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Sent: November 1, 2014

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

Dear Friends,

Important Notice—I just learned last week that the difficulty with our email/internet/television reception over the last few weeks is that the nearby water facility was hit by lightning and—since we are on the same line—our service went out, too. It cannot be restored until we purchase a new modem and we don’t presently have the money to do so. The last one that had to be purchased cost $200. So—until this is done, I cannot receive your emails. Please text, call or write if you need to contact us.

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October started out so good for us, then fell apart in the middle. We didn't have enough money for food, and I want to say a huge "Thank you" to Kelly Meeks, Jim Mooney, Jenny Beaman, Tammie Porter, Misty Jenkins, Vicky Murphy and Mary Jane Johnson whose response to our plea for funds to buy food got us through the week. I spent every cent on animal food. It simply takes a lot of it to feed this bunch of critters.

Please help us to NOT get to the point where we don’t know how we are going to fill all these mouths by sending us food, making a special donation designated for food or increasing your normal donation by 10%. THANK YOU.

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Then, one of our older dogs, Gilley, was found dead in the yard. He seemed perfectly healthy the night before, running and jumping, playing with the others. When I went out to feed, I could see him lying in his favorite spot under the tree. I thought he was asleep. When, the next morning, I went out to make rounds, I saw he had not moved. It was a shock when I realized he was dead. He was one of the first litter of puppies born here when we moved to the new place. I will miss seeing his beautiful face and long hair flying as he still played like a puppy. I hope, wherever he is now, he still has friends to play with, a ball to chase and someone to love him like I did/do.

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Thank you to Jamie for sending food through Fed-X and UPS. And to whomever sent one box that didn't have a name on it.

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PLEASE continue (or consider) using the Amazon Wish List feature to send us as much food and supplies as possible. As you can tell from the first paragraph of this letter, we badly need help in this area. If you are able to send food, please send the largest bag/package possible.

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Since our last report, we have received 185 stamps from Mardi Hoofnagle, Lois Holbrook and Jamie Reagin. Keep on sending those Forever stamps!!

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ANIMAL HEALTH—A Taiwanese company has created Bistro, a cat food dispenser with facial recognition that helps your cat with portion control and weight management. The Bistro smart feeder can hardly be called a food bowl. Its features include facial recognition technology that can tell your felines apart (if you have more than one), a scale that tracks your cat’s weight, a camera that can live stream his meals (in case you really feel like watching him eat from the office), and a social network that connects you with other cat owners (if that’s what you’re looking for).

With the Bistro’s facial recognition technology, it’ll dispense the appropriate amount of food to each cat; and, if it sees that one has already eaten his portion, it will cut him off. When the unfed cats finally get their turn at the bowl, the feeder will recognize them and start dispensing.

The feeder will retail for about $249 and is expected to launch in February.

For more information, check out:

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From Rev. & Mrs. Thomas Lanford in honor of Holly Lanford.

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From Rev. & Mrs. Thomas Lanford and Thomas & Holly Lanford in memory of what would have been Virginia Rountree’s 90th birthday.

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Please be assured that our thanks are not limited to the specific names below. We appreciate so very much all the 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 Vicky Murphy for your continuing your monthly on-line support through PayPal. We so appreciate your consistent help.

To Gloria Young for your generous support to be used where most needed.

To the Mauldin Family (Mike, Carole, Mitch, Gosi, Beau and Miles) for your support and food.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your generous and consistent on-line support—both the animals and I greatly appreciate it.

To Nancy Johnson for sending a gasoline gift card—a very, very useful gift. And your “encouraging words.”

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

To Mildred Ferrell for sending support to be used for spaying.

To Kathy Beckman for the very much appreciated Lowes gift card.

To Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan for your support “for Mini Me, who is presently sick.” We hope the sickness has passed by now.

To Carol Clenney for your very generous support for “any shelter bills.”

To Tony Prahl for sending us two gift cards—for Lowes and Home Depot.

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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 shelter, 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 $196.93) and/or garbage bill (currently $101.45).

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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 will link you directly to

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IN THE NEWS – August 16, 2013

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 2 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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