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Sent: April 28, 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

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

Dear Friends,
Jerry is one of my personal dogs. I love all the animals, but there are a few who have been with me for so long that I consider them mine alone. Jerry is a gentle, giant bloodhound. He lives to bark at anything that moves-from the big yellow butterfly who must be very brave or very stupid for alighting on Jerry’s head to the small lizards who run through the bushes. I am very used to hearing him bark; but when he had been at it for about five minutes, I knew I had to have a look.

He was standing at the back steps barking at whatever was under them. I got my flashlight and looked under them into the very frightened eyes of a small rabbit. The steps are very close to the fence so a quick grab of the rabbit and a few steps to get him over the fence would set him free. It was a good plan in theory—but the execution was something else again. I had to be careful since I had been bitten by a rabbit in the past and did not want to repeat the experience—but he was very small so I chanced it. The space was too small for anything but my hand, and I couldn’t get Jerry to leave so I knew I had to be quick. The rabbit put up no resistance so I lifted him, rose up and—in a few seconds—the rabbit was over the fence and my hand was bitten to the bone by Jerry. I screamed and Jerry, knowing he’d made a big mistake, let go. The pain was unbelievable and blood was pouring from the wound. I wrapped my hand in the tail of my shirt, afraid to even look at it—but the shirt and everything else I had on was quickly blood-soaked. Knowing I had to get help immediately, I started across the street to my truck. Then I remembered I was driving a very nice car from John’s lot—one I was supposed to keep clean. Ha! Well, too bad. This was going to be a very dirty car. I stopped the car briefly in the middle of the road as I was afraid I would faint. A car drove slowly by—the man said, “Did you get hit by a car? I shook my head no—“OK,” he says and drives off!

I called John—“get home as fast as you can” is all I can say. At home, I sat on the floor by the bathtub and poured peroxide over the wound, watching the blood flow down the drain. There was a long, deep bite the whole length of my thumb, two puncture wounds on the palm and a chunk missing from near the middle of my hand. John gets home and tells me that we have to get to the emergency room. “Nope, sorry—but I am not going. I have animals to feed.” He tells me, “I don’t think you have a choice.” But he’s wrong. It’s 9 a.m. and I have to feed and water, hurt or not hurt. We manage to get the bleeding stopped. I wrapped another towel around my hand and take care of the animals. I took some pain medication I had for my migraines, so I wasn’t hurting too badly.

After finishing my work, I went to the doctor’s office. His nurse says they can’t help me—I have to go to the emergency room. I refuse to go to the one near home—it will cost at least $200. I won’t pay that. After several people looked at my hand, I called a friend for help (who am I kidding—I asked her to meet me and pay for emergency treatment at another place about 30 miles from me). She agrees so at about 4 p.m. I go there, driving myself, and get 45 stitches—only 18 on the outside. The doctor there was great. He told everyone I had saved the Easter Bunny. When I was told to go on back, I told the nurse I would wait my turn. Every single person waiting said for me to go ahead. Several people came back to visit with me. And one person was especially concerned. She even asked the doctor if I needed blood. I wish I had gotten her name so I could thank her.

Well, my hand is healed—for the most part. Still very sore but the stitches are out. For the first several days after biting me, Jerry would come up to me and rub his head against me. I don’t know if he was apologizing for the bite or forgiving me for taking away his rabbit. Either way, I know he didn’t mean to hurt me.

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PET FOOD RECALL—As those of you know who subscribe to the e-version of our newsletter, we have sent out updates on the pet food recall situation almost every other day. If you have not read them and have internet access, please log onto our site. We have been complimented on our efforts, and the information is vitally important.

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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR—Flea season is upon us, and we urgently need your help in treating all of our animals. A special donation would be very much appreciated—as would donations of the product itself. Because of the large number of animals to treat, the type that is squeezed onto the animals is preferred. However, we will be glad to receive any type you choose to send.

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REPAIR/REBUILDING PROJECT—We want to very much thank Connie Rice for the Lowes gift card—which was immediately used for materials to repair/update our buildings. We are now half way to our estimated goal of $1,000. Please consider helping with this project!!

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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY--The Humane Society of the United States and PETCO Foundation are sponsoring a two-day feral cat workshop in Atlanta on June 22 and 23, 2007. Information and a registration form follow. The $20 registration fee includes lunches and workshop materials.

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Our great appreciation to Connie Rice, Mildred Ferrell, Avis Buchanan, Patricia Stephens and Dena Roesler 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 (, 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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• From Nadine Hereth “in memory of my little 4.8 lb. Yorkie. Died March 17. Oh, how I miss her! I have her ashes and picture on my mantle.”

• From Mary Spear “in memory of Topsy I.”

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we received 176 stamps vs. the 190 we use for newsletters from Connie Rice, Elinor Eaves, Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle, Nancy Caravello and Benjamin Jones. Because we had a surplus last month, we had enough stamps to send out this newsletter and our other mail. However, we have less than a book left. So, we need your help this coming month. We very much appreciate this help with our mailings.

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

 To The Prahl Family for your donation in honor of KEVIN DONAHUE’S 50th birthday.

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

 To Elly Meyer for your complimentary note. We will also pray that MacDuff continues to successfully recover from his cancer surgery.

 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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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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Debbie Parkhurst of Calvert, MD was recently eating an apple when a piece stuck in her throat. She tried to perform the Heimlich maneuver on herself without success. When her dog Toby saw her pounding on her chest, he got involved. Ms. Parkhurst said, “The next thing I know, Toby’s up on his hind feet and he’s go this front paws on my shoulders. He pushed me to the ground and, once I was on my back, he began jumping up and down on my chest.” Sure enough, the apple dislodged and Toby began licking Ms. Parkhurst’s face to keep her from passing out. “The doctor said I probably wouldn’t be here without Toby,” added Ms. Parkhurst. “I keep looking at him and saying ‘You’re amazing.’”

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Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City had been working on a vaccine to lessen the chances of melanoma recurring after surgical removal. Down the street at the Animal Medical Center, veterinarians heard of the studies and asked if they could try it in dogs. It turns out dogs naturally get melanoma, and it can be fatal to them just as for humans. In many of the dogs, the vaccine actually cured the cancer, and the vaccine is about to be licensed. But, for now, all this work remains experimental. You may find more information on the dog studies at the Animal Medical Center Web site. It is:

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