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eNEWSLETTER - APRIL 2007

Sent: March 26, 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 or 706 518 7905

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


Dear Friends,

MR. BUD’S LAKE – UPDATE – Pictures of the lake are now available on our website. We hope that you will enjoy them. They are very peaceful and we think Mr. Bud would approve.

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Instead of the story that would normally fill this space, we feel it more important to talk about the very recent recall of many, many types of cat and dog food. I am sure that most of you are aware of it—but believe it can’t be printed too often, considering our pets’ lives may be at stake:

Menu Foods Income Fund on Friday, March 17, announced the precautionary recall of canned and pouch cat and dog food labeled under dozens of brands. At that time, Menu Foods’ press release stated that "The recall is limited to `cuts and gravy' style pet food in cans and pouches manufactured at two of the Fund's United States facilities." “Wet” food is the only type being recalled.

A web site was created which has a complete list of cat food and dog food brands included in the recall. For cat food information, visit http://www.menufoods.com/recall/product_cat.html; for dog food brands, visit http://www.menufoods.com/recall/product_dog.html. The telephone number for recall information is 1-866-895-2708. The website is much more useful than the number, as many people have found they must call several times to get through to a person who can help them.

It has been very frustrating following this story as the cause seemed to be eluding the people trying to find out what has caused the food to become contaminated. However, as I am writing this on Friday evening, March 23, it has just been announced that rat poison has been found in the pet food that is suspected of causing the kidney failure that has thus far killed at least 16 cats and dogs—and sickened many more. The toxin has been identified as aminopterin, which is used to kill rats in some countries. A NBC news correspondent told viewers that the poison may have been used on wheat imported from China. Earlier in the week, some news reports had said that the only ingredient in the foods that was “new” was a wheat gluten.

According to the E.P.A., this toxin is not registered for killing rodents in the U.S. Scientists at the NY State Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University and the NY State Food Laboratory tested three cat food samples provided by Menu Foods and found the toxin in two of them. They released this information immediately so that veterinarians would know better how to treat sick animals.

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REPAIR/REBUILDING PROJECT—We want to very much thank Mrs. William Briggs, Thomas Lanford and Susan Brogdon for the Lowes and Home Depot gift cards—which were immediately used for materials to repair/update our buildings. In addition, our appreciation to Dena Roesler for your extra donation toward these costs. We estimate that we will need a total of $1,000 in materials—and we are almost half way there.

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Wal-Mart Update--Unfortunately, we do not have good news here. The Marietta store has chosen to give all of the food that they have available for donation to an animal rescue group physically located in Cobb Country. While we are disappointed that they have decided not to honor the long-term arrangement made between a former store manager and our organization, we are very glad they are resuming donations of their animal food. As a result of this, we really need those of you who are able to send us a little extra money for food each month. And, we thank you in advance for doing so.

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Our great appreciation to Mary Jane Johnson, Dena Roesler, Avis Buchanan, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stephens and Mildred Ferrell for their donations to our veterinary care fund since our last newsletter. 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. As always, 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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IN MEMORY

• From Thomas Lanford “a memorial gift for CARL JOHNSON, who always loved his dogs.”

• From Thomas Lanford “in memory of TRIXIE—how a kitten that tiny and young could have affected so many people in such a short time..and in honor of her sister DIXIE and the Rev. & Mrs. Thomas Lanford, who adopted both of them.”

• From Billie Wickliffe in memory of ROSIE LEWIS, “special dog and best friend of Suzanne Lewis.”

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we received 247 stamps vs. the 190 we use for newsletters from Mardi Hoofnagle, Elinor Eaves, Barbara Johnson, Dorothy Walters, Jamie Reagin, Nancy Caravello, Lois Holbrook and Benjamin Jones We had enough stamps to send out this newsletter and all the other shelter mail during the month—and still have about 30 left. We very much appreciate this help with our mailings. Keep it up!!

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THANK YOU—

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

 To Thomas Lanford for your donation of several pieces of office equipment—and for delivering them.

 To Elly Meyer for the wonderful kitten and puppy card and your St. Patrick’s Day greeting.

 To Dennis and Lyn Baldauf for your donation “for PUTTER.”

 To Bonnie and Sonny Strohm for your donation and kind note. We so admire all you do for so many kinds of animals who need help.

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

 To Nick and Jennifer Mastrovito for your donation for GOLDIE.

 To Annette Gonzales for sending extra money for our electric bill.

 To Fred and Margaret Mitchell for your very kind note and generous donation. We are sorry that you have had so much illness since you last wrote. But we are very glad that all of you—Margaret, your grandson and your “spoiled dog”—all are well now. And that Fred “survived” being your caretaker.

 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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ELECTRIC BILL – With the coming of Spring, our electric bill has dropped to a much more manageable level, which should last until the very hot Summer when we need to run the air conditioners. We always appreciate a special donation to help pay this bill.

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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.

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INTERESTING ITEMS FROM THE NEWS

A disabled U. S. Air Force veteran recently saved his drowning pet with mouth-to-snout resuscitation and CPR.

Lucy, a 10-month-old English bulldog, chased ducks into a partially frozen lake near Randy Gurchin’s home in Papillion, Nebraska, but quickly became paralyzed in the icy water and briefly went under. The 50-pound dog was unresponsive and had a blue face and bloody foam around her muzzle when Gurchin, who flew combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan, edged onto the ice.

“The ice started to crack under me. I just picked her up,” he said. “I thought she was dead.” But Gurchin, 51, put his military first-aid training to use. He closed Lucy’s mouth, put his mouth over her nose and started forcing air into her lungs and pushing on her chest. Within minutes, the dog began breathing shallowly and was rushed to a nearby veterinarian. The vet soaked Lucy in warm water, injected steroids and muscle relaxants and put her in an oxygen chamber. She has since made a full recovery.

“Our little Lucy is back,” said Gurchin’s wife, Kelley. Her husband, who retired from the military due to a back injury and walks with a cane, has vowed not to let the dog out of his sight.

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