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Sent: June 30, 2015

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

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”
― Charles M. Schulz

“I’m trying to translate what my cat says and put it in a book, but how many homonyms are there for meow?”
― Jarod Kintz, The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They're Over.

Dear Friends,

June was a very tough month. Support received was not sufficient to ensure the dogs and cats would have enough to eat. I had to again call supporters to ask for special donations. Thanks to those wonderful people, the animals did not miss a meal. We have never let the animal go hungry—but coming this close is really frightening. Please help make July a month where this situation does not arise by making a special donation or increasing your regular support.

If you prefer and are able to--PLEASE send as much food as possible to the shelter. It is a HUGE help--both in making sure there is enough food and saving time and energy for we caretakers. Please remember that the largest bags possible of either dog or cat food help the most. The animals do best on Purina dog or cat chow. The shelter address is 138 Ham Road, Albertville AL 35951.

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CAT BUILDING UPDATE—We are making good progress. To save money, we (me and one volunteer) are doing the labor. (My Mechanical Engineering degree from Auburn is finally paying dividends). All the materials have been purchased. If all goes well and weather doesn’t obstruct progress, we hope to finish by the end of July.

Before the kitties can actually move in, we will need a 6,000 BTU window air conditioner. They are sold at Lowes for around $200. If you can help with this purchase, the cats would truly appreciate it!

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Since our last report, we have received 110 stamps from Mardi Hoofnagle, Lois Holbrook and Jamie Reagin. This is almost exactly the number needed for sending out the newsletter and other mail for a month. Keep them coming. We can never have too many!

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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 appreciate so much being able to count on your help each month.

To Julie Ashton for helping us with special support.

To Kathy Beckman for sending another Lowes gift card. These are so much needed and appreciated. Thank you also for your suggestion about making sure the shelter address is available for those wish to sending food or other supplies.

To Bette Anderson for sharing your valuable experience in regard to obtaining food for shelter animals in Wisconsin.

To Mardi Hoofnagle for once again sending generous support, stamps and a Lowes gift card.

To Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan for your support designated for whatever is needed most.

To Nancy Johnson for your very generous support in June.

To Gloria Overbey for your help with our veterinary bills.

To Renee Merback for your support designated for food, puppy shots, electric bill or repairs—wherever needed most.

To Mildred Ferrell for your donation to help with veterinary expense.

To Mary Jane Johnson for continuing to help both the animals and me—with your very generous support. It is truly wonderful to be able to count on you month after month. Than you also for your sympathy for the two kitties who passed away. It is comforting to think that they are still together in heaven.

To Avis Buchanan for your support to be used where needed the most. Also thank you for your compliment about our work.

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The Gary Michelson Found Animals Foundation has awarded Harvard professor David Mooney a grant to develop a vaccine to sterilize animals by disrupting gonadoptropin, a hormone that controls reproduction using infection-mimicking biomaterials for vaccination preventing the hormone from being released. The grant is for $731,000 and the study will last three years, ending in 2017.

FYI – In case your pet has ingested a substance you feel may be dangerous, please call the Pet Poison Hotline number – 800 213 6680,

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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 continue to urgently need help with our electric bill, the latest of which is somewhat lower but still nearly $350.**

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 $344.71) and/or garbage bill (currently $104.04).

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This is a story of suffering, sadness, despair, hope, happiness and love that shows the beautiful connection between all living beings on this planet.

After being trapped in a house fire which destroyed the house and took the lives of his other feline and canine companions, Russell the cat was found in the wreckage four days later, despite being presumed dead.

A year and a half later, he is still in the veterinary hospital recovering from severe second and third degree burns, but he has become something of a legend, spending his days helping other animals to recover from their injuries.

When Russell’s body was discovered in the burnt remains of the house four days after the fire occurred, everyone feared the worst. It was miraculous that he had managed to survive the fire and was still alive, but the burns to his face, feet, body, ears and rectum--as well as injuries to his tongue and mouth--were all so severe that his condition was critical.

After being rushed straight to Animal Emergency Hospital & Urgent Care, vets began the life-saving operations and intensive pain management program, hoping to bring him around into a more stable position.

After almost three weeks of being on an IV drip, and undergoing multiple surgical procedures to clean his terrible wounds and prevent further tissue damage, Russell ate his first bite of solid food. Progress was being made.

After just a few days of treatment, the hospital knew that for Russell to make a full recovery, he would need countless operations and a considerable amount of costly long-term treatment.

To help the family cope with the costs (after they were already having to deal with the emotional upset and financial difficulties of the fire), AEHUC publicized his story on Facebook.

Russell’s story went viral, reaching people from all over the world, and attracting mainstream media attention. A donation fund was set up, and the response was overwhelming. In no time at all, people from all 50 states in the U.S. and from more than 40 countries had sent loving messages, thoughtful gifts and generous financial support to Russell --more than enough to see to his every need.

Now more than a year and a half on since the horrific fire, Russell is still living under the care of the incredibly dedicated and compassionate staff in the AEHUC while receiving ongoing treatment for his injuries.

Rather than lying down feeling sorry for himself, he’s become a very special part of the care team in the hospital, taking it upon himself to cuddle and comfort many of the other animals who are also recovering from injuries at the clinic.

Staff have always been amazed at his strength of character and constant appreciation for the compassion shown to him, purring and meowing every time he is treated or has his bandages changed. Now he has begun to share his love with the rest of the patients. Some of his furry friends include Darla, the orphaned baby deer, Roscoe the stray Chihuahua, and a Labrador named Squirrel, all of whom have been photographed receiving loving cuddles from Russell.

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