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eNEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 2007

Sent: January 30, 2007


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

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Please Send all Donations/Letters to the Above Post Office Address. Thank You!


Dear Friends,

We have received again many, many compliments on the rescue stories my friend has written for the last two newsletters. So, here is another one—a story we are calling “It’s a dog—or is it?”

Hi everyone—it’s very flattering that you have been enjoying my stories. However, Carolyn isn’t telling you the entire reason for allowing me yet another opportunity. She recently broke her left arm (yes, helping an animal)—and it’s very, very hard to type with just one hand. She still remains the best story-teller I know—but I’m happy to fill in.

Several weeks ago, I was walking along one of our rural roads and, out of the corner of my eye, saw a movement in the nearby brush. Since I’ve known Carolyn, I have learned to always investigate things like that—in case it is an animal that needs help. All I could see at first was that something was walking away from me deeper in the brush—and making a crying sound. I immediately called Carolyn and she jumped into her truck and joined me in just a few minutes.

Being much smaller than I am, Carolyn was able to get down on her hands and knees and crawl under the worst of the brush. She called back to me, “All I can see is something that seems to have scales.” I ran around to the back of the brush area to make sure the animal didn’t escape without us finding out if it was injured or sick and needing our help.

Carolyn was calling out in a soft, sing-song voice hoping to soothe the little critter and, sure enough, it began coming toward her. Right into her arms—like magic. She called to me to come see. It turned out to be a poodle so matted that it appeared to have scales and could take only very tiny steps. But, even though so neglected, it wanted to be held and loved.

We took the little dog to my house and very carefully cut out the mattes and combed him. He is now a very handsome chocolate colored poodle—we call him Coco. He is staying at my home until we can find a good permanent place for him to live.

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Wal-Mart Update—A friend who has connections to Wal-Mart upper management has volunteered try to help us regain our food donations. We will let you know the results as soon as we have them. In the meantime, great thanks to those of you who have increased your donations to make sure we have enough food—please continue if at all possible.

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YOUR HELP URGENTLY NEEDED – We recently inspected our buildings and have found that several are in serious need of repair (in some cases, rebuilding). My employees and I are able to do the labor, but we need your help to be able to purchase the materials required. Would you please consider sending us a special donation of gift cards for Home Depot, Lowes or Wal-Mart. We must ask that this be in addition to your regular support—as the normal expenses of running the shelter continue 24/7.

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Since our last report, we have received donations for veterinary care from, Mary Jane Johnson, Mildred Ferrell, Dena Roesler, Renee Merback 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 148 stamps (vs. 195 needed to send out the newsletter) from Jamie Reagin, Betty Phillips, Lois Holbrook, Joanne Daube, Benjamin Jones, Nancy Caravello, Dorothy Walters and Mardi Hoofnagle. We had a surplus because of the large number we received in December—so no problem sending out this newsletter and other business mail. But—don’t stop sending them!!!

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THANK YOU—

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

 To JoAnne Croghan for your donation to the Alabama shelter.

 To Annette Gonzales for your donation toward payment of our electric bill purchase of dog food. We, too, often think of Celestine Sibley and the wonderful people we have gotten to know since the article she wrote about us.

 To Kevin Donahue for your continuing sponsorship of JUMPING JACK and assurance of your continuing support this year.

 To Betty Phillips for the Wal-Mart gift card you sent us and, especially, the picture of PRISSY.

 To Marsha Walton for sending us the wonderful bedding material.

 To Florine Tillman for your note and support. We hope that things are going well in your life.

 To Margaret Robertson for your note. We are so sorry that you have been so very ill. We hope this finds you much improved.

 To Kathy Beckman for your kind wishes and blessings. We hope that the New Year is good to you, too.

 To Rabeth & Frank Walker, Maryland Timmerman – along with Itty Bitty, Bubbles, Izzy, Leo and Zorro – for your support and lovely card.

 To Mardi Hoofnagle for your good wishes for my son (he is doing better) and compliment for the stories my friend has written. I would be honored if I resemble your Aunt Sarah in any way.

 To Fred and Margaret Mitchell for your generous donation and lovely card. We’re very sorry that Christmas was a sad day for you and that you were unable to take a vacation. We hope 2007 is a much improved year for you—you certainly deserve having just a great year!

 To Renee Merback for your generous support and absolutely darling puppy holiday card.

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

We cannot mention too many times that 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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IN MEMORY

 From Mary Ann Williams “in memory of my dearly missed TOBY.” Please also thank your boss (dear friend) for the decision to send us a donation instead of exchanging presents. We truly appreciate your generous attitude!!!

 From Tonya Graney “in memory of JUDITH SULLIVAN.”

 From Sharon Gembicki in memory of CREAM, who she recently lost to diabetes. Sharon writes that “Since Cream was the alpha male, his brother PEACHES has now taken over bossing the three-year old, MR. PEEPERS, around.”

 From Vernon Miller “in memory of SIMBA, our Kitty.”

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ELECTRIC BILL – Even with the milder weather we have experienced in the South East, our electric bill has tripled compared to the Summer months. Our last bill was over $200. We would very much appreciate a special donation to help keep our animals warm and comfortable.

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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!!! As mentioned above, we urgently need such gift cards for building repair, etc.

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

Glassboro NJ – January 2, 2007 – The youngest students at Rowan University enjoy all the aspects of campus life—including classes and dorm rooms—without the term papers. For a third year, Rowan students are raising puppies destined to become seeing eye dogs. …The dogs’ student trainers take them almost everywhere they go, even to basketball games where the canines get court-side seats. …The Program coordinated with a guide-dog training school is Morristown called The Seeing Eye, is an example of how trainers take advantage of populated locales…..to get the canines acclimated to human contact. …College campuses have proved to be excellent places for preparing potential guide dogs, said Teresa Davenport, a spokeswoman for The Seeing Eye, one of about a dozen guide-dog training schools across the country.

Students get the dogs when they are seven weeks old, and most keep them for more than a year. After that, the dogs go to The Seeing Eye for harness training, and if all goes well, placement with a blind person. The hardest part of the program for students has been parting with the canines when they leave for their guide-dog training. EXCERPTED FROM CNN.COM – EDUCATION WITH STUDENT NEWS.

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