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ALL CATS, INC. -- eNews for April 2005

Sent: March 30, 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 - APRIL 2005

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT: www.allcatsinc.org

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Dear Friends,

This month, I have three items with which the shelter desperately needs your help:

1. The shelter has had a tremendous number of animals just "dumped" literally on our doorsteps in the past month. We presently have 42 adult cats and dogs which need neutering and spaying. Plus the kittens and puppies that "came with" some of them need puppy/kitten shots and deworming. This will amount to a tremendous amount of extra money-which we just don't have.

We beg of you to send an extra amount of donation OR a special donation for this purpose during the next few months.

2. As many of you now know, the shelter computer has died-there is nothing anyone can do to make it work again. Therefore, I have no way of sending or receiving your emails or searching the Internet for information. If anyone has a computer to donate, please write me at the Alabama address shown below and include your phone number. If you would prefer to donate funds so that we can purchase a computer, the one the shelter needs (256 MB and with software installed), costs just under $1,000.

3. Flea season is upon us. Last year, the total cost for flea preventive was an extra $700. If you would prefer to purchase the preventive and send it to us at the above address, the preferred brands are Frontline and Advantage. Otherwise, please send a special or extra donation for this purpose; we are able to purchase this product at cost from a veterinarian supportive of our work.

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, shelter computer, spaying/neutering 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

These numbers do NOT include the special donations made for the land purchase.
Our fears, as outlined in the last newsletter, were realized. In February, our donation income totaled $3,120.65, one of the lowest income month in several years . Our expenses totaled $3,146.02. Looking at March as of the 26th, it does appear it will be a better month-and we should be able to catch up on past due bills. We need your support each and every month. Our four-legged friends depend on you!

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE

Since our last report, we have received donations for veterinary care from Mary Jane Johnson, Mildred Ferrell Avis Buchanan, Dena Roesler and Tonya Graney. 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

We are delighted to report that since our last report, we received 272 stamps (vs. 219 needed) from Benjamin Jones, Connie Rice, Thomas Johnson, Lois Holbrook, Robert Salzman, Mardi Hoofnagle, Jamie Reagin, Nancy Caravello, and Carolyn Lowe. Our goal is to never have to spend shelter money on stamps-so keep them coming!!

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THANK YOU

* To Carol Clenney for your continuing sponsorship of one of our shelter kitties plus a donation for fuel expenses.

* To Kathy Spiker for your continuing on-line sponsorship of PIGSY TAIL.

* To Laura Richardson for your continuing on-line sponsorship of BLACKIE

* To Jennifer & Nick Mastrovito for your donation from your entire family. We still think of your missing Aussie SCOUT and pray for his safety and return home-no matter where home is.

* To Margaret Robertson for your kind note. We hope life without your wonderful husband becomes easier for you.

* Elly Meyer for sending an extra donation in honor of your birthday. Hope your celebration was wonderful. And thank you for the Meow Mix. It was very well received by our felines.

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IN MEMORY

* From Joan and Peter Bone "in memory of KELLY AND FRANKIE."

* From Linda Gettle "in memory of my precious GABRIELLE (GABBY) an Angel of a dog. I miss you."

* From Doyle Shugart "in memory of CHOCOLATE SHUGART. CHOCOLATE is very much missed by his owners Doyle and Maudann Shugart of Deceased Pet Care, Inc."


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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

"Managing pain in animals has always been a challenge because cats and dogs can't say where or how much it hurts. Beyond that communication gap, animals-especially cats-often try to hide their pain, an instinctive behavior dictated by the premise that the weak don't survive.

"In the past 10 years, however, veterinarians have focused on pain relief for pets, and managing pain in companion animals will be one of the two or three defining issues of veterinary medicine in the first half of the 21st century, says William Tranquilli, a professor of veterinary clinical medicine at the University of Illinois in Urbana......Owner concern, plus their own interest in animals, led anesthesiologists, surgeons and intensive-care veterinarians to look more closely at animals in pain and try to do a better job of recognizing and treating it. Dogs and cats have been the main beneficiaries of this interest..." One new procedure is the use of "a morphine derivative that's usually injected. What's new is the idea of placing it in a medication syringe and applying it to the gums. This makes it easy for owners to give it at home as needed, a relief for people with cats, which are often reluctant--if not downright unwilling--to swallow pills or liquids....

"What's also different is using this type of drug with a cat. Veterinarians once believed that opioids such as morphine couldn't be used in cats because they metabolized the drugs differently than dogs and humans." Alicia Karas, an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, says "We can and do treat cats with these drugs quite effectively."

From MS NBC News - Creature Comforts; Your Guide to Pet Health - February 28, 2005.



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