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Sent: May 29, 2006

Dear Friends,

Several days ago, a very upset David, our employee, banged on my door. He tells me there are police, animal control and ?a bunch of other people? at one of our locations making pictures. I tell him to calm down. I am sure it is nothing to get so upset about.

Arriving at the location, I am met by an Officer who proceeds to tell me I am being cited for wet pens, overcrowded pens and insufficient housing. We are standing in a drizzle as she tells me this?so, of course, the pens are wet. They are outside pens. All the animals have housing?just not what the Officer considers ?proper housing.? One of the pens has wet food (it hasn?t yet been changed for the day); and, in one pen, a dog has pooped near a food bowl, which the Officer calls ?unacceptable.? I explain to her we are concreting the small pens, some of them have roofs installed already and every animal has a dry place to lie down. She insists the animals are ?lying in feces.? This is not true. What she perceives to be feces is Dog Litter that has been wet?and I do admit it looks like feces?but it isn?t!

I am also cited for the trash, meaning the poop scooped up every day and put in garbage bags to be hauled to the dump--and which is on a trailer--and ?junk, inoperable vehicles? parked in the yard. The van in question is used to store cat litter?and most certainly does run. The pickup did have flat tires?but it, too, does run.

They also informed me that not all the animals were updated on their rabies shots. In Georgia, we have two- and even three-year rabies shots. I was not aware that they were out of date?my fault for not carefully reading the rabies certificates. We were given a citation requiring everything to be corrected in 24 hours?a physically impossible feat!

We did immediately begin taking the animals to be vaccinated, had the vehicles in question removed, the garbage hauled to the dump and the pens covered with cedar or pine bedding. We also threw out most of the old feeding and watering bowls and replaced them with either stainless steel bowls or plastic cat litter boxes. We also bought several new pens from the local Marvins?just to be sure there isn?t any ?crowding.?

The really ironic part of all of this is that it began with the Officer reading our newsletter asking for your help with the wet pens?help which you have given us (see below). I am sure she will read this letter, too. She had copies of every newsletter stored on our website and is, therefore, aware of any problems for which we ask your help.

One of her complaints is that we don?t have a specific tax exemption in the State of Alabama (that is a Federal thing, and we are in full compliance with Federal law) and for us to say that ?all donations are tax deductible? is fraudulent. I believe we have always said where any money is to be used?be it Alabama or Georgia. If any of you feel we have misled you, please write and tell us so. It has never been our intention to mislead anyone! And, I should add, we only use the money that is earmarked?by you?for expenses in Alabama. I have yet, as of this writing, to be arrested for any of her complaints, but she does tell me I will have criminal charges brought against me.

We have corrected every single complaint with which we were cited?with the exception of housing. What we have done is move the animals around so there are no more than three dogs to a small pen?and only two in most! The Officer insists that each dog needs its own house, and we are working nightly to build new ones. We did just purchase two XL Dogloos?but we still need three to four more. Their price is approximately $155 each, and we would greatly appreciate your help with this.

To her credit, the Officer has given us extra time to work with?and she does seem to really care about the welfare of the animals. She did say that my ?daily care? was the big problem, and I have explained to the employee in charge that everything is to be thoroughly cleaned each day. This employee is working extra hours without pay to accomplish this goal.

Anyone who would like to speak with me personally about any of the above, please call me at 334 319 1045. There are quite a few places I go in my normal workday where my cell phone doesn?t work?so, if you don?t get me right away, please try again.

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We want to send great thanks to The Therouxs, Avis Buchanan, Dena Roesler, M/M R. Donahue, Shirley Klingbeil and Annette Gonzales (?in memory of MOLLY?) for your donations to help concrete our dog pens. We have received enough money to take care of three of the 10 pens which need this done.

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Since our last report, we have received donations for veterinary care from Mary Jane Johnson, W. Underwood, Dena Roesler and Avis Buchanan?you have our deep appreciatin. We ask that all of our suppprters 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. If you would like your donation acknowledged in this newsletter, please drop us a note?Murrayville is too busy to always let us know about the support they receive directly from you.
? 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.

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STAMP REPORT? Since our last report, we received 186 stamps (vs. 202 needed to send out the newsletter) from N. Caravello, L. Holbrook, M. Walton, J. Reagin, M. Hoofnagle and B. Jones. Due to having a surplus from last month, we had enough stamps to send out this newsletter?plus some extra. Thanks to all?and keep them coming!!

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 To Carol Clenney for your continuing sponsorship of one of our shelter kitties.

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

 To The Baldaufs for your donation ?for PUTTER.?

 To Virginia Reed for your donation ?for MARY.?

 To Kevin Donahue for your continuing sponsorship of JUMPING JACK.?

 To Dena Roesler for your continuing donations?all matched by her employer.

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From Pat Kachur in memory of PRISCILLA, who passed away May 8 just two months before what would have been her 16th birthday on July 4. She was a very ?Independent? Persian and we?ll miss her.

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From Elly Meyer whose monthly notes we so look forward to for taking us for all we do. We hope that MEGAN?s visit to the vet on May 1 to remove the cyst under her eye was a success.

From B. Bowdoin ? we appreciate any help you and any of our supporters give us.

From M/M F. Mitchell a note which we were NOT happy to receive. We are so very sorry to hear of your accident on in December and your resultant injuries. We are glad to hear that you are both recovering. Our best wishes for your continued recovery and our thanks for your donation for ?our animals.?

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1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.
2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies) and/or garbage bill (always $155.80).
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, PETCO 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.

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Mikey was hit by a car, fracturing his upper front leg. Mocha had severe degenerative joint disease that affected his elbows, hip, knees and back. Doc had a painful ruptured disk, causing him to be unable to use his hind legs or control his bladder and bowels. But, through the use of underwater treadmills, electrical stimulation, range-of-motion exercises, massage and other equipment and techniques derived from physical therapy in people, Mikey and Mocha are active dogs with full use of their limbs. Doc is able to walk, no longer suffers from incontinence and continues to improve. ?.as, dogs they were fortunate to benefit from veterinary rehab, a relatively new but quickly growing field?.Rehab is mostly used in dogs, who are more prone to injury than cats. But practitioners also see felines, especially those that have had a limb amputated, suffer neurological problems, have arthritis or are just plain fat?.Rehab involves more than just workouts at the rehab clinic?.rehab specialists say that ?homework? done by owners is crucial for long-term success. To read this entire article, go to: FROM MSNBC.COM ? APRIL 19, 2006. BY KIM CAMPBELL THORNTON.

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Molly the cat is finally free. After two weeks stuck behind a brick wall in a 19th century building, the bashful 11-month-old feline was rescued from her plight Friday night by a volunteer who found her wedged in a crawl space between bricks and a piece of sheet metal. At the end of the ordeal, the black cat emerged from the building lying in a metal cage?calm and docile as cameras flashed and onlookers cooed. Her first meal? Nibbles of roasted pork, sardines in oil and water, says Peter Myers, owner of the delicatessen housed in the building?..Molly?s ordeal became international news this week as reporters and onlookers gathered to hear her distressed meows. Rescuers drilled and hammered out bricks in the cellar of the 157-year old build and tried everything from special cameras to traps to get her out. Rescuers drilled a hole in the wall from inside the store, cutting through three layers of brick to get to Molly?She was finally retrieved by a tunnel worker who was working on a project nearby and had volunteered for the rescue effort. To see Molly?s picture and read the rest of the story, go to: FROM MSNBC HOME U.S. NEWS U.S. LIFE ? APRIL 15, 2006

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