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eNEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 2008

Sent: January 29, 2008


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!

"A love uncontested, without compromise, is what we see when we look into our lovely pets eyes. The way they adore us, with love to no end, is the reason we call them Man's best friend. With tails a wagging and affection to spare, makes them so easy to cuddle despite all their hair. We treat them like children and adorn them with toys and trust that they will play and protect, our own girls and boys. God gave us dogs so that we may know, the unconditional love, that only a pet can show." By David Jeffrey, Canada

Dear Friends,

You came through for our animals in January. As this is written on January 25, income and expenses are equal—which is absolutely wonderful. As we wrote last month, January and February are the months during which donations are usually the lowest of the year. Thank you so very, very much!!!

Now—the challenge is February. Of the 12 months, it has been over the years the month in which support declines the most. Let’s reverse that trend in February 2008!!

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Many of you have asked about Maizie and Carolyn (the baby cow) written about in January’s letter. We are delighted to report that we received a message from Margaret that both are thriving.

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A NEW (HOPEFULLY HELPFUL) IDEA—We have had several notes from supporters asking that we add to our newsletter a section that will help you keep your four-legged families healthy and happy. We are beginning this with information on internal parasites. Most internal parasites are worms and single-celled organisms that can exist in the intestines of dogs or cats. The most common worms are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. This month we will discuss roundworms.

Roundworms are the most common intestinal parasite in dogs and cats. Animals with roundworms pass the infection to other animals when the worm eggs develop into larvae and are present in the animal's feces (droppings). Your pet can pick up the infection by eating infected soil, licking contaminated fur or paws, or by drinking contaminated water. Infected female dogs may pass the infection to their puppies before birth or afterwards when they are nursing. Infected female cats cannot infect their kittens before birth, but can pass on the infection through their milk when kittens are nursing.

Puppies and kittens are the most prone to roundworm infection. Because roundworms live in the small intestine, they steal the nutrients from the food your pet eats and that can lead to malnutrition and intestinal problems. As the larvae move through your pet's body, young animals may develop serious respiratory problems such as pneumonia.

Healthy pets may not show outward signs of a worm infection. However, if you notice a change in your pet's appetite or coat, diarrhea, or excessive coughing, see your veterinarian. In most cases, a simple fecal test can detect the presence of worm eggs or adults and, if present, your veterinarian will recommend a deworming program. A good way to prevent worm infections is by using one of several monthly heartworm preventatives available from your veterinarian. This information was gleaned from the American Veterinary Medical Association website.

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STAMP REPORT—Since our last report, we have received 149 stamps (vs. 165 used to send out newsletters) from Mardi Hoofnagle, Gail Brown, Connie Rice, Jamie Reagin, Betty Phillips and Linda Gettle. We always appreciate any you are able to send—for future mailings and other correspondence.

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VET EXPENSE UPDATE: Our great appreciation to Mary Jane Johnson, Gloria Overbey, Mildred Ferrell, Connie Rice and Avis Buchanan 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, Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital 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 (1) Murrayville Veterinary Clinic(2) Riverside Veterinary Hospital, Inc., 2110 South Broad Avenue, Lanett AL 36863 OR (3) Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital, Attention: Sandra, PO Box 1328 Dawsonville GA 30534.

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 Gail Brown “in memory of KELLY, the little dachshund who died of a heart condition.”

• From Margaret and Joyce “in memory of SCOTT.

• From everyone at the shelter to John Gunter in memory of his brother and aunt, both of whom died in January.

• From Thomas Lanford “in memory of AUDREY DOG.”

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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 Marianne Pugh for the cat and dog blankets. They are especially welcome in this cold weather.

 To Connie Rice for the Wal-Mart gift card. We are very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother in October but delighted about your new grandchild, Meredith Ann. We are sure that your mother’s little Pomeranian could not be in a better family. We also very much appreciate your good wishes for the New Year.

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

 To Mary Jane Johnson for the adorable Golden Retriever puppy card and your good wishes for the New Year.

 To Mardi Hoofnagle for your “warm” note.

 To Gail Brown for your very generous donation of Lowes gift cards and check donations. We are so very sorry to hear about your accident and send our wishes for your full recovery.

We are also very sorry to hear about your son and his wife’s dog KEESHA, who is so very ill. The fact that KEESHA has been trained to go to schools and nursing homes makes this illness even more tragic.

 To Mildred Ferrell for your extra donation to help with our electric bills.

 To M. A. Korman for your very generous donation and the always appreciated Lowes card.

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

 To Elizabeth Mitchell for your donation on behalf of Margaret and Fred Mitchell. We think the world of them, too. And, thank you for your New Years wishes.

 To Nick Mastrovito “for Goldie and friends.”

 To Elly Meyer for your wonderful Happy Holidays card with the smiling kitty.

Yes, we know we continue to sound like a broken record--but 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.



ELECTRIC BILL – Our utility bills have increased as colder weather has arrived--we were absolutely shocked to get the one yesterday for December-January in the amount of $479. This is the largest bill we have gotten for many, many years.

So, a special or increased donation from you would be very much appreciated and NEEDED.

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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.

INTERESTING ITEMS FROM THE NEWS

MEMPHIS TN – January 9, 2008 – A 50-lb. female retriever mix entered the service entrance of the Memphis Zoo and eluded workers before jumping a railing and retaining wall into the tiger exhibit. She then swam across a moat and was immediately attached by a 225-lb. Sumatran tiger. Zoo workers used fireworks and bullhorns to distract the two tigers and get them into their night enclosures. One of the tigers had the dog in her mouth for several minutes. After emergency treatment by zoo veterinarians, the dog was taken to the Animal Emergency Medical Center where she was reported in good condition the next day. The dog wore a collar without ID attached and zoo officials are trying to find her owner. FROM MSN U.S. NEWS, LIFE

PORTLAND OR – December 20, 2007 – At 11 a.m. on a recent Monday morning, pet owners--each carrying a bag packed with toys, food and medicines and their canine companions--are waiting for the “school bus.” It arrives and the dogs rush to grab a seat. They are about to go on a doggy vacation to The Double Dog Ranch. These types of special camps are opening all over the country—some where people take their dogs to the camp and others where they are picked up. The idea is “free play under supervision” according to the camp management. The dogs are let out all day to run through seven acres of countryside and brought in just to sleep. There is even a swimming hole—but just for dogs who are strong swimmers.

The dog camps have proved so popular that one organization has opened a separate facility for cats called Camp Cat Safari located in a remodeled turn of the century building. It is a landscaped green house that offers cats the unique opportunity to enjoy the feel of the great outdoors from inside a safe enclosure. Surrounded by trees and plants, there are towers full of tropical fish and aviaries of twittering birds that the cats can look at but not touch. FROM MSN TRAVEL, FAMILY.




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