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Sent: July 1, 2016

Telephone/Text: 256-677-5518
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
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Dear Friends,


We have had a terrible time with food this past month. Some days I had barely enough to feed everyone. Thankfully, the puppies and their mother have all gone to their new homes. This helped a lot, but we still barely got by. Some days I had to feed vegetables, soups, crackers, etc., to have enough for all our babies. We also adopted out two full-grown puppies later in the month.

I know we have said this over and over--but we do badly need more of your help with food. PLEASE – If you can possibly do so, 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. Whatever you can do to prevent another month like June is much needed.

Our lawn mower needs a belt pulley so it can be started, so our grounds are badly in need of mowing. This pulley costs around $80. This item is now on our wish list.

Also added to our wish list is a transmission for our 1993 Chevrolet pick-up or money for the repair of the one in the truck now. The mechanic recommended to me estimates either repair or the new transmission will cost about $800. Without this repair or replacement, I have to either borrow a vehicle or rent one for all trips to get food or supplies or go to the vet.

We also need lots of paper towels. It seems I am always cleaning up and I use huge amounts of paper towels. We also need washing powders. Bedding is a constant washing problem. It never all gets done at the same time, but some gets done everyday, which uses a lot of detergent.

I want you all to know how much I appreciate you for what you do for these animals. They are so very much worth your efforts on their behalf to give them the life they deserve. Thank you so much.

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Since our last report, we received 40 stamps from Jamie Reagin . We are totally out of stamps right now. Please send as many as you can.

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Nadine Hereth passed recently. She was a great person and friend of this shelter for many years. She is greatly missed.

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Packages shipped to the shelter do not all arrive at the same time even when they are from one person, and sometimes there is no indication of the sender’s name. So, please forgive me if I don't list each separate item. If your name should have been included on this listing and was not, please let us know so we can correct the omission. Please be assured that we greatly appreciate every bit of support we receive.

To Vicky Murphy once again for your monthly on-line support. We appreciate being able to count on your support each and every month.

To Jamie Reagin for sending both food and stamps in addition to your monthly financial support.

To Ronald Coleman for your financial help.

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.

To Joanne Croghan for your steady support of the shelter.

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

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ANIMAL WELFARE – By Susan Bird, May 23, 2016

Petitions and pleas have helped achieve freedom for animals. Johns Hopkins University decided it will no longer use live animals to train medical students. “Given that almost all medical schools have stopped using live animals in medical student education and that the experience is not essential, the School of Medicine has decided that the use of live animals in the surgical clerkship should stop,” Johns Hopkins officials told students on May 18. Use of live animals will stop in June 2016.

This is welcome news indeed. Johns Hopkins reviewed the state of medical training and decided using live animals is simply not required anymore. True, this decision comes in part due to pressure from animal activists. Remember, though, that Johns Hopkins is a top flight medical school. Rest assured that this institution would never stop a practice it truly believed was critical to training excellent physicians unless that practice could safely be dropped.

Johns Hopkins’ decision means there’s now only a single medical school holdout. Only one of almost 200 schools in all of the United States and Canada continues to use live animals for medical training. It’s the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) Chattanooga. Why? When every top level medical school from Harvard to Johns Hopkins says using animals is simply not required, why does one school continue this unnecessary, ethically questionable and antiquated practice?

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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. Nearby stations include Chevron, Amoco, Conoco, BP, Shell and Texaco.

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.

STILL NEEDED: Electric floor cleaner. I understand Swiffer makes a very good one.

NEW ITEM: Belt pulley for shelter lawn mower - $80. Mower will not start without this.

NEW ITEM: Repair or replacement of truck transmission - $800.

NEW ITEMS: Paper towels and laundry detergent. These are needed in large amounts daily. Please help.

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IN THE NEWS – From Lifestyle – June 16, 2016

When it came to rescuing a dog locked in a car on a sweltering day, one man in Canada decided to take whatever means were necessary to pull the pooch to safety.

An unidentified man was captured on video hurling a large rock repeatedly until he smashed the back window on the driver's side of a BMW in order to remove the suffering dog in the parking lot of a festival in Ontario.

The dog was soaking wet as the man pulled him to safety on a day when temperatures were more than 90 degrees.
Kitchener resident Wilson Costa, who shot a video of the scene and posted it on Facebook, told TODAY the owners had been absent for about 50 minutes despite an announcement asking them to return to the parking lot to get their dog at a festival in Grand Bend on June 11.
"The dog seemed to be panicking,'' Costa said. "It was pacing back and forth.”

"People were offering advice on ways to break the window. A rock at the time seemed to be the quickest solution."

The unidentified man took it one step further than NBC anchor Kyle Clark, who highlighted the dangers of dogs being left in hot cars two days earlier. Clark considered to rescue a suffering dog in Denver and later confronted the owner.

No one objected to breaking the window, according to Costa, who owns a Pomeranian.

"My dog gets hot quickly outside with all her fur, so I could imagine what the other dog was feeling inside the car,'' he said. "I was concerned that the dog could have health issues or even die if any more time had passed."

The owners and the police later arrived at about the same time another 50 minutes later, Costa said. The Ontario Provincial Police are conducting an ongoing investigation with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Huron County Human Society, OPP Constable Christopher Doupe told TODAY.

The investigation has not yet determined how long the dog was in the car until it was rescued. Any potential charges or penalties for the owners would not come until the conclusion of the investigation.

Section 445 of the Criminal Code of Canada provides that "anyone who willfully and unlawfully causes pain or suffering to an animal can face a maximum $10,000 fine or imprisonment from 1.5 to 5 years,'' according to Doupe.

The owners did not file any formal complaint against the man who broke the window, Doupe said. The investigation will determine whether that man will face any type of penalty.

Doupe also offered advice to others facing a similar situation where they see a dog suffering in a hot car.
"The OPP recommends that people monitor the animal, contact police, animal control or a by-law officer,'' Doupe said. "The police can request a tow service to unlock and access the interior of a vehicle. If possible and circumstances permit, let animal control and or law enforcement shoulder the responsibility of damage to someone's property.

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