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Sent: March 2, 2014

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


"If animals could speak the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.” - Mark Twain

“In the world which we know, among the different and primitive geniuses that preside over the evolution of the several species, there exists not one, excepting that of the dog, that ever gave a thought to the presence of man.” ~Maurice Maeterlinck

Dear Friends,

Thanks to all of you who were able to send special or extra support in February so that we were able to buy as much food for the animals as was needed. Your support also paid for the large amount of cat litter needed each month plus cleaning supplies and meds for the animals. In summary, we were able to pay all of our normal expenses in February.

Unfortunately, “normal” does not describe February—see my story below.

Please remember that all of these normal expenses happen each and every month. The animals eat the same amount, the cats need their litter changed often, we clean constantly using a LOT of supplies and some animals need meds every day. To sum it up, we need your support every month of the year!!

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WISH LIST— offers organizations an opportunity to join their “Wish List” department—so we have done so. The way it works is we list items we badly need from any store with a website which offers on-line purchasing. You just go into the Amazon site and choose what item or items you would like to send us. Our name, address, website and telephone number have been programmed in—along with our tax exempt ID information. Step by step, you:

1. Type in into your browser.
2. Locate the words “Wish List” on the far right of your screen.
3. Click on the down arrow beside the words “Wish List” – Scroll down and click on “Find A Wish List or Registry.”
4. You will then see a box in the middle of your screen with the word “Search” at the far end of it.
5. Type ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. into the box and click on “Search.”
6. Our Amazon site will come up (with our name included) and show a long list of items we badly need.
7. Choose item or items you would like to send us. Check out as you would when ordering from any on-line store.

We have included several stores--Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target, PetsMart and Petco. If you would like us to include a store you prefer AND/OR add specific products you would like to send us, just email and she will take care of it. You may also request a tax receipt by emailing the same address. Please forward this infrmation to others who may be interested.

Our thanks to Jamie Reagin for sending us this suggestion!!

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WHY FEBRUARY WAS NOT NORMAL: I awake, fully, all at once. Something is wrong. I am always slow to awake, slow to actually get my day started. Then I realize.....there is no noise. I listen carefully. No sound but the clock ticking and the little sounds of newborn puppies nursing. No outside sounds at all. Everything seems .....muffled. I look at the clock, 4 AM. I have slept for four hours straight. That never happens. I get off my pallet to look out the window. Snow!!

Oh, please, Lord, not snow! I don't simply dislike snow, I actively hate it. It causes the dogs to get sore feet, the food to get wet and me to possibly slip and fall. It never fails. It snows and I will take a spill no matter how careful I am. And sometimes, we have major problems like damage caused by accumulation on power lines and trees. But this doesn't look too bad--so far.

I turn on the weather channel for the report. Not good news, up to eight inches expected in our area. This means my day starts right now. I need to buy goats milk for the kittens, extra food for the dogs and cats and, of course, more litter. It doesn't matter how much litter I buy, it is never enough. And, I need a few things, too. Bread, for example, and crackers. I can live on bread and crackers and cheese.

I ease into my clothes, go outside to check on the dogs. Not a single one comes out to greet me. They are all snug in either the building or in their houses. (We have four dogs who absolutely refuse to sleep in the building, preferring their houses.) Nothing is frozen. The giant pine tree is becoming heavy with the snow, some branches are drooping, so I get the hoe, catch the lower limbs and shake them free of the snow. Everything fine--so far.

I make it to Wal-Mart for the needed supplies. The roads are still passable, but the police are monitoring them already, so it is still safe out. I see my nephew in his patrol car and wave to him. He follows me home and asks if everything is alright at my place. I assure him it is, and he tells me to call him if I need him. Little did I know just how much I would need him later.

All that day and into the night, I kept watch on the snow level. They weren't kidding when they said "eight inches." The hood of my car measured 10 inches and it was still falling. I was really worried about what would happen if/when it froze. At 1 AM, I made my last round of the night. Everyone was snug and warm. Time to get some sleep.

At 3 AM, I am startled by what sounds like gunfire. I jump up and head outside. The dogs are barking and running toward the pine tree. I just have time for an impression of falling limbs. I actually think the whole tree is coming down. NO, NO, NO!!! Please don't fall on the building!! I will never get another one!! STOP, STOP, STOP!!!!! One of the large limbs breaks with a loud cracking sound. I am screaming at the dogs to get away, to come to me, anything, just get out from under that tree. But, they don't listen.

There are a few moments of stunned silence, then the whimpers and moans and feeble barks begin. Pulling at the fallen limbs, I can see I can't remove them all by myself. I run to the house, praying my phone has enough minutes to call for help.

My son answers. I am nearly hysterical. He tells me to calm down, he is on his way. I call my nephew. Thankfully, he is off duty, so he says he will get more help and will be here shortly. Then I call the vet. "Yes," he says." I will go to the office. Bring as many as you need to."

In less than 10 minutes we have six people tearing away the limbs, stabilizing the dogs and transporting to the vet. In all, 10 dogs are rushed to the vet. And, every single person who helped went to the vet clinic with the dogs. They wanted to know "their" rescue was properly cared for. Three dogs were only slightly injured, seven were hospitalized. Two had bad cuts, three had puncture wounds and two each had a broken leg. The puncture wounds were the worst. One actually had a limb embedded in her side, doing damage to internal organs. And, of all the injured, she never made a sound. She simply looked at us with those big, brown, trusting eyes, knowing we wouldn't let her down. And, we didn't. She was carried in on a stretcher from the rescue squad, with three grown men talking to her and telling her she would be OK. And, she is. Or will be. Everyone is healing as they should.

The next day, all the people doing rescue came back over to see the place in the daylight. They stayed to remove the broken limbs and do general clean-up. One rescue squad person asked to adopt a dog for his daughter. He wanted "Little Girl," the one he rescued, but the daughter wanted a puppy. So, a puppy she got.

We have a large vet bill, but he has given me time to pay over the next 90 days. As I write this, there is still $1,200 owed. All the rescuers chipped in to pay the first $1000. And, they still come by at least once a week to see the dogs. The police who patrol here stop by just about every day. They bring dog biscuits and treats and the dogs line up at the fence when they hear the patrol car. One of the officers said to me, "We don't always get to see happy results from accidents. Coming here lets us see we really can and do make a positive difference with our efforts." Enough said.

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From Rev. & Mrs. Thomas Lanford “in memory of Tom & Holly Lanford’s cat. MISS TROUBLE was their oldest rescued cat and ruler of the clan.”

From Pamela Rountree “in memory of MISS TROUBLE, a very beloved cat of Thomas & Holly Lanford.”

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 125 stamps (or support directed to purchase them) from Lois Holbrook, Carol Clenney, Joanne Daube, Gloria Young and Jamie Reagin. That is just about the number needed to send out this letter and other mail for a month. Let’s make March a super stamp month.

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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.

To Carol Clenney for your regular monthly support. It is greatly appreciated.

To Thomas and Holly Lanford very belated thanks for your donation of a cell phone.

To the generous person who sent bedding in a box from Big Lots. I have misplaced the label so am not able to thank you by name. My apologies!!

In answer to a question from another supporter, we still and always will need more bedding!!

To Julie Ashton for your donation for our pet needs.

To Avis Buchanan and Gloria Overbey for your help with medical expenses.

To Vicky Murphy and Karen Garvin for your monthly on-line support.

To Jerry Everetts for your support “for C. C.’s birthday!”
To Walter Gordy for sending extra support in February to help buy food.

To Kelly Meeks for responding so quickly on-line to help us with support for food purchase.

To Joan Macdonald for your very generous on-line support and for your kind note that we are in your thoughts and prayers.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your generous on-line support. We are glad you enjoyed the story about Bessie.

To Nancy Denison for sending us such a generous on-line donation.

To Mildred Ferrell for sending support designated for buying food.

To Maudann Shugart and Mary Ann Williams for your “thank you” note.

To Nadine Hereth for your support and Love.

To Frances Clark for sending support designated to help with food purchases.

To Fritz snd Marliese Kalk for the wonderful kitten and puppy card. We, too, hope the cold weather is behind us.

To Marianne Pugh for your support and compliment about “the wonderful good you are doing.”

To Nancy Johnson for sending us support plus the note that your mom, who passed four years ago, appreciated our work and prayed for us—and that you continue to do so.

To Barbara Johnson for sending extra support to help purchase food.

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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 more than $500—an unenviable record) and/or garbage bill (currently $89.20).

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IN THE NEWS –Please check out this great video sent to us by Thomas Lanford. It was created by the Wake County NC SPCA, encouraging people to adopt a shelter animal. Here is the link:

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Pennsylvania – August 2013
Nick Ague, a police officer in Pennsylvania, went above and beyond the call of duty while responding to a car accident report. A German shepherd who'd been riding in one of the cars had run away from the hubbub, and Ague and fellow officers set off to track her down. They found the dog, Mya, two miles down the road; but she kept running away from them, so they brought in Mya's owner to coax her to safety. Mya stopped running, but then didn't move. Ague suddenly realized why.

"The dog was not moving because the skin on the pads of her feet was hanging, presumably because of the distance she ran," he said. "She ran two miles from the crash on hot asphalt." Since Mya couldn't walk, "the only thing I could think to do was pick her up," Ague said. So he lifted the 75-pound dog and carried her 100 yards to safety. A photo on the police department's Facebook page earned him kudos from fellow dog lovers. But Ague, who has his own German shepherd, says he was just doing what he hoped someone would do for him in the same situation.

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