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Sent: December 1, 2016


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

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France

“I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” Abraham Lincoln

Dear Friends,

There are almost always boxes on our front porch. Not always many, but some. An addition to the stack will hardly gain attention. This was the case until one of our little dogs (Topher) took a special interest in one of them--decidedly taken with a dog biscuit box. He was jumping around it barking and sniffing. I thought it was because he could still smell the odor of dog biscuits from it. When finished with that building, I was ready to move on to the next. Not Topher! He wasn't leaving without the box. Humoring him, as always, I reached for the box and realized it wasn't empty. Opening it, I was looking into the large grey eyes of a very bloody kitten. It gazed back at me, not making a sound or any effort to escape the box. "Oh, you poor baby! What happened to you?" I whispered. I don't know why I whispered, it just came out that way. Looking the kitten over, I realized there was a lot of paper towels sticking to it. They were so bloody it was hard to tell what was kitten and what was paper. As I lifted the he kitten from the box, it still made no effort to move. Topher was so excited by his discovery he bounced all around us, coming back to try to lick the kitten. "No, Toph, she is hurt. Don't scare her" I said to him. He looked at me as if he understood. The kitten finally turned her head to gaze at Topher.

I took her into the house and started cleaning her. That was when I saw the long, jagged slash on her throat. Oh, my Lord! What had done this? I quickly put her into a carrier for a trip to the vet. Topher was not happy to be put back into the house and me taking off with "his" kitten.

The vet and all her staff were cooing and crooning to the kitten while they cleaned her. Still, she never made a sound or any kind of protest at being bathed.

After a careful examination, the vet gave her opinion on the wound. "I don't believe this was a deliberate attack on the kitten. If it had been, the wound would have clean edges and, most likely, would have killed her. Also, she wouldn't have been put where she would receive help." Ok, that made sense, but why not just ask me for help? "Well, they were probably afraid of being accused of deliberately harming the kitten" she surmised. That, too, made sense. There is nothing like the sight of a bloody kitten to get me riled. And, it is possible they couldn't afford a vet, I thought. I must have given the vet a hard look because she smiled at me and said, "Now, I'm not THAT expensive." And, I hadn't said a word!!

She told me to call her later and took the kitten to surgery, closing the door firmly in my face. Good move on her part. She has had experience with me before this. I do tend to wander into surgery if one of my animals is in there.

Later, she told me that a fish hook had caused the cut throat. She had found the sharp tip buried in the bloody tissue. No wonder the kitten had not moved very much! It must have been painful to do so. And, she was right about something else, too. She wasn't THAT expensive, thank goodness.

So we have a vet bill total of $306 and a beautiful grey and white kitten with the largest grey eyes I have ever seen on a cat.

Topher is convinced she belongs to him and he guards her constantly. He doesn't even want me to pet her. She regards Topher with those amazing eyes and seems to find him acceptable as her best friend. She sleeps next to him in his bed every night. They are adorable together.

We urgently need your help to pay the vet bill and get her spayed in a few weeks. She will also need her second round of shots next week. I don't think she will have to worry about fishing hooks ever again. Not with Topher guarding her every move.

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Presents That Would be Most Appreciated by the Dogs and Cats this Holiday Season (Most needed besides food are trash bags, paper towels and detergent.)

Dog Food/ Dry- We feed 125 lbs./Day
Cat Food/Canned & Dry
Largest Bags and Packages are Best
Cat Litter - We Use 200 lbs./Week

Stainless steel Water/Food Bowls

Animal Medicine

Litter boxes – Large

Heavy Duty Trash bags

Paper Plates

Paper Towels – We use 4 rolls/day

Scrub Brushes and Buckets

Detergent – 20 Loads/Week


Cleaning Solutions

Chew Toys and Treats

Gift Cards (Lowes, PetSmart, Walmart)

Spay/Neuter Sponsorships

Washable blankets/sheets/towels

Mops, Brooms, Shovels, Water Hoses

Building Materials


Please send these items to the shelter address – 138 Ham Road, Albertville AL 35951.

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Both dog and cat food can be ordered using your credit card from DeKalb Farmers Cooperative. The number is 256-878-3261. We buy the black bag Sportsmix, 55 lb bag dog food. They sell Science Diet cat food in 4 to 15 lb. bags. Be sure to say you are purchasing food for ALL CATS. A volunteer will pick it up.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received stamps from Lois Holbrook and Jamie Reagin. We are getting low so please send as many as you can.

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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 is not included and it should be, please drop a note to the Alabama address.

To Vicky Murphy for continuing your monthly on-line support through PayPal. We so appreciate being able to count on your support each month.

To Misty Saldi for your generous on-line support and very kind words.

To Renee Merback for your much appreciated support in October.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your very generous and consistent on-line support—for both the animals and me.

To Walter Gordy for your consistent and very much appreciated support.

To Gloria Young for your wonderful note in October. We agree that “Libre’s Law” must pass.

To Thalia J. & Rob Richie – Would love to relax with a cup of coffee but can’t seem to find the time. X’s and O’s back to you.

To Kathy Beckman for the wonderful Lowes cards. We love them!

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

To Jamie Reagin for sending the supply of food.

To Avis Buchanan for your very much appreciated consistent support.

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To those of you who shopped online using Goodshop and searched using Goodsearch this year. We recently received a check for $22.79 representing your efforts. We would love to get an even larger one next year. Please consider shopping and searching with them during 2017. They have thousands of retailers on board and have donated about $12 million to worthy causes.

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All Cats Inc. has a unique AmazonSmile link that makes it easier for you to find and support our organization. Please consider using this for your holiday season shopping so that the shelter may financially benefit.

All Cats organization's unique link is

One of the greatest joys of this season is the opportunity to say THANK YOU and to wish all of you the very best in the New Year.

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