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Sent: September 30, 2014

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


"You can visualize a hundred cats. Beyond that, you can't. Two hundred, five hundred, it all looks the same.” - Jack Wright (of Kingston, Ontario, the Guinness Book record holder for the owner of the most cats at one time [689])

“If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” Woodrow Wilson

Dear Friends,

This month I am going to catch up everyone on previous stories.

Good news!! All of the kittens left in a box on the railroad tracks have been adopted to very good homes. I personally know all the families, so I am more than pleased with where they went for their forever homes.

On the day the last one was picked up, the mail carrier knocked on my door to tell me of three pregnant cats that had been abandoned by the creek. I went there and, sure enough, found three very frightened cats, one giving birth. I put her in a seperate carrier from the other two and got them to the shelter. I am sure they were thinking they were going to Hades with all the dogs barking. It didn't take long until they were comfortably nestled in to rest. When I went to check on the new kittens, the mother left on the railroad tracks, Alice, was in with the new mother, happily cleaning the kittens. She has continued to care for them as if they were her own. Thankfully their mon doesn't object to her company.

Three puppies and one adult dog were adopted this month. The adult is the mother of the three puppies. Two puppies went together. When the other puppy's new owner discovered the mother only weighed 12 lbs, she asked if she could adopt her, too. I was very happy to let her be adopted to go along with her baby. Now, all of them have company all the time.

At this time, the only extra thing I very much need this month is money for spays for four cats and neuters for eight dogs. The cats are $120 each and the dogs are $85 each. Additional support dedicated to this purpose would be greatly appreciated.

I can always use money to buy a better grade of dog food. A friend sent 4 bags of a Purina dog food called Focus--and the dogs absolutely love it. I don't get enough monthly donations to afford to buy it for them, so a gift card to PetSmart would be a great help! I feed the dogs Purina Dog Chow on a regular basis, but I am sure that they love the taste of a different flavor. To those of you who help us so much by sending food here—the largest possible bag of dry for either cats or dogs is preferred.

I am finally, fingers crossed, over all my mouth and teeth problems. I feel better now than I have in years. Thanks so much to all who helped.

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AmazonSmile is a program where Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to charitable organizations selected by customers. Some of you have chosen to support us, and we have registered with Amazon so that we may receive this support—sent directly to our bank account. The following link invites you to participate and willl link you directly to

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

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ANIMAL HEALTH— The sense of hearing is very well developed in dogs and cats, provided the ears are healthy. Up to 20 percent of all dogs and up to seven percent of cats suffer from otitis externa, an inflammation of the ear canal. Scratching the ear and shaking the head are the first indications of otitis. Also, brown deposits in the ear can be seen by the naked eye. There can also be a foul smell, redness and swelling. If you notice any of the above mentioned symptoms, you should consult a veterinarian. It is important to diagnose an ear infection as early as possible. Appropriate treatments will act very fast and you protect your pets from unnecessary pain. Parasites, mostly mites, allergies or foreign bodies are the most common trigger of an ear infection. Once the natural immune system of an inflamed ear is disturbed, bacteria, fungi or yeasts will multiply rapidly if unchecked. If left untreated, it can spread to the middle or inner ear, causing more severe problems.

Pet owners should check the ears of dogs and cats regularly. Only use cleaning products on the ear that are specifically designed for this purpose. Cotton swabs should never be used on dogs or cats! Inflamed ears must be treated by the vet. Only he or she can diagnose the cause of inflammation and then initiate the appropriate therapy. The pet owner can then continue the treatment at home until the veterinarian has carried out a final inspection. If the vet doesn't do this final check-up, a tiny amount of mites or bacteria could remain and will have no problems reproducing again to create another infection.

There are some actions you can take to prevent this from happening. If your dog or cat repeatedly gets ear infections, use blunt-tipped scissors to trim the hair in their ears. This will allow more air to flow around the ears. If you're uncomfortable doing this there are pet groomers who can do it for you.

For further information, please check the following link:

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 152 stamps from Mardi Hoofnagle, Lois Holbrook and Jamie Reagin. We used most of these to send out regular mail and this newsletter. Keep on sending those Forever stamps!!

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IN HONOR OF—From Thomas and Roberta Lanford, Sr.”in honor of Thomas Lanford’s (Jr.) 54th birthday. We hope it will help in caring for some creatures.”

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IN MEMORY--From Barbara Johnson “in memory of my neighbors’ (Debbie and Marty Morrison) dog, CAMRY. I loved Camry so much. I miss her big smile when she would come see me. She would wait patiently in her yard until I told her to come.”

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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. We especially appreciate those of you who helped us by sending support to replace that which the Post Office returned due to the box error, sometimes even sending extra! If your name is not included and you would like it to be, please let us know.

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

To Jamie Reagin for sending an on-line donation to replace the check the Post Office returned.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your generous and consistent on-line support—it is tremendously

To Barbara Johnson for sending extra support to help with getting my new teeth (which I now have).

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

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

To Marsha Bennett and Julie Ashton for your very special support.

To Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan for your help to be used “where needed.”

To Avis Buchanan for sending support to help with vet care and food purchase.

To Carol Clenney for sending back the check that was mistakenly returned to you—and another one for September.

To Linda Gettle for doubling your September check to make up for the envelope returned to you due to the Post Office error.

To Gloria Young for sending us the refund of a medical bill you unknowingly paid twice. And for your wonderful card. You may well be right about God’s purpose in getting me the medical help I needed. I appreciate very much your love and prayers.

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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 $237 —and/or garbage bill (currently $94.45).

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IN THE NEWS – January 2012

After Petunia finished eating, the Pruitts let her out of their Fredericksburg, Virginia home. That was a few days after Thanksgiving 2003, the day the American Staffordshire terrier disappeared without a trace. The family feared the worst. With a chip in her ear, Petunia would surely have been returned — unless she had been killed or scooped up for a dogfighting ring.

Eight years later, Meg Eden called the Pruitts from California. The wildlife biologist had been had been walking her dogs in the Spenceville Wildlife Area in central California. She saw the stray and took the friendly dog home for the night.

The next day, Eden took the dog to the Yuba County Animal Care Services. Staff scanned the dog and discovered Petunia had a microchip in her ear, with contact information for Kristin Pruitt. They called her surprised owners in Virginia and made arrangements for the now 11-year-old dog to fly home for the holidays.

Petunia was hungry and thirsty, but in good shape when she was found. She has no way of telling the story of eight lost years, but her adventure is the best possible advertising for microchips. About the size of a grain of rice, the tiny implants are inserted under the skin. Coded with identifying information about the dog or cat and its owner, they allow shelters to reunite families with their pets.

As for Petunia, it appears she has a yen for adventure. Writing about her eight-year sojourn for the Washington Post, Susan Svrluga wrote:

“She does seem to be the kind of dog who loves to wander, Kristen Pruitt said. Sometimes, Petunia will stop outside and just stare off into the woods.”

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