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Sent: August 19, 2017

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"I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed. These things, to me, are expressions of love.” James Herriot

"I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” — Abraham Lincoln

Dear Friends,

Our partial repair to the building, has left us vulnerable to the weather. So until we can complete this repair, our building has one wall that is completely plastic. With all the rain coming in, we will more than likely be in a big mess. Any help toward completing this repair will be greatly appreciated. As you know, power cannot be restored until this wall is completed.


We have 14 puppies that need shots and worming. Deworming needs to be done immediately; it is essential to the health in the life of the puppies. We also need to have the two mother dogs spayed. Several of the puppies already have homes upon completion of the shots and deworming. Eight of the puppies are purebred pits and we have to be very careful with the homes that they're placed in. We desperately need your help with this.


You are all aware of our critical need for a vehicle. I'm not asking for anything special just something that I can get around in. A lot of people do not like animals in their vehicles especially large dogs. So we have to carry a large dog to the vet is very hard to get a ride. I found a couple of vehicles for around $1,000 that will be serviceable. Please consider making a donation towards this purchase. This is yet ANOTHER desperate situation.


Wish List. In addition to our usual list of food,cleaning supplies ,paper towels , etc... we're also in great need of wasp and hornet spray. A 55-gallon drum will not be too much as we find ourselves covered in these things these days. So help on that will be also greatly appreciated.


I send my special thanks to the people (listed below) who said I can continue to use their names in the newsletter. These people have been with me for a long time and they know me. Most of them have actually visited the shelter on several occasions . We appreciate their confidence in us. We will not let you nor the animals down. As always thank you and we love you.


Our THANK YOU list includes the following supporters: Sonny and Bonnie Strohm, Jo-Anne Groghan, Lynna Mason Murphy, the Ritchies, Dr. Phillip Parker, Atty. Matt Newsome, Atty. Clint Butler, Atty. Tracy l. Green and Atty. Shane Hollaway.


Jessi, the photographer who worked on updating our website, is still not allowed to work. Website updating will be done as soon as she is well.


Our attorney still won't let me give out any information about the investigation in this newsletter. We fully intend to prosecute those people. We do know who they are.


I would like to thank all of you who sent your support even without the newsletter to remind you that we depend on you.



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.

NEW ITEM: It is yet again time to start stocking up on blankets so please watch your yard sales and discount stores for any deals.

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


IN THE NEWS – Susan Bird – June 17, 2017 Follow Susan at @ItsSusanBird

Jay Wilde spent his childhood on his family’s farm, herding dairy cows in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England. He became a vegetarian about 25 years ago, so, clearly, the welfare of animals became much more important to him somewhere along the line. When Wilde’s father passed away in 2011, he inherited the family dairy farm. For a while, he continued to run it, but Wilde was deeply troubled. He began seeing those cows for the fascinating creatures that they are.

“I began to see that cows recognize each other, and they’ve got very good memories,” Wilde told The Vegan Society. “They experience a range of emotions – they can be sad, happy, bored or excited. They do also have facial expressions. You can tell what a cow is
thinking by looking at them. I’ve even seen cows cry.”

“We stopped producing dairy because it was so arduous,” Wilde told The Vegan Society. “To take the cow’s milk, you have to separate her from her baby. This is really difficult. Obviously, the cows get very upset when they are separated. It takes them a long time to get over.”
Wilde wasn’t sure how to make a change, so he got out of dairy farming and turned to raising his cows for beef. Of course, as a vegetarian, sending his cows off to slaughter didn’t please him either. “It was very difficult to do your best to look after them and then send them to the slaughterhouse for what must be a terrifying death,” Wilde explained to BBC News.

It took a chance conversation with Patrick Smith, a local member of The Vegan Society, about green alternatives to livestock farming to get Wilde thinking in a new way. He realized that he could do something better with his farm — and his life.

“I think we can change the way we live here, to something more suitable for the future than simply continuing to eat animals. That isn’t a very efficient way of feeding people after all,” Wilde told The Vegan Society.

“If I’d been content with what I was doing, I would have brushed off Patrick’s comments and said this is the way the farm works, this is the way things have always been done,” Wilde said. “But I was very sympathetic, and I decided to do something about it.”
Those cows were Wilde’s livelihood. The 63-member herd was worth more than $50,000, but with the Vegan Society’s help, Wilde made a kind, courageous choice. He sent them all to a sanctuary.

The cows now live happily and peacefully at the Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk, England.
Thirty of Wilde’s cows were pregnant when they moved to their new home. Just think about the 63 adults, the 30 calves and the life they’ll now lead. Mother cows will never know the sadness of being separated from their babies. Calves won’t be boxed up to become veal or raised to replace their mothers as milk-making machines. And they won’t ever face a terrifying death in a slaughterhouse.

For this small herd, one man’s kindness broke the cycle of pain and misery that most dairy and beef cows face every day.

I’m relieved to have made the decision to no longer farm animals, something which I always found quite upsetting,” Wilde told BBC News.

Good thing Wilde is a decent man with a conscience. He’s even transitioning his farm into a vegan market farm. From now on, he’ll be supplying organic produce to stores instead of raising livestock.

Wouldn’t it be great if more animal farmers thought this carefully about how their business hurts the animals? Wilde’s not the only hero farmer who’s changed course away from animal farming, of course. And I sure hope he’s not the last.

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