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Sent: December 30, 2014

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“If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.”
― Mark Twain

“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.”
― Dean Koontz

Dear Friends,

Christmas was looking very dismal for the animals and us. I wasn't sure we would have food to get us through until the New Year. In fact, I am still not sure of that. For the first time in their lives, I didn't have money for Christmas presents for my grandchildren. Thank goodness they are old enough to understand, and they know my first priority is the animals.

I was trying to put together this newsletter but nothing came to mind until, on the 29th, a story happened. I had saved all the PetSmart gift cards I received and decided it was time to use them. As I turned into their parking lot, I saw her standing there. My thought was, "Hey, little one, why are you out here?" There are no houses close by, so I figured she had gotten out of one of the parked cars.

When I came back out of the store, she was still there. It didn't look as if she had moved an inch. I called to her, "Hey, pretty girl, are you lost?" She still didn't move--but fixed her eyes on me. Then, a very small puppy came out from behind her and bounced over to me. Still, she didn't move. I put the puppy into my truck and went over to her. It had started to sprinkle rain, so I picked her up and carried her to my truck. She never made a sound. Now, what to do? We just sat there waiting for the rain to stop. By now, it had been 20 minutes since I had put her and the puppy into the truck. No one had been looking for them.

I took out my cell phone and dialed 911. "What is your 911 emergency?" the operator asked. "I think I have an abandoned female child and puppy in the parking lot next to PetSmart." "Which PetSmart?" the operator asked. "I don't know the address. It is the one south of town, near the new Wal-Mart." "OK," she said, "I have officers on the way. Stay on the line until they get there."

In just minutes, there were four police cars, an ambulance, Child Protective Services, and Animal Control. I told them what I had seen, showed them where she had been standing and answered all their questions that I could. Finally, a woman came over and told the officers that she had seen the child there before I came on the scene. She had been afraid to leave until she saw what happened to the child, but she had offered no help or comfort. I couldn't understand that, but I was glad she did come forward to help explain the situation—as the authorities were giving off vibes that they suspected me of wrong doing.

All at once, a car came screeching into the lot. A man skidded to a stop and got out of his car. He was screaming, "What the hell is the matter with you? Why can't you do what I say? I am going to beat you within an inch of your miserable life! You stay where I put you!" He was in such a rage I don't think the presence of the police even registered with him.

The child was frantically trying to shush the puppy. "Shhhhhh, quiet, daddy hit, daddy hit," were the first sounds we had heard her make. She had started to cry. "Daddy, don't hit, daddy, don't hit," was all she said, over and over. The police had started over, but I held up my hand to stop them. I was well aware all this scene was being recorded on their dash cams. But, when he started taking off his belt, they came running. It was a very scary scene that I was sure the child had lived through several times.

The police had him in handcuffs and he was screaming at the child, "Just wait 'til I get you home." The Children's Services woman picked up the child, causing her little shirt to ride up. "OH, MY LORD" escaped my lips. The woman turned to see what was wrong. "Look at her back" was all I could say. She was covered with bruises--some old, some very new. She was carried in front of the police cams to record this, too.

Animal Control picked up the puppy and it let out a squeal. The child became frantic, fighting to get down. She ran to the puppy and held it tight. Then she turned around and handed it to me. "You keep, you love" she said to me. "Yes," I answered, "I will keep and I will love.” She nodded her little head as if she was confident she had made the right decision. Then she went back to the woman and held out her hand, "OK, now" she said. At first, Animal Control didn't want to let me take the puppy, but the police said it would be alright. After all, they knew where to find me. I assured all of them that the puppy would be with me if for any reason they needed it back.

When I got the puppy home, I realized it, too, had been beaten. Big, ugly bruises were covering its small body. I would like to take it to the vet but I don't have the money. If you would be able to make a special donation toward vet care for this puppy, please indicate on your check or on-line donation.

I will cherish this small dog and try to show it that not all people are mean. I think he already understands this to some extent. He snuggled down with me on the pallet and fell sound asleep. I can only hope all goes as well for the child.


PLEASE, use our Wish List program to send us as much food as possible. It is a HUGE help to the shelter. Or, send special support designated for food purchase. Food is our largest--and most important—expense. The animals depend on your help to ensure they never go hungry.


STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 200 stamps from Mardi Hoofnagle, Lois Holbrook, Gloria Young and Jamie Reagin. We definitely welcome your gift of Forever stamps. It is wonderful to not have to worry about postage for our newsletters and other mailings.


From Elizabeth Mitchell “In Memory of Margaret S. Mitchell. For Callie and all those that have gone before her. Kind Regards and Happy Holidays from the Mitchell family."


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 continuing your monthly on-line support through PayPal. We so appreciate being able to count on your support each month.

To Gloria Young for the lovely holiday card from you and Abbie, Maggie, Tiger and Honey. Loved their “signatures.”

To Mrs. Paul Lemming for your generous support, beautiful card and blessings.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your very generous and consistent on-line support—for both the animals and me.

To Irv & Gail Laddin for continuing your much appreciated monthly support in December.

To Joan MacDonald for sending such a very generous gift from your Foundation.

To Mildred Ferrell for sending support to be used to help defray vet costs.

To Marliese and Fritz Kalk for your support and the wonderful Guiding Eyes for the Blind card.

To Chris, Misty, Cade and Tali Sandi for your support plus the Wendy’s gift card. (Loved the card with all your pictures.)

To Gloria Overbey for your help with our vet bills and your blessings. We loved the beautiful Holly and Finch card.

To Kathy Beckman for sending two Lowes gift cards. These are so very much needed and appreciated.

To Barbara Johnson for your generous gift and blessings.

To Marianne Pugh for your generous on-line support.

To Ron and Judy Neese for your support, blessings and the beautiful fireplace scene card.

To Sandy Briggs for helping with our electric bill.

To Rabeth & Frank Walker, Maryland Timmerman and all your rescue kitties for your adorable card and blessings.

To Kelly Lattanzi for sending such a generous on-line gift.

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ANIMAL HEALTH— According to a U.S. News and World Report, the following "people" foods are the most toxic for dogs and cats:

Dough--Just like in alcohol, yeast dough contains ethanol. Consumption of yeast dough by a dog can result in lethargy, weakness and low body temperature. Immediate medical attention should be sought if your dog ingests any yeast dough.

Wine--The ethanol found in alcohol can cause rapid damage to your dog's respiratory and central nervous systems. Alcohol is absorbed by the body very quickly, so it is important to call the vet immediately if you believe your canine has imbibed any alcohol.

Raw Eggs--Cats can get food poisoning from the salmonella or E. coli sometimes found in raw eggs. Additionally, the avidin found in egg whites can prevent your feline's absorption of vitamin B, leading to skin problems and fur loss.

Coffee--A large dose of caffeine is usually fatal to cats. Small amounts of the substance can lead to restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations and tremors. For your cat's safety, all drinks with caffeine should be kept out of paw's reach.

Gum--The sugar-free sweetener xylitol found in gum can stimulate a dog's pancreas to secrete insulin. This effect can lead to low blood sugar and severe liver damage.

Garlic--Similar to onions, a small amount of garlic can quickly cause internal problems in your cat. Feline stomachs are easily upset by garlic, and the ingredient can also cause red-blood-cell damage.

Onion--Any form of onions (raw, cooked, powdered, etc.) is unsafe for your cat. A small amount of this root vegetable can easily cause onion poisoning. Onion poisoning breaks down a cat's red blood cells, causing anemia, weight loss, lethargy and more.

Macadamia Nuts--Not usually fatal, macadamia nuts can still cause severe illness in your dog. A mere handful of these nuts can lead to vomiting, muscle and joint pain, swelling and lethargy.

Bones and Fat--Bones and fat usually cause upset stomach, diarrhea and vomiting in cats. Bones are also dangerous for cats because they can lead to choking or create obstructions and lacerations in your feline's digestive tract.

Grapes and Raisins--It can take just four to five grapes or raisins for your dog to get extremely sick. Small amounts can lead to irreversible kidney damage in most dogs. Take your canine to the vet immediately if it eats grapes, and especially raisins, as the latter are more easily gobbled up quickly in large amounts.

Milk--This is probably surprising to many, but adult cats are lactose intolerant. They can't break down milk sugar, and thus dairy products can cause dehydration and diarrhea in your felines.

Chocolate--Chocolate contains theobromide, a chemical that can damage a dog's lungs, heart, kidneys and nervous system. Baking chocolate is the most toxic to canines, but owners should avoid feeding their pooch any kind of chocolate.

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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 $268.93) and/or garbage bill (currently $103.99).

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