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Sent: February 27, 2016

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P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
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“I wish people were more like animals. Animals don't try to change you or make you fit in. They just enjoy the pleasure of your company. Animals aren't conditional about friendships. Animals like you just the way you are. They listen to your problems, they comfort you when you're sad, and all they ask in return is a little kindness.”
― Bill Watterson

“Friendship fills your life with the essence of joy and mutual understanding. And some of the best friends in life have more than two legs.”
― Veronika Jensen

Dear Friends,

This past month has been better than the last couple.

All the legal issues have been resolved. I will never get any of my things back and probably never get any restitution, but some people are in jail. I guess I will have to settle for that. The person who caused me bodily injury will spend at least 5 years locked up.

The Judge scared me when he at first suggested they come to work at the shelter. I immediately jumped to my feet and yelled "not in my lifetime." This caused a ripple of laughter in the courtroom. The Judge remarked, "Well, I guess I have been overruled." So these people will be in jail for a while. I suggested "forever." Again the laughter. But I was dead serious!

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We had three large dogs adopted this month. At first I was leery of letting these dogs go. They had been in a pen separate from the others because they would fight any dogs we tried to introduce to them, but they didn't fight among themselves. But the people were adamant that these were the dogs they wanted. So, I agreed to an adoption on a trial basis. These people are family (of each other, not me) and their homes are all next door to one another. Their land is all contiguous and all fenced together.

Turns out, this was exactly the perfect home for these dogs. They now have 12 acres to run on, and 4 children to spoil them rotten. I have been to visit twice and couldn't be happier for the dogs or the families. All are getting along and couldn't be happier together. A great life for all concerned.

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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 litter, 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.

UPDATE—In February, no one sent any of these essential items to the shelter. In fact, we came so close to running out of food that I had to contact several supporters and ask for help. Fortunately, they came through and no animal went hungry. PLEASE—We desperately want to avoid this.

You may help by (1) sending food and/or supplies directly to the shelter, (2) sending us gift cards for Wal-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot, gasoline station (see list below) or Petsmart or (3) sending extra support via PayPal or check.


Since our last report, we have received 70 stamps from Lois Holbrook and Jamie Reagin. We are getting a bit low so please send as many as you can.

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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 anonymous donor who sent us the most wonderful large blanket. In addition to food, this is our main wish list item this month.

To Sandy Briggs for your support to be used as needed.

To Sally Prahl for sending Lowes, BP and Home Depot gift cards—plus a check and cash. It was like Christmas all over again!

To Mildred Ferrell for your consistent support to help with our vet bills.

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

To Mary Jane Johnson for always helping us—with your very generous support each and every month.

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

To Avis Buchanan for generously helping us with our vet bills.

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We were issued a small donation from the Foundation as a result of program activity during 4Q 2015. We would very much like to receive much larger donations during 2016.

Please help by bookmarking the following link – - so all your eligible shopping will benefit the shelter.

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to us.

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ITEMS ALWAYS NEEDED AND WELCOME—See new items highlighted below.

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, 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.

NEW ITEM – Lots of extra-large blankets.

NEW ITEM – Tarps at least 12 feet wide by 14 feet long.

NEW ITEM – LOTS of paper towels—any brand.

NEW ITEM – Two 100-gallon propane tanks. These may be purchased at Lowes, Marvyns or Home Depot. The 20-gallon tanks don’t last long enough and tend to run out at bad times—like the middle of the night.

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 – Alicia Graef - November 16, 2015

This week Animal Place shared the story of one heartbroken little goat named Mr. G who had seemingly given up on life when his rescuers realized the problem was that he was overcome with grief over the loss of his best friend, a burro named Jellybean.

The two had lived together for years but were split up and taken in by two different sanctuaries after being confiscated from a neglectful situation. Mr. G was taken in by Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch in Grass Valley, Calif.

According to Animal Place, Mr. G was inconsolable, refusing to eat and spending his days lying in the corner of his stall with his head down. No treats were enough to entice him to eat or move. After health problems were ruled out, it became obvious to his rescuers that he was mourning the loss of his best friend. They decided a reunion was in order and a volunteer took a 14 hour roundtrip to get Jellybean. They describe the reunion:

When Jellybean entered Mr. G‘s stall, he could not believe his eyes. In fact, he did a double-take! It was only when he smelled Jellybean‘s unique scent that Mr. G realized the truth – his dearest friend had returned!

Mr. G erupted from his prone position, snorting and inhaling Jellybean‘s presence. He rushed after her into their outdoor pasture. The magical moment came when Mr. G began eating from Jellybean‘s bowl!

The story of Mr. G and Jellybean is one among many showing us just how deeply animals feel and offers us a reminder that we’re not the only beings with individual personalities who are capable of experiencing a wide range of emotions, having preferences and forming deep bonds with each other.

These two will be permanent residents at Animal Place, which hopes their story will help visitors and others come to understand the emotional lives of non-human animals.

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