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eNEWSLETTER - JANUARY 2007

Sent: December 31, 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,

All of us at All Cats Inc. want to express our deep appreciation to you for making December a very special month. We are very grateful for the cards we received, the supportive letters and notes, and the extra support many of you have sent. You have reinforced our long-held belief that animal-loving people are the best people!

Please do remember that January and February are traditionally the months in which we receive the least monetary support. We need you to help us get through those down months.

I also want to personally thank those of you who have inquired about my son?s health. Barry suffered a setback in early December when he was struck by pneumonia and back in the hospital. However, he rallied and is now able to work part-time. He still must spend two days a week in the hospital getting liquid ?vacuumed? out of his lungs?and this may be something he will have to do for a very long time.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone and our best wishes for your health and happiness in 2007.

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As you know, my friend and fellow rescuer was the ?guest? writer of our December newsletter. So many of you wrote to say how much you enjoyed this that we thought another story would be warranted?this time about how we met. Here goes:

The first time I saw Carolyn, I had moved in with a friend who lived across the road from her. Every day I would see her out with the dogs. She was out there when I left for work and she was out there when I came home. She was always feeding, watering, cleaning pens, or throwing tennis balls or other toys for them. I have to admit to watching her for hours. It was amazing that one person could, and would, do so much for so many. All the dogs knew to wait for their turn and I never saw one get left out. If one got a biscuit, they all did. It really was interesting to watch. She didn?t just feed and water and then go on about other business. She played with them, sang to them and they all danced around the yard. For a long time, because of her size and long hair, I thought she was a child or a teenager. I didn?t know then that this small woman was going to be one of my best friends.

After a time, I moved to a different home. However, I would still drive down Carolyn?s street just to see her with the dogs. But, still, I had not spoken to her. Then, one day, I saw a small dog lying on the porch of an empty house. I carried some hamburgers over there for it, but it wouldn?t let me get close. I did this for several days and then decided to go tell Carolyn about the dog and see if she could help. Yes, of course, she not only could, she would.

So began a friendship. We took turns caring for the dog, but he didn?t want to venture too far from the porch. The owners had left a mattress on the porch and this was his refuge. Carolyn decided to move the mattress under the porch because the roof leaked and she didn?t want his bed to get wet. Then we moved his food and water bowls under there, too. He would stay close to us as long as we were near his bed, but he would snap if we tried to pick him up, once drawing blood when Carolyn tried to get him.
Then, the owner of the house came by and said he was going to call animal control. He was going to rent the house to new people and the dog had to go. Carolyn got him to agree to give us two days to get the dog. So the situation was critical for the dog?s safety. We both went over to the house that night. This was a bad neighborhood and I didn?t want her to be there alone. She brought a large carrier, tore part of the top of the mattress away and put it in the carrier. We also put the bowls in there. Then we settled down to wait.

There is a fair amount of traffic on that road, but that night there seemed to be an unusually large amount?and most of it was police cars. In that neighborhood, the police did patrol a lot, but not this much! But we were glad as their presence made us feel safer.

After a couple of hours, we were still waiting for the dog to, hopefully, go into the carrier. It was getting cold and I am sure the dog was hungry. Carolyn had a headache, but the only medication she had with her was Excedrin PM. I told her to go ahead and take it. If it made her go to sleep, I would be there to close the carrier. I must have dozed off, too, because all at once, we were hit with about six spotlights and shouts of ?keep your hands where we can see them.?
Carolyn was startled awake and her foot hit the carrier door and I banged my head against the top of the porch. We were both confused as to what was happening. The dog, who was luckily trapped in the carrier by Carolyn?s foot, started barking?adding to the confusion. All I could hear over all the noise was one policeman saying, ?Well, they ain?t dead, that?s fer sure.?

It turned out that someone had seen us, asleep under the porch, and called to report ?two bodies.? It took a little explaining as to why we were there; but they could see the dog for themselves, so they had no reason not to believe us. They joked with us about ?sleeping together under other people?s porches.? I think they were almost as embarrassed as we were. But it all had a good ending. Carolyn and I became friends and the dog, Brody, has a good home with Carolyn. And I have a good excuse to go over to see them both. I also get called at all hours of the day and night to help her out of some very strange situations, which always revolve around helping an animal.

And, I continue to be amazed at the dedication she has for those who have no one else and I am thankful she has the support system of all those who help her to do this work. All of you are wonderful people and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your faith in Carolyn and her abilities is as wonderful and amazing as she is.

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Wal-Mart Update?Unfortunately, the Christmas season has not moved the Manager of the Marietta Wal-Mart that donated so much food in the past to resume those donations. So, it looks to be a lost cause. Our appreciation to those of you who wrote to Wal-Mart, and/or 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.

VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Since our last report, we have received donations for veterinary care from, Robert Donahue, Mary Jane Johnson, Mildred Ferrell, Dena Roesler 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? All we can say is WOW. Since our last report, we received 467 stamps (vs. 195 needed to send out the newsletter) from Jamie Reagin, Barbara Johnson, Linda Gettle, Gloria Young, Lois Holbrook, Nancy Caravello, and Joanne Daube, Mardi Hoofnagle and Benjamin Jones. Plus, Dena Roesler sent a donation towards stamp purchases. We have NEVER received so many stamps in one month. Many, many thanks to all!!!

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THANK YOU?

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


- To Sherry Hansen for your donation earmarked for dog and cat food.


- To Annette Gonzales for your donation toward payment of our electric bill.


- To Kevin Donahue for your continuing sponsorship of JUMPING JACK.


- To Benjamin Jones for the PetSmart card?and the delicious chocolates. (Someone must have told you about my chocolate ?addiction.?) We always enjoy ?reading? the decorations on the envelopes you send. They were even more wonderful than usual this month.


- To Laura Hagen for your generous sponsorship donation for BLACKIE and paying our Website sponsoring fee.


- To Steve Hoofnagle for his on-line donation in honor of his mother?which will be matched by his company.


- To Gloria Overbey and her friend Pat for bringing us bedding, bowls, and a carrier.


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


- To Thomas Lanford for your donation of several wish list items.



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.

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. Bedding (washable, please), food and water bowls.
11. 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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INTERESTING ITEMS FROM THE NEWS

Knowing when it?s time to euthanize a beloved pet is never easy, not even when your dog or cat has reached a venerable age. But, whatever your pet?s age, the same factors apply when it comes to evaluating quality of life:

? Is she still eating?
? Does she still enjoy interacting with people?
? Is she physically comfortable?
? Can she still control her bladder and bowels?
? Can her medical problems still be managed?

When the answer to most of these questions is no, it?s time to consider giving your dog or cat a peaceful exit from life. Because you know your pet best, only you can decide when the time is right?but don?t be afraid to ask your veterinarian or a close friend who?s also an animal lover to help guide you. Often, they can see things more clearly because they aren?t as emotionally attached?? Just as important as knowing when to say goodbye is knowing that it?s OK to grieve. The tears and rituals of grieving are as comforting and necessary with the deaths of our companion animals as they are with our human friends and family. You may want to take advantage of the many pet loss hotlines, support groups and chat rooms that are available nationwide or online. EXCERPTED FROM ?SAYING GOODBYE TO A PET: RITUALS AND MEMORIES? ? MSNBC PET HEALTH ? SEPTEMBER 18, 2006.

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Though she?s only a six-pound Chihuahua-rat terrier mix?.Midge has the will, skill and nose of a 100-pound German shepherd. The newest recruit for the Geauga County Sheriff Department?s K-9 unit could very well be the nation?s smallest drug-sniffing pooch. Sheriff Dan McClelland began training Midge for drug-detecting duties when she was just three months old, after reading about departments being sued by suspects whose cars or homes were damaged by larger dogs. Police dogs must pass a test in which they successfully search for drugs in several places to get state certification. Then they can officially become K-9s and conduct legal searches. McClelland hopes Midge will receive her working papers when she is about a year old. The sheriff seems to be part of a trend, as others are training smaller dogs for police uses. Dogs called Belgian Malinois have earned spots on departments in Pennsylvania, Michigan, South Carolina and Ohio?this breed can be as small as 40 pounds.

Sheriff McClelland bought Midge from a co-worker?s relative and takes her everywhere with him?she even has a pair of goggles for rides on the sheriff?s motorcycle. She also has a black ?sheriff? vest, which she wears over her brown-spotted white fur. The tiny dog was grand marshal for a Memorial Day parade, wearing an American flag scarf while perched atop a motorcycle. She also visits well-behaved county jail inmates, who enjoy petting her and telling the sheriff about how they miss their own dogs at home?and school classrooms, where she is very popular with the kids. EXCERPTED FROM ?6 POUND CHIHUAHUA IS TINY DRUG-FINDING DOG? ? MSNBC PET HEALTH ? AUGUST 7, 2006.

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Please consider visiting the site of our Premium Sponsor. 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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