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ALL CATS, INC. -- eNews for September2005

Sent: August 29, 2005


ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (ALL C.A.T.S., INC.)
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: Carcats@knology.net
Carolyn's Cell Phone: (334) 319-1045

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

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Welcome to our eNewsletter!

ENEWS - SEPTEMBER 2005

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT: www.allcatsinc.org

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ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (ALL C.A.T.S., INC.)
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: Carcats@knology.net
Carolyn's Cell Phone: (334) 319-1045

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

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Welcome to our eNewsletter!

ENEWS - SEPTEMBER 2005

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT: www.allcatsinc.org

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Dear Friends,

FINANCIAL REPORT?In July, our donation income totaled $2,441. Our expenses totaled $2,579.04. This is the lowest donation month in years and qualifies as a truly disastrous result. There is nothing else to say?except that we cannot survive on this amount of income over the long haul. We desperately need your help!

Sometimes a true story is so funny that, even years later, it makes a person laugh out loud. And such a story is what I want to relate this month?with the hope that all of you will find it funny as well. All of us can use a good laugh?it?s even good for your health. Anyway, this involves a good friend of mine, Susan, who used to work at the shelter (who has given permission for me to share it with you). I?m calling it, ?You Better Stop Spraying.?

We were having a particularly hard time, with an otherwise lovable cat, keeping him from spraying all over the walls. Nothing worked?not even neutering. We finally resorted to covering the walls with a very heavy duty plastic that had tobe replaced every day?adding to an already heavy work load. Demetria would mutter something in Spanish about ?rosa cato loco,? which I learned roughly translates to ?crazy red cat.? I would usually ask, ?What next Lord? Is he going to teach all of them to do this?? Susan never said much of anything?just went about the business of cleaning up as usual.

Passing under one of the windows one morning, I heard a very serious lecture coming from inside. It was Susan?s voice, very stern, so I stopped to listen. I heard ?Now listen Sunny; I want you to know we all love your very much. Even if we have to keep changing sections of this plastic for the rest of our lives, we are going to love you and feed you and water you and give you lots of petting and kisses on your head. I realize you have had a hard life. We will never know what caused you to lose part of your tail and two of your toes. We don?t know who put you out here in that old box. What I am trying to tell you is that it won?t ever happen again. You have a real home now. We will keep on with this plastic cleaning if we have to?but I would really like for you to stop spraying the walls. I am sorry if you are unhappy about the neutering, but I want you to know there is something called ?castration.? Do you know what that means? It means ?no penis.? So, I suggest you think about that the next time you want to spray the walls. Just think about it. That?s all I?m asking.

I was doubled up with laughter by this time. It was the most empty request (threat?) I had ever heard because we have never once castrated an animal at the shelter. But, strangely enough, soon after, the spraying did stop. I am convinced it was because Sunny became secure in his environment. However, Susan is certain that it was her lecture?and I?ve never been able to convince her otherwise. In any case, it was one of the funniest things I have ever heard a human say to a cat.

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.

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Unfortunately, some supporters who have pledged money for this purpose have reneged on their promises. We could lose this land?and the animals on it would have no place to call home. Please help us ensure this does not happen!!

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Since our last report, we have received donations for veterinary care from Gloria Overbey, Renee Merback, Avis Buchanan, Mary Jane Johnson, Dena Roesler and Patricia Stephens ?totaling $280?we send you a heartfelt Thank You. 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 (www.allcatsinc.org), 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.

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STAMP REPORT? Since our last report, we received 290 stamps (vs. 215 needed) from Benjamin Jones, Mardi Hoofnagle, Jamie Reagin, Elinor Eaves, Nancy Caravello, Robert Salzman and Connie Rice. We have not had to use shelter money to purchase stamps in several months. Keep up the great work!

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IN MEMORY?

> From Annette Gonzales ?in memory of MOLLY. She was a ?rescue? also.?

> From Linda Gettle ?in memory of MARY CHAPMAN, a wonderful lady and animal lover.? Thank you Linda for the portion of your donation which was designated for the land purchase.

> From Elmer & Lillian Bryant ?in memory of SMOKEY AND TAMMY.?

> From Elissa McCrary ?in memory of EUDORA, our beloved 16-year-old dog.?

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THANK YOU?

> 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) Hagen for your continuing on-line sponsorship of BLACKIE and congratulations on your recent marriage.

> To Jennifer and Nick Mastrovito for your donation ?for GOLDIE and Friends.?

> To Misty Saldi for the Advantage you sent us.

> To Mildred Ferrell for including an encouraging word with your donation.

> To Sandra Caroland for your donation ?in honor of my grandcat ELVIS, whom I had the pleasure of keeping the past eight months while my daughter and her family were in England. He is now back home in Colorado.?

> To Margaret ?Jeanie? Robertson for your note. We miss your Robbie, too.

> To Dena Roesler for continuing to use her company?s Matching Gift Program to double her gifts and for her donation to our land purchase fund.

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THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP OUR ANIMALS?

1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.
2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies) and/or garbage bill (always $149.80).
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 XLarge.
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.

INTERESTING STORIES FROM THE NEWS

A team of researchers led by Seoul National University?s Woo Suk Hwang, renowned for world-=leading stem-cell research, reported in the journal Nature that it has produced two genetic duplicates of a male Afghan hound?one of which has survived. This first cloned dog has been named Snuppy. Dogs have proved one of the hardest species to clone. The Afghan hound was chosen for the experiment because of the breed?s distinctive look and docility. Excerpted from Fortune Article, ?First Cloned Dog Has Its Day? ? August 3, 2005.

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A worker in the returns department at Country Home Products got a surprise when he opened a brush trimmer sent back from South Carolina. Inside the box was the trimmer?and five kittens. The three-week-old kittens survived the two-day trip to Vermont and are doing fine. The South Carolina customer who returned the trimmer had stored it in a barn and apparently sealed the box without looking inside. From MSNBC, AP, Story Entitled ?Special Delivery! Kittens Survive 2-Day Shipping? ? July 29, 2005.

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Cats are notoriously finicky eaters, as millions of pet owners can attest. Now, there?s a scientific theory explaining, at least in part, why cats have such snobby eating habits: genetics. Researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia and their collaborators?have found a dysfunctional feline gene and probably prevents cats from tasting sweets, a sensation nearly every other mammal on the planet experiences to varying degrees.

Researchers took saliva and blood samples from six cats, including a tiger and cheetah, and found each had a useless gene that other mammals use to create a ?sweet receptor? on their tongues. The gene in question does not produce one of the two vital proteins needed to form the receptors.

?Because cats can?t taste sweets, they?re cranky,? joked Joseph Brand?.an author of the paper being published in the ?Public Library of Science?s journal Genetics?.Brand said the ?pseudogene? in cats is probably a big reason why they are carnivores that get by on a high-protein diet?.their sense of taste has driven them to become meat eaters. ?Losing their sweet receptor has probably changed their dietary habits.? Excerpted from MSNBC, AP, Story Entltled ?Scientists Determine Why Cats are Finicky Eaters,? July 25, 2005.










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