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ALL CATS, INC. -- eNews for March 2005

Sent: February 27, 2005


ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (ALL C.A.T.S., INC.)
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
Email: Carcats@knology.net

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

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Welcome to our eNewsletter!

ENEWS - MARCH 2005

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT: www.allcatsinc.org

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Dear Friends,

All of us have seen and been horrified by the death and destruction caused by the Asian tsunami which wreaked such havoc less than two months ago. We have been shown over and over pictures of the huge waves destroying buildings and killing people in just minutes. We have also been gratified by the response of many of the world's people and governments of many countries with money and manpower to help clean up and rebuild.

I am absolutely delighted to write to you that ten (10) of our supporters have been among the individuals who have volunteered to actually go to that part of the world specifically to help with saving the domestic animals who have been hurt and left homeless. These wonderful people have worked with relief organization to make their own way to these countries and with animal food and supply companies, who have sent tons of their products to help the four-legged refugees. Our supporters report that hundreds of animals have been saved-some returned to their people and others housed in buildings built by natives and volunteers. Every one of them tells us how proud they are to be able to help. Every one of them also refuses any publicity so I can't publish their names-but I know you will share my admiration for what they have done.

As detailed below, February income is likely to be the lowest in several years. We have not been able to pay all of our bills, which means interest accumulates to make payment even more difficult. More than any time in recent history, we need your help. PLEASE, if you possibly are able to, increase your March donation or send extra support to help us pay our bills and make sure we are able to care properly for all these trusting faces.

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

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FINANCIAL REPORT

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

In January, our donation income totaled $3264.18. Our expenses totaled $3,611, which means that the cushion supplied by December donations is gone. A preliminary look at February as of the 26th indicates that it may well be the lowest month for donations in several years.

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE

Since our last report, we have received donations for veterinary care from Robert T. Klingbeil, MD; Avis Buchanan, Dena Roesler, Mildred Ferrell, William Underwood, Patricia Stephens 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 (www.allcatsinc.org), 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.

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STAMP REPORT

Since our last report, we received 196 stamps (vs. 220 needed) from Benjamin Jones, Lois Holbrook, Robert Salzman, Dorothy Walters, Mardi Hoofnagle, Jamie Reagin, Nancy Caravello, and Carolyn Lowe. Since we had a surplus last month, we had enough stamps to send out this newsletter plus our other mail. The surplus is now depleted so remember that our goal is to never have to spend shelter money on stamps-and keep them coming!!

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THANK YOU

* 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 Elly Meyer for her very kind note.

* To Jennifer and Nick Mastrovito for their donation "for GOLDIE."

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IN MEMORY

* From Annette Gonzales "in memory of MOLLY. Thanks for all you do."

* From Thomas Lanford and Holly Lunsford, who wrote "Enclosed are two Home Depot gift cards....one in loving memory of MR. SQUIRT (1998-2004)-the best cat ever. He was a stray adopted from the Atlanta Humane Society and the stories about him and his antics are legendary. We lost him in November and still miss him terribly and will for the rest of our lives. He was truly special and really was 'the best cat ever.' The second is in honor of his 'sisters and brothers:" MIS ANNABELLE, LITTLE MISS TROUBLE (the one who found us in Macon a couple of years back and caused quite a stir), GALARRAGA (who wandered in to our yard on Mothers' Day a few years ago and is named after the former Braves first baseman, as his deformed right front foot looks like a first baseman's mitt), and the Hebrew children: SHADRACH, MESHACH AND ABEDNEGO (the three formerly feral kittens who have adopted us), as well as those people at DeKalb-Gwinnett Emergency Clinic who did their best to save our "great big goofy guy" and our friends who sent donations in memory of MR. SQUIRT to various humane societies and animal organizations.

"Use the cards as you feel necessary and as is best for the animals-especially the cats-at ALL CATS. We appreciate all you do..."

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THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP OUR ANIMALS

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.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

The following was sent to us by Carolyn Danese and dated January 23, 2005. "The State Capitol isn't known for being a warm and fuzzy place but three little kittens may change that. They are the latest batch from a fertile female and two males who took up residence in the courtyard of the state's Legislative Office Building." Their existence was discovered a year ago and a litter rescued during that legislative session. The kittens were all spayed or neutered and then adopted. "But then, a few months later, another litter arrived. And then another." Finally the mother was caught, spayed and-because of being very wild-released. The latest litter of kittens was also caught and "nicknamed the Capitol Cats."

"State Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin and State Veterinarian Lee Myers have used the kittens to highlight the need for spaying and neutering across Georgia. All cats and dogs in Georgia are eligible to be spayed or neutered under the state's Dog and Cat Sterilization Program." All three of the Capitol Cats have been sterilized and put up for adoption by the Society of Humane Friends."

Special thanks to Jack Holt, Senate Information Office, and Amanda Seals, of Senate President Eric Johnson's staff, for their work in rescuing these kitties.

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THE SOAPBOX SECTION

Long time cat rescuer Kim Nash sent us an email in regard to Kraft Foods' new candy called "roadkill, which features dead animals complete with tire tracks on them. Their video showed terrified cartoon animals standing on a dark road and being approached by a car." Kim asked that people as horrified by this new product as she write to Kraft stating their feelings. We are glad to report that Kim's February 25 email says "It worked! Kraft has taken the... candy off the market." She adds that Kraft states the NJ SPCA made them do it...not mentioning the hundreds of citizens who protested to them. If you would like to read the article and participate in the poll contained in it, go to: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7030811/?GT1=6190



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