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ALL CATS, INC. -- eNews for September 2003

Sent: September 1, 2003

Welcome to our eNewsletter!


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 Email:





Dear Friends,

This month, I would like to share with you the heartwarming story of Fluffy, a canine Iraqi war victim.

"On the streets of a city in northern Iraq, a scruffy, bony, homeless German Shepherd wandered aimlessly. His head and legs were covered with scars, and he was missing several teeth. His local owners had beaten the emaciated dog. He needed a place to live, so Kurdish soldiers brought him to the Third Group, Special Forces, Alpha Company, Third Battalion.

"It was a perfect match -- or so it seemed. The Special Forces unit had worked with a guard dog in Afghanistan and needed one again to help prevent surprise attacks. Some of the soldiers didn't think this frail creature would be able to do the job, but Sergeant Russell Joyce knew better. He took over the animal's care, feeding, and training, and gave the dog a good, American name -- Fluffy.

"Under the Sergeant's auspices, Fluffy soon changed into a quick, bright guard dog, able to tell the difference between an Iraqi and an American at a sniff. Twice he was involved in enemy attacks on the base he was trained to keep safe. "He definitely looked after us," says Sergeant Joyce. "If any American walked guard, Fluffy would go right along with the soldier and stand right by him." To the surprise of all the soldiers, the former stray had truly become a United States war dog -- and a hero.

"But Russell's time in Iraq was drawing to a close. He was very happy to be going home, but he immediately thought of Fluffy. Since the dog did not come to the war zone with the American troops, he was still considered an Iraqi. Joyce was told if he could not find Fluffy a good, local home, the dog would have to be killed.

"The clock was ticking; the unit Joyce had arranged to take care of Fluffy temporarily was doing so unofficially and could not keep him forever. The dog's self-made handler took swift action. One of the desperate emails Russell sent found its way to the computer of Ron Aiello, president of the US War Dogs Association and himself a Vietnam war dog handler. Ron called the Sergeant.

"'What I heard in his voice was something I heard hundreds of times from former military handlers from the Vietnam era. They talk about their canines to this day and the love and devotion we have for them," says Ron. "Russell had that same emotion about Fluffy.'

"Aiello wrote to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and set up a page in Fluffy's honor on the US War Dogs Web site. In no time, Sergeant Joyce received emails from thousands of people and organizations -- including North Shore Animal League America -- and correspondence from 32 senators, all asking what they could do to help.

"Finally, it was decided -- Fluffy would become a very unusual exception to a strict military rule. He would be designated an honorary working military dog with honorary war dog status. In Washington, Army Deputy Division Chief Don Stump sliced through some more red tape, and then thirty high-level military personnel signed off to transfer the brave dog to the United States. Operation Free Fluffy had come to a successful conclusion.

"On June 7, Sergeant Russell Joyce, his wife Caroline, and his daughters Sam and Elise welcomed newly retired military dog Fluffy to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Since that day, Fluffy has become a very important member of the family and friend to all. But it IS obvious to everyone that Fluffy has a special love for Sergeant Joyce. And the feeling is mutual. "I don't label him as a pet," says Russell. "He's my buddy."

"Six times each year, North Shore Animal League America presents the Elisabeth Lewyt Award to a heroic dog or cat. For his brave actions on the field of battle, and for Sergeant Russell Joyce's' dedication, Fluffy and his handler were presented with the League's most recent award at a reception in Alexandria, VA.

"Normally, the shelter that cared for the four-pawed honoree is also presented with an award. In Fluffy's case, no shelter was involved. The League decided that the shelter award should be presented to the US War Dogs Association, not only in Fluffy's honor but also on behalf of all the brave and unrecognized dogs who have served with our armed forces in the past."

Many thanks to the Animal Rescue Site for printing this wonderful story.



As promised, here are the financial results for July:

Labor: $3872.00
Veterinary: $455.00
Garbage: $120.00
Utility Bill: $53.27
Food: $107.65
Supplies: $336.27
Stamps: $0.00
Misc: $195.00

Total expenses were $5,139.19. Donations for July totaled $5,952. This means that we reduced our 2003 shortfall by $812.81. For the year, we are now only $648.45 away from being even!!

It's too early in the month of August to be able to predict its financial results, but we will report on it in the next newsletter. Thank You to everyone who sent in extra dollars to help us achieve this. We need all of you to keep up your level of support (or increase it if possible) so that we can reach financial parity and assure our furry friends that their level of care will never have to be decreased.



We received donations totaling $150 from Mary Jane Johnson and an anonymous donor to be used for keeping our animals free of parasites. Having more than 150 animals to treat takes a lot of money. Our request for donations for this purpose remains VERY active, as all the animals will need further treatments in the months ahead.



We hope you will be moved to sponsor one or more shelter animals. Our featured cats and dogs can be viewed online at (on the How You Can Help menu, Featured Pets). All of these beautiful animals would love to have you as a sponsor. We received a lovely note from Jennifer & Nick Mastrovito telling us how glad they were at Goldie's adoption and reporting their recent adoption of a rescued Aussie named Ranger. Their beloved Aussie, Scout, has not been found; and their "home seemed too quiet without an Aussie."

We also want to thank Lorraine Theroux for her co-sponsorship of Goldie over the past year - and congratulate her on the birth of a beautiful baby girl to her daughter. The baby weighed in at 8lbs, 15 oz. and is named Jade.

We continue to have many adult animals available for adoption. To contact our adoption coordinator, Bronwyn Harris, please either telephone 770 427 6584 or e-mail her at



We have received donations toward vet expense totaling $155 from Avis
Buchanan, Tonya Graney and Dr. & Mrs. Robert Klingbeil. Please consider a special donation to this fund-so that no animal needing vet care will be unable to receive it due to lack of money.

Donations earmarked for this purpose are very much needed and appreciated and may be made by:

? 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.

If you wish your donation to be used for a specific veterinary procedure, please so indicate on the check or in a note accompanying it.



Since our last report we received 270 (101.1% of the total needed) stamps from Mardi Hoofnagle, Lois Holbrook, Connie Rice, Benjamin Jones, Monica Lane, Marsha Walton, Judy Ciccarello, Robert Salzman, Pattie Reber, Elinor Eaves and Jamie Reagin. We are delighted!!



From Barbara Johnson "in memory of my sweet RASCAL, who died last February. My husband brought RASCAL and his sister PRECIOUS home from a construction site almost 14 years ago.. PRECIOUS still is beloved! I miss RASCAL so much."

From Linda Gettle "in memory of DON GETTLE, who died July 3, 2003. He loved all animals."

From Dr. Bob and Shirley Klingbeil in memory of QUE, their daughter Leslie's ferret, who passed away after a lengthy illness.



To Ellie Meyer and Janna Mansker for their lovely and encouraging notes.

To Benjamin Jones for his PetSmart gift card, which we immediately put to good use.

To Laura Richardson for her continuing sponsorship of BLACKIE.



If you haven't already done so, we hope that you will visit our web portal as our Web Developer (Kel Kyle) has made it easy for you to make donations to our various needs and purchase products that will help in our fundraising efforts. If you are not already subscribed to our enews, you may subscribe there and help us save money on postage. Don't forget to let us know that we can take you off our snail mail list. Also, if you are Internet active and want to read enews online, you can download any or all of our 2002-3 enewsletters. Just click on the button that says enews!

Please note that while you are not required to join to view our new portal and its contents, we do encourage you to sign up for membership FREE); and then you'll be able to share your stories with us online, create and post replies in our Forum, view photos of our animals, search the Internet, read headline news (U.S. & World), catch up on your local or regional weather forecast and more! Visit our web portal ( and sign up today!!

Visit our web portal ( and sign up today!!



1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.

2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies) and/or garbage bill (always $120).

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. Gift card for Home Depot for buying many cleaning supplies-buckets, brooms, etc.

6. 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.

7. Send extra stamps-so that we can report AGAIN that we received 100% of the number needed to send out a newsletter.

8. Ferrari of Kitty Village is helping us raise money by selling used books on Amazon and eBay. If you have some books you'd like to donate, please e-mail the ISBN (the 10-digit number on the copyright page) and the condition of the book (like new, very good, good or acceptable) to If we can sell your books, we will contact you about how to get them from you. Newer, nonfiction books are the most valuable. The full value of the book is tax-deductible for you! Meanwhile, check out the huge variety of books we are currently offering for sale at

9. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of treated lumber--can be any length. Also, treated plywood.

10. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of 3" and 2-1/2" hinges.

11. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of Dogloos, especially XLarge.

12. Any type of animal medicine.

13. 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 TO SEND ANY ITEMS TOO LARGE FOR OUR POST OFFICE BOX TO THE SHELTER.

NOTE: The signed print by Walter Greer has been sold. However, the beautifully framed picture of a young girl in Victorian wear playing with butterflies is still available. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to asking her to e-mail this picture to you or if you have internet access you can view it at Just My Photos We will accept offers of $100 or more.



Those of you who use Kaopectate to control diarrhea, especially in cats, need to be aware of a recent formula change. Kaopectate now contains salicylates, which are aspirin-like compounds and can be dangerous to cats. It is safe to use the generic vepsion, parapectalin or things such as k-p-sol. Check label to make sure active ingredients are only kaolin and pectin and NO salicylates. Dr. J. Keith Contarino also wants cat people to remember that Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is much more deadly than aspirin!



We now have a total of 175 people who have requested we send their newsletters via email. If you are receiving the newsletter in both paper and electronic form, please email so that we can remove you from the post office mailing list.

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