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eNEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER 2006
Sent: October 29, 2006
P. O. Box 1095
Dawsonville, GA 30534-0022
64 Lumpkin County Park Drive
Dahlonega GA 30533
941 Lee Road 374
Valley AL 36854
VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT: www.allcatsinc.org
Please Send all Donations/Letters to the Above Post Office Address. Thank You!
Message from Pat Kachur:
Carolyn has asked that you accept her apologies for not writing a story or update for this newsletter. Her son, Barry Harbin, has recently had surgery for lung cancer (and he?s never smoked once in his life). The surgery was successful; however, he still must spend at least two days of each week in the hospital having follow-up treatment and his prognosis remains guarded. Understandably, Carolyn is distraught; and it?s all she can manage to continue her excellent care of all the animals while waiting and worrying.
We would like to ask for your assistance in November. September and October have been extremely low donation months, and our expenses have exceeded income by a significant amount?putting us in a desperate financial position. To help us avoid lessening the quality of the care our animals deserve due to lack of funds, we would very much appreciate it if you could make a special or increased donation this month. We will say ?Thank You? in advance to those of you who are able to make such donations.
Our thanks to all of you who have sent letters and/or called Wal-Mart stores during the last month. Thus far, we have not heard anything from the company in regard to donations of food. So, please keep up your efforts. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to get results from a large corporation.
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 remain 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 donations for veterinary care from Patricia Stephens, Gloria Overbey, Mary Jane Johnson, Mildred Ferrell and Avis Buchanan. Many thanks to each of you. We ask that all of our supporters 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 180 stamps (vs. 200 needed to send out the newsletter) from Benjamin Jones, Connie Rice, Lois Holbrook, Joanne Daube and Jamie Reagin. We had to purchase two books of stamps to mail this newsletter and for other mail we sent out during the month so our inventory is now zero.
To Carol Clenney for your continuing sponsorship of one of our shelter kitties.
To Kevin Donahue for your continuing sponsorship of JUMPING JACK and your very supportive note.
To Elly Meyer for the lovely card and your note, reading ?Here?s a bouquet for you for going to court and standing up for yourself and your animals.?
To Barbara and Thomas Johnson for your kind note. Knowing of your support helps tremendously to mitigate all the worry that?s come our way this year.
To Dena Roesler for your continued donations, matched by your company. Dena enclosed a copy of the CarMax newsletter, which included her being spotlighted for her donations to several organizations?and that ?it all started when she saw an article about All C.A.T.S.? She was moved by the story and began making donations to us and the other charitable institutions.
Matching Gift programs are a wonderful way to double (and sometimes even triple) your donations. Please check with the Human Resources or Community Service department of your company to see if they have such a plan.
From Annette Gonzales for your help with our electric bill ?In Memory of MOLLY.?
From Bonnie and Phil Traut ?in loving memory of JAKE, who passed away exactly a year ago.?
From Elly Meyer ?in memory of MURPHY??he was my daughter Karen?s and my grand daughter Karley?s precious cat. When they held him, he would put his paws around their necks?and he drank water by dipping his paw in the bowl. He will be missed by all of us.?
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.
INTERESTING ITEMS FROM THE NEWS
?A small California biotech company says it is ready to deliver the Holy Grail of the $35 billion pet industry: a hypoallergenic cat. At the start of next year, the first kittens?which the company calls ?lifestyle pets? ? will go home to eager owners who have been carefully screened and on a waiting list for more than two years.
?Since it announced the project in October 2004, the company, Allerca, of San Diego, says it has received inquiries from people in 85 countries seeking to buy a cat bred so that its glands to not produce the protein responsible for most human cat allergies. Cats ordered now will take 12 to 15 months for delivery in the U.S. and 15 5o 18 months in Europe. Cost: $4,000. And owners must pass Allerca?s finicky screening tests.
?Prospective buyers are interviewed for motivation and warmth, approved as if they were adopting a child. Will they punish if kitty has an accident on the floor or scratches the furniture? Their families and their homes?from carpets to curtains?must also be evaluated for allergies and allergens.
?You are not just buying a cat; it?s a medical device that replaces shots and pills,? says Megan Young, chief executive of Allerca. ?At the same time, this is a living animal, so the well being of our product comes before our customers. This is not some high-priced handbag that you put back on the shelf if it doesn?t match.?
?Dr. Sheldon Spector, a professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, recently studied the cats and said the concept seems to work. Ten volunteers with severe cat allergies were exposed to a variety of cats but showed no reaction to the Allerca cats, though all had symptoms with normal animals?For the moment, he said he would not recommend buying the cats because ?$4,000 seems like a lot of money? and there was still the chance that some people might react to some degree to less common cat proteins.
?At 10 to 12 weeks, every Allerca kitten is neutered before it is delivered. This company insists this is mainly t prevent feline overpopulation. ?..In tests, Allerca cats do not produce allergic reactions. But only a few of the cats have lived in private homes, and only for a few weeks. FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES, DATED OCTOBER 6, 2006.
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?Most of the pets that go missing every year never come home. But a new ?Amber Alert? system for animals may change these odds. With helpmefindmypet.com, you create a website with a picture of your cat or dog and pertinent info like his tag number and your phone number. Then, if he gets lost, you inform the service. It creates a missing-pet poster using Fido?s profile and immediately sends a bulletin to a network of pet shelters groomers, vets and stores within a 50-mile radius of where the animal was last seen. Each member of the network posts at least five flyers with a photo and a hotline number. It?s easier to find a pet if a large-scale search starts right away, says Nicholas Acosta, a founder of the program. Visit the site to sign up and create a profile, for $19 per pet.? FROM THE READER?S DIGEST, NOVEMBER 2006
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Please consider visiting the site of our Premium Sponsor for 2006. SandysCandleShop.com 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 SandysCandleShop.com 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: http://www.SandysCandleShop.com. Please remember each time you shop, you help our animals!!!
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