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Sent: December 31, 2015

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“I'm not an activist; I don't look for controversy. I'm not a political person, but I'm a person with compassion. I care passionately about equal rights. I care about human rights. I care about animal rights.”
Ellen DeGeneres

Every animal has his or her story, his or her thoughts, daydreams, and interests. All feel joy and love, pain and fear, as we now know beyond any shadow of a doubt. All deserve that the human animal afford them the respect of being cared for with great consideration for those interests or left in peace.” - Ingrid Newkirk

Dear Friends,

First and foremost, thank you to all our friends who keep wishing us the best and for all your hard work trying to see that we get it. This has always been a group effort and you are so much appreciated and loved.

This past month has been both wonderful and also the toughest I have ever experienced. Thanks to you, almost all our Christmas wish list has been filled. I do need to add blankets to the list--just because we haven't had extremely cold weather doesn't mean we won't have any. So blankets are a must and will soon become an urgent need.

A special thank you to our anonymous donors for their generosity. And especially for the food sent to the shelter. This is an on-going need and, quite frankly, I don't know how we would survive without your help. We are truly blessed to have you care about us.

I also want to thank another anonymous donor who sent handmade bedding for the cats. There were several different items in that package. I took one of them for my own use......the large bath towel. I didn't think you would mind. You see, all my towels, bath cloths, sheets, pillowcases, etc., were stolen. Along with all my shoes, dresses, jeans, leather jackets and boots and even my sweat shirts, socks and underwear. My brother, Ken, and his wife stepped in to get me clothed, but I still only have the one bath towel in your package. Thank you for sending it.

Now the explanation of why it was such a tough month for me personally. Two days before Thanksgiving, I was in a very serious car accident. My car left the road, traveled down a 20 ft embankment, hit a drainage culvert and were thrown midair onto another road parallel to the road we were traveling. When we hit the culvert, I thought my back was broken. I have never experienced such all-encompassing pain. When we came to a stop, I was barely able to open the door and fall from the vehicle. Lying there in the dirt, I could see we would not be noticed from the main road. We looked like a car parked on the parallel road. Since the car was upright, you could not tell we had wrecked. Only up close could you see the damage. The underside of the car was a mess. The front wheels were lying out almost flat to the ground, which must have happened when we hit the culvert so hard.

I could hardly get my breath. Then I saw that the driver, who I had thought of as my friend, was getting his coat and preparing to leave me there in the dirt. I didn't question him. I simply asked him to locate my phone so I could call for help. I knew I couldn't be seen from the main road. And was terrified of being left there. I knew approximately where we were so I called my son and asked for help.. I didn't want an ambulance. I am always of the opinion if I can move, I'm OK. It took some talking to get my son to agree to take me to the hospital and not call an ambulance. I crawled to his truck, managed to pull myself up and in. During the entire ride, I had to listen to all the reasons people call ambulances. But I didn't care. I needed something for pain and I needed it then.

At the ER, I was given all the standard tests and x-rays and morphine. Then I was told I was just shaken up and to go see my family doctor in the morning.

At daylight, I crawled out to the dog pens dragging a bag of food. The pain was terrible but I didn't want to leave the new girl to do all this alone. Quite frankly, she was just conquering her fear of the large dogs. I knew I was going to need her to care for them alone for a few days and I didn't want to scare her right off the bat.

I crawled back to bed and tried to sleep. At 10 a.m. my phone rang. It was the hospital saying I had two collapsed vertebra they had not seen on the x-rays earlier and I was not to be lifting anything heavier than 15 lbs--and to come back to the ER if I needed to. Funny people those nurses. I wasn't going anywhere for a while if I could help it.

I have been in pain ever since that night and was told to go to the Orthopedic Center for treatment. I made an appointment, but all they wanted to do was talk about insurance and whether or not there going to be any lawyers involved. So I didn't go back.

I am now able to do some of what I had been doing—albeit slowly. The pain is a constant, sometime more, sometimes less. My doctor tells me that if I follow his directions about the amount of work I do, surgery shouldn’t be necessary.

When the airbags deployed, there was just enough light for me to see it coming at me. Mine happened to be white. I thought I was seeing the white light I am told you see when you are dying. My only thought at the time was "please, God, take care care of my babies." I am glad I am still here to do that very thing.

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URGENT PLEA—Most of the items on our Christmas wish list are needed every day at the shelter. We need you to send as many of those items as possible on a regular basis to: Carolyn Keeton, ALL CATS INC, 138 Ham Road, Albertville 35951. Besides food and littler, we use an enormous amount of paper towels, detergent, and cleaning supplies every single day. Sending those items to us does save us time, travel expense and labor. Ordering from our local Wal-Mart in Guntersville is the most efficient method as they deliver promptly. If you order food, the animals do best on Purina Cat or Dog chow.

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IN MEMORY—From Maudann Shugart “in memory of Chanel, Miss Personality, MY beloved cat--and all the others I have lost.”

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 120 stamps from Joanne Daube, Lois Holbrook, Benjamin Jones 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. We appreciate so much being able to count on your support each and every month.

To Renee Merback for your financial support and the supply of return envelopes and coupons.

To Mildred Ferrell for your note of sympathy and blessings about the loss of my step-grandson.

To Misty Saldi for sending support and your sympathy over the death of my step-grandson. Please also thank your son for the PetSmart gift cards and money he sent us after receiving them for his birthday.

To Barbara Johnson for the lovely expression of sympathy over the death of my step-grandson. I am very sorry that you sustained a similar loss a few years ago. I also find it very difficult to believe Travis is gone. Your prayers are very much appreciated.

To Irv and Gail Laddin for the extra support sent in December. It is very much appreciated.

To Kathy Beckman for the very much needed Lowes gift cards.

To Marianne Pugh for again sending very generous on-line support.

To Gloria Overbey for again helping us with our veterinary bills and for the Wal-Mart gift card.

To Mary Jane Johnson for continuing to help us—with your very generous support each and every month.

To Jo-Anne Croghan for your support to be used where most needed.

To Joanne Daube for sending us PetSmart and Walmart gift cards.

To Fritz and Marliese Kalk for your support and Christmas greetings. I am sorry to hear that you had health difficulties this year. I hope that 2016 will be a very happy and healthy year for you.

To Maryland Timmerman and Rabeth Walker for your news and support. You are to be admired for your dedication to helping animals.

To Gloria Young for your support and for your lovely note. Thank you, too, for your card of sympathy for the loss our family recently suffered.

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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.

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. Walmart, Kroger, PETCO, Home Depot, Lowes and PetSmart cards are especially welcome.

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.

Our utility bills vary from month to month but your help with paying them is always very much appreciated.

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IN THE NEWS – The 10th annual year-end report issued by The Animal Legal Defense Fund is out, which ranks the animal protection laws of all 50 states. The rankings are based on a comprehensive review of each jurisdiction’s animal protection laws including over 4,000 pages of statutes.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is the premiere legal organization for animals, working to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. Its report is the longest-running and most authoritative report of its kind, tracking which states are taking animal protection seriously.

Following Illinois at the top, in order are Oregon (2), Maine (3), California (4), and Michigan (5). On the flip side, following Kentucky are bottom-dwellers Iowa (49), Wyoming (48), Utah (47), and North Dakota (46), rounding out states with the weakest animal protection laws.

All 50 states have felony provisions for animal fighting, and now eight states make fighting a RICO (racketeering) offense. Lora Dunn, Staff Attorney for the Criminal Justice Program at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, went on to explain how dogfighting is a highly organized and dangerous activity —for the fighting animals and bait animals, not to mention the children who are forced to watch or even participate. She commends New Jersey for passing additional measures to combat this heinous crime, such as making dogfighting a RICO offense.

Stephen Wells, Executive Director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, adds that “Protective orders are crucial for removing both human and animal victims from the cycle of domestic violence, because human victims are often afraid to leave their pets behind.” Wells says, “We applaud those states that recognize the clear link between violence towards humans and animals by allowing judges to include animals in domestic violence protective orders—and we hope other states continue to follow suit.” Ohio enacted such a provision this year, bringing the total to 29 states, in addition to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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