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Sent: August 31, 2015

Telephone/Text: 256-302-3823
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible

“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality

“There are many reasons why so many of us choose to share our lives with a pet--it's the perfect antidote for loneliness, pro-viding an endless supply of smiles and the certainty of unwavering companionship, and many of us have seen the way a pet can make a family feel whole.”
― Nick Trout, Love Is the Best Medicine: What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian about Hope, Humility, and Everyday Miracles

Dear Friends,

A need that I haven’t written about for some time is help to keep the premises of the shelter up to par per rules pertaining to animal shelters. (Fines may be levied if this is not done.) I am personally able to attend to the animals but I need help for caring for the grounds. Volunteers are not an option in this area—there just aren’t any. We need to hire workers to repair fences, mow the grass, trim bushes, wash floors and walls, scoop dog pens, collect and bag garbage, etc., etc.

We need about an extra $200 per week in order to hire a worker to do these tasks. We urgently need your help. Please send as much extra support as you can!!

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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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Thanks to supporters who wish to remain anonymous, we now have a brand new, large capacity clothes dryer. Unfortunately, the day after we received such good news, the shelter clothes washer quit working. We had it looked at by a repair man, and he tells us that it can’t be fixed.

If anyone can help us get a new (or used) one, please let us know.

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The anonymous donors who gave us the new clothes dryer have also made a very large donation to enable us to finish the cat building. A 40- by 60-foot concrete pad will be poured and the building set on it. This will provide runs for the cats on all four sides.

Needed for the building are shelves on all the walls for the cats to use for exercise and to sleep on. I am able to build these myself, but I will need a lot of building materials. Donation of Lowes cards will be a great help for this project!!

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During August, we adopted out one adult dog, three puppies and two adult cats.

Great news about adoptions. We have arranged with another nearby shelter to have our animals taken, along with theirs, to adoptions sites two to three times each month. Local Animal Control is assisting with this and will pick up the animals on Thursdays and take them to the sites where weekend adoptions are held.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 80 stamps from Mardi Hoofnagle and Jamie Reagin. Keep them coming. We can never have too many!

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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 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 and every month.

To Anne Roberts for your very generous support and notification that you now receive our letter on line and do not need to be sent a paper copy.

To Avis Buchanan for sending support to help with purchase of food and veterinary care.

To Marianne Pugh for your very much appreciated on-line support and for the wonderful bed and bedding you sent.

To Mardi Hoofnagle for your gift of support, stamps and Home Depot and Shell gift cards.

To Irv and Gail Laddin for increasing your support in August. We so appreciate your generosity.

To Joan MacDonald for your very generous on-line donation.

To Nancy Johnson for helping us again with support I August.

To Gloria Overbey for your continued help with our veterinary bills.

To Renee Merback for helping us with support to help purchase food and for your very kind words.

To Walter Gordy for once again sending a very generous donation to help us with our food bills.

To Mildred Ferrell for your donation to be used wherever most needed.

To Mary Jane Johnson for continuing to help both the animals and me—with your very generous support each month.

To Nadine Hereth and your kind friend who wrote to us. We certainly understand your position and appreciate so very much your support over many years.

To Julie Ashton for your much appreciated donation in August.

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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. SEE NEW ITEM BELOW.

**Please note that we urgently need help with our utility bill, the latest of which hit yet another all-time high of $739.98.**

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. We badly need one additional air conditioner for use in the room where the small dogs live. To fully cool this room we need either an 8,500 or 12,000 Btu unit. The cost would be $250 - $325.

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 utility bills. (See note above.)

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IN THE NEWS – In a victory for dogs and for critics of puppy mills, an ordinance banning the sale of dogs and cats from commercial breeders in Phoenix, Arizona pet stores, is here to stay.

In 2013, Phoenix passed an ordinance banning pet stores from selling cats and dogs from commercial breeders, instead requiring them to offer only companion animals who came from shelters and rescues. The ordinance was passed in an effort to give bad breeders one less place to sell dogs and reduce the number of homeless pets being killed by promoting adoption. But the ordinance was later challenged.

While laws like this are becoming more common across the nation — and have been passed in major cities including Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco — there’s still some major opposition from those who stand to lose a profit with their passage.

In this case, Frank and Vickie Mineo, the owners of a local pet store called Puppies ‘N Love, filed a lawsuit challenging the law, arguing it was unconstitutional and would unfairly hurt their business and they got some major support from big organizations who threw down $125,000 to support their case.

The Mineos also argued they only source dogs from small breeders and those licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), but those who are working to shut bad breeders down continue to point out that USDA standards don’t mean much when it comes to proper care and treatment of dogs.

Fortunately, U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell rejected a pet store’s challenge, which means the ban is here to stay.

Despite being a win for dogs, not everyone is celebrating the ruling. The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, which supported the lawsuit, issued a statement condemning the ruling. The organization’s Executive Vice President Mike Bober said a better course of action would be to “enforce rigorous breeding standards and to arm consumers with information so they are empowered to make sure their dog comes from a reputable breeder.”

The USDA could unquestionably stand to improve enforcement of the pathetic regulations we already have in place for breeders, but laws like this won’t stop residents of Phoenix, or any other city, from going out and finding their perfect dog. And again, no reputable breeder would hand their dogs over to be sold in a pet store.

Animal advocates meanwhile are celebrating the ruling they hope will keep out-of-state breeders out of the city and help save more dogs.

Phoenix City Councilwoman Thelda Williams, who worked to pass the ordinance, told the Arizona Republic that many local residents and rescue organizations have sent her e-mails of gratitude about the ruling.

“I’m just delighted that the city of Phoenix won,” said added. “This means more protection for puppy lovers and the puppies themselves. We have so many dogs in Arizona that need homes, we don’t need to import them.”

The Mineos may yet appeal the decision, but according to the Humane Society of the United States, which supported Phoenix in this case, this is the fourth time a federal court has determined these laws are constitutional, following similar decisions in Florida, Illinois and Rhode Island earlier this year, so it doesn’t look like they’ll have much luck.

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