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eNEWSLETTER - JUNE 2007

Sent: May 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 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,

Please check out our website in June for information about and pictures of two dogs who need your support.

First, there is Bella, who is about one year old, sweet and beautiful. She badly needs shots, spaying, etc., in other words a sponsor.

Then there is Mooch, who we came across in the woods. He was hungry, thirsty and very matted. We took him home, cared for his immediate needs—and he has been “mooching” sweets every since. He just doesn’t understand that donuts are not for dogs.

We ran ads in the local papers but no response—so Mooch is being fostered with one of our volunteers in Hiram, Georgia until we find him a permanent home. In the meantime, he very much needs a sponsor so that he may be neutered. We found him just north of Carrollton, Georgia. So, if by chance his first owner sees this and has been looking for him, please contact me by telephone at 706 518 7905 or email at carcats@knology.com. In our part of the world, cell phones and email quite often go “down” – so, alternatively, Mooch’s person could just write me at my home address—4907 23rd Boulevard, Valley AL 36854-3500.

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As many of you know, we have been regularly sending out updates on the contaminated pet food debacle. We recently received the following information via email from a supporter who sent it to us, for which we thank her greatly:

“To check on all the recalled pet foods on a regularly updated list, click on this FDA website, then in upper right corner click on “Combined Recall” list. At the bottom of the page of companies, click on “Recalled Pet Foods.” Foods are listed by name, distributor, whether cat or dog, and form. There are more than 100 companies and 5000 foods!:” www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/petfood.html

The supporter added that “One other thing my rescue group is doing to prevent illness caused by bad food is to review the ingredient list of all cat and dog food in our possession, and hat is given to us periodically; this includes canned, dry, and treats. Any food containing wheat gluten or rice protein concentrate has been returned, if it is accepted by the stores here. If not accepted for return, it has been dumped. We've been blessed that none of our cats or dogs have become ill because of the contaminated foods.”

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And now a very personal note--We all hate it when we make mistakes. We especially hate it when it involves our personal lives. But, once again, I seem to have done this very thing. My husband and I are divorcing, at least that is the direction we are headed. I was very honest with him from the beginning about the majority of my life being the animals. He seemed to understand and accept this…then. Now, he has changed his mind. I, on the other hand, haven’t--and won’t. I am sharing this with all of you, because I have always shared all my life with each of you who have stood by me for all these many years.

Of course I am unhappy about these developments, but they won’t change the shelter in any way. I will still be here, or back in Dahlonega (I am not sure which yet) caring for the animals as I always have. I still owe one of our supporters for the land she helped me buy, so it may be in the best interest of the shelter to sell the place down here and move back to Dahlonega.

Not only would moving give me the money to repay the loan, it would give me a place to live besides the animal trailer. You can’t imagine how hard it is to sleep when six little dogs think they belong in a twin bed with you! On the upside of living in the trailer, I hear every sound made on the place and can investigate if I hear anything “suspicious.”

We also have new help working at the shelter. A young man, P.J., is helping with the heavy lifting, feeding, watering, etc. We hated to let David go, but his behavior became impossible to abide. I have never understood the attraction to alcohol, and I certainly don’t understand how it becomes the focus of one’s life; but I do know it happens and I hope the treatment he is receiving will “cure” him of his addiction. All the animals seemed to love him, so I do believe he is a good person at heart. Animals seem to instinctively know about people.

My hand has been re-injured, so I am not at my best; but, as always, I will recover. I should have known not to try unloading a whole truck load of food by myself, but unload it I did. That was before I found P.J.

We are in the middle of getting all the animals their yearly shots, so I have to get “better” soon. In the meantime, I have “extra” help carrying animals to the vet everyday. It is slow this way, but it IS getting done.

Thank you all for the support you have been to me and the animals for all these years. We truly believe you are angels.

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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR—Flea season is upon, and will be for several months. 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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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Our great appreciation to Mary Jane Johnson, Avis Buchanan and Mildred Ferrell for your 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 Kathy Beckman “in memory of my beloved cat, GILDA, who came home with me from a private school in December 1996. I miss her.” Kathy, one of my personal cats, who had lived with me for more than 14 years, died recently. I share the pain you feel.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we received 100 stamps vs. the 190 we use for newsletters from Dorothy Walters Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle, and Nancy Caravello. For the first time in a long while, we had to spend money on stamps—about $40. We realize this isn’t a huge amount—but we much prefer to spend money directly on animal care.

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THANK YOU—

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

 To Mildred Ferrell for your donation to our rebuilding project.

 To Dennis and Lyn Baldauf “for PUTTER.”

 To Avis Buchanan for your very lovely note. We appreciate your sending back to extra envelopes.

 To Margaret and Fred Mitchell for your very sweet note. I am so very glad to hear that the three of you are back to your “old selves.”

 To Annette Gonzales for your extra donation to help purchase flea preventive.

 To Nadine Hereth for your kind note about my hand injury and thoughts about Jerry. I know that he didn’t mean to hurt me and I definitely still love him.

Glad to hear that you have a new little Yorkie named Sassy. Yes, they do get into our hearts in a hurry!!

 To Elly Meyer for your always cheerful note. We are delighted to hear that MacDuff is recovering well after the removal of a cancerous tumor. Elly writes that MacDuff “has to be hydrated every other day. He’s 13 and I treasure every day that I have with him. Only time will tell if the cancer got into his blood stream. My other cat, Megan, is fat and sassy and wonders why MacDuff gets fed so often.”

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

I know that we have said this a lot—but, 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 – Summer has definitely arrived and we will need extra money pay the electric bills due to running fans and air conditioners. We would very much appreciate a special donation or an added amount to your regular one to help pay these bills.

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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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Sandy DeSoto and her active Pomeranian, Heidi, live near Pensacola Florida. Sandy took the opportunity to turn her love of candle making into a dream come true, when she opened her own candle and gift shop in August of 2005. Another dream came to be when SandysCandleShop.com became a reality last year.

When Sandy is not creating at the candle shop, you will find her either strolling on Pensacola beach, or at home trying to teach Heidi that it is not proper to eat shoes.

You'll see the SandysCandleShop ad a picture of Sandy and Heidi on our site and you can visit their shop by clicking on the ad or by cutting and pasting this URL into your web browser: http://www.SandysCandleShop.com. Please remember each time you shop, you help our animals!!!















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