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Sent: June 1, 2015

Telephone/Text: 256-558-0571
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible

“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.” ~ Christopher Morley

“Of all animals, the cat alone attains to the contemplative life. He regards the wheel of existence from without, like the Buddha.” - Andrew Lang

Dear Friends,

We wish to especially thank Carol Clenney and John Carlson for their very generous gifts of a new computer and water heater. And for their donation to complete the new cat building. This is vital to the comfort of our cats.

However, this is only half of the project. We also need an outdoor run so the cats can enjoy the fresh air and have things to climb on. It is important to their health to get exercise and to their feeling of well-being. I haven't personally done any carpentry in a long time, but I used to enjoy it very much. I intend to build this run myself. If I can't, I will simply get help.

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We have five of the cutest puppies who need shots and deworming so they can be adopted. They are very small dogs and look like wind-up toys. Just adorable. Two of them have been spoken for and will get to live together. If you can help with paying for the shots/deworming, it would be very much appreciated.

On a sad note--We lost our two oldest cats this past week. Tabitha and Trini came to us 15 years ago. These two came into this world together and they left it together. It was heart-breaking to see them curled up together, no longer with us. It was as if they couldn't live without each other. It was apparent they had died in their sleep. only hope I am that lucky when it is my time.

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Since our last report, we have received 149 stamps from David Garvin, Jo Blackton, Mardi Hoofnagle, Lois Holbrook and Jamie Reagin. Great job. Keep them coming. We can never have too many!

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From Jeannie McElveen “in memory of Cameron Mauldin.”

From Barbara Johnson, who writes “My beloved husband died on April 13. I miss him so much.” We have received several contribution in Thomas’ memory. He was loved and admired by many.

From Joyce Brown, writing for Howard’s Lunch Bunch, “in memory of Thomas Johnson.”

From Thomas Lanford “in memory of Tiny Cat aka Tickie Kitty, beloved kitty of Camillia Lipman.

From Jim and Diane Riddle in memory of Anna and Saja, both adopted from All CATS in 1997. Anna passed away in 2011 and Saja in April. “They added so much to our lives and we miss them so.”

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We received contributions designated for help with purchase of food and other “special” support not specifically designated for that purpose. We ask that you please continue to help with this—our biggest and most vital expense. We need your help each and every month so that our animals will never be hungry.

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 Kathy Beckman for sending another Lowes gift card. These are so much needed and appreciated.

To Kelly Lattanzi for your generous special on-line support to help purchase food.

To Misty Jenkins for sending a special on-line donation to purchase food.

To Mardi Hoofnagle for once again sending much appreciated support and Lowes gift card.

To Joan MacDonald for your extremely generous support and your much appreciated blessings.

To Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan for your support designated for purchase of food

From Nancy Johnson and James Burrell for your extra support and kind words about our work.

To Jo Blackton for your special donation to help with food bills.

To Marianne Pugh for your generous on-line support.

To Jennie Beaman for your support to be used “as needed.”

To Mildred Ferrell for your special donation to help purchase food.

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

To Walter Gordy for your very generous support to help make sure our animals are never hungry.

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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.

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ANIMAL HEALTH— An alternative to a widely accepted vaccination protocol in cats could literally move the needle for feline cancer treatment, according to University of Florida researchers.

“One to 10 cats out of every 10,000 vaccinated against infectious diseases develop cancer at the vaccine injection site,” said Julie Levy, D.V.M., Ph.D., the Maddie’s Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. “It’s still important to vaccinate because death from these infections is much more common than the cancer, but unfortunately this complication is one that does affect thousands of cats each year.”

When administering vaccinations, veterinarians typically follow the current recommendations of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, giving the injections below the elbow or the knee joint in the leg. That protocol is based on the understanding that the most effective treatment for cancer that occurs near vaccine injection sites is radical surgery – amputation of a limb.

“Many cat owners elect not to pursue the most effective treatment — radical surgery of the tumor — because excision of tumors in the limbs and torso is often disfiguring, painful, and expensive,” Levy said.

But in a report published online this month by the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, Levy and a national team of experts in infectious disease and vaccinology report that administering vaccinations in the tip of the cat’s tail appears to be as effective as vaccines at traditional sites. The researchers say tail vaccination would make surgical treatment of any cancer occurring near the site much easier, less invasive and less disfiguring for the animal, which could encourage more owners to treat the disease in their pet when it occurs.

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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.

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**Please note that we continue to urgently need help with our electric bill, the latest of which is slightly lower but still nearly $400.**

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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 $376.90) and/or garbage bill (currently $104.04).

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IN THE NEWS –Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite. It was originally posted on August 4, 2011. Enjoy!

Hundreds of supporters cheered on August 3rd as Andre, a 177 pound green sea turtle, crawled into the water and swam out of sight. A year ago no one was predicting he could be saved.

In June 2010, Andre was found on a Juno Beach sandbar, his shell shattered by two different propellers. Associated Press reported, “More than three pounds of sand were inside him, along with at least a couple of crabs, a raging infection and a collapsed lung. His spinal cord was exposed, pneumonia was plaguing him and death seemed certain.”

Fortunately for Andre, help was a few miles away. The staff at Loggerhead Marinelife Center specialize in conserving threatened and endangered sea turtles. Loggerhead veterinarian Dr. Nancy Mettee and her team set to work on the immediate, life-threatening injuries.

Dr. Alberto Vargas, a Jupiter, Florida orthodontist heard about Andre and offered to see what he could do to mend the turtle’s shell. Just as he would do with a human patient, Dr. Vargas took molds of the shell and used them to create orthodontic appliances to gather together the shattered remnants of the carapace (upper part of the shell).

The plucky turtle’s determination to live won the hearts of all who worked to save him and all who heard his tale. So when Andre was returned to the sea and began swimming away, a cheer went up from the crowd.

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