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ALL CATS eNEWSLETTER - JANUARY 2017

Sent: January 2, 2017


ALLCREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (www.allcatsinc.org)
Email: Carolyngunter84@yahoo.com
Telephone/Text: 256-302-3823
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible

"You can always tell about somebody by the way they put their hands on an animal.” Betty White

"The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude." Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

Dear Friends,

Christmas was a dismal affair at the shelter this year. We actually had three days in Christmas week when we did not have food. That is the most days in one week without food in a long, long time. Fortunately, things have improved greatly after Christmas--Thanks to the generous donation of food from Jamie Reagin.

Christmas Day was one of the days without food. Several neighbors, who know I live alone, brought food for me, so I spent the day parceling out that food for the animals. It wasn't much, but better than nothing. I simply hate it when I don't have enough food to fill them up. They look at me with those trusting eyes, waiting for the next bite, and it breaks my heart. But, today, they have plenty, and will for the next three days. Hopefully, by then, checks will be in the mailbox or on-line support received and all will be well.

I want to thank all of you for the wonderful cards and letters. It is heart-warming to know you appreciate all our hard work for the animals. But, we couldn't do what we do if not for you and your generous donations. Thank you very much.

Maryland Timmerman and Raybeth Walker always remember us at Christmas. This in spite of having a mini shelter of their own. They remind me that without God's help, we could do nothing. With His help, we can do anything. They are the proof of that. I have never met more devoted people, to their animals and to God. I am honored to call them my friends.

We had to move half of our dogs to another shelter. The City demanded it. They said we don't have enough property to house the number of dogs we had plus the cats.

They gave me notice one day to have them moved by the end of that week. It was the most unfair thing I have known them to do. It was brought on by pressure from our neighbor on our eastern property line. He has just built a $5,000,000 house and doesn't want us “spoiling” his view.. His barn is better than any house I have ever lived in. This is an injustice I don't know how to fight. I would be grateful for any suggestions.

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PLEASE, PLEASE – IF YOU CAN – ORDER FOOD FOR US FROM DEKALB. THEIR PRICES ARE GOOD, AND THEY CALL AND LET US KNOW WHEN WE CAN DO THE PICKUP.
DeKalb Farmers Cooperative
The number is 256-878-3261.
We buy the black bag Sportsmix 55 lb bag. dog food. If they are out of the black, the other Sportsmix they sell is OK.

They sell Science Diet cat food in 4 to 15 lb. bags.
Be sure to tell them you are purchasing food for ALL CATS.

Volunteer will pick it up.

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STAMP REPORT – Thank you to Lois Holbrook and Jamie Reagin for sending stamps in December.

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WISH LIST – There are several items which have been on our wish list (below) for many months. We could really use your help with them. The items we need/use large quantities of every single day include paper towels, laundry detergent and bleach.

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THANK YOU—This list contains our appreciation for your support in December. If your name is not included, and should have been, please send us a note to us at 138 Ham Road, Albertville AL 35951. We want you to know how much we appreciate each and every bit of support we get from all of you.

To Vicky Murphy once again for your monthly on-line support. Being able to count on your support each and every month is so appreciated.

To Jamie Reagin for your very generous food donation.

To Cade Saldi (9) who sent us $87 which he saved and rolled the change to be able to help us. He is the son of Misty Jenkins and husband Chris Saldi. Cade calls himself “The Animal Lover.” We appreciate him very much!!

To Mary Jane Johnson for continuing to help both the shelter and me with your on line support each and every month. The very generous extra support you sent in December was absolutely wonderful!!

To Misty Jenkins Saldi for your very much appreciated on-line support.

To Kathy Beckman for sending us both PetSmart and Lowes gift cards. We love them!!

To Julie Ashton for the much-needed Walmart gift card.

To Deborah Heald for your very generous on-line support.

To Gloria Overbey for help with our vet bills.

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AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM – REMINDER-
link that makes it easier for you to find and support our organization. It is:

http://smile.amazon.com/ch/58-1733079

What does this unique link do? When you click on our organization's unique link, you skip the process to search for a charity to support among over 1 million eligible charities. Instead, you are taken to smile.amazon.com and are automatically asked if you want to support All Cats Inc. Supporters do not have to click on our AmazonSmile link every time they shop.

Once customers select our organization, we will receive 0.5% of the price of all your eligible smile.amazon.com purchases, regardless of whether our unique AmazonSmile link to return to the site.

However, we recommend that you bookmark and use our link so you don't accidentally shop at www.amazon.com instead of smile.amazon.com. Only purchases made at smile.amazon.com are eligible for donations.

If you have already used amazon.smile to support us and you click on our unique link, you will simply be taken to smile.amazon.com so you can start shopping. You do not have to re-select your charity.

If someone supporting a different charity clicks on our charity link, they are asked if they'd like to switch to support our organization.

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ITEMS ALWAYS NEEDED AND WELCOME—

Gift cards for any 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.

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

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

STILL NEEDED: Repair or replacement of truck transmission - $800.

ALWAYS NEEDED: Paper towels and laundry detergent. These are needed in large amounts daily.

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IN THE NEWS By Susan Bird, December 9, 2016. Follow Susan at @ItsSusanBird

Dogs are not dining chairs or television sets. They’re more than that to their humans. The Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals just took a step toward recognizing that fact officially when it decided damages for an injured pet need to be more than the simple “fair market value” of the animal.

The Court of Appeals sent a case back to the Toledo Municipal Court in October 2016 to reconsider the amount awarded to a woman whose puppy was seriously injured by another dog.

That puppy was Kingston, a black and white pit bull who lives with Jamie Rego and her family in Toledo. In 2014, when he was a mere 5 months old, Kingston’s own father, Nino, attacked him in his backyard. The incident left poor Kingston with three broken legs and a number of bite wounds.

Veterinarians told Rego that Kingston could be saved and have a good quality of life. The cost to do that, though, was a whopping $10,731. That would pay for emergency care, orthopedic surgery, a hospital stay and more. Despite the staggering expense, Rego just couldn’t put him down.

“I can’t put a value on him,” Rego told the Toledo Blade about her beloved Kingston. “He’s not an object, he’s a living animal.” Rego hoped insurance coverage carried by Nino’s owner would cover her veterinary expenses, but that didn’t happen. Her claim for $15,000 for current and future veterinary bills was denied. The claim then became a lawsuit.

The Toledo Municipal Court’s original decision awarded Rego a paltry $400. Because pets are considered personal property in Ohio, the court deemed that amount to be Kingston’s “fair market value.” Typically, in cases involving damaged personal property you get either the cost of repairs or the fair market value of your property, whichever is less.

Rego appealed the award. The Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals decided that “substantial justice was not done” for Rego. It held that “pets do not have the same characteristics as other forms of personal property, such as a table or sofa which is disposable and replaceable at our convenience.”

The court felt the owner was entitled to more – reimbursement of her veterinary bills, in particular. The court said: “[W]e cannot ignore the growing number of courts outside of Ohio which have awarded veterinary expenses for injuries caused by attacks from other dogs and grooming or kennel injuries. Further, some states have enacted statutes allowing recovery for economic damages such as veterinary expenses for injured pets. In addition, various courts and law review articles have discussed the plausibility of reclassifying companion animals under a ‘semi-property’ classification suggesting such terms as companion property, or sentient property.”

The court held that additional factors should be considered in fashioning an appropriate economic damages award due to loss or injury. Those factors “include fair market value, age of the pet, pedigree, training, breeding income, recommendation of the treating veterinarian, circumstances of the injury, and anticipated recovery,” said the court.

Whatever the final outcome, Rego is glad Kingston is still with her.





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