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eNEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 2006

Sent: November 29, 2006


Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 1095
Dawsonville GA 30534-0022

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

941 Lee Road, 374
Valley, AL 36854

Telephone: 334-319-1045

VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT: www.allcatsinc.org
Please Send all Donations/Letters to the Above Post Office Address. Thank You!


Dear Friends,

I asked to write the story this month. Please don't expect it to be as good as what Carolyn writes; she is the most talented writer I know. I am the person she called to help her out of the well with the puppy, which you read about earlier this year.

I don't know how many of you know Carolyn personally, so I want to tell you a little about the person you don't hear about in her stories. She is one of the bravest people I have ever met when it comes to an animal in trouble. She is also the person who wears shoes with her toes sticking out the sides because the animals need "something" more than she needs shoes. She suffers from almost constant migraine headaches, but she doesn't let that stop her from what she calls "her work.? She will feed and water the animals when she shouldn't even be on her feet. She will go out at any time of day or night if an animal needs her. I know this for a fact because sometimes I am called to help. I try to take care of her, too; but she insists "the animals come first.? Only after they have been cared for will she even eat. She practically lives on Coca Cola because she can carry that around with her and, it is cheap at Wal-Mart. She won't even consider going out for a good meal. When I tried to get her to go to Outback with me, she looked at me as if I was crazy and said, "If you have that much money to spend, buy me some canned cat food." That is the way she gauges money-- in terms of what it can do for the animals. I have never seen anyone so dedicated to animals. I have seen her cry because she couldn't save something she found run over on the road or because there wasn't enough money to get needed medications.

I also want to clear up any questions regarding the charges made against her by the local authorities. On the day they came to the Farm, she had not cleaned the dog pens because she had a heart attack and was not able to lift the buckets. Even on the very day of the heart attack, she did all the feeding and watering herself. She just wasn't able to clean. These are very large dog pens and the dogs were NEVER in anything "dirty.? In fact, David and Gale were on their way over there to do the cleaning when the local authorities showed up. David and Gale were not allowed to enter the Farm until the EPA and animal control had taken all the photos they wanted. Even those photos show happy, healthy, well fed animals. The only thing they could find wrong was what they called "too many" and a little feces in the pens. They also picked up some cat litter that had been spilled, put it into plastic bags, and called it an "unknown substance.? Obviously, the judge didn't find anything wrong or he wouldn't have left the animals in Carolyn's care and given her time to move them to another location. Some of the other animal organizations have had a field day with Carolyn's plea of ?guilty of a dirty dog pen.? They have called this cruelty, since it all comes under the same heading in this city?but, rest assured, there has NEVER been any cruelty by Carolyn or any of her employees?and there NEVER WILL BE! All of them do their jobs 24-7. There is no such thing as "down time" for any of them.

I am not a part of the shelter; I am simply Carolyn's friend. I know her heart and soul belong to the animals. As her friend, I ask that each of you do your part to ensure this shelter stays running. My own family has decided not to buy Christmas gifts this year, but to donate what little we would have spent to the shelter. We also intend to donate our time, too. We have more time than money, I am afraid. But if all of us--you and your family and me and mine--together make a special effort, I am sure we can make a difference to the lives of these deserving animals. They have no one but us, so we must do our best for them. We will all be the better for it.

*******FROM ALL OF US ?SHELTER EMPLOYEES AND FRIENDS OF THE SHELTER?OUR BEST WISHES FOR A JOYOUS HOLIDAY SEASON.********


The holiday season can be very exciting yet at the same time very stressful not only for you, but for your pets as well. That is why we would like to offer pet owners the following tips to help keep their pets safe during the holiday season.

? If you plan on having a Christmas tree in your home there are a few things that you should remember. For instance, avoid tinsel should because your pet may think that it is a toy to play with and accidentally swallow and choke on the tiny strings. In addition, do not decorate your tree with popcorn or other food items and remove all edible gifts from under the tree.

? You should also try to hang small and breakable ornaments out of your pet's reach. Do not place chemicals in your tree's water. It may keep your tree fresh longer, but it can prove very harmful to your pets. Do not allow your pet to drink the tree's water because it can get dirty very quickly and many pine needles fall into the water dish. A tight-fitting tree skirt over the tree stand may help to prevent this. Always make sure your pet has plenty of fresh water in his/her own dish at all times.

? Electric window displays and lights are very inviting, not only to you and your neighborhood, but to your curious pets as well. Make sure that all of your electrical connections and outlets are secured and concealed. Tape electrical cords to the walls or floors to ensure that your pet will not chew on them.

? Never hang edible treats, such as stockings filled with chocolates and other candies in dangerous places, such as near a fireplace or on a Christmas tree.

? Holiday plants, such as poinsettias, amaryllis, mistletoe, and holly may add beauty to your home, but they are very poisonous to your pets. If these plants are ingested, they may cause vomiting, diarrhea, or even more serious problems. If you purchase these items for your home, please make sure that they are out of your pet's reach.

? During family celebrations, make sure that your pets have a safe, quiet area where they can rest. It is best to keep your pet locked up safely in a bedroom where they can escape from all the noise and festivities. If your pet enjoys having company come over, just make sure they do not become too overwhelmed. They need quiet time to rest and relax just like you do.

? After you have had your fill of holiday turkey, ham, chicken, and/or roast beef make sure you throw those bones away ? do not give them to your pet! You might think that you are giving them a treat, but actually you may be threatening their health. Bones can splinter easily and cause damage to your pet?s throat and intestines. Bones can also become lodged in your pet?s throat, which may result in your pet not being able to breathe. You should also avoid feeding your pet chocolate, candy, and cookies, which can be toxic to their health. Feeding your pet these products can result in extreme vomiting and can make your pet very sick. If you want to give your pet a special treat then try changing the way you feed them their regular pet food. Adding water or broth to dry food or mixing in canned food makes a great treat and it is much healthier for your pet. Do not feed your pet high-fat foods, such as gravy and dressing, which can cause serious stomach upsets. You should make sure that your guests know not to feed your pet as well.

? After your gifts are opened, quickly dispose of wrappings, ribbons, and bows that can be easily swallowed by curious pets.

Perhaps most importantly, PLEASE make sure that all of your pets have proper ID tags on at all times because if your pet were to become lost, you would have a much greater chance of finding them if they have identification. Many thanks to the San Bernadino County Animal Care and Control Program for these great tips.

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Wal-Mart Update--Our thanks to all of you who have sent letters and/or called Wal-Mart stores during the last month. We have heard from other organizations that the Wal-Marts they deal with have resumed their donations. However, Manager of the Marietta Wal-Mart that donated so much food in the past has not seen fit to resume those donations.

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.

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Things We Need ? Both shelter locations are always 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.

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Since our last report, we have received donations for veterinary care from, 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.

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STAMP REPORT? Since our last report, we received 113 stamps (vs. 200 needed to send out the newsletter) from Jamie Reagin, Lois Holbrook, Nancy Caravello, Joanne Daube, Marsha Walton and Mardi Hoofnagle. 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.

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THANK YOU?

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

 To Tammie Porter for your on-line donation to four of our funds.

 To Dennis and Lyn Baldauf ?for PUTTER.?

 To Kevin Donahue for your continuing sponsorship of JUMPING JACK and your very supportive note. .

 To Elly Meyer for the very cute Thanksgiving Day card.

 To Jo-Anne Croghan for your donation for the Alabama shelter.

 To Margaret and Frederick Mitchell for the darling puppy and squirrel card and your very flattering note. And for your good wishes for my son.

 To Walter Gordy for your thoughts and prayers for me and my son.

 To Annette Gonzales for your donation earmarked for our electric bill.

 To the Mastrovito?s for your donation for Goldie and Friends.

 To Connie Rice for bringing a large amount of food, supplies and bedding material.

 To Dena Roesler for your continued donations, matched by your company.

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.

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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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Especially during this gift-giving season--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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