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eNEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2007
Sent: August 30, 2007
P. O. Box 1095
Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
64 Lumpkin County Park Drive
Dahlonega, GA 30533
Telephone: 706 518 7905
VISIT OUR WEB SITE AT: www.allcatsinc.org
Please Send all Donations/Letters to the Above Post Office Address. Thank You!
This month, a plea to all of you for some extra help, as a combination of:
1. The record high temperatures we in the Southeast have been experiencing (100 degrees or more almost every day in August), causing a dramatic escalation of our utility expenses, and
2. The decrease in donations because of summer vacation and back-to-school expenses most people experience,
has resulted in a month in which our expenses greatly exceeded our income.
In order to ensure that the care of our animals is not adversely affected, we ask that you consider a special, one-time donation or an increase in the amount of your regular monthly support to help us erase this deficit.
Thank you in advance for what help you can give our animals.
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PET FOOD RECALL – THE FALL-OUT CONTINUES
Just when we thought that we had at least reached the end of hearing about more recalls of tainted pet food—Just this week, Wal-Mart announced that it is removing two dog treats—Chicken Jerky Strips from Import-Pingyang Pet Product Co. and Chicken Jerky from Shanghai Bestro Trading—from all store shelves due to melamine being detected in them.
Then, yesterday we received an email from the FDA stating that “Mars Petcare US, Inc. today announces a voluntary recall of select five pound bags of Krasdale Gravy dry dog food sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The pet food is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, which can cause serious infections in dogs and cats, and, if there is cross contamination, in people, especially children, the aged, and people with compromised immune systems.”
We are sure you have been reading about all the other products, mainly from China, which are being recalled. The most written about was the recall of millions of toys by Mattel. Some of the toys have magnets which could be dislodged and swallowed and others have hazardous levels of lead.
When will it all end? We did read that one executive with a Chinese company involved with these contaminated products was tried and convicted and executed and another committed suicide.
Be sure to keep checking your emails for FDA recalls. There seems to be no end to them. Following is the information on signing up to receive them: “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: http://www.fda.gov/opacom/Enforce.html”
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FLEA PROTECTION—Flea season here in the Southeast will continue for several more months. A special donation towards purchasing this treatment 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 132 stamps vs. the 182 we use for newsletters from Linda Gettle, Nancy Caravello, Gloria Young and Lois Holbrook. Counting the other mail we send out during a normal month, we had to purchase 56 stamps. We realize that this isn’t a tremendous amount of money, but we would prefer spending it on direct animal care. So, do your best to send as many stamps as possible.
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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 (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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• From Linda Gettle who wrote that “Two good friends of mine lost their beloved Labrador Retriever to old age. His name was Cousteau Locke-Wick. He was a much loved member of their family.”
• From Nancy Donahue “in memory of Tony and Sally Prahl’s beloved friend of 19 years, PADDY, who came on St. Patrick’s Day.” As you requested, this donation will be divided between the veterinary and flea treatment funds.
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To Carol Clenney for your continuing sponsorship of one of our shelter kitties.
To Nancy Caravello for your encouraging note and extra stamps.
To Nick and Jennifer Mastrovito for your donation for “Goldie and Friends.”
To Elly Meyer for your great Snoopy card and story about the vet visit. Please give our congratulations to Karen for her family addition of Oscar and Olivia. We can certainly understand the love of “furries.”
To Laura Hagen for your continuing sponsorship of Blackie.
To Mary Speer for your continuing sponsorship of Bella.
To Patricia Stephens for your special donation to help pay for flea treatments.
To Kevin Donahue for your continuing sponsorship of Jumping Jack.
To Annette Gonzales for your donation toward payment of our electric bills.
To Dena Roesler for your continued donations, always matched by your company.
I know that we continue to sound like a “broken record” but it is so true that 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 – As mentioned in the first paragraph of this letter, 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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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 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, and paper towels. Please send large items to the Dahlonega physical address listed above.
INTERESTING ITEMS FROM THE NEWS
Beijing, China – China has launched a four-month “war” on tainted food, drugs and exports as beleagured officials embraced time-tested campaign acts to clean up the country’s battered image. China export “scares” have hit toothpaste, animal-food, tires, seafood and cough medicine—in addition to the recent huge toy recall. China has put new rules into effect, shut down factories, held constant news conferences and now this campaign to shake up local officials who are often more focused on economic growth targets. FROM CNN NEWS, FRIDAY, AUGUST 24
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