ground bleeding and going into shock. I couldn't pick him up without the other dogs trying to bite him while I was holding him. I was terrified for him. I had to lay him back on the ground and literally drag him from the pen. When I got him through the gate into the pen next to the house, I could pick him up again. But, having just had minor surgery, I wasn't supposed to be lifting more than 10 pounds for a few days. Doogie weighs 60 lbs. (I learned at the vet). But I had no choice. At the vet hospital, the girl behind the counter said, "You'll have to bring him in. The guys are at lunch and Dr. is in surgery." So, once again, I had to lift him and carry him inside. Even then, she said I had to put him on the table so he could be cleaned up.

Dr. G came in to look at him, gave him an injection and told the girl to start cleaning him up. She said, "But I haven't had lunch yet." I told Dr. G I would clean Doogie. He knows I am capable of a lot of their work as I have had occasion to help out there many times. Turning to look at me he asked, "Is that your blood or his?" Looking down I saw my shirt was covered with blood. I answered that I wasn't sure and told him about my minor surgery. I turned around, pulled up my shirt to discover I had pulled a stitch. But, it wasn't bad. I told him what had happened and showed him the wound. He told me to go to the hospital. I knew I was OK, and I didn't want to leave Doogie to the care of that new girl. I said as much to Dr. G. About that time, one of the others came in from lunch and took over his care. I went to the ER (I was OK) and then back to the vet office. The new girl was gone.

Doogie had suffered a severe laceration on his neck and several really bad bite punctures. He had to stay in hospital for 9 days. Usually, all of a vet bill has to be paid before an animal can be picked up, but this time, Dr. G has given me a month to pay it.
If you would be able to help pay Doogie’s bill, it would be very much appreciated. It was a total of $657--and $475 is still owed. Since we have a payment deadline, on-line help would be most helpful if it is possible for you to do so.

Doogie is doing well. I am doing well. And, the new girl was fired.

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I lost a dear friend, Anna Means, on Nov. 8, 2013. She was a wonderful lady--active in many charities. She even knitted afghans to take to nursing homes and also for the homeless. She loved fishing and went every time she could. She caught deep sea fish as well as fishing in Lake Guntersville for crappie (we pronounce that word "croppie" in the South). She was known as the "crappie Queen" around here. I used to tease her about that name and she called me the "Pooper Scooper." She had that part right!

In addition to losing my friend, I also lost the money for the shelter property taxes. She had promised early this year to pay them as her big-time gift in 2013. She preferred to give one large gift at the end of each year to giving small amounts every month. Usually, that worked out fine.

Now, I desperately need the tax money. The money is due before the 31st of December. If not paid, the property will be auctioned off at the Courthouse steps in February. The amount comes to almost exactly $4,500. We have animals on all this property. One property I use is not mine, but the agreement with the owner is I pay the taxes for the use of the property. This is the single most important bill we get every year. Without the property, there is no shelter. Without the shelter, the animals die. Please, won't you help us pay this bill? I am very scared for our shelter. I have absolutely no way to pay these taxes without your help.

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ANIMAL HEALTH IN THE NEWS—A test called anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH), which can determine from a small blood sample if a cat has been spayed, is now available at Cornell University. Owners and/or shelters may ask their veterinarians to contact Cornell at The test can determine if the hormone, only produced by the ovaries, is present. If it is not, it means the ovaries have been removed. Thank you to the anonymous supporter who sent this information.

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With the puppies growing up to be big dogs, our food cost has increased to $125/day. Please, if you can, increase your regular support to help purchase food or send a special donation for that purpose.

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.

GOODSEARCH—A WAY TO HELP—We recently received a $75 check from Goodsearch, which was earned by supporters who visited for simple actions like searching the web, shopping online, taking surveys, dining out, playing games--and much more. It’s easy to help us get even a bigger check next time. This holiday season more than 4,000 top retailers (such as Amazon, Macy’s, Target and 1800Flowers) are posting money-saving coupons on the site and will donate up to 20% of just about every purchase. Just visit to see the deals, see the donation and link to the stores before shopping. And keep visiting Goodsearch all year long.

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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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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 150 stamps from Jamie Reagin, David Garvin, Mardi Hoofnagle and Gloria Young. 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 and extra to be used “wherever needed.”

To Mildred Ferrell for consistently helping with our veterinary expenses and sending support to help with the wiring repairs.

To Elmer Bryant for sending a check to help with the wiring repairs.

To Walter Gordy for your help with the repairs to the wiring.

To Vicky Murphy for sending help for the wiring repair.

UPDATE—Because of the help given by those listed on this page—and donors who wished to remain anonymous--the repairs described as needed in the November letter have been made.

To Bill Underwood for your “few of the best” to provide Thanksgiving treats for the “Gang.”

To Joan MacDonald for your very generous on-line donation to be used “where most needed.”

To Mary Jane Johnson for your wonderful holiday card with the adorable puppy—and, yes, you were the first.

To Elizabeth Mitchell for sending on-line support “on behalf of my big brother’s 62nd birthday. Happy Birthday, Ben!”

To Kathy Beckman for sending three Lowes gift cards.

To Robert Bachmann and Mary Jane Johnson for sending on-line help to pay for the eye surgery of one of our kittens.

To Gloria Overbey for once again helping with our vet bills.

To Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Kalk for your lovely IFAW Helping Animals in Crisis card and Thanksgiving greetings.

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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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Holiday food can be harmful to animals. Don’t overindulge with turkey skin, ham fat or other fatty foods, which could lead to stomach upset and pancreatitis. Turkey bones should be avoided, as they can puncture intestines.

Avoid leaving food on an unsupervised table and keep a secure lid on garbage cans full of scraps.

Keep poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and hibiscus out of reach as they can be toxic.

Keep chocolates (especially the dark variety) away from your pets.

Sugarless candy with Xylitol is very toxic for dogs and may cause liver failure.

Don’t leave gifts that might contain candy under the tree or anywhere else where your cat or dog may get at them.

Never give your pet any beverage containing alcohol. It can cause respiratory and cardiac distress.

Keep lit menorahs and holiday candles out of reach.

Water in your Christmas tree stand can contain harmful preservatives, pine needles and bacteria. Consider purchasing an artificial tree to avoid these hazards. If you use a real tree, leave it undecorated for a couple of days so that your kitty gets used to and accepts it.

Secure your tree to keep it from falling over. If possible, anchor the top to the ceiling with fishing line.

Artificial snow is toxic to your cat.

Avoid hanging breakable ornaments on lower branches.

Holiday decorations, including ornaments, tinsel, garland, lights, ribbon and other small items can pose a choking or electrical hazard.

Essential oils can be highly toxic, and cats seem to be drawn to them. Even eating potpourri, which has less concentrated oils, may cause burns to the mouth and esophagus.

Lots of visitors, loud noises and extra food may also contribute to a stressful situation for your dog or cat. Give him or her quiet space if needed.

Burning candles can cause burns if knocked over by a curious pet--or even start a fire.


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