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Sent: November 15, 2017

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"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, False Memory
“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, The Basis of Morality

Dear Friends,

Well, It looks like I owe you two more apologies. First, I didn't know that repeated tapping on a sent key didn't make it happen faster, it just programed the computer to send more copies. So, If you received several hundred copies of my last plea, I am so sorry. It wasn't intentional. It was purely ignorance.

The second. I know I promised the newsletter earlier than this. I had all my notes ready, planned an early bedtime and happily went to bed. I woke several hours later feeling as if I couldn't breathe. I was so hot I felt as if on fire. Swinging my feet off the bed, I hit the floor. I could not stand, I was very dizzy. Reaching for my phone, I saw it floating out of reach. And, yes, that is what I saw. Something was very, very wrong. I crawled to the heater to get it turned off. the heater didn't look right either. I crawled back to bed believing I was dying. My phone wouldn't come off the ceiling so I couldn't call anyone. I realize now I couldn't have used the phone even if I had managed to coax it down.

Thus began three of the most horrible days and nights of my life. Approximately twenty- four hours later, my brother was calling, "Sis, are you all right?" "No", I managed to say. He came in, took one look and hustled me off to the ER. I had a "severe case of carbon monoxide poisoning". I was , again, close to death. The very old propane heater had malfunctioned and was nearly the cause of my death and that of seven small dogs and three kittens. Thankfully, they were all under the covers and seemed to suffer no ill effects at all. But there was no way I was even capable of writing a newsletter. I am still very shaky but am rapidly improving. Earlier today I couldn't keep my balance, tonight I am able to walk the concrete block pathway by the house. Trying to walk up the driveway to heck the mail, a friend called to me, "Now, what makes you think you can travel that driveway when even my car is afraid of it? Get some gravel!"

Some very sad news. Our photographer, Jessi, has died. Her baby will never know how much her mother loved and wanted her. It is hard for me to accept that women still die from childbirth in this day and age. Her husband is heartbroken. He will let us come look through her computer for our photos when his life is calmer.

The people who wrote the hate mail are two small groups who think they are doing the world a favor. Well, they aren't. Their "facts" are all skewed and they have done some serious damage to several small, but very good, shelters--causing three to have to close their doors. As we all know, shelters can't operate without funding. That includes us.

I spoke to one of the ladies who had to close her shelter. It was heartbreaking. She said, with tears streaming down her cheeks, "Can you imagine how I felt when I had to leave all those precious babies at the pound? Knowing most of them would die? They were looking at me with those scared and confused little faces, wondering why I didn't love and want them anymore. I couldn't explain to them that I love them more than anything. It was simply that I couldn't feed them. So far I have found two other shelters to take some of them. The pound is working with me to get them placed. If they are not adopted by Christmas, I am bringing the rest of them home with me. I don't care if we have to live in a tent by the lake!"

I know exactly how she feels. If All CATS loses your support, and we have lost some, I will do the same thing. I am NOT going to lose these babies who trust me for their very lives. Not as long as I have mine. I know I am not guilty of any cruelty to animals and never will be.
One of those people have offered an apology letter, admitting that they don't have any "Proof"--just "suspicions." That seems like so little for the harm she has caused.

I want to thank my three angels who bought for the dogs when we were totally out.. You stepped up and saved lives. Thank you.

And, Thank you to Sandy and hubby for the donation toward the purchase of a vehicle. We need one so desperately.

We need so many things. As I said in the last plea, "If shelter uses it, we need it" and that couldn't be truer. But, as always, food is the most important thing. We are out of canned food now and will be out of dry food before the weekend


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.

IN THE NEWS – Susan Bird – October 2017

Lawmakers in Canada just took a major step toward ending the cruel and outdated practice of testing cosmetics on animals.

The Cruelty Free Cosmetics Act (S-214), 2015 by Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen, will ban animal testing for cosmetics in Canada, in addition to the sale of products and ingredients that have been newly tested elsewhere.

The bill was recently passed unanimously by the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. There are still a few big hurdles it has to get through before it becomes a law, but it’s a promising sign that Canada is going to be one of the next countries to take a progressive and compassionate stand on this issue.

“Animal Alliance and Humane Society International commissioned a poll which showed that 81 percent of Canadians support a national ban on cosmetic animal testing,” said Liz White, director of Animal Alliance of Canada. “Today’s decision was an important step forward in respecting Canadian opinion and bringing our industry standards into line with those of other developed nations.”

Fortunately for animals, we’re turning against the cruel, unnecessary, wasteful and outdated practice of torturing animals just for the sake of developing more personal care products and cosmetics. Not only have dozens of nations passed bans like this, but hundreds of companies have pledged not to test their products on animals and have successfully proven we can have beauty without cruelty.

“Cosmetic testing on animals is an outdated, needless practice with no place in a modern and progressive society. It is for that reason that 37 countries – including the world’s largest cosmetics markets – have taken action to ban or restrict their trade in cosmetics tested on animals. Yet here in Canada, it remains perfectly legal for cosmetic chemicals to be dripped into rabbits’ eyes and spread on their delicate skin, all for the sake of a new lipstick and skin cream. We are calling on the Canadian Senate to pass S-214 and for the House of Commons to move quickly to adopt this lifesaving legislation,” said Troy Seidle, Humane Society International’s senior director of research and toxicology.

Animal advocates are also pushing for the U.S. to pass the Humane Cosmetics Act, which will make it illegal to conduct or commission animal testing for cosmetics after a one year phase in, which will be followed by a ban on the interstate sale of products and ingredients that were made using animal testing after three years.

It’s time for the U.S. and Canada to catch up with nations that are making compassionate changes. Similar bans won’t just save animals’ lives, but will also promote more reliable measures that benefit us. They will also keep companies based in North America competitive in a global market that continues to shut its doors on this type of testing

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