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eNEWSLETTER - MAY 2015 - DON'T LET OUR ANIMALS GO HUNGRY. PLEASE HELP.

Sent: April 30, 2015


ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (www.allcatsinc.org)
Email: Carolyngunter84@yahoo.com
Telephone/Text: 256-677-5518
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” ― James Herriot, All Creatures Great and Small

Dear Friends,

This has been a very hard month for All CATS. For 10 of the last 14 days, I have had to call someone to help buy food for the animals. I would barely have enough food to go around. It is very hard to wake in the morning wondering who will be able to help us feed the dogs and cats today. So far, the animals have never gone hungry. Pleasehelp us make absolutely sure that never happens!!

We desperately need your help with providing enough funding to properly feed and otherwise care for our animals. I truly believe I make money go further than anyone else I know—but lately it doesn’t go far enough. Please help me continue the work we all started so many years ago.

On the plus side, we did adopt out all the remaining puppies and kittens. 10 puppies, seven kittens. I am very happy about that. We still need to spay three dogs and six cats. When this is done, all our animals will be spayed. I am looking forward to that day. Special or extra support for that purpose is very much needed!

I so much appreciate all of you standing by this shelter for all these years. We have done some very good work together. I am proud of what we have accomplished together.

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STAMP REPORT—

Since our last report, we have received 208 stamps from Mardi Hoofnagle, Lois Holbrook, Joane Daube and Jamie Reagin. Please send as many as you can. We can never have too many!

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IN MEMORY—

From Carole Mauldin “in memory of my son Cameron, who rescued many wonderful dogs during his short life—most notably Blue, Miss Possum (aka Ginger), Mitch (our beloved pit bull), Fletch (his beloved pittie) and Titan (his first pit bull.)” We are so very sorry for your terrible loss. And, we thank you for your blessings.

From Nancy Puckett, Michelle Midgette, Christie Schomer and R.M. Cushing--all in memory of Cameron Mauldin.

From Jeffery Walters who wrote “Please accept this donation in memory of Thomas A. Johnson, given by the members of the Cohutta Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Mr. Johnson was the father-in-law of one of our members, Steve Westmoreland."

From Julie Suddeth and Mike and Sherrill Crotts—both in memory of Thomas A. Johnson.

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N HONOR OF—

From Nancy Donahue “in honor of the 80th birthday of my dearest friend, Patricia Mulloy.”

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THANK YOU—

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 Renee Merback for your generous support to help with food, vet bills or utility bills. Thank you also for the very kind words about our work with and for the animals.

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

To Nadine Hereth for your support. We are glad to hear that Katie is doing so well with your wonderful “right arm,” Linda. I hope by now that you have visited the nearby rescue shelter found the small dog (Topsy) you want to bring home so that you have something to love.

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

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

To Gloria Young for your support check to help with food and electric plus a Lowes card. We also appreciate very much your very kind words.

To Mildred Ferrell 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 Joanne Daube for sending gift cards to purchase food at Walmart and PetsMart. We agree that it makes more sense to send the cards than try to send food from your location.

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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—Unlike people, pets experience and cope with heat differently. Unlike humans, dogs and cats are much more susceptible to heatstroke because they wear their fur coats all year round. Dogs do have sweat glands, but only on their feet and not on the rest of their body. They rely on panting to deal with heat and to cool down their bodies. However, with rapidly rising temperatures in a hot car, the limited sweat glands and panting are insufficient.

The major cause of heatstroke in dogs and cats is leaving them in a parked car. Even with the windows cracked on a 70° F (22° C) to 80° F (26° C) day, while it may feel comfortable outside, the inside of your car can heat up to over 100° F (38° C) in minutes! As you can imagine, with that fur coat on, your dog or cat’s body temperature rises very quickly.

Many pet owners believe that doing a quick errand while leaving a pet in the car is safe. However, the fact that dogs and other pets have fur and different sweat glands makes the experience much more dangerous – even when leaving the car window open.

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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 has now reached $400-plus.**

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 –He was far from home and lost in a place he didn’t know, but that didn’t stop a plucky Yorkshire Terrier from figuring out how to rescue himself.

Dog thieves invaded Kirsty Mitton’s home in Wednesbury, in the West Midlands, U.K., on March 21, 2015. They heartlessly snatched her two beloved terriers, Alfie and Lillie. Frantic with worry, Mitton put out the word on Facebook and posted hundreds of flyers to tell people her dogs were missing. Nearly two weeks later, something amazing happened. Alfie appeared on a little-used country road more than 100 miles away from home and demanded that he be taken home immediately.

Wandering lost in the countryside of Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, Alfie heard the approach of a van belonging to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). He leapt into the road and barked at it. Astounded, RSPCA inspector Stephanie Law stopped the vehicle. “I have had plenty of people wave me down for help, but I have never actually been flagged down by a dog in need of rescue before,” Law said in a story on the RSPCA blog.

“I was just driving down the deserted road when I saw Alfie run towards me, clearly trying to attract my attention,” Law said. “He ran right in front of the van, barking, and as soon as I stopped and opened the door he just bounded in and jumped onto the seat – and looked at me.” Did Alfie know what he was doing? It appears he did.

“It was as if he recognized my uniform and knew I was there to rescue him,” Law marveled. “We can only assume he had been dumped in the woods and came running out when he heard me drive along.”

Kirsty Mitton is thrilled to have Alfie home again. “We are over the moon to have Alfie back,” she told the RSPCA. “I just jumped straight in the car to drive the 112 miles as soon as I heard he was safe.”

How did Alfie escape? Chances are, he didn’t. The dogs were reportedly the only things the thieves took from the Mitton home. Being a neutered male, the dognappers probably felt Alfie was of little use to them. They likely dumped the poor little dog in the woods to fend for himself. Alfie’s companion, Lillie, however, was a different story. She’s not spayed and not microchipped.

Fortunately, Lillie has now been reunited with Kirsty Mitton and Alfie, according to DogLost, a U.K. website that tracks and helps find missing dogs. She was found shortly after Alfie’s story got media attention. The family is whole again, and all is well.

Lesson learned? Microchip your pets. It’s well worth the minimal cost.





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