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eNEWSLETTER - APRIL 2014

Sent: March 31, 2014


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

"There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." – Unknown

“I used to look at [my dog] Smokey and think, 'If you were a little smarter you could tell me what you were thinking,' and he'd look at me like he was saying, 'If you were a little smarter, I wouldn't have to.'"
- Fred Jung claus

Dear Friends,

I would like to say an extra special "Thank You" to Jamie Reagin for her food donations. “Jamie, you may very well have saved the lives of three kittens I could not get to eat. They are eight weeks old and refusing to take any nourishment except the bottle. The canned cat food you sent was the very first solid food they have eaten. I would never have thought to buy the small cans. Because of feeding so many, I always buy the large cans. Thank you so much, from me and the kittens." Using the AMAZON Wish List feature, Jamie has sent several kinds of dry dog food, two wonderful litter boxes and the above mentioned canned cat food,

I cannot stress enough how important it is that we get an increase in food donations. I seem to not be able to say "No" when anyone wants to leave an animal with me. That has caused an increase in new animals. Most of the animals have been pregnant. We have 10 puppies and six kittens that need shots, de-worming, etc., and six female cats and four female dogs that need spaying. Seven of these females are now in heat. We desperately need them spayed immediately.

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MARCH MADNESS (SHELTER VERSION): The month of March has been full of mis-adventures. In fact, I don't think I have ever had so many things go wrong in such a short span of time.

Two dogs who have been here with me for the last four years got into a fight. I have never seen these particular dogs at odds with any other animal, but this was a full blown fight. A friend was over looking at the dogs and he rushed into the pen with me. He grabbed the Rottie and I grabbed the pit/German shepherd mix. They stopped fighting, but wouldn't turn loose of their hold on the other. I straddled Aggie to pull him off General. I reached forward to pry open his mouth. When I did that, he jerked his head backward under my chin and his whole body weight threw me into the concrete steps. But, he did stop fighting. I had blood streaming down my chin and the pain was incredible. I tried to get up off the ground and couldn't use my arm and it hurt to breathe.

Danny, my friend, got the dogs into seperate pens and came to see about me. "My, lord, Carolyn, I think you need an ambulance," he said. "No, I'll be alright. Just help me get up," I answered. "I don't think so. Look here", he said, holding out my front bridge all covered with blood. "Just get me out of the dog pen; then I'll get cleaned up and we will see how bad it is." Little did I know I was pretty badly hurt.

At the hospital, I discovered I had a dislocated shoulder, two cracked and one broken rib. Not only had my bridge been broken, but the Maxilla (upper jaw bone) was cracked and several teeth were broken. Even the teeth that are mine were loose, especially the two the bridge was anchored to. And, of course, both lips were split. I looked like I had been boxing.....and lost!

Other teeth continue to "splinter" everyday. I am slowly losing all my upper teeth. And the ones that anchored the bridge are still very loose. We are just waiting to see how the Maxilla heals to know if any of them can be saved. This is very depressing. I don't even want to go out in public, I am so self conscious of my mouth. AND, I would really like to know why Medicaid won't pay for dental surgery. Or dental anything for that matter. Is that not as important as everything else?

For now, all the bruises have healed. I have been doing all my work by myself. I just have to carry smaller weights of things and make more trips. I have only missed a day from my work. My Grandson did everything that day. He was amazed at just how much work is involved in caring for animals. He thought it was just food and water. And I have to admit, I did give him an extra heavy work load that day. But in my defense, I needed everything clean--because I knew it would be a while before I could get it all done on my own.

Some of the people involved in the rescue of our dogs from the fallen tree limbs have been by to help with the pen scooping, etc. So, all animals have had whatever they needed. And those guys with their starched, pressed uniforms and shiny shoes have learned a little dog poop won't kill you. God Bless them all.

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WISH LIST REMINDER—Plese consider using the Wish List in Amazon.com to send us any animal-related items (especialy food) shown on their site. Having these delivered right to our door is wonderful—and saves a LOT of time and energy that may be used for direct care of the animals. 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 www.amazon.comn 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.

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IN MEMORY

From Thomas Lanford “in loving memory of LITTLE MISS TROUNLE. She was found in the middle of a street in Macon GA and caused quite a stir because the hotel where we were staying (supposedly pet friendly) would not allow us to bring her in. So, we packed and returned home at midnight.”

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 172 stamps from Mardi Hoofnagle, Jamie Reagin, Gail Brown and two anonymous donors. We have 28 now in our inventory. Let’s make April a great 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 love and 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 sending both your regular and extra support. It is greatly appreciated.

To the Dekalb Farmers Cooperative in Rainsville AL for sending us a check for 20% of the shelter total patronage in 2013.

To Dotti Kearney for your gift to be matched by your company, Hewlett-Packard.

To Avis Buchanan, Mildred Ferrell and Gloria Overbey for your help with medical expenses. Your consistent support is very much appreciated.

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

To Carole Mauldin for your support and blessings.

To Kathy Beckman for the PetsMart gift card.

To Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan for the wonderful Purina coupon.

To Gail Brown for your very extremely generous support and blessings.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your generous and consistent on-line support.

To Paul Kratsch for sending us such generous support.

To Dena Roesler for your support, matched by your company.

To Bette Anderson for sending us a copy of your newsletter for the rescue group you formed eight years ago in Wisconsin. It is very well done.

To Debra Edwards-Smith for sending us support to help fix the damage caused by the storm.

To Michael Godzosa and Jenny Beaman for your very much appreciated n-line support.

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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 $400—and/or garbage bill (currently $89.20).

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IN THE NEWS – Written by Ed Kostro of Illinois. It was two weeks before Easter when I got a phone call from a police officer concerning yet another abandoned dog. “I’ve seen this poor guy roaming the streets now for the past several nights while on patrol. He’s old; he’s starving; and he looks extremely sad and forlorn. Can you help me rescue him?” On this police officer’s next day off, she and I headed out to the area this old homeless canine was roaming. We drove around the area for at least an hour, and we couldn’t find him anywhere. “Maybe he only wanders around at night in search of food,” she finally said.

Postal employees can often help identify which animals in the neighborhood are residents and which may be homeless.
We spotted a postal worker delivering mail, and we asked her if she had seen this old street waif. “I haven’t seen him today, but that dog is breaking my heart. He’s been wandering around this neighborhood for weeks now, and he really looks pathetic. I’ve called Animal Control several times, but I still see him around here just about every day digging through the trash.”

So we kept looking for him, and we eventually asked another postal worker if she had seen him. “I just saw that dog about five minutes ago, and he was heading north. He really looks old and worn out.” We headed north in our vehicles, and we soon spotted him trudging down an alley in search of food. I couldn’t believe how thin, haggard and miserable he looked. When he spotted us following him, he began walking a little faster, not knowing that we wanted to help, not hurt, him.

We were finally able to corral him in that alley, and when I carried him to my truck, I sadly realized what a truly horrid condition he was in. He was thin– far too thin--and his matted, mangled fur was filthy and drenched in some sort of putrid smelling tar and oil.

At the animal hospital, the vet couldn’t believe his horrendous condition. “He’s at least fifteen pounds underweight, and God only knows what this terrible smelling gunk on his coat is. He doesn’t have a microchip, and he’s not neutered, and I’d say that he’s at least eight or nine years old. What are you going to name this one?”

“I’ve decided to call him ‘Scruffy.’ Poor old Scruffy has really had it tough out there on the streets, and I really think he deserves a second chance.” “Okay. We’ll get started on resurrecting this poor old guy, and by the looks of him, he’s going to need some help.”

Scruffy spent the next ten days at the animal hospital being cared for, neutered, vaccinated, pampered and bathed. They soon discovered that he had a nasty ear infection, an intestinal disorder, and severe bad teeth. After several days in their care, Scruffy started feeling much better. His matted, oil-soaked coat was beyond repair and had to be shaved off.

When I went to pick him up the day before Easter, I couldn’t believe how well he looked and how his disposition had changed. Now, he was all tail wags and kisses, and he was walking around with a very light-hearted bounce in his step. When we found him, I had to lift him up into my truck; and this time, he jumped right into it. Scruffy had truly been resurrected with some much-needed medical assistance and a lot of tender loving care. Scruffy was thin, but looking much better after 10 days of good care.

As they usually do, my pack of former street orphans has already graciously welcomed old Scruffy into their midst. Not long after arriving at our home, the now happily resurrected Scruffy was soon following my spouse all around and cavorting about in our backyard with his new friends – who are all rescued street orphans themselves and who know just how brutal those mean city streets can be when you are hungry, homeless and all alone. Originally published by Care2 in April 2013.




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