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eNEWSLETTER for November 2005

Sent: October 28, 2005

64 Lumpkin County Park Drive Dahlonega, GA 30533

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1095, Dawsonville, GA 30534-0022 OR 4907 23rd Boulevard, Valley AL 36854

All Donations are Tax Deductible

Dear Friends,

It is said that all (good) things must come to an end.....and this is true for the Katrina Crew Animal Rescue effort.

The money ran out at about the same time as the Crew wore out. They would have kept on going if funding had continued--but, very understandably, "donor fatigue" set in--not just for us but for many other organizations. And, to be fair, some of the Crew had been away from family and jobs for over a month--spending their own money so they wouldn't have to stop helping the animals. They are all to be so very highly commended.

We are delighted and proud to report that only 125 rescued animals remain to be unified with their people. Since the Crew rescued more than 3,500 animals, this is a truly remarkable feat. Those 125 are being well cared for by shelters in northern Louisiana. If their families cannot be found, they will be put up for adoption.

Our little Valley, Alabama shelter has ended up with 25 rescue animals--mostly because they were obviously abused and/or neglected. We can't really afford them--but there was no hesitation in accepting them.

If any of you would be interested and able to help support these 25, we would deeply appreciate it. You may use the Katrina Crew link on our website to make a donation. Or you may send donations to All C.A.T.S., Inc. at either:

P. O. Box 1095, Dawsonville GA 30534


4907 23rd Boulevard, Valley AL 36854.



Since our last newsletter, the following supporters have sent donations for the Katrina effort: Marcia Olson, Tiny & Lee Theroux, Gloria Overbey, Avis Buchanan, Nancy Denison and Suzanne Travers.

Words seem inadequate to tell you how much we appreciate what you did to help in this effort. It is for absolutely sure that we could not have done it without YOU!!!


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?we?re in the home stretch and it would be tragic to lose the land (and all the money already paid) now. Donations for the land purchase and general expenses for the Alabama location should be sent to Carolyn Keeton, 4907 23rd Boulevard, Valley AL 36854.


FINANCIAL--Over the last months, we have received extra donations and more-than-usual-amount donations from many of you. You helped us put a major dent in our year-to-date shortfall. We enjoyed income of $275 more than expenses--and our shortfall for 2005 is down to $435. It is our hope that you can continue to help us decrease that gap so that we are at least even by year end--or, hopefully, able to report a "surplus." Since January and February are normally very low income months, we really DO need a very good November and December to make sure that we can afford to take care of the animals in a fashion that they deserve. We are confident that YOU will come through for us!!!

WINTERIZING--With winter coming on, we need lots of items to ensure the animals are comfortable during the colder months. Most of these are available at either Home Depot or Lowes. We would very much appreciate


VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Since our last report, we have received donations for veterinary care from Catherine Wells (online), Patricia Stephens, Mildred Ferrell, David Scott (on-line), Avis Buchanan, Tammie Porter (online) and Mary Jane Johnson ?we send all of you a heartfelt Thank You. We ask that all of our supoprters 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.


STAMP REPORT? Since our last report, we received 286 stamps (vs. 208 needed) from Marsha Walton, Nancy Caravello, Lois Holbrook, Jamie Reagin, Dorothy Walters and Benjamin Jones. We have not had to use shelter money to purchase stamps in many months?and we love it. Keep on sending as many as you can!!

 From Betty Phillips ?in memory of MARGARET HITE, who loved animals. We met when we parked near each other and we both had our little fur persons with us.?

 From Anne Roberts ?in memory of BOGEY.?


 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 Hagen for your continuing on-line sponsorship of BLACKIE .

 To Kevin Donahue for your monthly sponsorship donation for JUMPING JACK.?

 To Dena Roesler for her continuing gifts which she has doubled by submitting them to her company?s Matching Gift program. Please check to see if YOUR company offers this program.

 To Lyn Baldauf for your donation ?for PUTTER.?

 To Lois Holbrook for her donation to our land payment fund.

 To Tammie Porter for your on-line donation for our land payment, veterinary costs and fuel fund?in addition to the Katrina effort.



Florine Tillman?We appreciate very much whatever you are able to do to support us.

Kathy Beckman?Thank you for your good wishes.

Elly Meyer?Your cards and cheerful notes are always a joy.

Annette Gonzales?That ?little extra? means so much to us. Loved the picture of the dolphin.

Thomas Lanford?Thanks once again to the ?Dawg Dish Supper Club Tailgating Society.?



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

2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies) and/or garbage bill (always $159.80).

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. ESPECIALLY NEEDED NOW THAT WINTER IS COMING!!!

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 in Alabama of Dogloos, especially XLarge.

9. Any type of animal medicine.

10. Purchase AND delivery to either 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 ADDRESSES OF THE SHELTERS TO SEND US ANY ITEMS TOO LARGE FOR A POST OFFICE BOX.


?Honda Motor Co. has designed a car that?s friendly for dogs?part of the Japanese automaker?s ongoing effort to create vehicles that are easy to use and comfortable to ride in.

?The W.O.W. Concept, which stands for ?wonderful openhearted wagon,? is an exhibition model?that will be exhibited at the Tokyo auto show this month.

?A special crate for dogs in the glove apartment allows owners to interact with their pets while driving. A bigger crate pops up from the floor in the back seat area and can be folded back into the floor when not needed. For even bigger dogs, just buckle them up with a special seat belt to the floor. The W.O.W. comes with removable, washable, rollout flooring and has wide sliding doors to keep dogs happy.

?We created this vehicle from the point of view of a dog, but it turned out to be a gentler vehicle for the elderly, children and other family members,? said Honda designer Katsuhito Nakamura.? MSNBC BUSINESS ? AUTOMOTIVE ? OCTOBER 6, 2005.


?The City of Rome has banned goldfish bowls, which animal rights activists say are cruel, and has made regular dog-walks mandatory in the Italian capital?The classic spherical fish bowls are banned under a new by-law which also stops fish or other animals being given away as fairground prizes. It comes after a national law was passed to allow jail sentences for people who abandon cats or dogs.

?It?s good to do whatever we can for our animals who, in exchange for a little love, fill our existence with their attention,? said Monica Cirinna, the councilor behind the by-law.

?In July 2004, parliament passed a law setting big fines and jail terms for people who abandon pets, and since then local governments have added their own animal welfare rules? The northern city of Turin passed a law in April to fine pet owners up to $598 (500 euros) if they do not walk their dogs at least three times a day. The new Rome by-law requires owners to regularly exercise their dogs and bans them from docking their pets? tails for aesthetic reasons. It also provides legal recognition for cat lovers who provide food for the colonies of strays which live everywhere from the city?s ancient Roman ruins to modern office car parks.?

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