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Sent: June 18, 2017

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

"Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer." - Dean Koontz

"Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man." ― Arthur Schopenhauer

Dear Friends,

This newsletter almost didn't happen. I wanted to tell you about our progress re the horrible letter some of you received, but.........our attorney says I can't. Obviously, the person sending it reads every word I write, so I can't give details or they will know what we are doing. So, I had to get his approval before I could even send anything at all. My deadline meant nothing to him, He said, "Oh, I thought this was for next month. I didn't know it was for this month."

We still don't have electricity. MUB won't turn it back on until the wall with the breaker box is repaired and the wiring inspected. They say it is a fire hazard. I suppose they know what they are doing, but it sure is hard to operate without power. I don't see getting the wall repaired anytime soon, but I am still managing to keep everyone fed and watered. And, I am learning to read by flashlight. I just tell myself, "It is better than reading by oil lamps."

Attorney also says to ask your permission to use your name in our newsletter. So, if you will, please send a note along with your next donation saying if you do or do not want your name printed in the newsletter. I like being able to thank you personally for your donations. Without you, this shelter could not and would not exist. I want you all to know how much we appreciate all you do for these animals. Thank you very much.

Our website will be updated soon. We are getting new photos taken and hope to have this done by the end of next month.

We have had 6 dogs and 2 kittens adopted this month..

Our wish list is mostly for basics. We need paper towels, laundry detergent, garbage bags, and liquid cleaners. Along with the usual food requests, of course. And, as always, stamps.

Hopefully by the next newsletter, I will again have permission to use your names, but, if not, I do understand. But, I thank you for your support and your faith in me and the work I do.


WISH LIST 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.


Similar to humans, our pets are living longer due to advances in medicine and an emphasis on preventive care and nutrition. Living longer lives exposes our animals to diseases of aging, especially cancer. An estimated 6 million dogs and nearly 6 million cats will be diagnosed with cancer this year. In many of these animals, the malignancy will look and behave much as it would in humans, i.e, spreading to the same organs.

Dogs are affected by more forms of cancer compared to other companion animals. According to The Veterinary Cancer Society, cancer is the leading cause of death in 47% of dogs, especially dogs over age ten, and 32% of cats. Dogs get cancer at about the same rate as humans, while cats get fewer cancers. Some breeds or families of dogs have a higher incidence for developing cancer at an earlier age, but in most cases it’s a disease found in aging animals. There are nearly 100 types of animal cancer. Cancer in pets can be found in the skin, bones, breast, head & neck, lymph system, abdomen and testicles. Leukemia is the most common type of cancer in cats and lymphoma and mammary gland cancer are the most common type of dog cancers.

Emotions run high when we humans hear the word cancer. Should your veterinarian suspect cancer in your pet, the first step is to obtain a definitive diagnosis, develop a treatment plan along with your vet or veterinary specialist and prepare to be an advocate for your pet by arming yourself with information.

You can find more information at:
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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.


By: Susan Bird – May 1, 2017 - Follow Susan at @ItsSusanBird

Mexican lawmakers just did something pretty terrific. They reformed their federal law to impose tough penalties on dogfighting and its associated activities.

It’s a history-making move — this is the first time Mexico’s Federal Criminal Code has penalized an animal cruelty offense. Finally, the law has teeth. The criminals who make money on this violent, bloody “sport” will pay dearly from here forward.

Until recently, Mexico had no national criminal prohibition on dogfighting. While dogfighting is illegal in Mexico City and several Mexican states, it wasn’t a crime nationally. Effective enforcement didn’t exist. Large-scale criminal enterprises sponsored dog fighting and got away with it, making tons of money in the process.

This ground-breaking legal change began in December 2016 when Mexico’s House of Representatives passed the federal criminal code reform. By January 2017, the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies passed requirements to ban dogfighting and required that the country and its states impose penalties within one year.

With the Senate’s passage of this reform in April 2017, the final step cementing the law and its penalties fell into place. The following will become felony-level crimes in Mexico just as soon as the law is published in the Diario Oficial de la Federación, the country’s federal register:

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