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eNEWSLETTER - MARCH 2007

Sent: February 27, 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

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 you have read of my adventures—or sometimes more aptly—misadventures with Mr. Bud. I also told you of the lake he wanted to build for wildlife. He had a fondness for all wildlife—but especially for deer and water fowl. The lake wasn’t completed when he died—and I doubted it would be. He left the property to a distant relative with the provision that it be left for wildlife. They have little enough space left these days.

At his funeral, the relative told me I was to do as I wished about the lake or—indeed—the whole of his property, which is in two states. But to not expect any money from her for any of my projects.

Not having the money to finish the lake myself, I asked all my friends with earth-moving equipment to please volunteer all the time they could to help with the lake. And they did. I am delighted to report that the lake is now complete.

In the last week alone, I have seen Canadian geese and Mallard ducks on the water. The lake is too new to have fish in it, so I carried corn and bird feed in large quantities so the birds would have something to eat. This is no easy task—as we closed the road we had made with the equipment. The lake is not visible from any public roads—which was Mr. Bud’s wish. This will help protect the animals that come to feed and water there.

The earth is still raw and bare around the banks; but, instead of trying to landscape, we are going to let Mother Nature complete that job. I’m sure she can do a much better job than any of us could.

After pouring out the food, I gathered up the empty bags and went back up the winding trail. At the top of the hill, I turned back to look at the lake, glistening in the sun with the geese gliding across the water toward the food. The wind blew lightly across my face, almost like a caress.

I could almost hear Mr. Bud saying “Ain’t that a grand sight, Little Lady, a real grand sight?” “Yes, Mr. Bud,” I whisper, “it is truly a grand sight.”

My thanks to all who helped with this project. Friends from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Mississippi volunteered their time and equipment just to fulfill an old man’s dream to help wildlife. He would be proud of all of us.

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REPAIR/REBUILDING PROJECT—As described last month, several of our buildings are badly in need of repair and/or rebuilding and that we would appreciate receiving special donations (over and above your regular support) of gift cards from Home Depot, Lowes or Wal-Mart so that we can purchase the materials required. We recently inspected our buildings and have found that several are in serious need of repair (in some cases, rebuilding). We would like to thank Bob Donahue for his donation of a Wal-Mart card and Mardi Hoofnagle for her donation of a Lowes card. We also want to thank Dena Roesler, Sara Martin, and Walter Gordy for sending extra donations for this purpose. We still are in need of many more materials—so please do consider sending us a gift card from one of the above stores or—if you prefer—a special monetary donation for this purpose.

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Wal-Mart Update—Believe it or not, we still do not have a final answer in regard to receiving food from the Wal-Mart store in Marietta. The Manager recently told us that Wal-Mart has a policy of donating to animal organizations that are physically near to their store locations. She added that the Marietta store has been working with a Cobb County rescue group to try to arrange for them to receive the food they have to donate—but that those arrangements had not been finalized at the time of our discussion. We suggested that we be allowed to share with that group—perhaps alternating pick-ups. Ms. Rivera promised that she would get back to us in the next few days to let us know if that could be arranged—however, at this writing, more than a week later, we have not heard from her. Our supporter has not given up. She has passed on our experience to her Wal-Mart contacts.

I know that this sounds like a broken record—but we will let you know the final answer as soon as we have it. 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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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Since our last report, we have received donations for veterinary care from Mary Jane Johnson, Gloria Overbey, Dena Roesler and Mildred Ferrell. 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 110 stamps vs. the 192 we use for newsletters from Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle, Nancy Caravello, Joanne Daube and Benjamin Jones. Since we still had a surplus from December, we had enough to send out this newsletter. However, we now have less than 20 on hand. So, keep on your good work of sending them!

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THANK YOU—

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

 To Jennifer Hoofnagle for sending us that great Office Depot gift card. We have purchased enough of our large and small envelopes to last for the rest of this year.

 To Margaret Robertson for your donation. We do so hope that your health improves very soon.

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

 To Maudann Shugart and Mary Williams of Deceased Pet Care for sending us donations instead of exchanging Christmas gifts. We thank you also for the kind words about our work, and we’re very glad you enjoy our newsletter.

 To Susan Bugdin for your “donation for ISAAC, a wonderful cat that lives in The Villages, FL. The area was hard hit by tornadoes, and my prayers are that ISAAC and his daughter, JACKI are OK. Both cats are Ragdolls that I placed as adults about one year ago.”

 To Annette Gonzales for sending extra money for dog and cat food.

 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 Janis Wolfson “in memory of Marguerite Halloran.”

 From Marion and Gene Poythress “in memory of our beloved Springer Spaniels, PENNY and MEG.” We loved your card with the little dog, who seems to be looking right at us.

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ELECTRIC BILL – With the end of that milder South East weather, our electric bill has increased to a new “record” $322 for our most recent bill. 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!!!

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.

12. NEW ITEM - We very much need the very largest size dog carrier for transporting our bigger dogs to the vet.

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SPECIAL ALERT - MANY THANKS TO CAROLYN DANESE FOR THE FOLLOWING:

"PAWS Atlanta Monthly Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Day on
March 10

"Are your pets current on vaccinations? PAWS Atlanta is pleased to announce that our next low-cost vaccination event has been set for Saturday, March 10th between 1:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. we also offer low cost testing for heartworms and other diseases for dogs and cats, and discount heartworm and flea & tick preventative will be on sale.

"There are no office visit fees and no appointments are necessary! All proceeds benefit the animals at PAWS Atlanta, so tell all of your friends! Please email vettech@PAWSAtlanta.org if you have any
questions.

"Special thanks to Dr. M.G. McReynolds for making this event possible!

"P.S. Don't forget we also have a new spay and neuter program that is both very affordable and convenient for the public. Call (770) 593-1155 for details and appointments!"


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INTERESTING ITEMS FROM THE NEWS

Thomasville, Georgia – A south Georgia woman bloodied in a car wreck says she owes her life to a German shepherd who—thankfully—just wouldn’t stay in his yard. Shannon Lorio says that after her car careened down an embankment, the wayward dog found her bruised and battered on the vehicle’s truck, pulled her by her shirt collar, dragged her about 50 yards through briars to a highway, and let her lean again him so she could flat a passing motorist. “That dog is always going to have a special place in my heart,” Lorio said. “He’s my hero.”

Hero’s previous owners have signed him over to the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society since the January 26 accident because he kept wandering off. He won’t be in the shelter long: Not only have at least 50 people offered to adopt him, a dog trainer has agreed to see if he has the right stuff for search and rescue work.

Ms. Lorio said she can’t adopt Hero because she already has six dogs, but she’s showered him with gifts, including a huge bone and a stuffed animal. “If he ever needs anything, I’ll be there.” FROM MSNBC – WONDERFUL WORLD – FEBRUARY 3, 2007.




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