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Sent: September 18, 2017
Telephone/Text: 256-302-3823
138 Ham Road, Albertville AI 35951
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"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” Albert Schweitzer

“The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.”
Samuel Butler

Dear Friends,

We have practically been under water for a week. I was so thankful when the storm finally passed. One of our buildings leaks so bad I had to keep buckets under the leaks. And, of course, we tracked in mud and grass and anything we stepped in. It never failed, every time I mopped the floor, someone would come in and track it up again. It nearly became funny as I would try to guess how long the floor would be clean. It averaged two minutes.


We did have a good adoption month. All the pit puppies have new homes with responsible owners. That's the only kind of people we let adopt. Two of our young adult dogs were also adopted together. We are always pleased when this happens, especially when they are littermates.

I want to thank all of you who support us each month. We are extremely grateful to have you. And to Gloria Young: Thank you for your note of encouragement and for saying I am never alone in caring for these babies. That made my day!


We still need gravel for the driveway. Now, after the storm, more than ever. We also need to hire a heavy tractor to grade the drive. It is so terribly rutted even the mailwoman doesn't want to drive down it. Sometimes she simply leaves our packages at the end of the drive. Not that I blame her. Her car sits very low to the ground and she doesn't want to damage it. She does blow the horn so we know she is there.

Our food situation is again at the critical stage. I have food for tomorrow, Monday, but none after that. Someone PLEASE call the Co-op and order at least a bag of dog food, Black Bag. The number is 256-878-4335. Thank you.

We are in special need of paper towels or a special donation for them. It is amazing how many we use. Also we need cleaning products of all kinds, including washing detergent. And, you all know our regular "want list." I imagine you know it by heart by now.

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.

We urgently need to start stocking up on blankets so please watch your yard sales and discount stores for any deals.

Our attorney still says we cannot comment on the people who sent out the demeaning emails. You can be sure they will be brought to court as soon as possible.

Sorry to report that Jessi, the photographer who is updating our web site, is still on bed rest. She will post the new photos as soon as her doctor gives her permission to work.

The Researchers at Cornell Feline Health Center and BioBank need DNA from healthy cats 10 years and older. They want to compare DNA from ill cats to that from healthy ones so they may learn to better diagnose and treat diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, renal disease and diabetes. The testing is performed at Cornell and involves just getting a small blood sample, which is coordinated with a variety of examinations—including an echocardiogram, orthopedic examination, blood pressure check and urinalysis.
If traveling to New York is an issue, you may still help if your veterinarian is willing. The BioBank will provide kits to your veterinarian.
They also need cats with kidney disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, lymphoma, hip dysplasia, obesity, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, resorptive lesions and periodonttitis.
For information, send an email to vetbiobank@cornell.ed.

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