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eNEWSLETTER - AUGUST 2015
Sent: August 1, 2015
ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (www.allcatsinc.org)
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible
“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.”
― Dean Koontz, False Memory
“You know, sometimes the world seems like a pretty mean place.'
'That's why animals are so soft and huggy.” ― Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes”
As you know, on July 20, I sent out an urgent appeal to you.
For the first time ever, I was completely out of food and money—with nothing to feed the animals the next day. AND no transportation to pick up food or take animals to the vet as the shelter truck died and could not be fixed.
My son had found a small truck at the lot of a friend of his which we could have for $800 down and $299/month payments. But it was likely to be sold soon.
In addition, the clothes dryer quit, and I couldn’t take bedding to the laundromat because of having no transportation. AND I ran out of phone minutes so couldn’t even call anyone to help.
I have never felt so helpless!
But support was fast coming. Carol Clenney and John Carlson ordered a large supply of cat and dog food from the local Wal-Mart—and provided money for the vehicle down payment and a monthly payment—plus extra to purchase more food. Another supporter bought minutes for my phone from Verizon. Others sent food and money directly to the shelter.
The animals and I are so very grateful to all of you for your help.
So—that crises was averted. BUT, we must avoid another like it. We desperately need for our supporters to make sure the dogs and cats don’t come close to hunger EVER! They need your support each and every month!
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PLEASE send as much food or supplies as possible to the shelter at 138 Ham Road, Albertville 35951.
OR order it at your local Wal-Mart and tell them that it will be picked up at our Guntersville store. Please put it under the name Carolyn Keeton as I no longer use Gunter. The animals do best on Purina Cat or Dog chow.
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The shelter still badly needs a clothes dryer as the many laundromat trips really add up in cost. If you are able to contribute to purchasing one, it would be very much appreciated!!
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On the “would like to have list” is a digital camera. The very old one we had no longer works and we would love to take pictures of the cat building progress and the animals—so we can update our site. If you have one that you are no longer using, please send it to the shelter address above.
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CAT BUILDING UPDATE—Progress slowed greatly in July as the volunteer helping me just stopped coming. I am not able to finish it by myself so have asked for bids from three handymen to do the concrete work and finish the rest of the building. So, far I have gotten a verbal bid from one person—who said he would provide a written one soon. I want to have three bids in hand before making a decision.
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ADOPTIONS—We are delighted to report the adoption of six puppies in July—to wonderful homes which I have visited before and since the adoptions.
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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 124 stamps from Mardi Hoofnagle, Lois Holbrook, David Garvin and Jamie Reagin. Keep them coming. We can never have too many!
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IN MEMORY--From Ron, Judy and Phoebe Neese in memory of Mardi Hoofnagle’s precious cat TOBY. Thank you also for your kind comments about our work.
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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. However, we are not always sure that an individual(s) want to have their name used. If your name should be included, 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 Cindy Holbrook for your very generous support and Blessings. We definitely understand how it is when funds are tight.
To Kathy Beckman for sending another Lowes gift card. These are so much needed and appreciated.
To Kelly Meeks for your generous on-line support.
To Mardi Hoofnagle for 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 Kelly Lattanzi for sending a very generous on-line donation.
To Nancy Johnson for your very generous support in July.
To Gloria Overbey for your continued help with our veterinary bills.
To Tammie Porter for sending on-line support in July.
To Joanne Daube for the Wal-Mart and PetSmart gift cards plus extra support.
To Mildred Ferrell for your donation to help with food and veterinary expense.
To Mary Jane Johnson for continuing to help both the animals and me—with your very generous support and for sending extra in July. It helped a lot!
To Walter Gordy for sending a very generous donation to help purchase food.
To Nancy Donahue for sending support towards the cost of an air conditioner.
To Bill Underwood for your extremely generous support and very interesting letter. I enjoyed our conversation very much! I agree that one learns a lot in college “besides what’s in the books.”
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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 our electric bill, the latest of which hit an all-time high of $562.**
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, dry cat and dog food, cat and dog treats, and paper towels. Wal-Mart, Kroger, PETCO, Home Depot, Lowes and PetSmart cards are especially welcome.
NEW ITEM—Purchase of gasoline is a major expense. Gift cards would help a lot. We have Chevron, Amoco, Conoco, BP, Shell and Texaco stations nearby.
Any type of animal medicine.
A special gift designated to help with our veterinary bills.
Help with electric bill (latest bill was $562.44) and/or garbage bill (currently $104.04).
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IN THE NEWS –The end of animal testing may come in the form of tiny, transparent microchips.
The aptly named “organs-on-chips,” developed by researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, mimic on the microscale the functions of human organs such as the heart, lungs, and intestines, which would allow scientists to test drugs and cosmetics at less cost, less time, The technology, which London’s Design Museum has just named “Design of the Year,” comes at a time when public support is beginning to drop for the use of animals in scientific research. It also reflects design’s changing definition in the face of scientific innovations that are as sleek as they are functional.
“When viewed through the specious prism of social media, the world can seem to have harnessed technology primarily either for frivolity, or for war,” the Independent’s editorial team wrote of the project. “Organs-on-Chips is a reminder that technological advances also enable very clever people to push boundaries in ways beneficial to us all.”
Winner of the Product category award is Human Organs-on-Chips @wyssinstitute #DesignsoftheYear pic.twitter.com/eH7JPBpwXC— Design Museum (@DesignMuseum) June 22, 2015
Each chip, about the size of a computer memory stick, replaces the structures of an organ with microfluidic channels lined with living human cells, and then simulates those organs’ functions. “For example,” wrote Wired’s Liz Stinson, “running air through a channel while using a vacuum to introduce a flexing motion will simulate the patterns of human breathing.”
Because the chips are made of a clear flexible polymer, scientists can observe the processes within in real time, on microscale. The researchers’ goal is to build chips for different organs and link them together to create a whole-body network that reveals the effects of a drug, cosmetic, or chemical on an entire person.
“The organs-on-chips allow us to see biological mechanisms and behaviours that no one knew existed before,” Don Ingber, founding director of the Wyss Institute, told The Guardian. “We now have a window on the molecular-scale activities going on in human organs, including things that happen in human cells that don’t occur in animals.”
Animal-rights advocates have long argued that animal testing is not only cruel but futile. About 100 million animals – including mice, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, frogs, monkeys, birds, and dogs – are used for chemical, food, cosmetic, and drug testing every year, according to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Yet studies have shown that successful testing on animals doesn’t always translate to humans.
“The paradigm used by pharmaceutical companies to discover and develop new drugs is broken,” Wyss researchers wrote on the organs-on-chips project page. “Clinical studies take years to complete and testing a single compound can cost more than $2 million. Meanwhile, innumerable animal lives are lost, and the process often fails to predict human responses.”
While still in its infancy and years away from replacing animal testing on a broad scale, the technology nonetheless promises to one day analyze the specific effects of drugs on humans with greater accuracy and speed, Mr. Ingber told The Guardian.
Already the researchers behind organs-on-chips have founded a startup, Emulate, which is working with companies such as Johnson & Johnson on pre-clinical trial testing, Wired reported.
At the same time, organs-on-chips mark the burgeoning relationship between scientific research and the principles of design.
Paola Antonelli, design curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and who nominated organs-on-chips for the Design Museum award, said in a statement: This is “the epitome of design innovation – elegantly beautiful form, arresting concept and pioneering application.”
This article was written by Jessica Mendoza from Christian Science Monitor and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.
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