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ALL CATS, INC. -- eNews for November 2003

Sent: October 29, 2003

64 Lumpkin County Park Drive Dahlonega, GA 30533

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

All Donations are Tax Deductible

Please Send all Mail to the Above Post Office Address. Thank You!

Founded By: Carolyn Keeton Email:


Welcome to our eNewsletter!




Dear Friends,

Following are the financial results for September:

Labor $3,244.15
Veterinary $150
Garbage $120
Utility Bill $59.94
Food $98.67
Supplies Zero
Stamps Zero
Misc. $8.60*

*Bank Service Charge

Total expenses were $3,681.36. Donations for September totaled $3,709. This means that we lessened our 2003 shortfall by $27.64. At the end of the month, we were $726.45 away from being even!!

Even though donations in total were down significantly compared to the average month in 2003, we managed to avoid adding to our deficit by:

1. Receiving a large amount of donated food and
2. Using previously donated Gift Cards to purchase supplies.

Of course, we cannot count on No. 1 above happening again and we have now used all of the Gift Cards we have received. As of this writing on October 22, it appears donations will be back to the level needed to meet expenses for the month and, perhaps, make a dent in the shortfall. Many, many thanks to those of you who sent special donations or increased your donation amounts.

Please don't forget that the animals depend on you for all their needs every month. Our fixed expenses total more than $4,000 each month-plus what we find we need to spend on food, supplies and veterinary care.


We have received donations toward vet expense totaling $145 from Avis Buchanan, Dena Roesler, Mildred Ferrell and Carol Clenney (whose donation was specified for a feline teeth cleaning) . Donations earmarked for this purpose are very much needed and appreciated and may be made by:

* 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 applied to the All C.A.T.S., Inc. account.
* To donate online, visit our web portal (, 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.

If you wish your donation to be used for a specific veterinary procedure, please so indicate on the check or in a note accompanying it.


Since our last report we received 59.9% of the stamps needed to send out this newsletter from Benjamin Jones, Mardi Hoofnagle, Jamie Reagin, Marsha Walton, Judy Ciccarello, Pattie Reber, Carolyn Lowe, Jeanni and Nick Wiseman and Rollin Kimball. We'd just LOVE to start another streak of 100% months; please help us to do so.


From Dennis & Lyn Baldauf "for PUTTER."


From Vernon Miller and Linda Wish "in memory of our Kitty SIMBA, who was killed by a driver going too fast. Sorely missed by both of us." Vernon added that he hoped the donation would help us in our battle to balance the budget-it definitely did!

From Charles and Pattie Reber "in memory of TATIANA, our golden girl, a cat who lived and died (in her 21st year) surrounded by love. Thanks to those at Deceased Pet Care who were so helpful on dreary days. Special thanks to Dr. Keith Contarino of Town & Country Veterinary Clinic in Marietta, an ever present help in time of need. He was kind, gentle and loving with TAT as she crossed over the starry river on September 23, 2003."

From Jo-Anne Croghan "in memory of MAX." Jo-Anne writes that "Max was an old feral cat who lived in the Toco Hills area of Decatur, GA. He was an orange tabby, about 10 lbs. He weathered at least 13 years living outside, one winter suffering a bb-gun injury to his hindquarters. About two years ago, he began to trust me. Last Winter he became very ill with pneumonia but survived with my nursing. He became a normal social house cat and learned to mooch with the best of them. He could not say meow-just oww. We loved him to death. Unfortunately, he threw a clot from his heart to his hindquarters on July 24 and died on the 25th. Remaining is SAM, who I tricked into a cat carrier after picking up MAX. He's an orange tabby, about 17 lbs., swaybacked and arthritic but his health is much better than MAX's. He loves the indoors, the Sci Fi channel, an overstuffed sofa, ice cream and my other cats. He is a talker." Jo-Anne sent us a picture of both kitties, which we were delighted to receive.

We continue to have many adult animals available for adoption. To contact our adoption coordinator, Bronwyn Harris, please either telephone 770 427 6584 or e-mail her at if you are interested in adopting one of our animals.


To Judy Ciccarello for her card and note telling us about the tribulations of living where Hurricane Isabel hit. We do hope that things are getting back to normal.

To Stacy Mastrolia for her very generous donation "in honor of St. Francis of Assisi's feast day." Stacy's donation did much to alleviate our shortfall!

To Kathy Murray Spiker and Tammie Porter for their on-line donations. Kathy's was her monthly sponsorship donation for PIGSY TAIL and Tammie's was to three of our funds.

Please remember that sponsorship of a shelter animal or any other type of regular donation you would care to make may be set up this way. If you wish to do this, send an e-mail to or telling us what you would like to do. Instructions will be sent to you.


If you haven't already done so, we hope that you will visit our web portal as our Web Developer (Kel Kyle) has made it easy for you to: make donations to our various needs and purchase products that will help in our fundraising efforts. If you are not already subscribed to our enews, you may subscribe there and help us save money on postage. Don't forget to let us know that we can take you off our snail mail list. Also, if you are Internet active and want to read enews online, you can download any or all of our 2002-3 enewsletters. Just click on the button that says enews!

Please note that while you are not required to join to view our new portal and its contents, we do encourage you to sign up for membership (FREE); and then you'll be able to share your stories with us online, create and post replies in our Forum, view photos of our animals, search the Internet, read headline news (U.S. & World), catch up on your local or regional weather forecast and more! Visit our web portal ( and sign up today!!


1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.
2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount varies) and/or garbage bill (always $120).
3. Those of you who take or send food and/or supplies to the shelter-continue and accelerate if possible.
4. A special veterinary fund donation (see above).
5. Gift card for Home Depot for buying many cleaning supplies-buckets, brooms, etc.
6. Gift card for any other store at which we can buy items needed at the shelter. Wal-Mart, Kroger, PetSmart and Ingles cards are especially welcome.
7. Send extra stamps-so that we can report beginning another streak in which we receive 100% of the number needed to send out a newsletter.
8. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of treated lumber--can be any length. Also, treated plywood,
9. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of 3" and 2-1/2" hinges.
10. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of Dogloos, especially XLarge.
11. Any type of animal medicine.
12. Purchase AND delivery to the shelter of 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. PLEASE use the above physical address of the shelter to send us any items to large for the post office box.


Remember the 'howlidays' are fast approaching and the kind folks at Dog On It have a fabulous selection of treats, apparel, toys & more. A donation will be made to ALL CATS for every online purchase at Dog On It, so be sure to check them out at and click on the "Shop Our Online Store" to view all the products. Dog On It is the place for dogs and the people who love them to shop!


Kim Komando, host of a nationally heard radio show on computer use, recently featured on her "Cool Site of the Day" the site: She writes that "If you're looking to get a pet, check this site. It has great advice. For example, avoid getting a new pet around the holidays or immediately after buying a new home. It also provides great information on dog and cat breeds. Make sure the breed is compatible with your lifestyle. PetPlace also has important medical information broken into different categories. Most pet sites only have information on cats and dogs. This site includes reptiles, fish and small mammals like gerbils-and even sugar gliders!"

In the hunt for terrorists who might try to use unconventional weapons on American soil, the federal government is enlisting an old, and very trusted, ally. The Department of Homeland Security says that in a research program kept quiet for months, it has determined, apparently for the first time, that ordinary dogs can be trained to sniff out trace amounts of the nonlethal components of chemical weapons, including sarin and cyanide. As a result, the department's Bureau of Customs and Border Protection has begun to train a corps of so-called chemical detector dogs and is planning to deploy them at airports, seaports, government buildings and other potential terrorist targets, where they will work alongside the police dogs that have long been used to sniff out narcotics, explosives and human remains....The discovery that dogs can apparently detect components of chemical weapons has implications beyond national security. Officials hope it will also mean budget savings for the federal government, which now spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year on research to develop machinery to detect chemical weapons. Given the initial results of the new programs, officials say, some of that high-tech detection equipment may prove no more sensitive than a dog's snout...."

While the first dogs used in the program have been bought from breeders, the plan for the future is to select most of them from public dog pounds, saving many canine lives. From the May 13, 2003 Edition of the New York Times.

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