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Sent: May 1, 2016

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

“There are two means of refuge from the misery of life - music and cats.” - Albert Schweitzer

“True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power. Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which is deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.”
― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Dear Friends,

This month has been especially stressful what with being so afraid we were going to lose our property to land taxes. Thanks to extra support from many of you and a loan covering the balance, we squeaked through. Albeit on the very last day. Talk about nervous!! I spent the last three days in tears! Never, never, never will that ever happen again!

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In addition to our usual assortment of animals, a mother dog in the process of giving birth was left tied to our mailbox. Thankfully I had only walked to the store, so I wasn't very far away. I couldn't believe what I was seeing as I walked up the hill. The poor mother was very frightened and doing her best to keep her new babies behind the mailbox. She didn't utter even one sound as I untied her, gathered up the babies and got her to a safe place.

I didn't have an empty pen for her, so I had to ask a neighbor to take her in for a while. He was delighted to help and kept giving me updates on the newest arrivals. Thankfully, they stopped at nine. So far, seven have been spoken for! After hearing their story, everyone close wants "one of the mailbox babies." They are beautiful little things and they will all live in adjacent homes.

My friend says he wants to keep the mother and any puppies who don't get adopted if we will pay for her to be spayed. I think that is a great deal and readily agreed to it.

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In addition to those puppies, we had three adoptions of adult dogs this month. They all went to people who come for regular visits to the shelter. I knew it was just a matter of time before they took them home. After their March visit, one of the dogs crawled into their car as they were getting ready to leave. The youngest child said, "Look, Mom. Bailey chose us. Now we have to get the back yard fenced." And, they did. So, rather than take Bailey away from his brothers, they adopted not only Bailey, but Bradley and Braden, too. I went to visit with them today and couldn't be happier with their new home. And, best of all, neither could they.

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WISH LIST ADDITION; Added to our wish list is an electric floor cleaner. I have not looked at them but am told that Swiffer makes a very good one.

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REMINDER—Food is ALWAYS our most pressing need. The cats and dogs need your special help each and every month. 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, (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.

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STAMP REPORT— Since our last report, we received stamps from Joanne Daube, Jamie Reagin and an anonymous donor. We are low on stamps so please send as many as you can.

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THANK YOU—I want to give a special thanks to whomever sent the paper towels. We always need them but the timing was especially good. There wasn't a note saying who sent them, but "Thank you so much!"

Packages shipped to the shelter do not all arrive at the same time even when they are from one person. So, please forgive me if I don't list each separate item. But do know that we greatly appreciate every item we receive.

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 both food and stamps in addition to your financial support.

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

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

To Tammie Porter for your much appreciated on-line support and prayers in both March and April.

To Marianne Pugh for sending us the beautiful comforter made by your grandmother.

To Mary Jane Johnson for continuing to help us—with your very generous on line support each and every month to help both me personally and the shelter. And for your very kind words.

To Kelly Meeks for your generous on-line support when we needed it most!

To Renee Merback for sending the three fleece blankets plus financial support.

To Joan MacDonald for your very generous on-line support.

To Deborah Heald for the very generous on-line support you sent in early April. Considering that so much of our support was sent back by the Post Office during that time, this was especially appreciated!!

To Julie Ashton for your great generosity.

To the regular donor who sent an especially generous donation for both the taxes and animals but who wishes to remain anonymous

To Misty Saldi for sending much needed and appreciation donation of food.

We also received a very much needed food donation from two people who wish to remain anonymous.

To Joanne Croghan for your consistent support of the shelter.

To Gloria Young for your financial support and VERY encouraging note.

To Gloria Overbey for your consistent support to help with vet care.

To Bill Underwood for your very generous financial support.

To Nancy Donahue for the extra support you sent in April. It was so very much appreciated!

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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.

NEW ITEM – Electric floor cleaner.


In a victory for dogs and for critics of puppy mills, an ordinance banning the sale of dogs and cats from commercial breeders in Phoenix, Arizona pet stores, is here to stay.

In 2013, Phoenix passed an ordinance banning pet stores from selling cats and dogs from commercial breeders, instead requiring them to offer only companion animals who came from shelters and rescues. The ordinance was passed in an effort to give bad breeders one less place to sell dogs and reduce the number of homeless pets being killed by promoting adoption. But the ordinance was later challenged.

While laws like this are becoming more common across the nation — and have been passed in major cities including Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco — there’s still some major opposition from those who stand to lose a profit with their passage.
In this case, Frank and Vickie Mineo, the owners of a local pet store called Puppies ‘N Love, filed a lawsuit challenging the law, arguing it was unconstitutional and would unfairly hurt their business and they got some major support from big organizations who threw down $125,000 to support their case.

The Mineos also argued they only source dogs from small breeders and those licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), but those who are working to shut bad breeders down continue to point out that USDA standards don’t mean much when it comes to proper care and treatment of dogs.

Fortunately, U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell rejected a pet store’s challenge, which means the ban is here to stay.

Despite being a win for dogs, not everyone is celebrating the ruling. The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, which supported the lawsuit, issued a statement condemning the ruling. The organization’s Executive Vice President Mike Bober said a better course of action would be to “enforce rigorous breeding standards and to arm consumers with information so they are empowered to make sure their dog comes from a reputable breeder.”

The USDA could unquestionably stand to improve enforcement of the pathetic regulations we already have in place for breeders, but laws like this won’t stop residents of Phoenix, or any other city, from going out and finding their perfect dog. And again, no reputable breeder would hand their dogs over to be sold in a pet store.

Animal advocates meanwhile are celebrating the ruling they hope will keep out-of-state breeders out of the city and help save more dogs.

Phoenix City Councilwoman Thelda Williams, who worked to pass the ordinance, told the Arizona Republic that many local residents and rescue organizations have sent her e-mails of gratitude about the ruling.

“I’m just delighted that the city of Phoenix won,” said added. “This means more protection for puppy lovers and the puppies themselves. We have so many dogs in Arizona that need homes, we don’t need to import them.”

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