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Sent: January 30, 2006

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

All Donations are Tax Deductible

Dear Friends,

For a while now, we?ve been feeding several cats and kittens at the local county dumpster?making sure there is food on the outside of the dumpster so that hungry cats won?t jump in it. Arriving recently, I was horrified to hear meowing sounds from inside of the crusher. I really didn?t want to climb inside?but I was the only one there. (I did call John to tell him what I was doing so he?d know where to look for the body if I couldn?t get out?he didn?t appreciate my humor, considering a body was found there last year.) The holding container being half full was both a help and hindrance. It gave me something to climb on but had to be moved until I could locate the cat.

Grabbing my flashlight, I slid over the side of the container?what a mess! I had to dig my way toward the sound?praying no one would throw stuff in on top of me. People are used to seeing my truck here and would think I was in the nearby woods feeding the cats. There was also the possibility that the operator could come back to crush the ?new? refuse?he tends to show up at odd hours. Another issue is that it?s illegal to get into the dumpster?a sign says up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine if caught. But those ?small? details were not an immediate consideration?a life was at stake!

I made my way through the trash and reached the bottom, standing on the ?crusher.? I then realized the sounds were coming from inside the crushed material. How could anything in there be alive? There is a small opening above the actual tongue of the crusher?the only thing I could think of was to try to crawl through although it didn?t look like I would fit. I slowly eased through?hearing the meowing become louder. My flashlight illuminated a set of eyes. I called out hoping the cat would come to me. Then I realized it had been thrown in the dumpster sealed in a box! How could anyone be so cruel? Luckily a bicycle had ?folded? over the box, saving the cat?s life and tearing a slit in the box. It was so tightly in place that I could not move it. My only hope was to climb back out, guard the space and get some help.

As I reached the outside, a car pulled up. I called out that I was down here. The reaction of the woman in the car was to toss her garbage in and yell at me, ?I?m calling the law; this is disgraceful.? I realized she thought I was dumpster diving for things to sell. I yelled back at her that there was a cat trapped in here. She pretended not to hear me and drove off?guess she just didn?t care. I hoped she would call the police?I needed help.

A few minutes later, a truck drove up. The man inside saw my flashlight and looked down at me?asking ?what in the world are you doing down there?? I explained and he said, ?OK?look for the hook.? Then I hear a whining sound and realize he?s driving a tow truck?with a winch. Over the side comes a cable with a large hook. ?You?ll have to decide where to hook that bicycle. I couldn?t get into that space.? I did so and he starts slowly inching the bicycle back toward me. I?m terrified we will hurt the cat?and I can?t be sure she isn?t already hurt. I shine the flashlight on the box and see that cat is calmly looking through the slit?not at all frightened. At last we are all clear?bicycle, me and the box. The man uses bolt cutters to cut enough metal to reach inside the box. One cat steps out?and two others bolt out like they have seen demons. Which, I guess, they did?in the form of the person(s) who did this to them. I was afraid we would lose them after all this?but they allowed us to pick them up. The man asked if he could have one of them and called his wife, who came immediately and fell in love with the calm cat, a long-haired calico. She gave me the name of her vet?the same one we use, so I felt sure the cat would have a good home.

As we were getting ready to leave, I glanced in a side mirror. I looked as if I had been living in the dump for weeks?dirt from head to toe and big grease streaks on my face.

A sheriff?s car drove up and asked if we knew anything about a person being in the dumpster. The man looked at him and said, ?A woman drove away just as we got here; it could have been her.? The deputy asked me if I had seen anyone. ?No, sir,? I replied. ?I didn?t see a single person down here.? The deputy grinned. ?I just bet you didn?t MEET a single person down there. Good thing, too. I would have been forced to give them a ticket. Y?all have a good night now.?

Later that same week, I saw the lady and the calm cat at the vet. She had a spellbound audience listening to her tale of the ?dumpster rescue.? When I walked in, she said, ?And here is the woman who did this.? Everyone stood up and clapped. It was a good moment!

The other two cats are with us. They need veterinary care?shots, deworming, spaying/neutering. Please help us out with this by sending a special donation?for the ?dumpster cats.?


LAND PAYMENT?Thanks to Dena Roesler for your donation (matched by her company) toward this payment. We are delighted to tell all of you that we have made the final land payment?and it now belongs to All Cats Inc.


WINTERIZING--With winter upon us, 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 Mildred Ferrell, Mary Jane Johnson, Dena Roesler, Avis Buchanan, Patricia Stephens and Connie Rice--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. PLEASE REMEMBER--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 aare delighted to report that we received 347 stamps (vs. 210 needed) from Robert Salzman, Jamie Reagin, Elinor Eaves, Nancy Caravello, Connie Rice, Barbara Johnson and Benjamin Jones. Our thanks to all of you. Please continue your generosity throughout 2006.


 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 Carole Malone and David Dennis for your gift of a PetSmart and a Home Depot gift card. Carole wrote that she and David decided to not exchange gifts but donate the money to their favorite animal rescue groups. We are honored to be included. We were very touched by your addressing your letter to ?The Wonderful Angels at ALL C.A.T.S.?



From Joan Bone ?in memory of KELLY AND IRIS.?

From Maudann Shugart of Deceased Pet Care, Inc. ?in loving memory of our employee Barbara Quinn?s beloved cat AMBER, who passed away last week.? We appreciate also your kind note and are glad you enjoy our newsletters.



From Mary Ann Williams ?in honor of our most precious dogs, MOLLY AND TUCKER. Maybe we can help other dogs.?

From Michael, Lilli, Fraquie and Shaina Godzosa for your wonderful Christmas card addressed ?To all the beautiful, bright-eyed, darling creatures and the wonderful angels that take care of them. We love all of you.?

From Renee Merback for your note, which we quote here: ?Happy Holidays and thank you for all the wonderful work you do for all the animals all year long.?

From Benjamin Jones for the wonderful Angel Tree Pop Up card with the adorable orange kitten. We send wishes for ?Peace? to you, too.

From Mildred Ferrell for your ?thank you? note?we send just as much thanks back to you.

From Connie Rice for your great animal story, which we will quote here: ?I recently hand-raised three orphan kitties and ended up adopting the two females. Now up to 4 cats and 2 dogs. My friend, Bev, and I recently discovered feral cats with 4 beautiful grey-white, long-haired kittens. We made them a shelter and started feeding them. They had been hiding under the construction workers? porta-potty. One kitten adopted a neighbor and they took him in. Bev and I used a humane trap and trapped the other 3 kittens and 2 adults. All were tested (negative). We had the adults ?fixed? and all 5 adopted out. We were so happy to see them all get good homes! P.S. ? My niece?s adopted New Orleans cat (from you)?Katrina?is doing great!?

From Maryland Timmerman and Rabeth Walker?we so enjoyed your Christmas card with all the ?news? you sent. Hopefully some day I will be able to write that book!

From Kathy Beckman?thank you so much for your kind note.

From Elly Meyer?we look forward each month to what you will send. The floral card is delightful.


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 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 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.


STORIES FROM THE NEWS? Curiosity didn?t kill one cat on a wild ride on the New Jersey turnpike. The feline, now known as Miracle, hitchhiked a ride on the underbelly of a SUV just before Christmas. The gray and white cat traveled some 70 miles on the turnpike on December 23. ?I?m just amazed that the cat didn?t fall off or get blown off,? said Karen Dixon-Aquino, director of the Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees. The association is caring for Miracle and plans to put him up for adoption. FROM MSNBC ? OTHER PET NEWS ? JANUARY 4, 2006.

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