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Sent: May 3, 2017

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

"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

"Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to. - Alfred A. Montapert

Dear Friends,

I am so sorry some nitwit has started a smear campaign against ALL CATS and is bothering our supporters with their lies and half truths. At first I was arrogant enough to think they couldn't hurt our shelter because my people know me and wouldn't believe any of this anyway. But, after a week of absolutely no checks to support the animals, I decided I better address the issue.

One of their statements said I had pleaded guilty to animal cruelty. This was in reference to a dead rat. When the judge asked me, "guilty or not guilty", I replied, "It was a dead rat, your Honor. If it is cruelty to kill a rat, then I am guilty." Needless to say, the judge threw this out.

One other time I was charged with cruelty was because of wet dog pens. If you remember, this was when all the hurricanes were wreaking havoc on the coast and we were receiving huge amounts of rain. I did plead guilty of wet dog pens as "an act of God". Again, the judge threw this out.

I have never been fined for animal cruelty, I have NEVER been cruel to any animal and I NEVER will be. My entire life is spent caring for animals. Also, I want everyone to know that the newspaper only printed what the animal control officer said. They never printed the results of any of the court actions and no one ever interviewed me to get my side of the story. One of the things they wrote about happened in a county I have never lived in. My name was simply put in place of the actual person who really had that problem.

This person seems to have a problem with the fact that my name has changed. I was divorced and changed my name back to Keeton. Such a simple answer to two different names!

I did have all kinds of harassment from a particular animal control officer. Everything from outright lies to some of my animals being picked up if they happened to catch me gone from the premises. These always had to be returned to me. They would claim the animals didn't have food or water "that they could see". They just weren't looking on the porches!

This was an attack on a personal level. I was mistaken for someone living down the road from me who was the one causing "personal problems" in this officers life. Those details are too sordid to go into. And, I would never behave in that manner anyway. I don't mess in others private lives.

Thank you to each of you that have sent letters of support for us and truly believe in what we are doing. I am blessed to have you.

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A very special "Thank You" to Chris, Misty, Cade and Tali. They send a special donation in honor of Misty's father's (Dale) retirement. He was with the same company for 41 years to the day. They celebrated his career with family, friends, clients and colleagues. He closed with remarks about how important it is to give back when you have been so blessed. They did exactly that to honor his career and all that her parents have done for them as well as her Mother's remarkable support of that career. A portion of that donation is in honor of Tali's third birthday. A friend added $40.00 to their donation at Tali's party and a friend, Nikki , also made a donation at her party. Thank you all so much for the donation and the wonderful words of encouragement.

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I apologize for not listing individual names this month, or for not using last names. This is the way your names and addresses were found by the person who is sending out those horrible letters. I am sure as soon as we find that person we will be able to go back to our usual format. We do have an expert tracking them now , so we will take legal action against them.

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Our wish list this month is still food, paper towels, cleaning supplies and trash bags. I would like a little sleep, but I don't think you can supply that. Lol

See other always needed items in the Wish List Section below.

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I do want to tell you about our puppy, Panda, a beautiful black and white mixed breed. First of all, she is a thief of considerable skill. She takes anything she can reach and hides it in the yard. Sometimes it takes days to find missing items. In one night she managed to get all my shoes out of the house. For the next 4 days, I wore mis-matched shoes because I couldn't find a complete pair. Then, the absolute worst, she stole my dentures! I only have a top plate, or make that HAD a top plate. This has been missing for 7 weeks and I don't think it will ever be found. She probably chewed it to pieces. I now look like one of those "Apple Core People" you see at craft fairs. I doubt I will ever be able to afford to replace them. I am embarrassed to be seen in public. I have even cancelled every appointment of any kind because I am so embarrassed by how I look. One of my friends asked what happened to my teeth. You should have seen the look on her face when I told her the dog took them!!

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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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See explanation above for the exclusion of this section this month.

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IN THE NEWS - By: Susan Bird - April 14, 2017 - Follow Susan at @ItsSusanBird

He was far from home and lost in a place he didn’t know, but that didn’t stop a plucky Yorkshire Terrier from figuring out how to rescue himself.

Dog thieves invaded Kirsty Mitton’s home in the West Midlands, U.K. during March 2015. They heartlessly snatched her two beloved terriers, Alfie and Lillie. Frantic with worry, Mitton put out the word on Facebook and posted hundreds of flyers to tell people her dogs were missing.

Nearly two weeks later, something amazing happened. Alfie appeared on a little-used country road more than 100 miles away from home and demanded that he be taken home immediately.

Wandering lost in the countryside of Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, Alfie heard the approach of a van belonging to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). He leapt into the road and barked at it. Astounded, RSPCA inspector Stephanie Law stopped the vehicle.

“I have had plenty of people wave me down for help, but I have never actually been flagged down by a dog in need of rescue before,” Law said in a story on the RSPCA blog.

“I was just driving down the deserted road when I saw Alfie run towards me, clearly trying to attract my attention,” Law said. “He ran right in front of the van, barking, and as soon as I stopped and opened the door he just bounded in and jumped onto the seat – and looked at me.”

Did Alfie know what he was doing? It appears he did.
“It was as if he recognized my uniform and knew I was there to rescue him,” Law marveled. “We can only assume he had been dumped in the woods and came running out when he heard me drive along.”

Kirsty Mitton is thrilled to have Alfie home again.
“We are over the moon to have Alfie back,” she told the RSPCA. “I just jumped straight in the car to drive the 112 miles as soon as I heard he was safe.”

How did Alfie escape? Chances are, he didn’t. The dogs were reportedly the only things the thieves took from the Mitton home. Being a neutered male, the dog nappers probably felt Alfie was of little use to them. They likely dumped the poor little dog in the woods to fend for himself. Alfie’s companion, Lillie, however, was a different story. She’s not spayed and not microchipped.
Fortunately, Lillie has now been reunited with Kirsty Mitton and Alfie, according to DogLost, a U.K. website that tracks and helps find missing dogs. She was found shortly after Alfie’s story got media attention. The family is whole again, and all is well.

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