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ALL CATS, INC. -- eNews for October 2003

Sent: October 2, 2003

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:


Welcome to our eNewsletter!




Dear Friends,

Hardly any of my friends have John?s cell phone number, so I was amazed when he handed me the phone and said, ?It?s for you.? On the other end was my cat-rescue friend Connie, who sounded quite upset. ?Carolyn, I don?t know what to do. I have 15 cats and kittens in my house, and Bill just came in and said there?s a pregnant cat in the driveway. I went out to see and the cat is very scared?wouldn?t let me anywhere near her. But, she looks half-starved. And, darn it, I loaned my trap to Patrice. Do you have one you can bring and help me catch her??

Well, of course I told John I would see him at home later, grabbed my trap, and took off for Connie?s house?fortunately not too far away. When I pulled up, I saw the (very pregnant) cat cowering in the bushes beside the garage. Connie and Bill were in the front doorway trying to edge near her with food in hand. But, mama-to-be kitty was having none of it. As they moved forward, she moved backward. I called out to them to go back in the house, as I was afraid the cat would take off and we?d not see her again.

I went around to the back door with the trap. The three of us opened some cans of smelly fish-flavored cat food and put a dish in the back of the trap. Now, where to put it? I asked Connie where around her house would be a place where the cat would feel safest. She kinda grinned and said, ?Well, Carolyn, in the crawl space under the back of the house would be best.? I soon found out why the grin?the crawl space is really only a little taller than the trap?in other words, ?Carolyn-size.? Neither Connie nor Bill would have been able to squeeze in enough to put the trap far enough back in the space. So, I lay down with the trap in front of me?then wiggled forward on my stomach, pushing the trap in front of me and hoping against hope that nothing squirmy was in my path. After about eight feet, I unilaterally decided it was far enough. Wiggling back out was a little more difficult but I made it with a minimum of scratches and bruises. So, now the cat had to ?cooperate.?

It was getting late, so I left, telling Connie that I would be back at first light to (hopefully) see a rather angry but definitely caught cat. I spent a sleepless night worrying about the poor little kitty, obviously very young and about to experience motherhood. I arrived back at Ground Zero at dawn, crawled back to the trap and?Hallelujah?the cat was in it. Since that time, little Sheba had four darling kittens, all of whom thrived and were eventually adopted. And Sheba turned out not to be feral?just scared. She is living with Connie as a permanent family member. And I am known as Aunt Carolyn. Great title I?d say. I do love happy endings!

FUNDRAISER: We plan to (finally) have our fundraiser in April 2004. In order to do so, we?re going to need a LOT of help from those supporters able to contribute their time and effort. Dixie Tailor and Pat Kachur are putting together a summary of what will be needed in order to make this a great success. More on this next month.

FLEA CONTROL: We received donations totaling $150 from Patti Reber and Jane Johnson to be used for keeping our animals free of parasites. The request for donations for this purpose remains VERY active, as all the animals will need further treatments in the still warm months ahead.

UPDATE: We received the following note from Mildred Foster: ?I would like to thank everyone who offered suggestions about providing shelter for the two stray cats that I was feeding. I fixed a shelter for them, but, sadly, they both became very sick and I had to have them both put to sleep. It broke my heart to do this. It just upsets me so much the way people treat their animals. All animals should be fixed so they can?t reproduce. This would eliminate the problem of stray animals. I feel so sorry for them because it wasn?t their fault.? Mildred?we are very glad you were there to care for them as much as possible and spare them suffering when they became so ill.

Following are the financial results for August:

Labor $3872
Veterinary Zero
Garbage $120
Utility Bill $54.70
Food $115.07
Supplies $395.87
Stamps Zero
Misc. Zero

Total expenses were $4557.64. Donations for August totaled $4452. This means that we added to our 2003 shortfall by $105.64. For the year, we are $754.09 away from being even!!

As disappointing as that is, even worse is that it appears at this writing on September 23 we will fall another several hundred dollars behind for the month. For the first time this year, we will be unable to pay all of our bills, which means that interest will be added to them when they are received for October payment. This is a big blow to us, as we do pride ourselves on paying our bills in full and on time. WE DESPERATELY NEED YOUR SUPPORT DURING OCTOBER. IF YOU ARE AT ALL ABLE TO SEND A LITTLE EXTRA OR MAKE A SPECIAL ONE-TIME DONATION, THIS WOULD BE THE TIME TO DO IT. MANY THANKS FROM ALL YOUR TWO- AND FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS AT THE SHELTER!!!

STAMP REPORT: Since our last report we received 100% of the stamps needed to send out this newsletter from Jeannie Wiseman, Patti Reber, Michael Morrow, Barbara Johnson, Robert Salzman, Jamie Reagin, Benjamin Jones, Judy Ciccarello, Mardi Hoofnagle, Nancy Caravello, Julie Ashton and Patricia Stephens.

Barbara Johnson included the following with her stamp donation: ?I have decided to send you a percent of the stamps each time I buy them. I challenge others to do the same. They won?t be missed if sent when your supply is ample.? We think this is a great idea!!

VET EXPENSE UPDATE: We have received donations toward vet expense totaling $60 from Avis Buchanan and Linda Wrigley . Donations earmarked for this purpose are very much needed and appreciated and may be made by:

? 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.

If you wish your donation to be used for a specific veterinary procedure, please so indicate on the check or in a note accompanying it.

IN HONOR OF: From Dennis and Lyn Baldauf ?for PUTTER.?

From Vicky Murphy ?in honor of my four-legged children BOOTS and TOMMY DAN.?

IN MEMORY: From Bonnie Trautt ?In memory of KATIE who died August 18, 2003----our precious angel who will never be forgotten.?

From Mike Morrow ?in honor of TOM, who came to live with us for the last six months. He was a very sweet old cat, who we had to have put down recently. A more loving animal never walked the earth. He is very sorely missed and is now in St. Francis? hands.?

From Gail, Bob and David Brown: ?After having one of our cats for 19-1/2 years, we just had to have her put to sleep. She became real sick, and after three days in intensive care at the vets, she was no better. I am enclosing a gift card from Home Depot in memory of our cat GARFIELD. I can think of no better way to honor her memory.?

From Kathy (Murray) Spiker ?in memory of my father, JACK MURRAY. He passed away yesterday morning quietly and without pain. My father loved animals, especially dogs, so our home was filled with unconditional love and companionship as far back as I can remember. My husband and I currently have three rescued dogs, so we are carrying on the family tradition. I cannot imagine having a home without a head to pet, warmth beside me on the couch or without a fuzzy covering for my feet while I sit and watch TV or read! We would adopt more, but cannot right now, so we are new sponsors for a dog to be named by your shelter?.There is a saying: ?If we met the need closest to us, there would be no need.? Even if just the animal lovers in the area could contribute a little each month, there would be no shortages for the shelter, and more money could go toward education, promoting adoption; and, of course, making sure that no ?foster dog child? would do without.?

SPONSORSHIP: As Kathy mentions above, she and Guy have sponsored one of the shelter dogs?PIGSY TAIL, whose picture may be seen on our website. Their sponsorship is done with a regular monthly donation through PayPal, using their credit card. Sponsorship of a shelter animal or any other type of regular donation you would care to make may be set up this way. If you wish to do this, send an e-mail to or telling us what you would like to do. Instructions will be sent to you.

We continue to have many adult animals available for adoption. To contact our adoption coordinator, Bronwyn Harris, please either telephone 770 427 6584 or e-mail her at if you are interested in adopting one of our animals.

THANK YOU: To Patti Reber for once again paying our garbage pick-up bill.

To Laura Richardson for her continuing support of BLACKIE.

To Janna Mansker, Elly Meyer and Judy Ciccarello for their kind notes. We really do appreciate hearing from those of you who write to us.

To Mrs. W. H. Briggs for donating a Home Depot gift card.

WEB PORTAL: If you haven't already done so, we hope that you will visit our web portal as our Web Developer (Kel Kyle) has made it easy for you to: make donations to our various needs and purchase products that will help in our fundraising efforts. If you are not already subscribed to our enews, you may subscribe there and help us save money on postage. Don?t forget to let us know that we can take you off our snail mail list. Also, if you are Internet active and want to read enews online, you can download any or all of our 2002-3 enewsletters. Just click on the button that says enews!

Please note that while you are not required to join to view our new portal and its contents, we do encourage you to sign up for membership (FREE); and then you?ll be able to share your stories with us online, create and post replies in our Forum, view photos of our animals, search the Internet, read headline news (U.S. & World), catch up on your local or regional weather forecast and more! Visit our web portal ( and sign up today!!


1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.
2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies) and/or garbage bill (always $120).
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. Gift card for Home Depot for buying many cleaning supplies?buckets, brooms, etc.
6. Gift card for any other store at which we can buy items needed at the shelter. Wal-Mart, Kroger, Pet Smart and Ingles cards are especially welcome.
7. Send extra stamps?so that we can report AGAIN that we received 100% of the number needed to send out a newsletter.
8. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of treated lumber--can be any length. Also, treated plywood,
9. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of 3? and 2-1/2? hinges.
10. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of Dogloos, especially X-Large.
11. Any type of animal medicine.
12. 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.

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