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ALL CATS, INC. -- eNews for January 2004

Sent: January 1, 2004


ALL CREATURES ARE TRULY SPECIAL, INC. (ALL C.A.T.S., INC.)

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: Carcats@knology.net

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Welcome to our eNewsletter!

ENEWS - JANUARY 2004 **HAPPY NEW YEAR**

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB PORTAL AT: www.allcatsinc.org

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Dear Friends,

Recently a friend of mine, Sam, was wounded in Iraq. Not what the military calls a "serious" wound, but enough to get him sent home. Problem was, he didn't want to come home without a friend of his named Bailey. Bailey is a small brown and white mixed breed dog. He had found her in a bombed out building, starving, homeless and very afraid. He fed her, brought her back to his Unit and kept her safe from harm. When he asked permission to bring her back to the States with him, it was denied. "Too much trouble and expense. Could be carrying disease." She was carrying something all right, but not a disease; she was pregnant. My friend just simply couldn't leave her behind. Not only would she die, so would her puppies. More than likely they would be used as food for other animals, a common practice over there. So began the saga of Freedom for Bailey.

Without "official" permission, another way would have to be found--and quickly. As he was scheduled to be sent home in two days, he searched frantically for transportation for Bailey. "Covert" transportation was needed. After all, wasn't that their jobs? If they could spirit people out of hospitals to safety, couldn't they manage to transport a small dog? It was a matter of finding the right people.

The entire Unit was searching for a way out for Bailey. Planes were arriving and departing from Baghdad Airport almost hourly. There had to be someone who would be willing to carry an extra passenger without listing them on the passenger manifest. But, no. There were too many people who needed the service to waste it on a small dog. Just as Sam was about to report for loading, a reporter came along and asked if there was room for "one more." "Sure," the pilot responded, "as long as you have the necessary papers." Sam heard this exchange. He turned to the reporter. "What papers do you have?" "My press pass, see?," holding it out for Sam to read. Sam took one look at the press pass and grinned. "Bailey," Resident Reporter for United World Globe" was what he read. It even had all the official stamps. "I heard about Bailey about three hours ago. I called to ask if the paper could hire another reporter immediately. They said to go ahead. So now Bailey is official. We even have papers for a cameraman, if one is needed."

Yes, we did indeed have a "cameraman" for this position.......a 16-week-old white male kitten. The kitten was found under the airport in an underground passage. He had apparently been trapped there without food or water or several days. Two other kittens with him were dead. He was rescued by Carl, who has a particular fondness for cats and cat owners. Sam immediately sent for Carl to bring the kitten and so began a long journey for them all.

Sam was a happy man as he and Bailey and kitten landed in the United States. Since he will be returned to active duty soon, he asked All CATS to take Bailey and the kitten and try to find a good, loving home for them. Bailey didn't arrive here a minute too soon. That very night she gave birth to five beautiful puppies. They will be available for adoption in January.

I want at least one of them to be named "Freedom." Not only is it a great name, it will be a tribute to all the men and women who serve this great country of ours.

All of these animals are at "The Farm" in Valley, AL with Carolyn and John Gunter. All need shots, deworming, etc. Anyone wanting to help with their expenses or wanting to adopt one of these very special babies, contact Carolyn at 4907 23rd Blvd, Valley, AL 36854-3500. "The Farm" is the property bought several years ago to save the animals already living there.


Following are the financial results for November:

Labor $3,872
Veterinary $155
Garbage $120
Utility Bill **
Food $44.79
Supplies $0
Stamps $78.85***
Misc. $ 9.20*


*Bank Service Charge
**Paid in October
***Extra Stamps for Mailing December Newsletter

Total expenses were $4,279.84. Donations for November totaled $4,246.68. This means that we increased our 2003 shortfall, but only by $33.16. At the end of the month, we were $640.31 away from being even!! The good news is that this writing on December 22 donations in December are excellent. We have great hopes of ending the year at least even-or, perhaps, with a little cushion to start 2004.


VET EXPENSE UPDATE

Since our last report, we have received donations toward vet expense totaling $440 from Renee Merback, Avis Buchanan, Paul & Mary Jane Johnson, Mildred Ferrell, Dena Roesler, Dr. & Mrs. Robert Klingbeil and Linda Wrigley. 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 be applied to the All C.A.T.S., Inc. account.
* 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.

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.


STAMP REPORT

Since our last report we received 133% (350 in total) of the stamps needed to send out this newsletter from Mary Williams, Jeanni & Nick Wiseman, Jamie Reagin, Mardi Hoofnagle, Lois Holbrook, Benjamin Jones, Judy Ciccarello, Marsha Walton, Pattie Reber, Carolyn Lowe, Barbara Johnson, Robert Salzman and an anonymous person who wrote "I live on Social Security but I can afford this." Many, many thanks to all of you. Keep up the good stamp work in 2004!!


IN MEMORY

From Mary Ann and Raymond Williams "in memory of their buddy TOBY and also their Granddog NIKKI MOFFETT. Both pets are missed very, very much."

From Dena Roesler "in memory of my beloved pet FELICITY, a white Persian who died of congestive heart failure on November 11. She was 12 years old. She was a sweet kitty with an inquisitive personality, and I will miss her. It is tough coming home with her not there to greet me."

From Deceased Pet Care "in memory of NIKKI MOFFETT. NIKKI is sadly missed by her owners, Rebecca and Andrew Moffett."

From Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Sikes "in memory of our rescued Pekinese, SWEETIE. SWEETIE was a member of our family for eight and one-half years. She is deeply missed by our family and her four rescued friends, Mopsy, Shelby, Lady Bug and the cat (Mama Kitty).

From Lorraine and Tiny Theroux "in memory of Pete Collins' dog KRAMER, who had to be put to sleep recently. He was Peter's loyal and loving companion for six years. He will be greatly missed. Thanks also to Lorraine for sending biscuits and chews to the shelter and for making a special donation to purchase treats.

From Dennis and Lyn Baldauf for PUTTER.


THANK YOU

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

To Irv and Gail Laddin for the Home Depot gift cards.

To Georgialee Thomas for sending us Frontline and Interceptor for our dogs.

To Mrs. W. C. Bell for her donation in honor of her two daughters, who requested this in lieu of Christmas gifts.

To Renee Merback for the Kroger gift card.

To Marjorie Wallace for her donation and Matching Gift (Home Depot) form. Please remember that many companies offer matching gift opportunities. It's a way to double (or triple) your gift.

To Kathy Spiker for her continuing on-line sponsorship of PIGSY TAIL.

To Pattie Reber for once again sending a donation to cover the cost of our garbage pick-up.

To Laura Richardson for her continuing sponsorship (now via online credit card deduction) of BLACKIE and extra donation for purchase of a DogLoo for her.

Please remember that sponsorship of a shelter animal or any other type of regular donation you would care to make may be set up as a regular withdrawal from the credit card of your choice. If you wish to do this, send an e-mail to otter@allcatsinc.org or pat@allcatsinc.org telling us what you would like to do. Instructions will be sent to you.


CONGRATULATIONS

To Susan Jaunsen, who just adopted a little gray female stray kitten that showed up recently at her home. Her bloodwork was negative so she will be getting her shots.

THE OREO REPORT-Many, many thanks to Walter Gordy, Virginia Medcalf, Mary Rothstein, Fred Kiefer, Maryland Timmerman and Rabeth Walker for their gifts to help with expenses relative to Oreo and her kittens. The lovely notes included were very much appreciated.


YOUR LETTERS

From Jennifer, Nick, Katsia, Georgia and Ranger Mastrovito who write that "We are on the move again. This time we are moving to San Antonio, Texas. We always seem to move further and further away from SCOUT, our lost Aussie in Savannah. Please always keep him in your prayers and thoughts as we always keep you in ours." We will definitely do so!

From Maryland Timmerman and Rabeth Walker, who sent us a wonderful long letter and donation in honor of the many pets they have rescued, found homes for and/or kept as family members over the last 20 years.

From Jill Flynn for her wonderful letter telling us about the latest "surprise" family member. She and her niece were on their way to Ohio and stopped in Kentucky for lunch. "This little dog was wandering around the parking lot. We captured her, put her in the car before she got hit by a truck and tried to find her owners-no luck. We stopped at the same place on our way back to Atlanta, asked if anyone had lost the dog-no response-SOOO, Chrissy now lives with Casey (my Westie) and me. My vet says she is about one year old, weights 13 lbs., and is a mix of many breeds and an all-around fine dog. She is settled in and playing with Casey and all the toys." Jill included a picture of Chrissy-and she IS adorable.


WEB PORTAL

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 (http://www.allcatsinc.org) and sign up today!!


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 (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.

USE ABOVE PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF THE SHELTER TO SEND US ANY ITEMS TOO LARGE FOR A POST OFFICE BOX.



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