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Sent: February 3, 2017

Telephone/Text: 256-302-3823
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
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"Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” Albert Einstein

"Lots of people talk to animals.... Not very many listen, though.... That's the problem.”
Benjamin Hoff

Dear Friends,

Good news!! January has been a banner month for adoptions. We adopted out 12 dogs/puppies this month. They ranged in age from 6 years to 6 weeks. We are very happy with the forever homes these babies now have.

Maryland Timmerman and Raybeth Walker request the prayers of animal lovers for two of their cats. Tiger is extremely sick and requires fluid therapy twice daily. It is still touch and go with this baby. And for Zorro who has had a four year battle with cancer on his foot. The cancer has recently returned. We pray for his and Tiger's recovery. Maryland wrote the following:

"Man was not put here on Earth for his own pleasure, but only for God's pleasure. To serve him by serving others and taking care of His animals, His Earth and teaching others about Him and His Kingdom. Then when our eyes close in death, we die in peace, knowing we have served the purpose God put us on Earth for.
Those are the Angels on Earth."

I don't know the names of people who bought food for us at the Co-op. But, from now on I will as the Co-Op will now write the names on the receipts. I want to thank those of you who have used this most efficient way of getting food directly to us. REMINDER: The telephone number of the Co-op is 256-878-3261.


• We have a water leak that is keeping our grounds wet and muddy. To fix this leak, the water line must be dug up. We can't tell exactly where the leak is, so it may require the entire line be dug up. As it stands now, the water is coming down the hill and surrounding our cat building. I have to turn off the water at the meter by the road when it is not in use or risk a large water bill.

• We have a large tree down in our back pen. It has to be cut up and hauled away. The recent high winds did this damage. I have been given 7 days to get this tree removed or the city will send a crew out here at a cost of between $500.00 and $1500.00 to do the work. A local man will do this for $400.00. But, of course, I need the $400.00. Please help.

• I have not had the money to pay my phone bill. I can only be contacted by mail at present. I will get the next available P.O.Box in the size I need. This should happen in just a few days.

• My car has been in the shop for the last four days. We can't find where the oil is going. The car doesn't smoke or leak, but it requires oil almost every day. A real puzzler. It is very hard to depend on others for transportation. In fact, it is almost impossible as no one understands the urgency of the needs of a shelter unless they actually run one.

I want to say a special Thank You to Julie Ashton for her special January donation. We value her support always but especially in emergency situations. She never lets us down. Thank You, Julie.

And, Thank You to JoAnne Daube for your support month in and month out. You have been with us for several years and we appreciate your friendship and support.


Paper towels, bath towels for bathing animals, laundry detergent for the many loads I do every week, Glad 13 gallon garbage bags, and a gasoline powered chain saw with an 18 inch blade so I can cut up my own trees as needed.

We also desperately need a load of gravel for our driveways. They are next to impossible to traverse.


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 and stamps.

To Mary Jane Johnson for continuing to help both the shelter and me with your on line support each and every month.


Cornell University and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care offer a one-hour online course for owners and professionals to teach them the latest steps to perform CPR on cats and dogs. Animals can last no more than 15 minutes without their hearts pumping oxygen to the brain and vital organs.

To enroll in the course (cost $25), visit


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.

IN THE NEWS By Susan Bird, October 24, 2016. Follow Susan at @ItsSusanBird

Finally, for the first time, we can say this — no medical school in the United States uses cats to train students to intubate infants. Care2 readers, this victory belongs to you and to many others who have long opposed this antiquated teaching technique.

Washington University in St. Louis announced in mid-October 2016 that, effective immediately, they will stop sedating cats and using them to instruct medical students how to insert breathing tubes down infants’ throats. From now on, neonatal intubation training will be done only using mannequins and simulators.

Washington University was the last of 198 U.S. pediatrics programs to give up endotracheal intubation training using live cats and ferrets. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a press release issued by the school explained that “[i]mprovements in the simulators make this possible. Therefore, the university has made the decision to no longer rely on anesthetized cats in training health care professionals to perform these life-saving intubation procedures.”

The video shows unskilled trainees struggling for several minutes to intubate two helpless cats named Elliott and Jessie, botching the attempts to shove tubes down their windpipes and mishandling metal instruments in ways that could break the cats’ teeth. As several participants in the video note, the inadequately anesthetized cats even begin to wake up during the procedure.

A WUSTL veterinarian is seen discussing how each cat is subjected to as many as 15 intubations each session, even though studies show that intubating animals more than five times per session can cause pain and trauma. The veterinarian and course leader also admit that some cats’ windpipes are injured during the exercise, which can cause potentially fatal bleeding, swelling, scarring, and collapsed lungs. Each of the cats held captive at WUSTL is subjected to this miserable procedure up to four times a year.

Cats and ferrets have been popular subjects for intubation training because their throat’s upper airway is quite a bit like that of a newborn baby. Many doctors felt a simulator or mannequin just couldn’t replicate the delicate internal tissue or the automatic reflexes of a live throat.

Shortly after this video surfaced in 2013, Washington University agreed to stop intubating live cats in its Pediatrics Advanced Life Support course. In other school programs, though, the practice continued until this month.

“The best way to teach emergency airway intervention is on human-relevant training methods,” said Dr. John Pippin, director of academic affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), in a news release. “I commend Washington University for switching to modern methods. With this decision, Wash U’s pediatrics training has progressed into the 21st century.”

PCRM has been on the front lines for many years in the fight to convince medical schools to stop using live animals for medical student training. The organization started a Care2 petition that received more than 70,000 signatures.
In the last few years, pressure from PCRM and other animal activists has really turned the tide. This announcement is one more victory we’ve all waited a long time for. It took much too long to happen.
“We were truly perplexed that a leading program like that would use a discredited method of training,” Dr. Pippin told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The remaining cats will be adopted by Washington University staff members. In fact, all along, these cats have gone home to live with staff members after three years as a training prop.

Be glad no other cats will have to undergo this uncomfortable and potentially dangerous service as a tool for training. Washington University, we’re so pleased you made this decision, because it’s the right one. We just wish you’d made it years earlier.

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