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eNEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2007

Sent: September 28, 2007


Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 1095
Dawsonville GA 30534-0022

Physical Address:
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!

Dear Friends,

In the September newsletter, we asked for extra financial help from you because of a very low donation month in August. We are delighted, and so grateful, with your response to our need. Because of your extra and special donations in September, we are within $100 of making up that August deficit. Our sincere appreciation to all of you—plus extra thanks for the many, many supportive and complimentary notes and letters you sent.

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A NEW (AND VERY EASY) WAY FOR YOU TO HELP US—

One of our supporters sent us information about www.goodsearch.com, which has been used by another charitable organization she supports to raise money by using it instead of other Internet search engines. She suggested we put in an application to raise money for All C.A.T.S. We did so immediately and have been accepted. Here is the email we received after our application was approved:

“All Creatures Are Truly Special has just been registered on GoodSearch, as seen in Oprah Magazine, ABC News, and The New York Times. Starting tomorrow your organization will receive a direct donation every time your supporters use GoodSearch to search the Internet!

“Please go to www.goodsearch.com or click to download the GoodSearch toolbar to get started now -http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbars.aspx.

“GoodSearch is the search engine with a unique social mission. It’s powered by Yahoo!, so you get the same great search results. We donate 50% of advertising revenue to the nonprofits and schools selected by our users. Now you and your supporters can make a difference in the lives of many people, simply by using GoodSearch to search the Internet!”

So, all you have to do is go to the Internet address below—we suggest you add it to your “Favorites” list—and use it for any Internet searches you need to do. All CATS will receive a direction donation for every search you do. Please be sure to use this search engine only for searches you would do on any other site. There is a notation on the site which states that “fraudulent searches will result in your charity being delisted.”

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PET FOOD (AND OTHER PRODUCTS) RECALLS – THEY NEVER STOP

Among the multitude of recall notices received in the last month (including just last week the recall of 1 million baby cribs made in China after three deaths were reported and another massive toy recall due to lead paint), the following have to do with animal food:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers that Mars Petcare US, Inc. has recalled two dry dog food products because of the potential contamination with Salmonella Schwarzengrund. The Mars Petcare US, based in Franklin, Tenn. is voluntarily recalling five-pound bags of Krasdale Gravy dry dog food sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and 50-pound bags of Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula dry food sold in Pennsylvania. The FDA conducted tests on 10 samples, representing seven product brands from the company. Each sample (same size and brand of product) consisted of 15 subsamples, for a total of 150 subsamples. Tests of the 150 subsamples revealed two positive samples; one from the Krasdale Gravy dry food and another from Red Flannel Large Breed Adult Formula.

Sept. 18, 2007--- Bravo! announces a voluntary recall of select tubes of three of its poultry products for cats and dogs. The pet food is being recalled because two of the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, while the other product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled products are distributed nationwide to distributors, retail stores, internet sales and directly to consumers, and they can be identified by the batch ID code located on the hang tag attached to the bottom of the plastic film tubes. The recalled products should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners should return unopened frozen tubes of food to the store where purchased for a full refund. Pet owners should dispose of opened tubes of product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle) and return the washed plastic batch ID tag to the store where purchased for a full refund.

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WE ALSO RECEIVED an email from a woman named Belinda who wanted us to pass on the story of her dog, Bella, who at the time of her writing was hospitalized in critical condition. Belinda recounted the story of the illness and her very extensive research to find out the cause. The bottom line is that Belinda believes that Smoke House Chicken Tenders from China are the source of Bella’s illness. We stress that this is not an official finding but very possibly an important warning.

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Be sure to keep checking your emails for FDA recalls. There seems to be no end to them. We are once printing the method to sign 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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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we received 66 stamps vs. the 173 we use for newsletters from Jamie Reagin, Betty Phillips and Mardi Hoofnagle plus a donation from Elmer Bryant enabling us to buy 120 more. Therefore, we had enough stamps to send out this newsletter plus a few extra for sending out other mail. Many, many thanks!!

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Our great appreciation to Mildred Ferrell, Avis Buchanan, Jenny Beaman (online via PayPal) 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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IN MEMORY

• From JoAnne Croghan “in loving memory of Bandit.”

• From Elly Meyer who writes that “I lost my cat MacDuff on August 17. He had cancer surgery February and it recurred so another surgery August 16—and I had to put him to eternal sleep August 17. My heart is broken and I miss him every minute. He was a black and white Scottish Fold and the dearest cat on four legs! He used to lie on his back with his back legs up in the air and front legs crossed on his chest as if he were praying. I still have Megan, also a Scottish Fold; they were each 13 years old.” Elly, we do hope that Megan has many, many more healthy years with you.

• From Benjamin Jones “in memory of Susan Gwinner’s cat, Blossom.” Thank you Benjamin for the wonderful card and kitty playing card. And we definitely do agree with your statement on “blame.” Thank you, too for the stamps that are on the way to us.

THANK YOU—

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

 To Margaret and Fred Mitchell for your kind note. We are so very sorry about your hospitalization, Margaret, but glad to hear about your family getting together again for a couple of weeks. I do appreciate that you think of me often and wish me well.

 To Gloria Overbey for your extra donation toward our utility bill.

 To Kevin Donahue for your continuing sponsorship of Jumping Jack.

 To Annette Gonzales for your extra donation to help pay our electric bill.

 To Mary Speer for your continued sponsorship of Bella.

 To Avis Buchanan for your extra donation for flea treatment purchase.

 To Nadine Hereth for your kind note. We appreciate your support.

 To Mardi Hoofnagle for sending us the money your neighbor insists on paying you for cat sitting.

 To Nick and Jennifer Mastrovito for your donation to Goldie from Georgia and Ranger.

 Mary Jane Johnson for your donation to help pay this bill.

 To Dena Roesler for your continued donations, always 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 – The extreme heat has lessened but we still see temperatures in the 80’s every day. So, your donation towards our electric bill is still very much appreciated.

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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 depending on the 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.

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INTERESTING ITEMS FROM THE NEWS

Grand Haven, MI (AP) A surfer road a wave on his stomach to rescue a struggling dog that had been swept off a pier and into Lake Michigan. Matt Smolenski, 25, said he grabbed the pooch’s collar just as the exhausted, black-and-brown mixed breed stopped dog paddling…As the dog crouched on the board, Smolenski held on from the water, fighting large waves and a strong current all the way to shore. The owner thanked Smolenski and left so quickly that no one got his name.

Green Bay, WI (AP) – More than three months after disappearing during a tornado, Smoky the cat has been reunited with his owner. Wandy Ploeger’s mobile home was destroyed in June and Smoky was nowhere to be found. However, on September 15, while driving two-plus miles from the location of her former home, she saw a white streak, got out of her car and called until he came to her





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