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eNEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2006
Sent: September 28, 2006
ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC.
(ALL C.A.T.S., INC.)
(All Donations are Tax Deductible)
Post Office Box 1095
Dawsonville, GA 30534-0022
64 Lumpkin County Park Drive
Dahlonega, GA 30533
941 Lee Road, 374
Valley, AL 36854
PLEASE SEND ALL MAIL TO ABOVE DAWSONVILLE POST OFFICE BOX ADDRESS
VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT: www.allcatsinc.org
September 27-- Well, I spent another day in court today. This time for "excess" animals in our other two locations.
Not a problem as most of those have already been moved and the others have to be moved by 8:00 a.m. next Monday morning. I can do that with a little help.
What was surprising was the judge. He told me the farm was a danger because I got snake bit there yesterday. Funny, they didn't even mention when I was bitten by a rattlesnake on the city's right of way. I guess my black snake is more dangerous than the city's rattlesnake. Oh, well. He also told me he had received letters from as far away as Philadelphia complaining about our shelter. I find this to be very interesting as these people have never seen our shelter and probably never will. He said they just didn't understand that a little mold in a water bowl was considered a "cruelty" charge, even if it really isn't.
I want each and every one of you to know, there has never been an animal mistreated by anyone at All CATS, and there never will be. I told you last month I would explain where the real problem lies and now I am going to do so.
A former employee had a relationship with someone whose partner is using their position as a means of "getting even,? even if this was a long time ago and not relevant now--or ever--to All CATS. This is a mean, petty thing to do and could cause irreparable damage to our reputation. I am not the person in that relationship and that person no longer works at All CATS.
Our attorney tells us not to name names, so we won't. I just want all of you to understand why this thing has happened to us. It will go away, as all mean things do eventually. In the meantime, please trust that we are doing the same job for these animals as we have for all the years we have been sheltering them. We give them, food, water and love. Don't we all wish every animal could count on having that?
I am enclosing with this newsletter a copy of the results of the August court hearing for those of you who receive the newsletter via Post Office mail. Those of you who subscribe by email have already seen it via an email sent out shortly after the hearing.
Wal-Mart Update--We have been informed that Wal-Mart has authorized each individual store manager to make the decision as to whether or not to make charitable donations. Thus far, the new manager of the store which has made substantial donations to our shelter for many years has declined to continue that practice. It might be helpful if supporters contacted this manager and politely requested that the donations resume. If you would be willing to do so, the manager?s name is Carrie Rivera. The store address is 3100 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta GA 30062. The phone number is 770-640-7225. Results of your efforts may be either mailed to us at our post office address above or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It would also be helpful if you could visit a Wal-Mart store near you and ask if they would be willing to donate food to our shelter. Some stores may already be making donations to other rescue groups or shelters; but, if are not and are willing to consider our organization, please find out what paperwork would be required and on what schedule donations would need to be picked up. Please forward that information to us.
Our appreciation to those of you who sent extra money, or a special donation, to help us make up for this loss of donated food. Please continue to do so if at all possible.
Things We Need ? Both shelter locations are still in need of bedding material, as the hot water and bleach we must use to make sure the material is clean reduces its useful life. 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.
VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Since our last report, we have received a donation for veterinary care from Gloria Overbey, Mildred Ferrell, Avis Buchanan, Dena Roesler and Mary Jane Johnson. 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 (www.allcatsinc.org), 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 208 stamps (vs. 200 needed to send out the newsletter) from Betty Phillips, Mardi Hoofnagle, Benjamin Jones, Nancy Caravello, Connie Rice, Jamie Reagin, and Elinor Eaves. 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 Dennis and Lynda Baldauf ?for PUTTER.?
To Margaret and Fred Mitchell for your encouraging note and great compliment (I don?t believe I?ve ever been referred to as a ?Star? ? but I like it! We agree with you about what the court results ?should? have been.
To Mr. & Mrs. Nick Mastrovito ?for GOLDIE.?
To Shirley Y. Klingbeil for your very kind note and prayers for the shelter and me personally.
To Walter Gordy for your note about how much you enjoy our rescue stories.
To Elly Meyer for your usual cheerful note. We also wonder where the time goes?.
To Annette Gonzales for your help with our electric bill ?In Memory of MOLLY.?
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP OUR ANIMALS?
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 provide 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 are always items that the shelters need. 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. 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 P.O. BOX.
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