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Sent: April 29, 2014

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


"If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.~ Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe, letter to President Franklin Pierce

“In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.” Dereke Bruce

Dear Friends,

One of our friends said she was almost afraid to open the shelter newsletter because I was always getting injured. Well, thankfully, this month has been much better in that area. I am healing very well from all the injuries. I move a little slower, but I am getting things done. I thank her so much for caring.

About three weeks ago, while feeding my strays at a trailer park that is being demolished, a woman pulled into the park, stopped at an abandoned trailer and put out a white puppy. Of course I brought the puppy home with me. I named her Kate. For three days I kept her separate from the other puppies. She could see them and would run to the fence gate wanting to join them. On the fourth, day I let her come into the house with the others. She was so happy and playful and didn't seem to have any health problems. Then a few days later, I noticed she was becoming lethargic. I carried her to the vet for a check-up where she received her first shots. She never did recover her energy. She did, however, seem to be well otherwise. Another few days and all the other puppies were lethargic. I carried all of them to the vet. By then I suspected Parvo because of the smell from their feces. The vet had one of the hospital workers check them for Parvo, but the tests were negative. With that assurance from the clinic, I brought them home.

The next morning the white puppy was dead. And this time there was no mistake –it was Parvo. I called the vet with the info and let him know the technician had made a mistake or the tests were defective. Either way, it was too late for Kate. I went back to the vet and picked up a LOT of medicine for the others. For the next two weeks, I gave meds every four hours around the clock. I never got to sleep more than two hours at a time. I was either cleaning up diarrhea or giving meds. I scrubbed every square inch of floor the puppies could reach with bleach. In the first week alone I used 12 gallons of bleach. Still, I lost two more puppies. This was the most heartbreaking thing I have ever gone through. I had to hand feed every puppy, then clean the floor, bowls, etc. All of them became dependent on me for everything. Most reached a point of not being able to go to the water bowl, so that was one more thing to keep done. But, slowly, the others got better. All but the smallest puppy. But, she was trying to get well. She would just watch me, whatever I was doing. When I would try to rest for a few minutes, she would whine until I picked her up to sit with me. At night, she was right by my side or on my pillow. I would talk to her, telling her I loved her and begging her to live. Telling her I would not give up on her. Then, today, the 28th, she went to sleep on my pillow and did not wake up. I have cried for hours as I did my work. It is not fair. Not for her and not for me. It was this afternoon that I realized she had lived until all the others were well before passing over. It was as if she was free to go now that her two brothers were well.

My son came to bury her and he brought a rose bush to plant next to her. He hugged me and told me to remember I had done all the right things for her, including loving her. She was just so small she couldn't recover from such a horrible disease. She was the smallest puppy I have ever seen. I will always miss her.

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FOOD UPDATE--I want to thank those of you who have sent food using our new Amazon Wish List feature. Unfortunately, there were no names attached to some of the deliveries so I don’t know who to thank except Kelly Lattanzi for the 70 lbs. of dog food.

FYI--We have learned the following about what are the best foods for our shelter animals:

 The person who sent the beef or country vegetables canned dog food has made six of our dogs very happy.
 Most of our dogs prefer poultry products—as that kind agrees better with their digestive systems. Their favorite is Ol’Roy chicken flavor from Wal-Mart.
 The dogs do not like Alpo’s canned food but will eat their dry food.
 The Pedigree brands of dog food are too spicy for our dogs. They will not eat it.
 In general, the cats prefer poultry flavors of both canned and dry foods.

I sincerely hope I haven't offended anyone by these statements. I believe anyone spending their money on food for our animals would rather know which kinds works best for them.

Please continue to use the Wish List feature to send us as much food as possible. It has been a HUGE help as we feed 150 pounds of dog food and 40 pounds of cat food per day. As a reminder, here are the step-by-step instructions:

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.

Besides food, we have a great need for cat litter as we use at least 35 pounds per day and 105 pounds each time we change litter completely.

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There have been four kitten adoptions this past month. I have two people waiting for puppies as soon as I am sure they are completely well.

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In our November 2013 newsletter, we attributed an “In Memory” donation to the wrong person. It should have read:

From Barbara 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.” We apologize for the error.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 120 stamps or support directed to their purchase from Mardi Hoofnagle, Jamie Reagin, Lois Holbrook and Carol Clenney. We have 54 now in our inventory. Let’s make May another 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. Your monthly gift means so much to us.

To Barbara Johnson belated thanks for your extra support in February. Our apologies for not including this in our March newsletter.

To Tony & Sally Prahl for your very generous special support.

To Renee Merback, belated thanks for your gift to help with food, vet bills and utility costs.

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

To Nancy Dennison for the very much appreciated extra support in April.

To Kathy Beckman for sending us another PetsMart gift card.

Special Note: Sometimes gift cards are sent to us without a notation of the dollar amount embedded. It is helpful if that information is included.

To Ron and Judy Neese for your support and lovely note, forwarded to us by Mardi Hoofnagle. Our best to you and your two very lucky dogs, Susie and Phoebe.

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

To Karen Garvin for your gift of a PetsMart gift card.

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

To Walter Gordy for sending us a very generous donation to be used for spaying/neutering.

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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 $375—and/or garbage bill (currently $89.20).

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IN THE NEWS – A new app aims to help pet owners find lost animals with the help of facial recognition technology.

The splattering of lost dog advertisements on telephone poles may soon be a thing of the past. A new app dubbed PiP, or Positive Identification of Pet, aims to bring the search for missing animals into the digital age and help owners find lost pets using facial recognition technology.

“If we can do this for humans, certainly we can do it for pets,” Philip Rooyakkers, founder of the PiP app, told

Pet owners can register their animals with the app, which stores a photo and basic information about your furry friend. If your pet then goes missing, you can activate an alert, which prompts PiP to contact you for more information about your situation, as well as broadcast the information to animal shelters and veterinary clinics within a 15-mile radius of the pet’s last-known location.

If someone finds a pet, he or she can upload a photo of the animal's face and PiP will check its database to see if the picture matches any pet profiles.

While the app is free to download, it costs $18.99 a year to register a pet with a photo and basic information. Rooyakkers says that since its launch in February, the app has been downloaded 4,000 times with about 50 percent of those downloads leading to pet registration.

Rooyakkers originally came up with the idea for PiP in 2011 when he lost his Yorkshire terrier. While he found the dog 24 hours later, the experience left him frustrated with the process. “It really bugged me that technology hadn’t kept up to this problem,” Rooyakkers said. “You’re at home trying to get this information out; but, at the same time, you need to be out looking.” Shortly after, Rooyakkers remembers a black lab coming into his dog daycare business in Vancouver, Canada. The owners had only recently adopted the dog from a shelter. “He was in the shelter for less than 48 hours, but because he had no microchip, no tag, no tattoo, he was unidentifiable,” Rooyakkers said. “They had to adopt him out.”

Rooyakkers was devastated for the dog’s former owners, who most likely had no idea their pet had been found and subsequently placed in a new home. “I can’t imagine how heartbreaking that would be if that happened to me,” he said. He soon began researching using facial recognition technology as a means of finding lost pets and ended up creating the PiP app.

Since its launch in January, Rooyakkers reports that the app has already helped reunite pets with parents. Most recently, a couple who lost two dogs in Colorado in March was able to use PiP to successfully find their animals.

“The more we can reunite families with their pets,” Rooyakkers said, “the better it is all around.”

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