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Sent: January 30, 2016

Telephone/Text: 256-302-3823
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
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“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

“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.”
― Hippolyte Taine

Dear Friends,

I have lived on this piece of property most of my life. My parents bought this property when I was one year old. It has always been my safe place.. But, with the changing times, I have learned that is no longer true. It is safe to say that the danger comes from outside our own little community. For the most part, all the same families I grew up with are still here on property handed down from one generation to the next. But our story this month shows just how much things have changed. I have been attacked in my own home and at a time when I was already injured. I hear about these things on the news. Never did I believe it could happen here.

I had started to tell you the story of another attack. But after the outcome of several expensive calls from snitches at the jail where these people were carried, I decided to tell you the story of what went right instead.

For one thing, these people were held at gunpoint by my son until the police arrested them. Their trial will be held next month. We had the trial for the persons who stole all my belongings this past Tuesday. They were ordered to pay restitution, and I had to then submit a complete listing of the belongings that were taken. I did my best, but I am sure I missed a lot of things. They had sold all my belongings at a yard sale, so there was no getting anything back. When all is said and done, I will never actually get any money. These people don't have any way of getting any unless they steal someone else's property. A vicious circle.

But we did learn that all three attacks were done by one group of people. I actually felt better about that. And, they are all mistaken in what they think I did to one of them. I had driven a mother and two year old to the doctor. While there, the mother passed out in the doctor’s waiting room, leaving the child on the floor. When the doctor came in for the examination, the child was eating cigarettes from the mothers purse. A blood test showed the mother had five different illegal drugs in her system. The child was turned over to Children's Services. And somehow, someway that became my fault. This little apartment complex of six or eight apartments banded together to make my life miserable. And, they have been successful. But, hopefully, this will now stop.

The last attack was the worst. I was actually beaten and my back re-injured. The men pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and destruction of property, but innocent of physical abuse. The jail house snitches have been invaluable in getting the facts. The two men admitted to the entire jail population that, "We would have quit hitting if she had told where she hid the money." Sixteen of the snitches have signed an affidavit to be admitted to the Court.

So, rather than relive that whole horrible day, I just want to be happy that I know the Judge will give them , in his own words, "a lot of time". They deserve it.

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URGENT PLEA—Most of the items on our wish list are needed every day at the shelter. Please 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 Walter Gordy “in memory of my sister, Elizabeth G. Brandt, who passed away on December 11. She always sent a check to ALL CATS for my birthday on January 18. You and your staff certainly do a great job helping cats and dogs in great need.” Walter—our deepest sympathy for the loss of your sister and thank you for the very kind words. And a belated Happy 84th Birthday!

From Thomas Lanford “in loving memory of one of the Hebrew children, Abednego. He was a cat who wanted food and water in his dish and attention when he could get it. He is and will be missed.” Thank you very much for the PETCO gift card.

From Joseph and Marion Poythress “in memory of our neighbors’ (Mr. & Mrs Steve Moore) dog, Chrissie, who sadly was enthanized just before New Year.”

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 100 stamps from Lois Holbrook, Morgan, Quinton Lily & Tom 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 the person (s) who sent the boxes from Amazon Pantry. Those were two of the best thought-out boxes I have ever received. A little of something for everyone here. You did great. Thank You!

To Maudann Shugart and Mary Ann Williams of Deceased Pet Care for the towels and pet blankets.

To the anonymous supporters for the generous supply of towels, food and litter.

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

To Irv and Gail Laddin for again sending extra support in January. It is very much appreciated.

To Kathy Beckman for the very much needed and appreciated Lowes gift card.

To Deborah Heald for your generous on-line support.

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

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 Barbara Johnson for your support and kind words about my accident. We will all hope for a better 2016.

To Avis Buchanan for generously helping us with food and vet bills.

To Joan Macdonald for your very generous support from your charitable fund.

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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 – It’s been almost a decade since the scandal surrounding Michael Vick and his involvement in an illegal dogfighting ring in Virginia grabbed the nation’s attention. However, the dogs who were saved have not been forgotten and now their story is being told in a new film.

At the time the case stirred a lot of outrage and raised questions about how to move forward, dividing the animal welfare community. Should they be killed? Could they be rehabilitated? Could they ever be adopted?
Some said they were too damaged and dangerous and should be killed. Others fought valiantly for their lives, and they won, forever changing what happens in the aftermath of a bust.

Of the survivors, 10 of the more adoptable dogs went to BADRAP in California, while 22 of the most traumatized dogs went to Best Friends Animal Society in Utah where they would start over in new lives. Later they would become known as the Vicktory Dogs.

Some will stay at Best Friends forever, but others have since moved on to new homes. They’ve become members of their families, sharing their homes with human and animal siblings alike, and have gone on to become not only ambassadors for the breed, but powerful symbols of hope and resilience. They showed us all what can be done with a second chance.

Now their story is being told in “The Champions,” a new documentary created by Darcy Dennett, which just made its world premiere over the weekend at the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), which for the first time ever featured a “Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights” program for filmmakers who want to share stories that will change the world and, hopefully, our relationship with animals for the better. From the film’s synopsis:

The documentary The Champions, follows five of the dogs, from the time they are first rescued through their adoption. It is not just about the dogs themselves, but how they change and inspire the people who come into their lives. It also follows-up with six dogs who remain at Best Friends to this day, some of them for life. Thanks to the work of Best Friends and BADRAP, dozens of the dogs who would have summarily been killed were given a second chance to prove that even fighting dogs rescued from the most extreme circumstances can be successfully rehabilitated with love, time, and patience. That in fact, what many of these dogs need to thrive isn’t rehabilitation at all, but time to recover.

Today, a majority of the dogs have successfully been placed into loving, adoptive homes. Their story proves that even creatures who have suffered the most unimaginable abuse have amazing strength, spirit, and resilience. It is a story of the bonds of trust and love we have with animals and their importance in our lives, a relationship that has the potential to bring out the best in the human and animal spirit.

The film also touches on something that continues to hurt pit bulls and their families in general: breed discrimination. Hopefully it will help continue to dispel the myths that surround these dogs and open the hearts and minds of more people who will stop fearing and targeting them based on stereotypes.

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