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Sent: September 28, 2015

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

“Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another.” Pope Francis

“It came to me that every time I lose a dog, they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.” – Unknown

“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and, little by little, they become its visible soul.” – Jean Cocteau

Dear Friends,

Since becoming involved with another adoption program, I have become even more interested in my own. This past month I have adopted out two adult cats, six kittens, and four dogs.

The cat adoptions were a thrill. Two ladies who live in an extended care home came to me asking for "a couple of cats who want to be loved." Well, I have plenty of those. They were invited in to see the cats and see if any of them suited their ideal. They were immediately drawn to two sisters who have lived with us for a long time. The cats "mother" every kitten that comes on the place but have never had any of their own. The ladies wanted these two cats. So they were adopted. A few days later they called back.

"May we adopt the kittens, too?” I was asked. Concerned about the number they would be taking on, I asked to come visit them before making my decision. Arriving at their home, I was greeted by not only them, but four others as well. All wanted to adopt cats or kittens. After learning this was a privately owned home and not a state run program, I agreed to let them take the kittens. Later that day I delivered them. The cats were delighted to have them back under their care, and licking and grooming started immediately. All the women were thrilled to have "someone of my own to love."

These women are remarkable. They took their fate into their own hands when family wanted to put them into a home. They got together and bought their own, very large house. They have someone come by to see about them every week, but they make their own rules and live their own lives. And, they have their own animals to love and care for. This has made their lives richer and I am so proud to be a part of this.

They come by the shelter every few days, "just to spread a little extra love." It is wonderful for all of us.

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THANKS TO YOUR RESPONSE TO MY PLEA--We now have two new employees. One to help care for the animals and one to devote his time to working on the new cat building and general repairs as they are needed. We have needed this for a while. I have a hard time doing everything all by myself. We urgently need your financial support to be able to afford to continue to keep these excellent employees.

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PLEASE send as much food or supplies as possible to the shelter at 138 Ham Road, Albertville 35951. It does save us time and travel expense if it is delivered. 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 clothes washer. Now our laundry problems are solved!! The same supporters also have supplied us with a printer and an air conditioner for the dog room.

One thing we do still need to keep the shelter grounds looking good is a weed eater. 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 washer and clothes dryer have also made a large donation to enable us to finish the inside and runs of the cat building.

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From Nancy Johnson, who writes “I give this donation in lieu of flowers in memory of a dear friend who has passed this life on August 27. Carol Charon was a lover of all animals and I know she would approve.”

From Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan “in loving memory of Mini Me.”

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 180 stamps from Mardi Hoofnagle, Lois Holbrook, Joanne Daube 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 once again for your monthly on-line support through PayPal. We appreciate so much being able to count on your help each and every month.

To Gloria Young for once again sharing your good fortune with us and sending support for food and air conditioning. We also loved the wonderful card with the bible verse.

To Mildred Ferrell for your support to be used where most needed.

To Nadine Hereth and friend Linda for your support and lovely note.

To Mardi Hoofnagle for your gift of support, stamps and Lowes card.

To Irv and Gail Laddin for keeping up your increased level of support. We greatly appreciate it.

To Kathy Beckman for the much needed Lowes gift card.

To Sandy Briggs for your support to help with our electric bill.

To Gloria Overbey for once gain helping us with our veterinary bills.

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

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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 AND UPDATE BELOW.

**Please note that although our utility bill is no longer setting records, it is still currently over $400. Please try to help us with this expense.

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.

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.
UPDATE: We have received a 12,000 Btu AC from anonymous supporters.

Purchase of gasoline is a major expense. Gift cards would help a lot. We have Chevron, Amoco, Conoco, BP, Shell and Texaco stations nearby.

NEW ITEM: It has become evident that a small laptop computer would be VERY helpful to use when I have to be away from the shelter for various reasons, including rescues, adoptions and/or food pickup. If anyone has a used one in very good condition, we would be grateful if you could send it to us at 138 Ham Road, Albertville AL 35951.

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 – September 17, 2015

A pilot diverted a flight to Toronto, delaying hundreds of people and costing the airline thousands of dollars in fuel costs. The surprising part is the passengers’ reaction was overall “positive,” once they realized the reason.
It turns out a dog in the cargo hold was at risk of freezing to death.

According to the Huffington Post, pilot Peter Fitzpatrick noticed that a heating malfunction in the cargo hold on Air Canada Flight AC085 from Tel Aviv to Toronto. The system bug didn’t risk the plane or any of its human passengers, but for a 7-year-old French Bulldog named Simba, it was a dangerous matter.

The pilot explained: ““The temperature was falling, as it is very cold at the high altitude where our planes fly. While a heater is not normally a critical component, on this particular flight there was a live animal in the hold. With the altitude it can become very uncomfortable, and possibly the situation could have been life threatening if the flight had continued.”

To save the little dog, the pilot made a critical decision and diverted the flight to Frankfurt, Germany. According to CNN, Simba and his owner German Kontorovich could then hop on another safer flight to Toronto. The owner explained his gratitude to City News after touching down in Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. “It’s my dog, it’s like my child. It’s everything to me.”

”John Nance, aviation consultant for ABC News explained that the move was not only compassionate; it was “unprecedented.”

“This is very laudatory because we have some airlines that don’t care if they break guitars, kill dogs and cats. I would think that Air Canada is due some public praise here, especially if they support their captain.”

The choice to land in Frankfurt allowed the passengers to get underway more quickly, since the city serves as a hub for Air Canada flights. The 232 passengers still had to wait about 75 minutes to continue, but they were understanding according to the pilot.

“The overall reaction was positive, particularly once people understood the dog was in potential danger but safe as a result of the diversion.”

”The diversion also cost the airline a large amount in fuel. The airline didn’t comment on how much exactly, according to ABC News. Whatever the costs, the pilot explained he had a greater responsibility at hand when choosing to divert the flight for a dog. “The captain is responsible for all lives on board — whether it’s human or canine.”

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