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Sent: November 27, 2005

64 Lumpkin County Park Drive Dahlonega, GA 30533

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

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Dear Friends,

The following is a Katrina rescue story?but its theme of bravery and caring is very relevant for this holiday season. So, here is the story of the Brave Mother:

It is just before dawn on our second day of rescues in New Orleans. We want this extra time before the other rescue groups get started with all their noise. We have an especially hard time with one group from New Jersey yelling ?YO!!? at the dogs. They are frightening the animals, who are used to hearing soft Southern voices or the singsong cadence of the Creole.

We don?t hear any sound. There are no people calling for help, no dogs barking?not even any birds chirping. The silence is almost unnerving. It is the kind of silence that makes you feel you must whisper. We push our boats into the horrid water that floods the city and start paddling towards the buildings. Paddling not only saves gasoline, it helps us hear better since there is no engine noise

We use our spotlight to shine over the buildings, looking for any eye reflection of a stranded animal. We have learned to ignore the markings on the buildings that indicate they have been searched, as they were put there by people looking for people?not animals?and we found animals in several of those buildings. Some may have come back ?home? or been frightened by strangers who called out for people but did not enter to actually search. Every so often, Charles calls out or whistles. After all, we DO want the animals to know we are here to help them.

After several minutes, we spot something on a window ledge?two very small sets of eyes staring back at us. As we get close, we can see they are kittens?very wet ones. Just as we get to the window, the mother cat pops up with another kitten in her mouth. She must have heard us calling and brought her kittens to be saved. She put down the kitten and jumps to the ledge to watch us. Charles gets the cat carrier in position and places two of the kittens, one in each hand, in it. Turning back to get the other kitten and mother, he sees she is gone. In a few seconds, she returns?with a fourth baby. After putting it on the ledge, she jumps back into the flooded room. ?OK? Charles tells her. ?This time I?m going with you.? She leads him through the water to a kitchen?and two more kittens on the counter. Charles looks around to see if any more kittens are visible. Seeing none, he scoops up the two kittens and mother. He said she had been through enough?he would carry her this time around!

Just to be sure there are no more kittens, he sets her down on the ledge while handing us the kittens. She watches this process and, then, jumps down into the boat and gets into the carrier on her own. She looks at us as if to ask, ?Now what?? We put the house address on a collar we placed around her neck?adding the words ?mother and six kittens? to prevent them from getting separated. The house address is the only ID we can give her and the babies at that moment.

Mother cat eagerly attacks the food and fresh water we give her and settles down to feed her babies?safe and secure for the first time in days. This small family rides with us until all our carriers are filled with other rescues. When we get back to the off loading ramp, all the animals except the mother and babies are
handed off to the group that is minding the housing and feeding of the rescues. We had discussed it among ourselves and decided that the mother and kittens would stay with us. After all?she had chosen us! Two other rescue groups had already been through that street and she didn?t go to them. We felt honored she trusted us.

We put her description and street address on the ?Rescue Board? maintained by our group. That night, it was added to the board at the Courthouse, along with our names and telephone numbers?so that her owners could claim her or, at least, know she had survived and was being cared for. The next day?we learned that her owner had been killed!

She and the babies now live with me in Valley AL. She seems to be happy here. All the babies are old enough to be adopted. All need their first shots, deworming, etc. One kitten is red, two are calico, two are white with red spots and one is solid gray. The mother is solid black.

These babies truly deserve to be adopted or sponsored. If you would like to do either, please contact me at the above number or 4907 23rd Boulevard, Valley AL 36854.

LAND PAYMENT?Thank you to Dena Roesler and Sara Martin for your donations toward this payment. We were late with our November payment, which endangers our animals, because we just didn?t have the money on time. We have just ONE more payment. Please send a special Holiday Gift for the land payment?it would be one of the best things you can do for the dogs and cats who love living there.


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 the donation of gift cards from either place.


VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Since our last report, we have received donations for veterinary care from Mary Jane Johnson, Mildred Ferrell, Avis Buchanan and Dena Roesler--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 85 stamps (vs. 208 needed) from Elinor Eaves, Jamie Reagin, Margaret Robertson, Robert Salzman and Nancy Caravello. Fortunately, we had enough of a supply to send out all but 21 of these newsletters?so very little shelter money had to be spent on stamps. NOW?we are totally out of stamps?so we need your help. Remember that the price of stamps goes up to 39 cents in January.



 From Joan and Peter Bone ?in memory of KELLY.?

 From the Traut Family ?in memory of JAKE, our best friend.?

 From Elmer Bryant ?in memory of CASIE, a 15-year-old Shepherd mix.?



 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 Karen Lyons for her donation in honor of her husband Wiley?s 50th birthday

 To Gail Brown and Family for the Lowes cards.

 To Avis Buchanan, Sherry Hansen and Mildred Foster for your donations in support of our Katrina Orphans.



Kevin Donahue?We are proud you were able to foster four Katrina orphans for five weeks.
Mary Speer?Your kind note about our work means such a lot to us.
Elly Meyer?Your cards and cheerful notes are always a joy.



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

2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies) and/or garbage bill (always $141.40).

3. Those of you who take or send food and/or supplies to the shelters?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 in Alabama 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.



Peg, a four-month-old puppy born without an ankle joint or right paw, will be getting an artificial leg, thanks to Rex Miller, owner of the Greater Flint (Michigan) Prosthetic Center. Mr. Miller makes artificial limbs for humans and wants to use his skills to help Peg. The cast has been made with the help of veterinarians at Baker College. The college joined in this no-cost effort because Peg?s owner, Carol Beavnier, works for a nonprofit organization. Ms. Beavnier trains dogs to become leader dogs for the blind. Peg eventually will be a therapy dog, visiting nursing home patients. ?She loves to hug and kiss and play tug and ball,? Beavnier said. FROM MSNBC Pet Health, November 15, 2005.


Please help us make this holiday season a happy one for all the four-legged creatures who depend on you for the things they need. Without your help, there would be no home, food and love for any of them.


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