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Sent: December 30, 2013

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


"With their qualities of cleanliness, discretion, affection, patience, dignity, and courage, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?" - Fernand Mery Her Majesty the Cat

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.” ~Roger Caras

Dear Friends,

I had an interesting call from our vet, Dr. Gee. Since I am the one to "always" inform him of the misbehavior of his personnel, he has put me in charge of hiring them!! Now understand, I am not the only one to have problems with these people, I am just the one to report them. I always find several other people who have had problems with the same people. I am just the one who is vocal about them. One interview was with a very unpleasant person. She demanded to speak with Dr. Gee. Said she was not going to have her fate decided by an "underling." He came in and looked at me. I shook my head, he held out his hand, told her he appreciated her coming, but if she refused to follow rules from the start, she "wouldn't fit in with this practice." I really don't have the extra time to do this; but, if it will get the kind, caring help for the animals we have a right to expect, then I will gladly do it. Dr. Gee gave us a discount on a couple of our bills as a payment for my help. I have now had six interviews for an assistant for Dr .G. I have a hard time figuring out how some of these people graduated college.

 One told me her personality shouldn't have anything to do with getting the job. She said, "I don't really like people or animals, but I do know how to do surgery." Quite frankly, she scared me. If she doesn't like animals, how can she properly treat them?

 Two of the people asked me how long before they would get a raise. One of them said, "I need to make some money very quickly. So I don't care how often I have to do surgery. I will get paid on how many surgeries I do, won‘t I?”

 The other said, "I demand total control over my patients. I will decide whether or not they need surgery, and I won't be second-guessed by some old fart." Needless to say, both left to look for jobs elsewhere.

 The fifth person was so absentminded, he put his glasses down twice and I had to tell him where he put them. He was pacing the floor throughout the interview.

 The sixth person was a lovely girl, but so timid I was afraid to hire her. The office cat jumped up on her lap and she seemed terrified.

So now I have two interviews set up for the 30th. I sure hope one of them works out.

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PROPERTY TAXES—Thank you to Nancy Donahue, Renee Merback, Frances Clark, Kathy Beckman, Mary Jane Johnson and Jenny Beaman (and others who wished to remain anonymous) for your help in paying our property taxes.

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DOOGIE—With the help of Anne Roberts, Nadine Hereth, Fritz & Marlene Kalk, Frances Clark, Walter Gordy and Barbara Johnson we were able to pay Doogie’s vet bill ahead of schedule. Doogie is doing great!!

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GOODSEARCH—A WAY TO HELP—Funds may be earned by supporters who visit for simple actions like searching the web, shopping online, taking surveys, dining out, playing games--and much more. Just visit all year long.

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From Pat Kachur in memory of Callie. We adopted Callie 12 years ago from a rescue organization. She was a beautiful, brightly colored calico---named CalPURRnia, which was a lot to say when talking about her so we shortened it. She was a very healthy cat for almost all of her life, but she began to lose weight. So, we had her tested for diabetes—negative. Then hyperthyroid—positive. The thyroid med brought her bloodwork to normal limits but she continued to lose weight. After further tests, it was determined she had cancer. We made the hard, but correct, decision to have her put down. We miss her a lot!!!

From Ruby, Saja and Ernie Riddle “in memory of Anna, who came from ALL CATS many years ago.”

From Joan Croghan “in loving memory of Libby, a former feral cat who turned out to be one of the most loving cats we had. She almost died in August but rebounded—and we had another two and one-half wonderful months with her. In early November, a large mass developed under her tongue. She left us peacefully on November 23.”

From Mary Ann Williams “in memory of my Molly and Tucker.” And thank you Mary Ann for your very kind words.

From Maryland Timmerman and Rabeth & Frank Walker “in memory of the Mother Cat Cally Ann, who died in January from a terrible brain disease, cryptococcus.” Thank you very much for all the work you do for animals with so little outside help—and still are able to help other organizations. We also appreciate very much your lengthy and very informative letter.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 141 stamps from Lois Holbrook, Betty Phillips, Joanne Daube, Jamie Reagin, and David Garvin. The Post Office has received authorization to increase the cost of a first class stamp three cents—to 49 cents. You may purchase Forever stamps at the present price until January 26. Please help us stock up!!

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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 (and much appreciated extra) support.

To Mildred Ferrell and Misty Saldi for your support to be “used where needed.”

To Vicky Murphy for arranging for monthly on-line donations.

To Joan MacDonald for your very generous support.

To Stefanie Paulos for your on-line donation.

To Elizabeth Mitchell for sending on-line support as a Christmas present for Ben and Irma Mitchell.

To Marianne Pugh and Mardi Hoofnagle (and friends) for the most appreciated help with our blanket project. The animals are so happy for the warmth!

To Dena Roesler for your support—always matched by your company.

To Jean Ann Murphy for your very generous on-line support.

To Avis Buchanan for once again helping with our veterinary bills.

To Renee Merback for your support to be used when most needed—and the wonderful doggie cards.

To Nancy Johnson for your consistent support and blessings.

To Gloria Overbey for the very welcome Wal-Mart gift card and adorable kitten and puppy on a sleigh card.

To Gail and Robert Brown (and their son and daughter-in-law Mark & Lynn Brown) for your very generous donation and kind words.

To Jim and Barbara Mooney for your support, gorgeous Holiday card and lovely greetings.

To Gloria Young for the beautiful scene with animals card and just as lovely words. We appreciate very much your good wishes and prayers, as well as your naming me “Georgia’s Animal Advocate Angel.”

To Rev. Thomas and Roberts Lanford for your decision to forego exchanging gifts and help your favorite charities. We are so glad you included us.

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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 $340) and/or garbage bill (currently $89.20).

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FROM THE NEWS – Sarasota FL - Florida police officer Derek Conley, from Sarasota, saved nearly 100 baby sea turtles when he gathered the newly hatched creatures from a hotel parking lot and street, put them in a cardboard box and released them into the Gulf of Mexico.

Conley was on patrol at 1 a.m. on August 3, when he noticed a baby sea turtle crawling toward the front door of Sarasota’s Lido Beach Resort. A passerby told him that he’d seen more hatchlings in the parking lot. When he checked up, he saw that there were dozens more turtles swarming toward the hotel. He grabbed a cardboard box, and with the help of some of the hotel’s guests, he gathered up the slow-moving creatures from the parking lot and surrounding streets, stopping the traffic a few times in the process. Conley delivered the turtles back to the beach and across the water line, effectively saving their little lives.

Turtles have been in the news recently: it turns out that many of them are dying because they are chewing on discarded plastic bags, which they mistake for jellyfish. These sea turtle hatchlings are much luckier, thanks to this caring man. Conley spotted three dead turtles, according to a news release; but he estimates that 90-100 were saved.

All sea turtles are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act and the Florida Marine Protection Act, and it is against the law to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings or their nests. However, Conley checked with two marine rescue groups, who verified that these creatures were clearly in distress, and not helping them would have made their situation even worse.

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