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Sent: November 30, 2015

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

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

“For an animal person, an animal-less home is no home at all.” Cleveland Amory, The Cat Who Came for Christmas

Dear Friends,

This Holiday season has begun on a very solemn note for my family . My step-grandson was killed at the age of 17. He must have fallen asleep while driving. He hit the small concrete barrier on a bridge near his house. He was flipped end over end and his truck landed upside down in a dry creek bed. The top of the truck was crushed down to the dashboard and his neck broken. We are all hoping it was an instant death. He was found the next morning by his dad. Travis liked to be called a “step” grandchild. He said it meant we chose to have him, while we had to take the other grandchildren whether we wanted to or not. He will be missed forever.

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Helping me to cope is a new bed-buddy named Chewie. This wonderful cat has decided to camp out on my bed. He snuggles next to me at every opportunity. (Of course, he gets no complaints from me.) Some of the little dogs didn’t want to accept his company, but he simply stood his ground and has now become top cat, lording it over the dogs.

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On a happy note, we have adopted out seven dogs and five cats in November.

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For those of you who itemize deductions, this Holiday Season marks the end of the 2015 tax year. So you may wish to make a tax deductible donation before year end. We admit to a bit of bias but think that the animals will get more benefit from your dollars than the IRS.

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Presents That Would be Most Appreciated by the Dogs and Cats this Holiday Season

O Dog and Cat Food/Dry- We feed 125 lbs./Day
Cat Food/Canned
Largest Bags/Packages are Best

O Cat Litter - We Use 200 lbs./Week

O Stainless steel Water/Food Bowls

O Animal Medicine

O Litter boxes – Large

O Heavy Duty Trash bags

O Paper Plates

O Paper Towels – We use 4 rolls/day

O Scrub Brushes and Buckets

O Detergent – 20 Loads/Week

O Bleach

O Cleaning Solutions

O Chew Toys and Treats

O Leashes

O Spay/Neuter Sponsorships

O Washable blankets/sheets/towels

O Mops, Brooms, Shovels, Water Hoses

O Building Materials

O Dogloos

Please send these items to the shelter address – 138 Ham Road, Albertville AL 35951.

Gift cards (Lowes, Gasoline, Petsmart, and Walmart) or checks designated to purchase any of the above items should be sent to the Post Office address above.

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Since our last report, we have received 138 stamps from Joanne Daube, Lois Holbrook, Mardi Hoofnagle and Jamie Reagin. It is wonderful to not have to worry about postage for our newsletters and other mailings.

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IN MEMORY—From Jo-Anne Croghan ”in loving memory of Mini Me, who left us on November 25, 2014.”

From Thomas Lanford “in memory of Ruby, beloved companion of Jean Beasley.”

From Pamela Rountree “in memory of Abednego Lanford, a wonderful kitty who was the companion of Thomas and Holly Lanford.”

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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 is not included and you would like it to be, please let us know.

To Vicky Murphy for continuing your monthly on-line support through PayPal. We so appreciate being able to count on your support each month.

To Nancy Donahue for sending support to help with our truck repair. Others who wish to remain anonymous also helped with getting this repair done.

To Mardi Hoofnagle for the very much appreciated Lowes gift card.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your very generous and consistent on-line support—for both the animals and me.

To Irv & Gail Laddin for again sending extra support in November. It is so very much appreciated.

To Lynna Murphy for your support and blessings.

To Walter Gordy for supporting us so generously all year.

To the anonymous donors who sent us as gas-powered weed eater.

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

To Mary Ann Williams for your financial support and offer to send us bedding and towels. We really need them!

To Martha Milton, who sent us a generous donation from the Foundation of which she is a committee member.

To Gloria Young for your financial support and lovely kitten and puppy card with its very kind words. We, too, wish you had that magic wand.

To Gloria Overbey for your support to help with our vet bills.

To those of you who shopped online using Goodshop and searched using Goodsearch this year. We recently received a check representing your efforts. We would love to get an even larger one next year. Please consider shopping and searching with them during 2016. They have thousands of retailers on board and have donated about $12 million to worthy causes.

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FROM THE NEWS – The American Humane Association, November 25, 2015

The President has signed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which means that now ALL military working dogs will be guaranteed a ride home and retirement on U.S. soil!

And best of all, the people who know these dogs better than anyone — their handlers who served bravely alongside them on the hot desert sands of Iraq and Afghanistan and on bases around the world — will be given the first rights at adopting these canine heroes.

There are so many people to thank for making this possible. Thank you to the President and all the members of Congress who we met with and who supported this vital breakthrough, including military dog advocates Congressman Frank LoBiondo and Senator Claire McCaskill who introduced this language in the House and Senate.

And thank you for all you did to make this possible. Our supporters sent letters to their representatives on the Hill to tell them to vote for this important bill. You supported our efforts last year as American Humane Association paid to help the transport home and reunion of 21 brave K-9 Battle Buddy teams. You were there for us every step of the way.

Mostly importantly, we thank these brave heroes for serving our country, and we are grateful that every one will finally get the retirement they deserve with those who care for them most.

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One of the greatest joys of this season is the opportunity to say THANK YOU and to wish all of you the very best in the New Year.

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