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Sent: March 31, 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.

“In the beginning, God created man, but seeing him so feeble, He gave him the cat.” ~ Warren Eckstein

Dear Friends,

Dealing with storm damage and other, more “normal” expenses combined to make March especially difficult for us this year, so we are hoping for great improvements in April. We seem to have more mouths to feed than we have food, more mud than dry ground, etc., etc.

The shelter grounds have seen a major spring cleaning. In some cases, we actually combed the grass to get out tiny bits of debris we might normally ignore. This helps us find any small trouble spots before they become BIG ones. As expected, we need some fence repair, some plywood replaced from storm damage and new drains laid. Now that we have this information, we can correct what needs correcting. Lowes gift cards remain especially useful and desirable!!!

It is also the time of year to start our war on fleas. If we get a head start, they never become a major problem in the first place.

Please try to increase your donations to cover some of these expenses. PLEASE – PLEASE - PLEASE!!!!! The animals and workers need all the help you can give!!

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Thanks to several of you, the mama cat and kittens dumped here during the storm have had their first round of shots. Mama would have been spayed but she has an infected toe, which must heal before surgery. We still need your special support so they may receive their second round of shots.

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Since our last report, we have received 180 stamps from Gloria Young, Lois Holbrook, Joanne Daube, Mardi Hoofnagle and Jamie Reagin. Please send as many as you can. We can never have too many!

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To William Underwood for your extremely generous gift “in memory of my wife Ardath S. Underwood. She died November last year. To paraphrase Will Rogers, she never met an animal or a bird that she didn’t LOVE.” Bill, both you and the animal world have lost greatly with her passing.

To Barbara Hawkins, Don and Barbara Rupert, Tina Fox and Karen Harward in memory of Cameron Mauldin. We understand that Cameron loved animals and will be greatly missed by the Mauldin family, who are supporters of our shelter. We send our sympathy for your loss.

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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 help each month.

To Walter Gordy for your more than generous support sent to defray the vet bills for the mama cat and kittens.

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

To Nadine Hereth for helping pay for vet services for the mama cat and kittens. And, Linda, thank you for updating us on Nadine’s condition. We are sorry she has been sick and appreciate very much her prayers for us. We will keep her in our prayers. Thank you for being such a good friend.

To Mardi Hoofnagle for the very much appreciated Lowes gift card.

To Gloria Young for support to help pay our food bills.

To Mildred Ferrell for sending support to help with our vet bills.

To Kathy Beckman for again sending us a very generous Lowes gift card.

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

To Mary Jane Johnson for once again helping both the animals and me—with your very generous support. It’s wonderful to be able to count on you month after month.

To Marianne Pugh for your generous on-line support.

To Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan for helping with our food bills.

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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.

Special thanks to Jamie Reagin for your monthly gift of dog and cat food.

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ANIMAL HEALTH—The FDA is investigating the possible connection between dogs and cats getting sick after eating chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats from China. Their latest report states that more than 5,600 dogs have gotten sick, 1,000 of which have died. In addition, 24 cats and three people have been sickened. Petco and PetSmart have removed all these treats from their shelves. The FDA has conducted more than 1,200 tests and visited treat manufacturers in China without finding the cause of what they refer to as “the mysterious and elusive outbreak of the illnesses.” Symptoms include lack of appetite and energy, vomiting, diarrhea, increased consumption of water and/or urination. The most severe cases have resulted in pancreatitis, gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney failure.

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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 ONCE 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 $381.80) and/or garbage bill (currently $104.04).

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IN THE NEWS – By Laura Simpson, November 9, 2014

I had just pulled out of the grocery store parking lot when I noticed two small dogs standing by the side of the road. One of them was a little tan mixed breed wearing a black collar; the other a matted little grey Shih-Tzu. At first, I thought they belonged to a man walking down the street, but he simply ignored them both and walked on by.
Suddenly, these two small dogs decided to cross the road in heavy traffic. I jumped out of my truck and I called out to them. The little brown dog took one look at me and raced away down an alley. The little Shih-Tzu, however, raced right into my waiting arms. I scooped him up and placed him in the passenger seat of my truck. When I got back in myself, he looked over at me as if to say: ‘Okay, let’s go!’ And he very contentedly snuggled up next to me as we pulled away.

This extremely friendly little street orphan was extremely matted and dirty, and I immediately assumed that he was yet another abandoned dog, forced to fend for himself. Nine out of ten dogs that we rescue on the mean city streets today are throw-aways; but I always have them scanned for a micro-chip just in case.

When we arrived at the vet’s office, I announced that I had just found another little street orphan, and the girl behind the desk immediately pulled out the trusty microchip scanner. A hush fell over the room as she whisked it all around his matted little body, and suddenly we heard the unmistakable beep – he had a chip – and everyone applauded.
Soon, we knew this little street orphan’s name – it was Russell. And the young woman on the other end of the phone was simply overjoyed. “I can’t believe you found him! Our little Russell has been missing since last January!”
She arrived at the vet’s office not long after. She took one look at little Russell and several tears rolled down her cheek. He took one look at her, and his matted little tail began wagging like crazy. They had found each other again, after nine long months.

She showed me the ‘Lost Poster’ that she had plastered all over her neighborhood, and it was hard to believe that little Russell had vanished from her backyard way back on January 9th. She had assumed that he had been stolen by someone, and she had just about given up ever finding her precious little dog again.

After hearing where she lived, which was many miles away from where I found him, we all agreed that someone must have stolen friendly little Russell and whisked him away from his home. But whether he escaped his kidnapper after all this time, or he was cruelly tossed back out on the street by him, we will never know.

I do know, however, that this is my favorite kind of pet rescue story. There is nothing better than reuniting a loved lost pet with its family. This kind of story makes animal rescue work truly worthwhile.

As I was about to leave the vet’s office, now joyous little Russell rushed up to me and kissed my face several times, thanking me for bringing him home. What more could I ask for?

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