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ALL CATS E-NEWSLETTER - APRIL 2017

Sent: April 6, 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

"Be kind. Be kind to others, be kind to animals, be kind to yourself. Smile at the mailman, pet your dog, buy yourself an ice cream cone. Spreading kindness in this world is the noblest thing a person can do.” Shenita Etwaroo

"Grieving the loss of a loved one—whether human or animal—is not only permissible, it is essential.” ― Linda Bender, Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals

Dear Friends,

We have had a very active month. Severe storms have caused a lot of damage to our shelter. The roof of the cat building was blown upward. This caused one outside wall to come loose from the building. We managed to get the roof back down, but the header that holds the wall upright was destroyed. The wall is now propped up with 2x4s. The only place there are nails is in the bottom part of the framework. The entire wall covering was destroyed by the rain. We have a tarp trying to hold out any more rain, but if the wind blows it is useless. Any high wind and the wall will be totally gone. This entire wall has to be reframed, the insulation replaced and some sort of wall covering needs to be installed. I don't want sheetrock because the cats simply destroy it. I would prefer plywood, but anything will do. My friends and I can do the work. We just need the materials. In the meantime, I am sleeping in the cat building with the cats, just in case we have high winds and they have to be rescued. We don't have anywhere else to put them, but inside my car will do in an emergency. It will cost about $600 to repair this damage. It is imperative that we do so. The cats won't really be safe until it is done.

HELP!!! - We still don't have electricity or water. Water isn't a problem because we have had so much rain, but the electricity is another story. We really need it back on. I am not even going to go into details of all the things that require electricity. Just imagine your power off and you have all these animals to care for. I'm sure you get the picture.

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I had to pay land taxes last month. This came as a surprise since I had not received any notices. This expense took most of our money for the month, but keeping the shelter was more important than the electricity or my car being fixed. But now, we really have to address these issues. I have to pay someone to carry me everywhere I need to go if it is over five miles away. I can walk that far, but not if I have to carry anything heavy. The transmission has to be repaired and another raidiator installed. I can't depend on always getting a ride when I need one. Again-- imagine yourself without your transportation and you will see what I mean. We don't even have taxi service in this town.

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We had another rescue of a dog left tied inside a pen and left to die. The owners simply tied her and moved away. She was there for at least 10 days without food. She did have water from the rain. I will never understand how anyone can do such a thing. She is a solid red Pit Bull. She even has a red nose. When she first came to us, she would try to grab food out of our hands. And, heaven help you if you tried to pick up her bowl to move it. She would growl and knock you off your feet. After a week with us, she has calmed down a lot. She still doesn't want her bowl removed and will grab any dog biscuits from your hand, but she will allow her bowl be filled without trying to eat the food as you are pouring it. She, apparently, had puppies not too long ago as she still has milk. The owners took the puppies but left her. She was totally betrayed by these humans. May they rot in you-know-where.

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WISH LIST - We need paper towels, garbage bags, and a couple of very good water hoses. Also, washing detergent and syringes (the small ones like are used for insulin, but we will gladly accept any size). We have several cats that have come down with a respiratory problem and we use the syringes to give them their liquid medicine. We also need rubber gloves.

We always need gasoline cards (nearby stations include Chevron, Amoco, Conoco, BP, Shell and Texaco), and stores where we can buy building materials and supplies/food for the shelter—such as Lowes, Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Kroger, PETCO, Home Depot and PetSmart.

Gravel is needed for the driveways and extra money to get the water leak fixed would be most appreciated. We are still having to cut the water off after every use to keep our bill down.

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THANK YOU – PLEASE—If your name is not on this list and should be, drop a note to me at 138 Ham Road, Albertville AL 35951.

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

To Lois Holbrook for sending a supply of stamps.

To Bill Underwood, who should write a book of all the wonderful sayings you have heard. And, thank you for the donation "to help the weaker side" and for the stamps.

To Walter Gordy for the special donation for the rescued kittens. It took them a few days to trust our dogs after their encounter with the coyotes. But they have decided they aren't going to be eaten alive by these dogs, and they have happily settled in.

To Renee Merback for your generous support via money order. We sincerely apologize for not including this “thank you” in our last newsletter.

To Nikki Verna for your generous support via Paypal.

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ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE – Spring and Summer Safety Tips

1. Seasonal plants can cause allergies. Talk to your vet if you notice irritation.

2. Household cleaning products are a poison threat.

3. Lawn care and gardening products can be hazardous.

4. More outdoor time equals greater risk of a lost pet. Be safe – microchip them.

5. Talk to your vet about parasite prevention.

6. Lilies and other seasonal plants can be toxic.

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IN THE NEWS - Susan Bird - March 17, 2017
It’s almost unthinkable, but veterinarians say it’s happening with increasing frequency. People addicted to opioids are so desperate to score that they’re injuring innocent animals so they can take the drugs prescribed for their pets.

Horrible, you say? Yes, it is. Just imagine snapping your dog’s leg or purposely making him bleed. Imagine inflicting so much pain a narcotic is necessary to make him feel better — but never giving him that relief. Addicts are doing all this and more.

In 2014, a Kentucky woman named Heather Pereira cut her dog Alice’s leg with a razor blade on more than one occasion to get a prescription narcotic. Of course, she didn’t give it to Alice, who was in great pain.
When Pereira returned to the vet clinic twice in a short period, Dr. Chad Bailey realized the injuries were “not the sort of cuts you see in nature,” as he told The New York Post. He called the police while she waited at his clinic. Pereira was convicted and jailed for animal torture and trying to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.

“What’s scary is it took me two times to pick up on what was happening,” Bailey told The New York Post. “It worries me about the instances we miss.” Veterinarians now have to keep a close eye out to avoid inadvertently facilitating this behavior.

The drug these addicts typically try to obtain is Tramadol. It’s a pill developed to dull the pain for human cancer patients. It’s also often used on animals because of its narcotic pain-relieving effect and its reasonable cost.

“It’s a fairly safe narcotic,” Dr. Duffy Jones, an Atlanta veterinarian, told CBS News. “We use it a lot. We like it and it’s relatively inexpensive.”

Sadly, addicts are figuring out that carting in an injured animal to a veterinarian can be a rather easy way to get their hands on a cheap narcotic. Tramadol wholesales for less than $25 for 1,000 pills.

Oxycodone, on the other hand, can cost $10 per pill. It’s easy to see why hitting up the veterinarian seems an approach worth trying.

Vets now have to be vigilant and ask a number of questions before prescribing narcotics for animals. There are several red flags that can signal to a veterinarian that something fishy is going on:

New patients they’ve never seen before bring in a seriously injured animal.

Refusing to let the animal hospital obtain prior veterinary care records for the injured pet.

The injury doesn’t really match the story being told by the pet owner

Asking for a specific narcotic (like Tramadol) by name
The pet owner needs a refill much sooner than he or she should, maybe because the pills were “spilled” or “lost.”

“We’re really looking for things that don’t match up,” Jones told CBS News. “As we start to question the owner, we look at the owner’s response.”

The situation is bad enough that vets now often refrain from prescribing a narcotic and try other options first.
We all know addicts harm themselves and people they love. They’re often dangerous to other people. Now they’re even dangerous to innocent animals. We need to do a better job of identifying and helping opioid addicts. They’re going to greater and greater lengths to score their drugs, and it’s becoming a crisis even for dogs and cats.






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