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Sent: February 28, 2015

Telephone/Text: 256-677-5518
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible

“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Lots of people talk to animals.... Not very many listen, though.... That's the problem.” ~Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

Dear Friends,

As I told you in the last newsletter, I was invited to visit the little girl (Maggie) who was rescued at PetSmart. My visit was very touching. When she was brought into the room to see me, I said,"Hello Cutie." She smiled the biggest smile and asked, "You think I cute?" "Oh, yes, very cute," I answered. "Do you want me to call you your name or Cutie?" "Cutie, Cutie Cutie. I like Cutie" she giggled. So, Cutie it was.

We talked about where she was living. She said she liked it there, "Nobody yells. Nobody hits." This was heartbreaking. All she could ever remember was people who yelled and hit. "And I get ice cream" she was pleased to report.

Then she frowned. I knew what she was thinking. "Would you like to see Cindy?" I asked. "Who Cindy?" "Thats what I named the puppy" I told her. "YES, CINDY, CINDY, CINDY. Now, now, now!!!" She was all smiles again. So, I brought in Cindy. Cutie squealed and ran to hug the puppy. I was afraid she would scare Cindy; but, after a minute, they were snuggling. When I showed her how well Cindy could fetch, she was ecstatic, throwing the ball over and over. Cindy faithfully returned it every time.

When the lady of the house said it was nap time, Cutie protested. She was told I could visit again every month and bring Cindy, so she reluctantly gave in. With a final hug for me and Cindy, she was led upstairs. I thanked the lady for letting me visit.

Outside on the walkway, Cindy paused to look back at the house. She stood absolutely still for about 30 seconds, just looking. Then she ran to the car wanting to be let in. I have no way of knowing what she was thinking, but in that 30 seconds, I do know she let go--finally--of her horrible past. She was very happy to be going home.

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We have had severe storm damage from the ice and snow. Roof damage to the buildings and fences. We have managed to patch some of it, but a permanent solution will be needed. Special donations are urgently needed. Lowes cards are best.

I also need special donations for a mama cat and four beautiful long-haired kittens dumped at our door during the storm. The mama needs spaying and the kittens need their shots. I know we are always asking for something extra; but we are a real, live working shelter. We are always going to be needing extras. It's the nature of what we all do to help the animals. And, that is what we all want to do. I love you all for the way you care about these babies.

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PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE, send as much food as possible to the shelter. It is a HUGE help. Please remember that the largest bags possible of either dog or cat food helps the most. The animals do best on Purina dog or cat chow.

Or, send special/extra 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.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 131 stamps from Lois Holbrook and Jamie Reagin. Please send as many as you can. We can never have too many!

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From Thomas & Holly Lanford “in memory of Emmie Mears-Webb, who was killed in a tragic accident five years ago this week.” We appreciate the Kroger gift card you sent to help defray food costs.

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From Judy Neese “in honor of my friend Mardi Hoofnagle. She and I taught together at Murdock Elementary and she told me about you. She is a wonderful friend to children and animals alike…” Judy, we concur in your opinion of Mardi. She has been a wonderful supporter of our work.

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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 Jamie Reagin for continuing to send food to the shelter. It is a tremendous help!

To Avis Buchanan for helping us with vet bills and food purchase.

To Renee Merback for sending a donation to help with our food and other bills and for your good wishes.

To Jim and Barbara Mooney for sending special support.

To The Mauldin Family for your gift for whatever is the most pressing need.

To Mildred Ferrell for sending support toward Gigi’s vet bills.

To Kathy Beckman for sending us the Lowes gift card. It is more than useful!

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

To Mary Jane Johnson for once again helping both the animals and me. It’s wonderful to be able to count on your support.

To Nancy Donahue for sending generous support to help with our electric bill.

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ANIMAL HEALTH—Oregon State University researchers, in conjunction with the science and Technology Center of Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. in Topeka, have developed a biomarker for feline kidney disease. The 32 older and healthy cats used in the controlled study lived at the Center during it. When a test based on this biomarker is commercially available, owners and veterinarians could be alerted to the disease up to 17 months earlier than using the current blood test for levels of creatinine. Kidney disease is common among older cats and is not curable. Identifying the disease earlier will enable treatment with special diets to begin before symptoms of the disease (such as weight loss and a decline in appetite) are apparent.

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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 AGAIN 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 $370.01) and/or garbage bill (currently $104.04).

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A guest at the Bel Air Inn in West Springfield, Massachusetts was startled to lay eyes on an Eastern screech owl who was hanging upside down from a crevice in the corner of the building. Our hero, who goes only by the name Jose, didn’t waste any time. He immediately phoned wildlife rescuers for help, but he was unable to reach anyone. Rather than sitting on his hands, Jose decided to get resourceful.

The owl’s foot had somehow become wedged into a crevice between the first and second floor on the exterior of the building. Though Jose couldn’t reach the owl overhead, he was able to find a tree branch and began offering it to the owl. The owl was able to right himself on the branch, and with a bit of gentle maneuvering from Jose, the animal was soon able to flutter to the ground.

Jose felt a rush of relief when he saw the owl perch in a bush, but the sense of relief was short lived. Jose soon noticed the owl was bleeding.

Though some might have shook their head and walked away, Jose had a better idea. He decided to take the owl into custody. He gently scooped up the small bird and carried it back inside and all the way into his hotel room.
While the owl found a lovely perch on top of the kitchen cabinets and surveyed the room from a safe height, Jose made some more calls and was able to find a wildlife rehabilitator who was willing to help. It would be a few hours wait, but the owl was soon fast asleep--undoubtedly exhausted from his ordeal.

We don’t know Jose’s full name and we probably never will. There’s something about anonymity that makes a hero seem ten feet tall. In this case, that was exactly tall enough to save the life of one desperate little bird.

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