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Sent: June 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,

First of all, I would like to send my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have sent—via email, letter or personal phone call—such very kind words and thoughts about my personal situation shared with you in the June newsletter. It is a difficult time but your support has given me much to be grateful for.

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AN UPDATE on the two dogs featured in the last newsletter and on our website: We are delighted to report that Jim and Julia Laber agreed to sponsor Mooch and sent a donation to cover his neutering and shots. And, more good news for Mooch. A supporter who wishes to remain anonymous saw Mooch’s picture and, just a few days ago, adopted him. It is a wonderful home and we could not be happier.

And in regard to Bella—Mary Speer has pledged a monthly sponsor donation. And Cathy Wells and a group of friends sent a generous donation in Bella’s name.

Also - Please check out our website for new pictures of and stories about shelter animals.

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As you all know, we have regularly posted updates on the scandalous and deadly pet food contamination situation. Much of the information came from FDA emails which we registered to receive. It has been a revelation, since we receive notice of ALL recalls of any kind—and there are a lot of them. As we have reported, the search for the source of the pet food contamination has lead to China—and the investigation continues. Among other information we have received is that of 24 recent cases of childrens’ toy safety recalls—all involved toys made in China. Plus, there have been several recent news reports of poisoned toothpaste—also believed to have come from China.

Just this week, we read that:

- 450,000 radial tires for pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans have been ordered to be recalled after the New Jersey importer disclosed that its Chinese manufacturer had stopped including a safety features that prevented the tires from separating.

- China has closed 180 food factories after inspectors found industrial chemicals being used in products from candy to seafood. Formaldehyde, illegal dyes and industrial wax were found being used to make candy, pickles, crackers and seafood.

We thought you might be interested in subscribing to these recall notices—so we are providing the following instructions to do so:

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company. This listserv covers mainly Class I (life-threatening) recalls. A complete listing of recalls can be found in the FDA Enforcement Report at:

To subscribe to or unsubscribe from this list, go to

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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AND WILL CONTINUE FOR MANY MONTHS IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY—we urgently need your help in treating all of our animals with flea protection. 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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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we received 159 stamps vs. the 184 we use for newsletters from Dorothy Walters, Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle, Lois Holbrook, Thomas Johnson, Benjamin Jones (Star Wars stamps!!) and Nancy Caravello. Combined with the partial book we had, we had just enough stamps to send out this newsletter. Now, of course, we have none!! So, you great stamp people—keep up the good work!

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Our great appreciation to Mildred Ferrell, Avis Buchanan and Mary Jane Johnson 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 (, 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 Margaret Mitchell “in memory of my mother.”

• From Thomas Lanford “in memory of PATCHES,” beloved pet of David Mele.

• From Elly Meyer “in memory of ABIGAIL. She was mine for several years and then, when I had hip surgery, my daughter Karen took her. She was in the same litter that had MURPHY, who died several months ago. They were all 16 years old. The sad part is that the vet gave ABIGAIL insulin and she did NOT have diabetes. She almost died then! Karen hydrated her every day after that and kept her alive, but this past weekend she couldn’t eat or keep anything down. So, this morning (June 11) she joined MURPHY in Heaven. Thank you for caring for all animals, as do we…”

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 To Carol Clenney for your continuing sponsorship of one of our shelter kitties, K. C. See a picture of K. C. on our website.

 To Jennifer and Sasha DeWeese for your very generous donation for “COOKIE and any other animal who needs help.”

 To Elly Meyer for your very lovely note. We animal people truly cannot (and do not want to) change our feelings about our “little people in fur coats.” Your thoughts give me much comfort.

 To Dena Roesler for your continued donations.

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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 – That very hot Summer we mentioned in our May newsletter is truly upon us—and is being reflected in much higher electric bills. Please help us by sending an extra (or increased) donation for this purpose.

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1. A special, extra donation for general operating expenses.

2. A donation earmarked for our electric bill (amount is climbing due to hot weather) and/or garbage bill (currently $165.29).

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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After Eric Congdon opened a crate from China and discovered a cat inside, coming up with a name for the furry stowaway was easy. China the cat had chewed through one of the boxes before it left Shanghai on April 3 and spent at least 35 days on a ship inside the container filled with motorcycle gear. Congdon saw something in a container move and, upon turning up the headlights on his forklift, saw a cat cowering in a corner, weak but alive. A co-worker of Congdon plans to adopt China after a veterinarian checks her out and the mandated quarantine period expires. When asked how a cat could survive that long with no food and water, veterinarian Michelle Misavage said that “The theory is that cats have such good kidneys their bodies adjust to the lack of water and someone they receive small amounts of moisture from condensation.” ABC NEWS REPORT – MAY 12, 2007

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From the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center – Warnings, old and new, about food (and other) no-no’s for pets:

-- Alcoholic Beverages
-- Macadamia Nuts
-- Avocado
-- Moldy or Spoiled Foods
-- Chocolate (all forms)
-- Onions, Onion Powder
-- Fatty Foods
-- Coffee (all forms)
-- Raisins and Grapes
-- Yeast Dough
-- Salt
-- Garlic
-- Products Sweetened with Xylitol

In addition, many plants are toxic to cats and dogs. These include azalea, kalanchoe, oleander and sago palm. Tulip and narcissus bulbs can cause convulsions and cardiac problems. Cat owners should never bring any type of lily into the house—even if you put the plant up high, a cat can climb and get at it.

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Please consider visiting the site of our Premium Sponsor. is a unique little shop located in Pensacola Florida, featuring "Hand Poured" Natural Soy Wax Candles. They offer a large selection of Candles, Candle Accessories, and a wide variety of Gift Items.

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 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: Please remember each time you shop, you help our animals!!!

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