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Sent: March 30, 2016

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“A kitten is, in the animal world, what a rosebud is in the garden.” - ― Robert Sowthey

“I had to have company -- I was made for it, I think -- so I made friends with the animals. They are just charming, and they have the kindest disposition and the politest ways; they never look sour, they never let you feel that you are intruding, they smile at you and wag their tail, if they've got one, and they are always ready for a romp or an excursion or anything you want to propose.” ― Mark Twain, Eve's Diary

Dear Friends,

This month has been the most hectic in years. Running out of food twice, needing money for the electric bill, and a new dog just showing up and laying claim to everything on the place and demanding every second he can get of attention-- plus a small fox making a nest under one of our buildings. Even in the midst of all that, we did manage to adopt out 4 dogs.

We are calling him the new dog Victor. He is a black and white pit mix who knows all the tricks. He will run up behind you and literally knock you off your feet. He does this to the other dogs as well. He is still a puppy and I know without a doubt that someone left him in our yard. The only person who can seem to get any control over him is the FedEx man. He promised to ask his wife if she would mind taking him. He is really a beautiful and intelligent animal.

I spent the Easter weekend in the hospital hooked up to several machines. I was experiencing severe chest pains. After spending Saturday night and all day Sunday, I was told it was simply stress. STRESS???? Who me? Now whatever do they mean? Seriously, I was and am thankful that it wasn't more serious.

I apologize for not getting the information to Pat so she could complete the individual "thank you" messages and list all the people who sent stamps. This is purely and simply my fault. I promise to do better next month. But, everyone please know we are extremely grateful for each and every one of you and the contributions you make to keep our animals happy and healthy and this shelter running as it should.


EXTRA URGENT PLEA—To put it bluntly, we need more of your help in providing enough food. The dogs and cats eat about $125 worth every day. It is our nightmare scenario to not have enough food for them – and we came way too close to that happening in March. PLEASE, PLEASE – Help us by:

(1) ordering food to be sent to the shelter—the most efficient way is to order through the Wal-Mart in Guntersville to be sent to us at 138 Ham Road, Albertville AL 35951, but any method you choose is very much welcome,

(2) sending support on-line using PayPal,

(3) sending Wal-Mart or PetSmart gift cards, or

(4) sending a check to the Post Office address stating it is to be used for food.

Thank you for whatever you can do to prevent our animals from going hungry.


IN MEMORY—From Thomas and Holly Lanford in memory of Sheer-Khan, beloved kitty of Kathleen and Willliam Lanford. Thank you so much for the Petco card.

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ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING – Traveling with Pets -

Whether you’re taking your dog on a cross country vacation, or flying your cat overseas to your new home, traveling can be a stressful experience for everyone involved. Proper planning and preparation can go a long way to making the journey run as smoothly as possible so that you can enjoy your travel adventure with your furry friends.

1. Selecting the Right Travel Method for Your Pet’s Character

While some animals love the excitement of going in the car and being on the road, others can become very frightened and nervous by the ordeal. If you’ve never taken your pet on a long journey before, it might be best to get them used to traveling in the car before you go by taking them on some shorter journeys first.
Dogs can either travel in a crate or with a seat belt in the rear of the vehicle. Nervous and overly excitable dogs are best suited to a crate as it allows them to settle down in a more secure and comforting area.

If your dog is anxious about getting into the crate, you can introduce them to it over time by leaving the side open and encouraging them to explore it without locking them in. You can even put their favorite blanket or toy to make it a more appealing proposition for them.

Cats are generally much easier travel companions as you can simply place them into their cat carrier with some cozy blankets and a bowl of water, and they will often sleep their way through the journey. If you’re embarking on an epic journey, you might need to consider getting a larger carry cage with room for a small litter tray.

2. General Care and Wellbeing

Heat: Temperatures can get extremely hot in vehicles during the summer months, so make sure that you’ve always got adequate airflow and shade for your animals.
Hydration: If possible, provide water for your pets in their crate carry case, but if this is not practical, make sure you take plenty of breaks along the way so that you can offer them a drink.

Toilet Breaks: Younger animals may require lots of toilet breaks during a journey, so make sure you factor this into your journey time, and keep your eyes open for suitable resting places along the way.
Restlessness: Your pets will be much more comfortable and content in the car if they have been for a really long walk beforehand. If you’re travelling in excess of 12 hours, you will need to provide them with lots of exercise along the way.

Sickness: Some animals just don’t travel well, and will feel nauseous and sick every time they go in the car. Prepare for this by keeping lots of clean blankets and tissues with you. You can also speak to your vet beforehand to see if there is anything that can be given to ease the sickness.

3. Legal Issues With Pet Travel

There are many different rules and regulations regarding pet travel in different locations, so make sure you do your research before leaving.
If you’re travelling abroad, you may require a pet passport, and depending on your destination, your pets might also be obliged to have certain vaccinations. You need to plan well ahead for this as some vaccines need to be given up to 10 weeks before the travel date; don’t leave this to the last minute. Wherever you are planning on traveling with your pets, making sure you are well prepared is essential for ensuring a safe and enjoyable trip for all.

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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 Jamie Reagin for sending cat food and the four tarps which were on our wish list.

To Mildred Ferrell for your consistent support to be used to defray vet expense.

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

To Tammie Porter for your much appreciated on-line support and prayers.

To Walter Gordy for your very generous support to be used for cat and dog food.

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

To Kelly Meeks for your generous on-line support.

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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 – 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 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 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 both compassionate and “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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