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Sent: December 30, 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


Please Send all Donations/Letters to the Above Post Office Address. Thank You!

“When my cats aren't happy, I'm not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know they're just sitting there thinking up ways to get even.” Quote from Percy Bysshe Shelley, English Poet

Dear Friends,

As I write this on December 27, your generosity this month in the form of extra or special donations has enabled us to reach the breakeven point in our 2007 financial life. That is, donations now equal expenses—with a few days yet to count. We want to thank all of you for your support this month and this year.

The months of January and February are traditionally the lowest donation months of each year. The reason, of course, is that people are paying bills incurred during the holidays and thinking ahead to the taxes that may be owed come mid-April. However, the animals still need the same amount of care for those months—so please do your best to continue your support during these “lean” months.

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Now—the story of my Christmas Day. A “tradition” in my life has been that every Christmas day brings me an animal in some sort of trouble. I’ve learned to expect this to happen—and December 25, 2007 was no exception. As many of you know, I was brought up on a farm—and this “experience” came in very handy this year.

I had noticed over the last several weeks that a cow belonging to a nearby small farmer was very obviously pregnant. I noticed her getting bigger every day that I happened to drive by. Last week, I stopped in to wish the lady (Margaret) who owns the farm a happy holiday season and we started to talk about Maizie (the cow’s name). Margaret said she was a little worried as Maizie was getting so very big—and could possibly have trouble giving birth. I, of course, told her that I had witnessed a lot of bovine births growing up and to call me if there was a problem. Since the large animal veterinarian’s office is many miles away, she said she appreciated my offer. So, off I went—and largely forgot about the cow as I prepared for Christmas and took care of the shelter animals.

Well—Christmas day arrived—and shortly after it did, the call came. Margaret said that Maizie was in labor and seemed to be in great distress. She had called the veterinarian but he wouldn’t be able to get there for several hours—having had another emergency call. So, I quickly dressed and raced over to the farm. Maizie was obviously in trouble. Her baby was trying to be born—with no success. I quickly washed and reached into the birth canal only to find that the calf was breech and—unless successfully turned—both mother and baby could die. Trying to recall the births I had seen, I reached inside as far as possible and was able to grasp the calf and begin to slowly turn it. It seemed to take hours but I finally was able to turn the baby enough for it (actually a “her”) to be born. A great relief for everyone concerned. And now I am godmother to a heifer whose name is Carolyn. I am honored.

I wonder what will happen next December 25.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we received 176 stamps--plus a cash donation for the purchase of 121 more--vs. the 152 we use for newsletters from Mardi Hoofnagle, Elmer Bryant, Lois Holbrook, Jamie Reagin, Benjamin Jones, Connie Rice, Barbara Johnson, Joanne Daube and Gloria Overbey. We also want to thank those of you who have requested that our newsletters be sent to you electronically, saving us the postage. We have been able to reduce the number of paper newsletters from more than 200 to 152 during 2007. Obviously, we are in good shape on the stamp front. However, we still would appreciate any you are able to send—for future mailings and other correspondence.

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Our great appreciation to Patricia Stephens, Mildred Ferrell, Avis Buchanan, Mary Jane Johnson and Gloria Overbey for your donations to our veterinary care fund since our last newsletter. We also were touched by the lovely notes included with your donations. 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 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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• From The Aspegren Foundation “in memory of Oliver R. Aspegren, Jr.”

• From Joan and Peter Bone “in memory of Kelly and Frankie.”

• From Benjamin Jones “in memory of Dad the Cat, who died in November.” Benjamin, we appreciate so very much the PetSmart card that we used immediately to purchase some holiday treats for the animals. And best wishes to your six cats—Miss Audrey Hepburn (14 years), Nu Beau (13 years and severely diabetic), Little Bear (4), Gray Boy (4), Sissy Boy (4) and Mama Cat (6). Special congratulations for your obviously great care of Nu Beau—we know how difficult managing diabetes can be.

• From Mary Ann Williams “in memory of Maggie, who “had been the resident house cat at Deceased Pet care for 17 years. She will truly be missed.”

• From Bonnie and Sonny Strohm “in memory of Sonny’s mother, Arnette Strohm, who died recently. Her dog Baby (whom she loved) now lives with us.”

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

 To Kevin Donahue for your continuing sponsorship of Jumping Jack and for sending your holiday wishes

 To Mary Speer for your continued sponsorship of Bella.

 To Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Croghan for your donation for Alabama.

 To Connie Rice for your three Wal Mart cards—in addition to the stamps.

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

 To Maryland Timmerman and Rabeth Walker & Pets for your donation and letter.

 To Nick Mastrovito for your very generous donation. We will all think very positive thoughts for your safety after your overseas deployment—and thank you for your service to our country.

 To Mary Ann Williams in honor of Maudann Shugart of Deceased Pet Care and for once again choosing to make a donation to All CATS instead of exchanging gifts.

 To Annette Gonzales for the “little extra” you sent for our utility bills.

 To Margaret and Fred Mitchell for the lovely card and your thoughts. We’ll definitely buy those treats.

 To Julie Ashton for the adorable cat and dog card and your blessings. We, too, hope that 2008 will be a better year for everyone.

 To Elly Meyer for the slumbering kitten and puppy card—we love it—and for your good wishes for the new year.

 To Renee Merback for the wonderful card and generous donation. We are saddened to hear of your recent health problems—and wish you a complete recovery in 2008. Thank you also for the very kind words about our work.

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. Our electric bill for December almost doubled over the one for November.

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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 $165.27).
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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The New York Times mentioned the new Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health: Home Edition in a recent story in their Research Health section. It is 1,345 pages long and sells for $22.95. After checking it out on the company’s website—it would appear well worth the cost. It covers not only cats and dogs—but also turtles, birds, horses, reptiles, amphibians, chinchillas, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, rabbits, prairie dogs, pot bellied pigs, sugar gliders and gerbils. It also has a section on the subject of choosing pets and providing a good home for them. There are sections covering emergency care, poisoning, cancer, nursing a sick bird, a discussion of when to euthanize a desperately ill pet and a description of various medical tests and treatments.

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From MSN U.S. News, Military – Marine Corporal Dustin Jerome Lee and his German shepherd, Lex, scoured Iraq for bombs, slept next to each other and even posed in Santa hats for a holiday photo. When the 20-year-old Marine was killed in Fallujah, an injured Lex had to pulled away from Corporal Lee’s body. The obvious bond inspired the family to apply to adopt 8-year-old Lex despite the fact that the military said Lex still had two years left of service. The family lobbied the military for months, launched an Internet petition and asked their congressman for help, which they received as the congressman took their case directly to the Marine Corps’ top general. On Wednesday, December 12, the Corps announced that Lee’s family could take Lex home—the first time a dog has been granted early retirement to be adopted by someone other than a former handler.

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