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eNEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 2007

Sent: November 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!


FROM ALL OF US—SHELTER EMPLOYEES AND FRIENDS OF THE SHELTER—OUR VERY BEST WISHES FOR A JOYOUS AND SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON

Dear Friends,

The holiday season is always a time for reflection—this year more than most as we have marked our 20th anniversary. The daily demands of all our busy lives don’t always allow for the luxury of a lot of time to reflect. But I want you all to know how much I personally appreciate your help in accomplishing all we have done since we began in 1987. I hope that each of you take great satisfaction from knowing that your support has made a tremendous difference for so very many animals who would not have survived without you. As we begin our third decade, all of us send our love and appreciation to all of you.

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PET SAFETY TIPS FOR SAFE HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS—Parties and other events are happy and fun times. However, we would like to list some precautions you can take to make sure they are safe for your four-legged and/or feathered families:

 Remember that plants (holly, mistletoe, poinsettia, lilies, Christmas rose, etc.,) are poisonous to pets.

 Pine needles can create problems if ingested.

 Unsecured Christmas trees pose hazards to climbing critters as they can topple or be knocked over.

 Don't forget to prevent the ingestion of Christmas tree water since stagnant water or preservatives can be toxic.

 Other holiday hazards include menorahs, candles and liquid potpourri pots.

 Fire and burns are not the only threats to pets and the household. Scented items can also be harmful--especially to birds.

 The ingestion of inappropriate foods, tinsel, ribbons or garlands can cause sickness or obstruction.

 Breakable items such as glass and other ornaments pose a threat.

 Electrical cords, heated decorative bulbs, hooks, and a wide variety of other adornment items create temptations. Use topical pet deterrents and barriers for protection.

 Keep décor items out of reach of your pet or in places your animals cannot get to them.

 Nicotine poses a threat. Keep it out of reach.

 Keep trash lids on tight. Chewed aluminum foil and e-coli are risks to pets.

 Store food in secure containers out of reach to prevent ingestion or poisoning.

Many thanks to Diana L. Guerrero, animal behaviorist and animal training coach, for compiling this list.

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NEWSLETTER RECOGNITION—We were reminded lately, much to our chagrin, that we have been negligent in recognizing in print some of the wonderful people who have supported us for many years. It is easy for us to list our appreciation of the various contributors to our stamp or our veterinary expense fund or other support we receive for specific purposes. However, we surely do not want to forget all of you who regularly send us donations to be used for any purpose we particularly need at the time. If any of you would like us to list your name in recognition and appreciation of your help, please enclose a note to that effect the next time you write to us.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we received 64 stamps vs. the 167 we use for newsletters from Marsha Walton, Elinor Eaves, Jamie Reagin and Mardi Hoofnagle. Therefore, we had to purchase five books of stamps to send out this newsletter and the other outgoing mail/bill payments in November. We now have 16 stamps on hand – so please do your best to send us as many as possible in December.

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Our great appreciation to Mildred Ferrell, Avis Buchanan, Mary Jane Johnson, Jenny Beaman and Gloria Overbey 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 or Riverside Veterinary Hospital, Inc. 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 or Riverside Veterinary Hospital, Inc., 2110 South Broad Avenue, Lanett AL 36863 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—the clinics are sometimes too busy to let us know about the support they receive directly from you.

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IN MEMORY

• From Mardi Hoofnagle “in memory of Tweeter, who died this month and went to heaven to join Woofer, who died in September. They were wonderful cats and we miss them very much.”

THANK YOU—

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

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

 To Mary Speer for your continued sponsorship of Bella.

 To Elly Meyer for your card expressing your sympathy for the tragic losses in my family.

 To Mrs. M. A. Korman for your generous support of our organization for these many years.

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

 To Mildred Ferrell for your sympathy for all the losses my family has experienced and for including me in your prayers. I truly admire you and your family for the word you do in rescuing and finding homes for stray animals.

 To Kathy Beckman for your lovely note. I especially appreciate your well wishes for my family.

 To Dennis and Lyn Baldauf for your donation “for Putter.”

 To Annette Gonzales for your extra donation for our utility bills.

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 – Our utility bills have increased as colder weather has arrived. So, a special or increased donation from you would be very much appreciated. Based on past experience, our bills will double, or even triple, over what they are during the Spring and Summer.

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THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP OUR ANIMALS—IDEAS FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS

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 for details).

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

New York – When Debbie Parkhurst choked on a piece of apple at her Maryland home, her dog jumped in, landing hard on her chest and forcing the morsel to pop out of her throat. When the Keesling family of Indiana was about to be overcome by carbon monoxide, their cat clawed at wife Cathy’s hair until she woke up and called for help.

For these nick-of-time acts, Toby, a 2-1/2 hear old golden retriever, and Winnie, a gray-eyed American shorthair, were named Dog and Cat of the Year by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Both pets were themselves rescued in infancy—Toby as a four-week-old puppy tossed into a garbage bin to die, and Winnie as a week-old orphan hiding under a barn, so helpless that Keesling’s husband, Eric, had to feed her milk with an eyedropper.

Both Toby and Winnie accompanied their owners to the awards luncheon at Manhattan’s posh Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center. FROM MSNBC – HOME – HEALTH – PET HEALTH – OTHER PET NEWS – NOVEMBER 2, 2007

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New York – An Abyssinian cat from Missouri named Cinnamon has made scientific history. Researchers have largely decoded her DNA, a step that may aid the search for treatments for both feline and human diseases. The report adds cats t the roughly two dozen mammals whose DNA has been unraveled, a list that includes dogs, chimps, rats, mice, cows and—of course—people.

Cats get more than 200 diseases that resemble those of humans. Researchers say that knowing the details of their genetic make up should help in the search for vaccines and treatments.

The full complement of an organism’s DNA is called its genome. In cats, as in people, it is made up of nearly three billion building blocks. The sequence of these blocks spells out the hereditary information, just as strings of letters spell out sentences. Decoding a genome, which is called sequencing, means identifying the order of the building blocks.

The new work identified 20,285 genes in the cat, probably about 95 percent of the animal’s full complement. That is similar to the 20-25,000 genes estimated for humans. FROM CNN.COM TECHNOLOGY – OCTOBER 31, 2007.




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