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ALL CATS, INC. -- eNews for July 2005

Sent: June 29, 2005

64 Lumpkin County Park Drive Dahlonega, GA 30533

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1095, Dawsonville, GA 30534-0022

All Donations are Tax Deductible
Founded By: Carolyn Keeton

Please Send all Mail to the above Post Office Address. Thank You!

Welcome to our eNewsletter!



Dear Friends,

Here is the story of Jumping Jack Flash - Across the Alabama/Georgia line from me is a small shelter, which really serves as a dumping place for animals. Unfortunately, I have to pass this place on my way to visit my doctor. The owner won't allow me to adopt animals from her as she doesn't believe in "no kill" shelters.

On one particular morning, I noticed a small dog being removed from one of her holding pens. My heart went out to him, as he was fighting the choke chain they had on him with all his strength-but, of course, losing. I do know she places an ad in the local paper for each of the dogs "just in case someone will come to claim them." I carefully counted down the seven days she allows for each of them before turning them over to a regular humane society. On the afternoon of the seventh day, I asked my friend Gale to claim him.

Armed with a careful description and the money to pay the "shelter" for his keep, off she went. When she returned with him an hour later, she was in tears. He had been made to live in a cat carrier all week. She was told that "he is not a very well behaved little dog and you should really think about putting him to sleep. We were going to destroy him tonight, and you should give our recommendation some serious thought." Gale was furious-and so was I! But the important thing was that we had saved him from that fate.

He is about five pounds and doesn't get along well with other dogs-but loves the cats! He likes to accompany us while we clean litter boxes-and "christens" each one of them. He is so cute that we can't get mad at him-we just scoop behind him. We also have a big white cat that will go along behind him covering his contribution if we happen to pause briefly in our scooping.

He can jump as high was my waist-hence the name Jumping Jack Flash (sometimes just Jumper or Jack). He is always so happy to have our attention that he just jumps all over the place. He has turned out to be an adorable little dog. His body is solid white and his face solid brown. He's very unusual looking and very sweet now that he is secure in his new home. He urgently needs one or more of you to be his sponsor and/or send a donation/s for his vet bills. Please let me know if you would like to take on this responsibility.

Your Prayers Would be Appreciated. My husband John's sister, Eloise Ogle-age 70, was injured by a garden tiller and is in the hospital in Huntsville waiting to find out if one of her legs will have to be amputated. She is a wonderful animal person-having many of her own, which her children are now caring for. We would all appreciate your prayers for her recovery.

We still have the same computer problems-not even being able to get on the Internet. So the same information about contacting me as described in the June newsletter still stands. The problem has been identified - but no one seems to be able to fix it. Hopefully we will find the answer soon.

PLEASE REMEMBER: We continue to need extra money to make the payments on the land, which are $1,500 EXTRA every month in 2005. These payments are, of course, over and above the normal costs of running the shelter. We urgently need your help with these. Donations for the land purchase and general expenses for the Alabama location should be sent to the following address: Carolyn Keeton, 4907 23rd Boulevard, Valley AL 36854

These numbers do NOT include the special donations made for the land purchase. In May, our donation income totaled $4,722.65 Our expenses totaled $4,804.76. We need your support each and every month! Our four-legged friends depend on you!

Since our last report, we have received donations for veterinary care from Mary Jane Johnson, Mrs. William Briggs, Avis Buchanan, Tonya Graney, Patricia Stephens, Mildred Ferrell, and Dena Roesler-totaling $305-- for which we send our deep appreciation. We ask that all of you consider a gift to this fund-so our animals will NEVER have to suffer for lack of medical care.

You may donate toward veterinary care in any one of the following four ways:

- Sending us a check made out to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic for whatever amount you wish to contribute OR
- Sending a check made out to ALL C.A.T.S., Inc. indicating the donation is to be used for general veterinary expense.
- Send a check directly to Murrayville Veterinary Clinic, P.O. Box 406, Murrayville, GA 30564. Be sure to indicate that it is to be applied to the All C.A.T.S., Inc. account.
- To donate online, visit our web portal (, and click on Vet Expenses under our How You Can Help menu.
- Then, select Veterinary Expenses and you'll be able to pay online instantly using your credit card and/or checking account.

Since our last report, we are more than delighted to report receipt of 404 stamps (vs. 216 needed) from Benjamin Jones, Mardi Hoofnagle, Jamie Reagin, Nancy Caravello, Anne Roberts, Dorothy Walters, Lois Holbrook, Robert Salzman, Elly Meyer and Connie Rice, This is the best stamp month ever!! We even have a good head start on stamps for the August newsletter--keep them coming!!

If you haven't visited our website recently you may not have seen the wonderful new look by our web developer, Kel Kyle! She's been busy working on it for the past couple months behind the scenes and unveiled the new look in early June. For those of you who registered at our old site your usernames/id's will be the same on the new site, but you will be issued a new password in the near future as well as information on how to login, etc. So keep an eye out for an email soon. Visit our site today at:

We are pleased to welcome as a new Sponsor. provides quality products (apparel (leather jackets), luggage, flatware, household items and much more) at fantastic $avings!! You'll see the Always40off ad on our site and you can visit their shop by clicking on the ad or by cutting and pasting this URL into your web browser:

Please be sure to visit their online store for your next shopping spree and remember each time you shop, you help our animals!!!

- From Carol Darmer "in memory of MOLLY, my dear friend's dog, who recently joined her friends in Heaven. MOLLY'S mom is Mary Jane Johnson."

- From Pat Kachur "in memory of KATIE, our 15-year-old grey tabby, who had to be put to sleep on June 13 as the result of cancer."

- From Carole Malone (addressed to the "Angels at ALL CATS..) "in memory of a dear friend who recently passed on - MARY JANE HOFMAN."

- From Paul and Mary Jane Johnson "in memory of MOLLY, our 14-year-old dog. We miss you!"

- From Julie Ashton "in honor of my mother who loved animals and Celestine Sibley. She died at 90 in January. I know she has met up with her beloved BEAU (a black poodle) who was the smartest dog ever." We appreciate your designating this and other donations for use at our Valley location.

- To Carol Clenney for your continuing sponsorship of one of our shelter kitties.

- To Kathy Spiker for your continuing on-line sponsorship of PIGSY TAIL.

- To Laura Richardson for your continuing on-line sponsorship of BLACKIE.

- To Dennis and Lyn Baldauf in appreciation for your donation "for PUTTER."

- To Jennifer and Nick Mastrovito for your donation "for GOLDIE and Friends."

- To Jennifer DeWeese who wrote that "In honor of my own birthday, I'm sending a donation for COOKIE, our foster dog, or sponsored dog. It's a better use of funds than an outfit I'd buy for myself or a meal I'd forget having a few weeks from now."

- To Mary Jane Johnson for your lovely, kind cards-the one with the adorable puppy on the front and the one with the beautiful black Lab on it. And for your continuing support of BUSTER and his mom.

- To Gail Brown and all of her family for the recent money and gift card donations-and the story of the cats you feed, especially the one who was recently ill. We hope he has fully recovered-enough so that he could be neutered.

1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.
2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies) and/or garbage bill (always $140).
3. Those of you who take or send food and/or supplies to the shelter-continue and accelerate if possible.
4. A special veterinary fund donation (see above).
5. Chain link fencing and the "stuff" needed to install it-as described above. A gift card for any place that sells fencing, etc., would be much appreciated!!!
6. Gift card for Home Depot or Lowes for buying many cleaning supplies-buckets, brooms, etc.
7. Gift card for any other store at which we can buy items needed at the shelter. Wal-Mart, Kroger, PetSmart and Ingles cards are especially welcome.
8. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of Dogloos, especially X-Large.
9. Any type of animal medicine.
10. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of bleach, detergent, Glad tall kitchen bags, paper plates, Pine-Sol, brooms, scrub buckets, dishwashing liquid, canned and dry cat food, dry dog food, cat and dog treats, paper towels. USE ABOVE PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF THE SHELTER TO SEND US ANY ITEMS TOO LARGE FOR A POST OFFICE BOX.

Until recently, there has been no way to know which airlines are safest for our four-legged travelers. That has now changed. Starting June 15, airlines are required to report how many pets are killed, lost or injured on their flights. The government estimates two million animals fly commercially every year. Many airlines allow small pets to travel in portable kennels under the seats, with the owners responsible for their safety. Larger pets travel in cargo holds where they can be exposed to extreme heat or cold and loud noises. Although no one knows how many pets are killed or injured, a spokesperson for the ASPCA estimates one percent-which would be 20,000. The airlines say that number is far too high.

The ASPCA pushed Congress to pass the law ... Airlines fought the effort ...lawmakers ended up approving a rule that requires tallying injuries and deaths of household pets.

David Stempler, president of the Airline Travelers Association, said the new requirement might make some airlines reluctant to carry animals.

Following are some tips for making flights easier for you and your pet:

- Get a health certificate from your vet within 10 days of departure.
- Book a direct flight-confirm pet travel 24-48 hours prior to flight.
- Use a USDA approved shipping crate and cover the floor with absorbent lining such as torn newspaper. Label it with your travel address, phone number, animal's name and feeding. Label destination and "Live Animal" on top and side of crate. You may include a photo of the animal taped on top.
- Don't feed your pet four to six hours before the trip. Make sure pet has a collar, ID tag and destination information. Food and water dishes should be accessible (freeze water in pet dish; it will thaw during transit).
- Carry a leash and current photo of your pet just in case.

From MSNBC News - Health - June 6, 2005. URL:


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