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Sent: January 31, 2015

Telephone/Text: 256-677-5518
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
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“If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi

“Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to.” ~ Joe Gores

Dear Friends,

Many of you asked for an update on the story of the little girl and the puppy.

The puppy, who has been named "Cindy," is doing great. At first , she was scared of any sudden movement, but she has overcome that. Now, she bounces around with the other puppies like she owns the place.

She is so cute with her little brown ears and two spots on her back. She has a sprinkling of tiny brown spots on her muzzle that look like freckles. All the rest of her is white.

The little girl (Maggie) was taken by Child Services. It turns out her "parents" are really an aunt and her boyfriend. Her natural parents were killed in a car wreck when she was 14 months old. She is now four years old. I am sure she has endured abuse since her parents died. I will be allowed to see her next week. I am hoping to find a happy child.

The man remains in jail, awaiting his trial.

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We have taken in another dog and five puppies. The owner was moving and wasn't going to take them with him. He said either I take them or he was just going to shoot them. They are some mix of hound and bull dog. The mother, Gigi, is the sweetest dog ever. I have never heard her make a sound. She follows me around like a shadow. I don't think she is used to someone loving her. Four of the puppies have been spoken for.

Gigi needs a veterinary visit. If you could send special or extra support for this, it would be greatly appreciated.

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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 importan) expense. The animals depend on your help to ensure they never go hungry.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 141 stamps from Mardi Hoofnagle, Joanne Daube, Jamie Reagin and an anonymous donor. Great work!!. It is wonderful to not have to worry about postage for our mailings.

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From Thomas Lanford “in memory of Mr. Dooley, beloved bulldog of BoB “OldDawg” Hall. They were about as well suited for each other as two creatures could possibly be.”

From Jo-Anne Croghan for your support for the Alabama shelter “in loving memory of Mini Me. He was only five but had feline leukemia and passed away at home on November 26. The vet commented that despite his illness he seemed to love everyone. He had a very special, gentle and loving personality.” The Peace on Earth card you sent was very appropriate.

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

To Martha Milton for the generous grant from your foundation.

To Susan Bugdin for your support “for the cats.”

To Mary Ann Williams for your gift to be used to help the parking lot puppy and purchase food for the animals. I am so glad to hear about the happy ending of the dog your husband rescued and who is now living with you. Thank you also for the nice words about the care we give our animals.

To Misty Jenkins Saldi for your much appreciated on-line support.

To Irv & Gail Laddin for your extra support in January. It helped us a lot!

To Tammie Porter for your generous on-line support and your accompanying words: “In the coming year I am claiming peace, prosperity and nothing but good will so that we all can continue to bless God’s furry ones and this program more.”

To Mildred Ferrell for again helping us with our vet bills.

To Roberta Lanford for your very generous support and offer of financial help when difficulties arise.

To Gloria Overbey for your continuing help with our vet bills.

To Mary Jane Johnson for once again helping both the animals and me. I, too, hope that the little girl is never again anywhere near an abusive person. Thank you for the compliment about our work.

To Nancy Johnson for your generous gift and kind words.

To Betty Brandt for your donation in honor of Walter Gordy’s birthday on January 18 to help the little girl and puppy.

To Barbara Johnson for your support and lovely note. I am so very grateful that I was where I could help the little girl and puppy. Your help and prayers are most welcome.

To Walter Gordy for your very generous support to be used for vet care for the rescued puppy and purchase of food. We appreciate your wishes for a better year in 2015 and your kind words about our work.

To Victoria Johnson for your support to help with the puppy’s expenses and the Visa gift card to be used wherever most needed. We loved the card you sent with the beautiful horse and scenic background.

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ANIMAL HEALTH—Researchers in Chapman University’s Food Science Program have just published a study on pet food mislabeling. The study focused on commercial pet foods marketed for dogs and cats to identify meat species present as well as any instances of mislabeling. Of the 52 products tested, 31 were labeled correctly, 20 were potentially mislabeled, and one contained a non-specific meat ingredient that could not be verified.

Chicken was the most common meat species found in the pet food products. Pork was the second most common meat species detected, and beef, turkey and lamb followed, respectively. Goose was the least common meat species detected. None of the products tested positive for horsemeat. Of the 20 potentially mislabeled products, 13 were dog food and 7 were cat food. Of these 20, 16 contained meat species that were not included on the product label, with pork being the most common undeclared meat species. In three of the cases of potential mislabeling, one or two meat species were substituted for other meat species.

While a seemingly high percentage of pet foods were found to be potentially mislabeled in this study, the manner in which mislabeling occurred is not clear; nor is it clear as to whether the mislabeling was accidental or intentional and at which points in the production chain it took place. The study was published in the journal Food Control and was completed with Chapman undergrad student Tara Okuma.

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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.

Please note that we urgently need help with the latest electric bill—which is almost $400.

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 $388.78) and/or garbage bill (currently $103.99).

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IN THE NEWS – This was originally published on May 23, 2014.

This week Animal Place shared the story of one heartbroken little goat named Mr. G who had seemingly given up on life when his rescuers realized the problem was that he was overcome with grief over the loss of his best friend, a burro named Jellybean.

The two had lived together for years but were split up and taken in by two different sanctuaries after being confiscated from a neglectful situation. Mr. G was taken in by Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch in Grass Valley, Calif.

According to Animal Place, Mr. G was inconsolable, refusing to eat and spending his days lying in the corner of his stall with his head down. No treats were enough to entice him to eat or move. After health problems were ruled out, it became obvious to his rescuers that he was mourning the loss of his best friend. They decided a reunion was in order, and a volunteer took a 14-hour round trip to get Jellybean. They describe the reunion:

When Jellybean entered Mr. G‘s stall, he could not believe his eyes. In fact, he did a double-take! It was only when he smelled Jellybean‘s unique scent that Mr. G realized the truth – his dearest friend had returned!

Mr. G erupted from his prone position, snorting and inhaling Jellybean‘s presence. He rushed after her into their outdoor pasture. The magical moment came when Mr. G began eating from Jellybean‘s bowl!

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