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ENewsletter - September 2014

Sent: August 31, 2014

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


"Cats do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect.” - James Mason

“The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.” ~Samuel Butler, Notebooks, 1912

Dear Friends,

Many thanks to those of you who were able to help us survive the Post Office mistake in August. Between your help and a loan which we received, we were able to feed all the animals and provide vet care for the animals needing it.

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Cat on the Railroad Tracks It had been a long day and I still had to go to Wal-Mart for supplies for the next few days. The rain was heading our way and supposed to last for four days. I needed to hurry or risk getting the food bags wet. Rounding the curve at the bottom of the hill, I heard the train whistle. Stopping at the stop sign, I put the car in park to wait for its passing. I waved to the engineer, a thing I have done since I was two years old and here at home. This is still the same train--but a different engineer. He always waves back. Strange that I don't know his name but wave to him daily. Thirty-three boxcars later, I turn out on the main road and head for Guntersville.

Wal-Mart is crowded and it takes a long time to get through the check-out. And I have the usual comments about how many animals I have. You would think by now everyone in the county would know I am the "dog food lady." For a fact, all the cashiers know who I am. Today, a teenager says, "You must really have a lot of dogs." I answer, "No, but I'm thinking about getting one." It takes him a couple of seconds to realize I am kidding him. This draws amused looks from people around us. He grins and asks if I need help loading the food into the car. "Yes and thank you very much," I reply. He was really very sweet.

Getting back to the railroad tracks, I turn onto my road. Something catches my eye. A box on the tracks. More trash for me to pick up. I go on to the house and unload the food. The rain has started and I still need to feed the two cats who come to the feeding station by the railroad. They are there every day, rain or shine, at 5:00. I usually walk down to put out the feed, but today, I drive. While I am there, I might as well get the box off the tracks.

I put out the food in the little shelter I have built to protect the food from the weather. The black cat is already there. Today, she wants to be petted before she eats. I pick her up for a minute so she feels loved. The Siamese still runs from me, but she is there waiting for me to leave before she eats. I put down the black cat, expecting her to start eating, but she doesn't. She runs back up to the tracks and down to the box. I follow. Reaching for the box, I realize it is taped shut. The black cat is rubbing against it. Then, I hear the scratching from inside. There is a small hole in one side of the box and a claw is stuck in the cardboard. "O.K., Blackie, I can take it from here," I say. I pet her head and lift the box. It is heavy. I don't hear another sound from it until I get it into the house.

Carefully opening the box, I look down into the sweetest face you have ever seen. A mother cat with kittens only days old. Their eyes are not yet open. She isn't afraid as she peers over the top into the cat room at the other cats. She simply looks around then settles back down into the box. From the looks of the inside, this is where she had her babies, so I leave her there. I get her a clean blanket, but otherwise she is fine.

She may be fine, but I am not. I am angry. No, I am furious. What kind of person could do such a thing?! What if I had been later, or she had been put there earlier? I doubt she would have left the box because it was "home" to her. And, where would she have gone? Where would she have carried her babies if she had decided to leave the box? I had to stop these thoughts and simply thank God for letting me find them. If I kept thinking about what could have been their fate, I would be physically ill. And, I would have been the one to find them then, too. I keep the trash picked up all up and down my road. So, I walk outside, look up at the sky and say a heartfelt, "Thank you, God. I will do my best for them." But he knew that all along.

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

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NEWS FROM THE ANIMAL WORLD—The ASPCA recently launched an app designed to help frantic owners find their lost pets. It gives owners a personalized missing pet recovery kit, including a step-by-step lost-pet action checklist. It features a variety of recommendations that are based on the owners’ personal profiles.

The app lets owners launch their search online and offline, helping them make digital fliers for socia media and design posters to distribute in their neighborhoods. In addition, owners can store and manage their pets’ health records, get pet-related news and check out ASPCA’s Instagram, featuring cute pictures. Available online in iTunes and Android stores, the app is free to download. Go to and type “lost pet app” in the search field. BY LINDSAY FRIEDMAN, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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PLEASE continue (or consider) using the Amazon Wish List feature to send us as much food and supplies as possible.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 40 stamps from Jamie Reagin. We are sure that more were sent but returned due to the Post Office mistake. Fortunately we had enough in inventory to send out this letter. Keep on sending those Forever stamps!!

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THANK YOU-- Special Note—Because of the Post Office mistake explained above, we did not receive a lot of mail. If you are not thanked below, it is due to the fact that your support was among the mail returned to sender.

To Jenny Beaman for sending on-line support in August.

To Vicky Murphy and Karen Garvin for your monthly on-line support through PayPal. We so appreciate your consistent help.

To Tammie Porter for helping us get through August with a special on-line donation. And your very encouraging words.

To Kathy Beckman for your financial support and the Lowes card.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your generous and consistent on-line support—twice in August, which was a great help!!

To Bill Underwood for your very much appreciated very, very generous “few extras.” Love that slogan you sent—“Make a little money—have a little fun.”

To Nancy Johnson for your support and kind words. I appreciate very much your directions to “use this however best suits your need—personal or charitable.”

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

To Connie Rice for your very touching words and blessings for me and my “herd.”

To Mildred Ferrell for sending support to be used “where needed most.”

To Joan Macdonald for your very generous support and lovely words: “May God bless you and keep well as all of those little ones who depend on you.”

To Fred Mitchell for once again coming to our rescue—in a big way!

To Anne Roberts for sending special on-line support to help us get through August.

To Benjamin Mitchell for helping us survive the problems caused by the Post Office mistake with an on-line donation. Generosity runs in your family.

To Susan Brogdon for your very generous support via PayPal.

To Misty Jenkins for your generous on-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 $246 —and/or garbage bill (currently $94.45).


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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