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ALL CATS, INC. -- eNews for October 2004

Sent: September 29, 2004

64 Lumpkin County Park Drive Dahlonega, GA 30533

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1095, Dawsonville, GA 30534-0022

All Donations are Tax Deductible
Founded By: Carolyn Keeton

Please Send all Mail to the Above Post Office Address. Thank You!

Welcome to our eNewsletter!




Dear Friends,

We have been unfortunate enough to have had both hurricanes Frances and Ivan come directly over the Farm. We have sustained much tree damage, two holes in the roof of the cat building, loss of most of the shingles on the building and severe damage to two of the dog runs.

On the fortunate side, no lives were lost--not even a single injury. We thank God for that. And the people who responded to our urgent plea for plywood-Margaret Mitchell, Mardi Hoofnagle, Misty Jenkins, John & Joy Mitchell, Jim & Barbara Mooney and Katherine Scondras. If not for the plywood on one of the pens, Big Boy, our hound/Rottie mix would have been seriously injured or dead. A limb from the Oak tree struck his pen with all the force of the hurricane. The plywood held, keeping him safe. We are very grateful for that.

We still have a lot of clean up to do. I need a chain saw to clear away the large tree damage and a wheelbarrow to use to cart it away to be picked up by the county crew. They won't pick it up unless we get it piled on the side of the road.

Also during the storm, we found two puppies that had been abandoned at the side of I-85. They look to be only six-seven weeks old. One red female, one black male. Of course they are to be called Frances and Ivan. They looked so very small, sitting there beside the ditch. It was obvious they had been abandoned because they were in an isolated area with no houses in sight, and they came running to us as soon as we called to them, so we have to assume they were used to humans. We looked around for other puppies but none could be found. We carried these two to the Farm, fed them and made them comfortable. They couldn't be happier.

We went back to the location where they were found. I was afraid we might have missed a shier puppy, but still nothing could be found. Even the next day, I had a feeling we should go back. Sure enough, we could see a truck parked on the side of the road. It pulled away as we approached. Standing there was another small black puppy. He was scared, but as soon as I put some canned food down, he came to eat it. I have no way of knowing if the person in the truck put the puppy out, or if he had seen it and stopped to help. But, I can't believe he would have driven away if he meant to help.

So now we have another victim, whether of the storm or of a person's cruelty, it doesn't matter. She is safe with her brother and sister. Since she is an almost exact duplicate of her brother, we are calling her Ivy. We don't have a fence to put them in, but we do have a small doghouse that is perfect for them at this stage of their life. We will need a larger one as they grow. They are adorable little creatures that run to meet us and want to stay right under our feet as we are doing our chores. And, as always is the case, we need a sponsor for them. They need shots, deworming, etc.

We also need help getting the Farm back into shape. We still need more 3/4" treated plywood, 16? long 2x4s, 16' long 2x6s and more wire. We have found an independent farm supply store that is willing to order the wire we need, which is 1"x2" welded wire, 6' tall. It costs $180.00. This is the safest wire for all concerned. It is strong enough to keep predators out and keep the cats and small dogs in. Chain link fencing is good for the larger dogs, and please remember, we always need the posts, cement, etc., to install it. Thank goodness I have my son and grandson who are willing to donate their time to do the repairs and fence installation. But we urgently need your donations to buy the supplies.

These donations need to be in addition to your regular donations to All CATS. They also need to be sent to: Carolyn Keeton at 4907 23rd Blvd., Valley AL 36854, or to the Farm itself at 3006 55th Street, Valley AL 36854.

I can't thank you enough for all you do to help us help these animals.



In August, our donation income totaled $4,510.65. Our expenses totaled $4,318.90. We are approximately even for the year, but a preliminary look at September as of the 25th indicates a shortfall of about $300 for the month. That will put us behind again-with the extra expenses connected with colder weather approaching. We continue to need your help to create a little cushion-thank you for whatever you can do to help!



Since our last report, we have received just two donations toward vet expense; and big thank you's to Avis Buchanan and Linda Wrigley for their generosity. This is the lowest month in the last two years for donations aimed at veterinary expense, and we do ask that you consider a gift to this fund-so our animals will NEVER have to suffer for lack of medical care. You may donate toward veterinary care in any one of the following four ways:

* Sending us a check made out to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic for whatever amount you wish to contribute OR
* Sending a check made out to ALL C.A.T.S., Inc. indicating the donation is to be used for general veterinary expense.
* Send a check directly to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic, P.O. Box 406, Murrayville, GA 30564. Be sure to indicate that it is to be applied to the All C.A.T.S., Inc. account.
* To donate online, visit our web portal (, and click on Vet Expenses under our How You Can Help menu.
* Then, select Veterinary Expenses and you'll be able to pay online instantly using your credit card and/or checking account.



Since our last report, I am absolutely delighted to report that we received 313 stamps (vs. 230 needed) from Lois Holbrook, Benjamin Jones, Elinor Eaves, Jamie Reagin, Linda Gettle, Robert Salzman, Dorothy Walters, Barbara Johnson, Mardi Hoofnagle, Anonymous donor, Nancy Caravello, Connie Rice, Nancy Caravello and Mike Morrow. Not only did we have enough to mail this newsletter, we also were able to send out other shelter correspondence without spending a cent. We even have a start on next month's letter. Keep up this great work and we will never have to spend shelter money on stamps!!



* To Carol Clenney for her continuing sponsorship of one of our shelter kitties.

* To Kathy Spiker for her continuing on-line sponsorship of PIGSY TAIL.

* To Laura Richardson for her continuing on-line sponsorship of BLACKIE

* To the Baldaufs for their donation "for PUTTER."

* To Tonya Graney for her special gift "for Lion and Carolyn."

* To Marjorie Campbell, Elizabeth Mitchell and Elly Meyer for taking the time to include notes with their donations. We do enjoy hearing from all of you.

Elizabeth's donation was "on behalf of Fred and Margaret Mitchell of Marietta, GA."

* To Mary Jane Johnson for her donation to help pay our electric bill.



* From Mardi Hoofnagle who sent a Home Depot Gift Card "in loving memory of L.S.. He was a beloved member of our family for 18 years and is greatly missed."

* From Anne Roberts "in memory of BOGEY AND SMOKEY."

* From Nancy, Eduardo, Katie and Natalie Caro "in memory of my beloved cat, MOLLY. Molly died August 10, 2004 of lymphoma. She was 12 years old. Molly was a very gentle, quiet cat who never bothered anyone or anything. She only wanted to sit in our laps and be loved. We buried her in our yard and our garden angel watches over her. We will miss her always."

* From Elly Meyer, who wrote "I am enclosing two checks-one from my sister Lorraine Fierce and the other from me-Elly Meyer, in memory of our cousin Priscilla Maher, who died July 25. She loved dogs, so we thought she'd love to help the animals that you rescue. Thank you for all you do."



1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.
2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies) and/or garbage bill (always $120).
3. Those of you who take or send food and/or supplies to the shelter-continue and accelerate if possible.
4. A special veterinary fund donation (see above).
5. Gift card for Home Depot for buying many cleaning supplies-buckets, brooms, etc.
6. Gift card for any other store at which we can buy items needed at the shelter. Wal-Mart, Kroger, PetSmart and Ingles cards are especially welcome.
7. Send extra stamps-so that we can continue our streak in which we receive 100% of the number needed to send out a newsletter.
8. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of treated lumber--can be any length. Also, treated plywood,
9. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of 3" and 2-1/2" hinges.
10. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of Dogloos, especially XLarge.
11. Any type of animal medicine.
12. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of bleach, detergent, Glad tall kitchen bags, paper plates, Pine-Sol, brooms, scrub buckets, dishwashing liquid, canned and dry cat food, dry dog food, cat and dog treats, paper towels. USE ABOVE PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF THE SHELTER TO SEND US ANY ITEMS TOO LARGE FOR A POST OFFICE BOX.
13. NEW ITEM-The shelter needs to have the grass mowed and weeds removed, etc. This is a VERY large job and one for which we have not had enough money to hire done. If you would be able to help us-and bring your own equipment-please let us know. We will contact you to set this up.



The following two animal-related websites are from Kim Komando's Cool Site of the Day for September 1 and 17:

"Many people prefer purebred dogs to mixed-breed. With a purebred dog, the idea is that you generally know what kind of dog you're getting in terms of behavior, intelligence and temperament. Depending on the breed, they can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. You can save money and save a life by adopting from a breed rescue group. The American Kennel Club has a listing of all breed rescue groups throughout the country and their national representative. To visit this site, go to:"

"Someone posted a picture of his cat looking at a flower in a message board. Someone else took a picture of his cat, looking at the original cat. That brought about today's site. There are now almost 300 pictures of cats looking at pictures of cats. It's silly but fun. To visit this site, go to:"

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