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Sent: August 28, 2006

(ALL C.A.T.S., INC.)
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Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 1095
Dawsonville, GA 30534-0022

Physical Addresses:
64 Lumpkin County Park Drive
Dahlonega, GA 30533

941 Lee Road, 374
Valley, AL 36854



Dear Friends,

As I stop to unlock the chain across the driveway, I shut off the truck motor. "Now why did I do that?" I ask myself. It is much simpler to leave the engine running and hop back into the truck than have to restart the motor. As I turned the key, I hear a sound--a small whimpering sound you hear from something hurt. Something that has given up all hope of being saved and is making its last effort to let the very Earth know that "I did exist and I deserved better than this." It is a heart-breaking sound. One I am sure all God's creatures make when all hope is lost.

The sound is coming from across the road from woods they are so thick you can?t see into them. I have never been in there because I don't know who owns the property and have never had any reason to go there. But this sound has to be investigated. I start pushing my way through the briars and underbrush, not at all happy with the thought of looking for something in this thicket. "Well,? I think to myself, "I won't have to worry about finding my way out. All my hair is going to be on these briars. I'll just follow it out."

Getting into a small clearing, I realize I am looking at a corner stone of what was once a very old house, with an outside toilet and a dug well. Making my way carefully around, I find an old cast iron toilet sticking up from the ground. That is reassuring; nothing could accidentally fall into it. "Where are you, baby?" I call. Immediately I hear an answering whimper. I couldn't see anything. Again, I call out. This time I at least get an idea of the direction the sound is coming from. Crawling over a fallen tree, I see another corner stone; so I am at least getting an idea of the house location. There are also a lot of old bottles, rusted cans, etc. This might be a fun place to explore at another time, but now I had to find the source of the whimpering.

I was getting close because the sound was getting louder. It was starting to sprinkle rain, so I wanted to find the animal as quickly as possible. Since there was nothing left of the house or the outhouse, it stood to reason there would be nothing left of the well shed. I had to make my way slowly. Then I see it, a large hole in the ground. The sound was coming from it. Looking down into the hole, I see a medium sized puppy. He is about 15 feet down, sitting on all sorts of rusted metal and dead branches and leaves. There is also a slanting hole that goes into the large hole, but it is too small for me to enter.

OK. There are enough roots; I can climb down. Climbing back up carrying a dog will be the hard part. I make sure I have my cell phone, which I usually forget to carry with me--but this time it is in my pocket. I grab hold of a large root and slide over the edge, looking for footing in the dirt wall. So far, so good. About six feet down, the root I am holding breaks away and I start a hard slide into the well. I barely have time to hope the dog is on a solid surface, not on things floating in water or we will both drown. One foot hits something very hard and a shooting pain goes up my leg--but it holds me. I am standing on a tree branch with still no idea if there is water below me. The puppy sits very still watching me. I try to reassure him we are both going to be OK. I can't see from the tears in my eyes from the pain. There is no way I am going to be able to climb out of here, especially carrying a dog. I feel for my cell phone and hit a button. I can't see whose speed dial button it is, but I know whoever answers will at least know to call John. I hear someone answer but can't hear clearly enough to tell who it is. "This is Carolyn; I'm in a well across from the farm. Can you help me?" "Carolyn, this is Pat. Where did you say you are?" I explain that I am in a well with a dog and at the least a sprained ankle, and it is starting to rain. Pat doesn't seem the least bit surprised at where I am. She is used to what my Grandmother would call "my shenanigans,? but she is also too far away to help me. She offers to call a friend much closer to me, but I do know which speed dial number that is--so I call him.
He was incredulous at my predicament, but it only took him about 10 minutes to find me. It took a little longer to figure out a way to get both me and the dog out of there. Finally we decided to use a rope swing.
I simply had to sit in the swing, hold the dog and he pulled me up. Thank goodness for having big, strong friends. Of course, I had to listen to a lecture on the dangers of old dug wells, poisonous snakes, cuts from rusted cans, and not calling for help before I tried something like that and what if my phone had not worked down there, etc., etc. It didn't get any better when he realized my ankle wouldn't hold my weight and he had to carry both me and the dog out of the woods. Then I had to hear about broken legs, arms or even my neck. Thankfully, my ankle was only sprained. And, I intend to call him every time I need to do a rescue. I expect I will be seeing a lot of him!

The puppy was unhurt, just very hungry and happy to be out of the well. I will never know how he came to be there, but I know nothing else will ever fall in there. I have filled the well with all sorts of things lying around. The only thing that scared me was when I threw in a large rock. It went right down to the bottom, with a loud splash.

At the date this newsletter must be finished in order to have it to you in a timely manner, the court hearing has not yet been held. We will update you all as soon as possible after it has occurred.

Many Thanks to all of you who have written to Wal-Mart asking that their donation program to shelters be reinstated. Please let us know if you receive a reply.

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Things We Need (New Items) ? Both shelter locations are in desperate need of bedding material. Specifically, we need blankets, sheets, towels, pillowcases?washable, please. We also need feeding bowls for both cats and dogs. A suggestion is to check out yard/garage sales?where these items may be acquired at a very low cost. Please send bedding for Alabama to the physical address shown above. Bedding for Dahlonega should be sent to Bonnie Traut at 653 White Street, Suwanee GA 30024.

We would also very much appreciate the donation of a small refrigerator, to be used to store medicines and other animal care items that require refrigeration.

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Since our last report, we have received a donation for veterinary care from Mary Jane Johnson, Mildred Ferrell, Dena Roesler and Avis Buchanan?many thanks to each of you. We ask that each of you 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. 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 220 stamps (vs. 202 needed to send out the newsletter) from Benjamin Jones, Nancy Caravello, Mardi Hoofnagle, Joanne Daube, Anne Roberts, Dorothy Walters and Jamie Reagin. We had enough stamps to send out this newsletter plus our other mail this month. We have about 15 stamps left over?so please continue your stamp donations if at all possible.

 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 Kevin Donahue for your continuing sponsorship of JUMPING JACK.

 To Cynthia Bachmann for your generous donation toward concrete and roofing for the dog pens. It is greatly appreciated!!

 To Margaret and Fred Mitchell for your extremely kind and supportive note about our work.

 From Elly Meyer in memory of your friend NANCY HUBER, who died August 18 at age 90. Nancy always loved cats and even had one in the nursing home with her in Sarasota. Elly and Nancy were next door neighbors in Ohio, where they became good friends.

 From Karen and Wiley Lyons ?in memory of TESS GOLDEN. She was a beautiful, sweet chocolate lab who died two weeks ago. Our good friends, Sherri and Jay Golden adopted TESS about 14 years ago and gave her a wonderful life. We are all just so sad. Thanks for your hard work for the sweet, innocent animals.?

 From Thomas Lanford ?in memory of SPOOKY, MICKEY AND BUDDY??all of whom were four-legged companions of friends of Thomas.


Thomas Lanford says that those of you who have a Maine Coon cat should seriously consider having the kitty checked for heart problems?specifically an enlarged heart. They are apparently prone to this condition.

1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.
2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies) and/or garbage bill (currently $160.40).
3. Those of you who take or send food and/or supplies to either 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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Please consider visiting the site of our Premium Sponsor for 2006. is a unique little shop located in Pensacola Florida, featuring "Hand Poured" Natural Soy Wax Candles. They offer a large selection of Candles, Candle Accessories, and a wide variety of Gift Items.

Sandy DeSoto and her active Pomeranian, Heidi, live near Pensacola Florida. Sandy took the opportunity to turn her love of candle making into a dream come true, when she opened her own candle and gift shop in August of 2005. Another dream came to be when became a reality earlier this year. When Sandy is not creating at the candle shop, you will find her either strolling on Pensacola beach, or at home trying to teach Heidi that it is not proper to eat shoes.

You'll see the SandysCandleShop ad a picture of Sandy and Heidi on our site and you can visit their shop by clicking on the ad or by cutting and pasting this URL into your web browser: Please remember each time you shop, you help our animals!!!

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