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Sent: July 31, 2014

Telephone: 256-677-5518
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022


"The really great thing about cats is their endless variety. One can pick a cat to fit almost any kind of decor, color, scheme, income, personality, mood. But under the fur, whatever color it may be, there still lies, essentially unchanged, one of the world's free souls." - Eric Gurney

“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” ~Christopher Morley

Dear Friends,

ALMOST WELL-- June and July have been the worst months for me in a very long time. I honestly did not believe I would live through them. Everytime I was ready to give up, and that was often, someone furry would come press their little face next to mine or lay their little warm body down beside me. What better reminder did I need that I was needed and loved? So what if I was in pain, so what if I looked terrible without teeth--did it really matter if I could never again eat solid food? Well, maybe it did matter to me--but to them I was still the same person they all loved and trusted to take care of them. They didn't see me any differently. And slowly, I began to feel better. Notice I said feel, not look. I truly look awful. I was getting stronger and no longer having to ask my son or grandchildren to do all my errands. As long as I was able to get everyone fed and watered I was satisified. Maybe I didn't get all the litter boxes cleaned every day, but none ever went longer than 24 hours without cleaning. The floors need to be mopped, everything needs dusting, but that is a small thing. The animals don't mind and, quite frankly, neither do I.

All the infection is gone. A major blessing. The pain from the pulling of all my upper teeth still lingered, but I was assured it would lessen. But it didn't. The dentist couldn't find anything wrong--but I hurt. I am convinced he thought I was imagining it. Then one morning, I found two bone splinters sticking through my gums. Or what I thought was splinters. It turned out to be the actual jaw bone where the gums had receded. This caused another surgery to file down the bone. A few days later, this happened in another place--so, again, cutting into my gums was required. I was beginning to think I should never have had the teeth removed in the first place. Then, last Friday, I awoke to find Junior starring intently at me. He had been sleeping right next to me--or even on me if he could--ever since I had been in pain. "What's wrong boy?” I asked. He pushed his little muzzle next to my face, holding it there. "Hey, what's wrong with you? Are you OK?" I asked again. He was looking at me as if I wasn't aware of something he knew. Then, I got it. The pain was gone! I was almost afraid to move, afraid it would come back. I eased off the pallet into the bathroom to look into the mirror. Most of the swelling was gone, too. Oh, thank you, God!

Back in the bedroom, all the animals were looking at me differently. They knew! How they knew I don't know, but it was obvious they understood I was better. I smiled at them. The first smile in a long time. I am quite sure it was a grotesque smile, but a smile nevertheless.

So, after all this time, I am nearly well. The soreness is still present. I still can't eat solid food as I was not able to afford the denture. I still look terrible. But, I am better!!

Thank you to all of you who helped me with this!! I could never have reached this point without your love, prayers and donations for me personally. I will be forever grateful. I love each and every one of you.

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ADOPTIONS—Four of our puppies went to wonderful homes in July.

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ELLY MAY is doing great! Thanks to the excellent vet care she received, you would never know she had a problem. Many thanks to Walter Gordy and Mildred Ferrell for sending support to help pay for her care.

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JULY FOOD EMERGENCY—Those of you who receive our letters by email received a desperate plea from me a few days ago, partly reproduced here as follows:

“I don't get really scared often. Today I am. I have a half bag of dog food and only enough cat food for two days and absolutely no litter. I have only $100 to my name. Please, someone, help me! The $100 will feed the dogs for one day. After tomorrow, there will be no food.”

My plea was heard and within a few days I received support from Jamie Reagin, Deborah Heald, Stefanie Paulos, Mary Jane & Paul Johnson, Kelly Meeks, Jan Price, Vicky Murphy, Ron & Judy Neese and Mardi Hoofnagle. So, the immediate prblem was solved. But—it could happen again, as July was the lowest income month for the shelter in recent memory. None of us want that. PLEASE help prevent this by increasing your regular support, sending a special donation just for food or using our Wish List to send food, litter and other supplies directly to us.

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OLD FRIENDS—I enjoyed talking with Raybeth Walker this past month. I don't even know how many years ago we met, but it has been a long time. Raybeth and her mother Maryland Timmerman have done more than their fair share of caring for animals. I have great respect for these people who have dedicated their lives to this work. They are truly good souls.

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ANIMAL HEALTH NEWS—The ASPCA recently wrote about foods/medications which are especially toxic to cats due to their small size and sensitive enzyme systems. Human cardiac medications topped the list of reported poisons most commonly ingested by pets in 2013, with nearly 20% of all calls, followed by anti depressants and pain meds. Other potential dietary toxins especially affecting cats include raw fish or meat; uncooked eggs; fats from meats; milk; avocados; onions, chives and garlic; caffeinated coffee, tea and soda; uncooked bread dough; alcohol; and chocolate.
PLEASE continue (or consider) using the Amazon Wish List feature to send us as much food and supplies as possible.

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A HUGE Thank You to Jamie Reagin for sending (three separate times in July) several bottes of cleaning fluids and many bags and cans of both cat and dog food.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 152 stamps from Mardi Hoofnagle, Jamie Reagin, Lois Holbrook and Joanne Daube. Great job stamp people!! Keep on sending those Forever stamps!!

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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 once again sending a very generous gift. It is deeply appreciated!!

To Jenny Beaman for sending support to purchase flea preventative.

To Gloria Overbey for your consistent support to help with our veterinary bills.

To Victoria Johnson sending support for either doctor or veterinarian bills.

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

To Linda Gettle for your always generous support—including extra in July to help pay for dental work.

To Kathy Beckman for your support to help with my dental bills—and the great cartoon!!

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

To Bill Underwood for your very much appreciated “few extras.” July was definitely a month when I needed to heed Sir Winston’s advice to ”Never, never, never give up!”

To Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan for your support “in memory of my friend’s beloved dog ALLY.”

To The Rubenoffs for your special support in July.

To Carole Mauldin for your support in July and your “blessings for your devotion to the animals.”

To Marianne Pugh for sending a donation to help with my dental expenses.

To Nancy Johnson for your support and kind words…”You are one of a kind…we can’t afford to lose you. Thanks for all that you do.”

To Jo Blackton for your generous support to be spent where most needed.

To Irv & Gail Laddin for your very much needed and appreciated extra support in July.

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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 $195—and/or garbage bill (currently $94.45).

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IN THE NEWS – Written by Ed Kostro of Illinois in April 2013--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 it was 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, however, was beyond repair, and it had to be shaved.

When I went to pick him up the day before Easter, I couldn’t believe how good 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 he was cavorting about in our backyard with his new friends – who are all rescued street orphans themselves, and who also know just how brutal those mean city streets can be when you are hungry, homeless and all alone.

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