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ALL CATS, INC. -- eNews for February 2005

Sent: January 28, 2005

64 Lumpkin County Park Drive Dahlonega, GA 30533

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1095, Dawsonville, GA 30534-0022

All Donations are Tax Deductible
Founded By: Carolyn Keeton

Please Send all Mail to the Above Post Office Address. Thank You!


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Dear Friends,

The route from the Farm to the new property in Lee County takes us past the local animal control facility. Outside their gates are two pens for the police to leave any animals they may encounter in their work. These pens are not very secure and they most certainly are not comfortable. One pen has a house without a floor; the other has only a top part of a Dogloo for a shelter. There is no bedding of any kind in either pen and no bowls for food or water. At least the pen has a tall roof, but it doesn't afford much protection in bad weather. The doors are chained so they can barely be opened by anyone without a key to the lock. I do want to stress that this is not the fault of the staff. They do the best they can with what they have to work with. Also, the facility has an entirely new staff of very caring people who basically disagree with all the policies of the former staff. This can only be good and I expect to see some improvements very quickly. The entire grounds are fenced with six-foot chain link with barbed wire on the top. I still don't understand why they have barbed wire, but that seems to be the norm at most such facilities. This story starts with that very same wire.

I pass that place at least six times a day, at all kinds of hours. It is not uncommon for me to be there at 2 a.m. Thank goodness I don't have "regular" working hours.

On Christmas Eve, I was very restless. I couldn't get interested in TV or reading or playing computer games and was generally making life miserable for John with my incessant talking. He shut down his computer game and asked if I wanted to go for a ride. It was a little past midnight; but, yes, I felt the need to be out "patrolling,? as John calls it.

As we passed the facility, I saw something white on the top of the fence. "Go back, go back. I see a baby stuck on that fence.? John has long since learned that I see everything that moves near a road and I always have to check it out. I have had him turn around so many times that he doesn't even question it anymore. I tend to think everything that moves is an animal that needs help, even when it sometimes turns out to be nothing but a plastic bag blowing in the wind as we pass by.

But not this time! As we pull into the driveway, our headlights illuminate a very frightened, very tangled in the wire dog. Someone had tried to throw the dog over the fence and missed, hitting the wire. I was so angry that anyone would do such a thing! Leaving that poor baby caught by the barbs of the wire! I was furious!!

John and I had to work slowly to prevent any further damage to the dog. We had to find each place he was stuck and remove him very gently, but we also had to keep him calm to prevent him trying to escape us and become even more tangled. It took us a little while to get him free of the wire. Thankfully, he wasn't badly injured--just very frightened.

He looks to be a poodle mix. John thinks he is a purebred. I don't know. I do know he is a sweet dog who likes to "dance" on his back feet. (We?ve named him Dancer.) I also know that whoever abandoned him in such a mean fashion didn't deserve to have him in their lives in the first place.

I did not return him to the "Humane Society.? I did tell them how I found him. They said they were happy for me to have him and to feel free to rescue any dogs or cats I found in those pens. I know I can't save all of them, but I will save all I can. Between Christmas and New Years, we removed six puppies and one grown dog from there.

John has asked permission to build real houses for the pens, which we will fill with wheat straw for bedding.

We may not be able to save all of them, but we can keep them from the cold and provide a little food and water for their comfort. It isn't enough, but it is something.
Please remember that we will continue to need extra money to make the payments on the land, which are $1,500 EXTRA every month in 2005. These payments are, of course, over and above the normal costs of running the shelter. We urgently need your help with these?especially pledges to make donations each month specifically for this purpose.

Donations for the land purchase and/or general expenses for the Alabama location should be sent to the following address. All money directed to help with Alabama expenses will be spent there?no matter where it is mailed.

Carolyn Keeton
4907 23rd Blvd
Valley, AL 36854



Please Note?These numbers do NOT include the special donations made for the land purchase.

In December, our donation income totaled $4,726.65. Our expenses totaled $4,338.77 . A preliminary look at January as of the 24th indicates we will need all of the December ?cushion? to make ends meet. Please help us to make February a month where we don?t have to wonder where we have to scrimp in order to pay our bills?and worry that we won?t be able to properly care for all these four-legged darlings.



Since our last report, we have received donations for veterinary care from Robert T. Klingbeil, MD; Avis Buchanan, Dena Roesler, Mildred Ferrell and Mary Jane Johnson. We ask that you consider a gift to this fund?so our animals will NEVER have to suffer for lack of medical care. You may donate toward veterinary care in any one of the following four ways:

? Sending us a check made out to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic for whatever amount you wish to contribute OR
? Sending a check made out to ALL C.A.T.S., Inc. indicating the donation is to be used for general veterinary expense.
? Send a check directly to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic, P.O. Box 406, Murrayville, GA 30564. Be sure to indicate that it is to be applied to the All C.A.T.S., Inc. account.
? To donate online, visit our web portal (, and click on Vet Expenses under our How You Can Help menu.
? Then, select Veterinary Expenses and you'll be able to pay online instantly using your credit card and/or checking account.



We are delighted to report that since our last report, we received 275 stamps (vs. 220 needed) from Benjamin Jones, Robert Salzman, two Anonymous donors, Connie Rice, Mardi Hoofnagle, Jamie Friedman Reagin, Barbara Johnson, Nancy Caravelo, and Carolyn Lowe. Our goal is to never have to spend shelter money on stamps?so keep them coming!!



To Carol Clenney for her continuing sponsorship of one of our shelter kitties plus a donation for fuel expenses.

To Kathy Spiker for her continuing on-line sponsorship of PIGSY TAIL.

To Laura Richardson for her continuing on-line sponsorship of BLACKIE

To the Baldaufs for their donation ?for PUTTER.?

To Kevin Donahue and Anne Roberts for taking the time to include notes with their donations. Your kind words mean a great deal to all of us.

To Connie Rice, who writes that ?We adopted SASSY (ShihTsu) five years ago, have CODY, a Pomeranian w/Addisons Disease. Also took in two ?throw-away? cats, JADE AND PRECIOUS. I hand-raised two Doves, BERT AND ERNIE, after they were blown from a nest. BERT flew the coop and ERNIE lives in our garage?so we had to move him with us. He actually will come from the trees when I whistle and land on my shoulder or head! Thank you for taking care of so many less fortunate animals.?

To Michael and Lillia Godzosa and Family, who write, ?In light of what happened in East Asia, it brings to mind that we must take care of those we care about and need our help the most. We feel people will take care of people, and our donation would end up in someone?s pocket where ALL CATS uses it to take care of those we care about most. Please accept our small donation. We will try to make this our New Years resolution.?

To Carole Malone, who writes, ?My friend David and I decided to forego spending our Christmas money on gifts for each other and, instead, to send it to very special animal rescue groups?.May your Christmas be blessed and the new year shine bright for you all and the precious animals you work so hard to save and love. Thank you from my heart for all you do. With love and much admiration??



From Susan Gwinner ?in memory of my cat NICHOLAS. Thanks for all you do.?



From Garrad Jarboe in honor of his grandparents, Fred and Margaret Mitchell, who he ?adores to no end.? Garrad adds that ?It seems like you serve a great cause, and I hope this small gift will help you a little more.?

From Sally Brown-Hoofnagle ?on behalf of my mother-in-law, Mardi Noofnagle, from her loving daughter-in-law (me), her son Steve and her grandchildren, Stephanie, Max, Courtney and Lee. When I asked Mardi what she wanted for Christmas this year, she said she would rather we send a donation to All Cats instead of buying her presents?.I will pass along information about the special needs you have to other animal lovers I know and will try to send more funds when I can.?



1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.
2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies) and/or garbage bill (always $130).
3. Those of you who take or send food and/or supplies to the shelter?continue and accelerate if possible.
4. A special veterinary fund donation (see above).
5. Chain link fencing and the ?stuff? needed to install it?as described above. A gift card for any place that sells fencing, etc., would be much appreciated!!!
6. Gift card for Home Depot or Lowes for buying many cleaning supplies?buckets, brooms, etc.
7. Gift card for any other store at which we can buy items needed at the shelter. Wal-Mart, Kroger, PetSmart and Ingles cards are especially welcome.
8. Send extra stamps?so that we don?t have to purchase stamps to send out the newsletters.
9. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of Dogloos, especially XLarge.
10. Any type of animal medicine.
11. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of bleach, detergent, Glad tall kitchen bags, paper plates, Pine-Sol, brooms, scrub buckets, dishwashing liquid, canned and dry cat food, dry dog food, cat and dog treats, paper towels. USE ABOVE PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF THE SHELTER TO SEND US ANY ITEMS TOO LARGE FOR A POST OFFICE BOX.



Request a free Hartz pet makeover kit for a dog, cat, small animal or bird. Sign up for a free newsletter and submit your contact information. Website is From Kim Komando?s Website:


New York City put fewer dogs and cats to death in 2004 than in any year on record since the 1890?s? The total is down by about 17 percent from 2003 and by more than a third compared with 10 years ago?..There are fewer unwanted animals being born,? said Edward Boks, executive director of NYC Animal Care and Control, which took over the city shelters from the ASPCA in 1995. From the New York Times, January 1, 2005.

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