May 2016 Newsletter

Cookout

Hello Yogie Fans!

We are still having quite a bit of rain here in Northwest Louisiana, but happy to report no issues at Yogie and Friends other than we can’t mow as often. And the weather is also slowing down progress some, but we will get there.

Thank you to all our friends and supporters for coming to our Spring Bake Sale at Petco on April 23rd. You always make it a huge success for us.

Our remaining seven big cats are doing very well in Oklahoma. All though we miss them a great deal, they are safe and happy and we visit them every month. They know who we are.

GIVE FOR GOOD 2016: This coming Tuesday, May 3rd, is the Give for Good fundraising day. Many of you have seen, and participated in, this event each year. It’s an opportunity for the community to give back to local non-profits. It’s an on-line giving day. We are listed on the Give for Good website as Yogie and Friends Cat Sanctuary and our Facebook page is The Special Needs Cats of Yogie and Friends. We hope you will help us help these special cats with your giving.

COOKOUT FOR THE CATS:  Yogie and Friends will be combining efforts with Shreveport Bossier Animal Rescue (SBAR) with Cookout for the Cats. This is our Give for Good event on Tuesday, May 3rd from 2-7p.m. and it will be held at the SBAR shelter at 431 Kings Hwy in Shreveport. We will have hot dogs, hamburgers, fresh popped popcorn, soda, water, and Pucker Powder for the kids. We hope you will stop by, eat, and visit with us and learn about both rescues during this event. There will be raffles and some fun games for the kids.

FACEBOOK: We have a new Facebook page now. It is called, The Special Needs Cats of Yogie and Friends. It is a strictly controlled page so that nobody is every bullied or threatened on our page by others. It’s a safe page to share educational information and news about our wonderful cats. Please like on the page and share with your friends.

WISH LIST: We are in desperate need of cat litter and canned cat food. We are currently using Purina Complete and Purina Indoor Formula for dry food, and Friskies canned (all types). As far as cat litter we use Tidy Cat Scoopable without any scents in it such as Glade. Cats don’t like scented cat litter. We use no harsh chemical products for cleaning. For pest control we use food grade diatomaceous earth that we spread on the grounds. This is available at most feed stores. Also, washable blankets and throws are greatly appreciated. Please email us if you have any questions about helping with supplies.

VOLUNTEERS: We really need dedicated volunteers who are willing to help with our new mission of rescuing these special needs, domestic cats. Litter boxes need to be scooped, floors swept, catios cleaned, and cats need to be loved and socialized. We hope you will consider helping us make our mission a successful one. Please volunteer with us and make life a little nicer for these special cats. Now that we are not housing big cats, our volunteers do not have to be 18 or older. However, we do need you to have a current, valid driver’s license and a way to get yourself to the sanctuary to work if you volunteer.  Since we currently do not have a landline at the facility (this saves us a great deal of money) you can contact us via email at yogieandfriends@hotmail.com and our volunteer coordinator will call you as soon as possible.

SPONSOR A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT:  FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a feline only, slow-acting virus. It is so slow to progress that most FIV+ cats die of old age.  Once thought to be deadly and highly contagious, it has since been found to be neither. Just as HIV was once believed to be a death sentence for those afflicted, so it is still with FIV. Only in the case of cats, the mere diagnosis produces that death sentence. Fortunately there are many veterinarians who don’t believe that this is the case and this is why we got four FIV cats. We got them from veterinarians who did not want to kill them. We do NOT want these cats to die just because of this diagnosis either. They deserve the chance to live. And live they will with us. Now that we have our first FIV positive cats living comfortably in their new home at Yogie and Friends, they will need your support. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals. None of the Yogie volunteer staff receives ANY compensation for the work we do.

 

Donate Cash:

Donations of cash are what we need most. You can donate online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal.

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that some cats may be sponsored by more than one person, but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats.

You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:           

Petey

Gatsby

Paisley

Sunny

VooDoo

Frazier

Bubba

 

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope                          Elsa

Callie                          Kristoff

Annabelle                 Kitler

Sarah                         Caspar

Blackie                       Powdah

Duncan                     Pia

Anna

 

You can also mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027

If you wish to make a donation on a regular basis and do not wish to use PayPal, your bank can set up automatic payments for you.

AMAZON WISH LIST: If you shop via Amazon.com you select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. They will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.

https://smile.amazon.com/

 

We also have an Amazon wish list to help with the feeding and caring of our feral cat colonies as well as the adoptable cats and kittens we are fostering. Please help if you can.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A2LGJPU9KN7C2N

We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding and any and all donations are appreciated as we continue to care for them. They are safe and well.

Money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the boarding of our big cats and for TNR. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

LOUISIANA AND TEXAS KROGER SHOPPERS: If you have not already done so, please don’t forget to get your Kroger Community Rewards linked to your Kroger Plus Card. Every time you shop at a Texas or Louisiana Kroger and use your Plus Card, Kroger will donate a portion of the sale to Yogie and Friends to help the FIV and other special needs cats we have at the sanctuary. Every little bit helps! Here is the link to enroll or sign in (if you are already enrolled). Choose us as your charity of choice… NPO #80724, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary (we will be fixing the name later, but it’s still all good). https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC):  CFC is in full swing right now, so if you are a Military member or Federal Employee we hope you will donate to Yogie and Friends via CFC. This program is easy and another good way to give financial assistance to the big cats. We hope you will please consider Yogie and Friends when making your CFC contribution. Our CFC number is 42427.

Recycle Ink Cartridges and Cell Phones: Please consider helping us with our recycling program.  Please don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us. We recycle them and get cash for the cats. You can box up the cartridges; put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, and then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some to you.

Upcoming Events:

 

3 May 2016                           2-7 pm                        Cookout for the Cats

Shreveport Bossier Animal Rescue

431 Kings Hwy

Shreveport, LA

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Also, please continue heartworm prevention all year round and not just in the summer months. Heartworm disease can be transmitted all year.

Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter

Bake Sale April 23rd @ Petco on Youree Drive

Yogie and Friends Bake Sale April 23rd, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm At Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport LA

Yogie and Friends Bake Sale
April 23rd, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
At Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport LA


Posted in Special Announcements

April 2016 Newsletter

Hello Yogie Fans!

We’ve had some pretty rough weather here in Louisiana, but fortunately Yogie and Friends was not flooded or experienced any damage. All the animals and their humans are safe. Even our volunteers and board members were fortunate enough not to have any damage to their homes. Many of our team are working with those who have been impacted and our prayers go out to those who may not have been as fortunate. Even the local animal groups and shelters worked to help families with their pets until they were/are able to get back home with them. It’s a team effort we are proud to see at work.

IN MEMORIUM: We are sad to announce that one of our dear friends and Yogie fan/supporter, Kay Robinson, died unexpectedly on March 29th. Kay has been a long time Yogie supporter, but more so, a friend, to many of us at the sanctuary. She worked with Tim at LSUHSC until her retirement from there in 2011. She was a huge cat lover and a super person all around. Our cats Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff, came to Yogie and Friends because of Kay. We will always think of her when we see them at the sanctuary. She is going to be missed a great deal.

PAISLEY AND SUNNY UPDATE: Paisley and Sunny have responded well to their medications. Sunny will always need some help with his eyes requiring occasional eye drops, but otherwise he is doing very well. Paisley is still her sweet, loveable self.

Work at the sanctuary is progressing. We of course have had rain delays, but all the big cat pools are out, some of the perimeter fencing is down, but there is a lot more to go. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can get more down quickly. We do need volunteers to help with this. The sooner we get the fence down, the sooner we can move a larger building for the non-FIV cat house.

WISH LIST: We are in desperate need of cat litter and canned cat food. We are currently using Purina Complete and Purina Indoor Formula for dry food, and Friskies canned (all types). As far as cat litter we use Tidy Cat Scoopable without any scents in it such as Glade. Cats don’t like scented cat litter. We use no harsh chemical products for cleaning. For pest control we use food grade diatomaceous earth that we spread on the grounds. This is available at most feed stores. Also, washable blankets and throws are greatly appreciated. Please email us if you have any questions about helping with supplies.

VOLUNTEERS: We really need dedicated volunteers who are willing to help with our new mission of rescuing these special needs, domestic cats. Litter boxes need to be scooped, floors swept, catios cleaned, and cats need to be loved and socialized. We hope you will consider helping us make our mission a successful one. Please volunteer with us and make life a little nicer for these special cats. Now that we are not housing big cats, our volunteers do not have to be 18 or older. However, we do need you to have a current, valid driver’s license and a way to get yourself to the sanctuary to work if you volunteer.  Since we currently do not have a landline at the facility (this saves us a great deal of money) you can contact us via email at yogieandfriends@hotmail.com and our volunteer coordinator will call you as soon as possible.

SPONSOR A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT:  FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a feline only, slow-acting virus. It is so slow to progress that most FIV+ cats die of old age.  Once thought to be deadly and highly contagious, it has since been found to be neither. Just as HIV was once believed to be a death sentence for those afflicted, so it is still with FIV. Only in the case of cats, the mere diagnosis produces that death sentence. Fortunately there are many veterinarians who don’t believe that this is the case and this is why we got four FIV cats. We got them from veterinarians who did not want to kill them. We do NOT want these cats to die just because of this diagnosis either. They deserve the chance to live. And live they will with us. Now that we have our first FIV positive cats living comfortably in their new home at Yogie and Friends, they will need your support. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals. None of the Yogie volunteer staff receives ANY compensation for the work we do.

Donate Cash:

Donations of cash are what we need most. You can donate online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal.

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that some cats may be sponsored by more than one person, but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats.

You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:

Petey
Gatsby
Paisley
Sunny
VooDoo
Frazier
Bubba

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope
Elsa
Callie
Annabelle
Sarah
Blackie
Duncan
Anna
Elsa
Kristof
Kitler
Caspar
Powdah
Pia

You can also mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027

 

If you wish to make a donation on a regular basis and do not wish to use PayPal, your bank can set up automatic payments for you.

AMAZON WISH LIST: If you shop via Amazon.com you select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. They will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.

https://smile.amazon.com/

We also have an Amazon wish list to help with the feeding and caring of our feral cat colonies as well as the adoptable cats and kittens we are fostering. Please help if you can.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A2LGJPU9KN7C2N

We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding and any and all donations are appreciated as we continue to care for them. They are safe and well.

Money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the boarding of our big cats and for TNR. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

LOUISIANA AND TEXAS KROGER SHOPPERS: If you have not already done so, please don’t forget to get your Kroger Community Rewards linked to your Kroger Plus Card. Every time you shop at a Texas or Louisiana Kroger and use your Plus Card, Kroger will donate a portion of the sale to Yogie and Friends to help the FIV and other special needs cats we have at the sanctuary. Every little bit helps! Here is the link to enroll or sign in (if you are already enrolled). Choose us as your charity of choice… NPO #80724, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary (we will be fixing the name later, but it’s still all good). https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC):  CFC is in full swing right now, so if you are a Military member or Federal Employee we hope you will donate to Yogie and Friends via CFC. This program is easy and another good way to give financial assistance to the big cats. We hope you will please consider Yogie and Friends when making your CFC contribution. Our CFC number is 42427.

Recycle Ink Cartridges and Cell Phones: Please consider helping us with our recycling program.  Please don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us. We recycle them and get cash for the cats. You can box up the cartridges; put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, and then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some to you.

 

Upcoming Events:

23 April 2016       11am – 4 pm     Yogie and Friends Spring Bake Sale

Petco, Youree Drive

Shreveport, LA
(Click the flyer to see it full size)

Yogie-Bake-Sale

 

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Also, please continue heartworm prevention all year round and not just in the summer months. Heartworm disease can be transmitted all year.

Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter

March 2016 Newsletter

Hello Yogie Fans!

Things are going well at the cat sanctuary. Modifications are coming along slowly, but surely. Progress is progress.

A couple of our cats are on medication at this time for a couple of issues we hope will resolve this way, but with one, Sunny, the vet doesn’t believe medication alone is the answer for his condition known as, Spastic Entropion. Right now he is receiving Atropine once a day to dilate his eyes and Tobramycin, an ophthalmic antibiotic, three times a day. It is for infection and also helps with pain. Sunny’s eyes have corneal scratches and ulcers.When he arrived at Yogie we were told he would always have runny, with puss and watery discharges in his eyes and that they would “never get better.” We got another opinion and so far the medications are doing their job, but it appears he will need surgery to correct this condition. There are never any guarantees, but we feel he deserves this chance for comfort and healing.

Sunny2

The medicine in Sunny’s eyes helps with the pain.

You can learn more about this condition here: http://www.petmd.com/cat/conditions/eyes/c_ct_entropion

Paisley arrived with Sunny and we were told she would always sound like a cat with an upper respiratory infection (URI). We also wanted another opinion and her lungs had a slight crackling sound in them. The vet told us he has been seeing more asthma in cats and Paisley is currently on a nasal and eye drop protocol and hopefully that will resolve her issue. Follow-ups are coming for both cats. Paws and claws crossed for complete healing!

WISH LIST: We are in desperate need of cat litter and canned cat food. We are currently using Purina Complete and Purina Indoor Formula for dry food, and Friskies canned (all types). As far as cat litter we use Tidy Cat Scoopable without any scents in it such as Glade. Cats don’t like scented cat litter. We use no harsh chemical products for cleaning. For pest control we use food grade diatomaceous earth that we spread on the grounds. This is available at most feed stores. Also, washable blankets and throws are greatly appreciated. Please email us if you have any questions about helping with supplies.

VOLUNTEERS: We really need dedicated volunteers who are willing to help with our new mission of rescuing these special needs, domestic cats. Litter boxes need to be scooped, floors swept, catios cleaned, and cats need to be loved and socialized. We hope you will consider helping us make our mission a successful one. Please volunteer with us and make life a little nicer for these special cats. Now that we are not housing big cats, our volunteers do not have to be 18 or older. However, we do need you to have a current, valid driver’s license and a way to get yourself to the sanctuary to work if you volunteer. Since we currently do not have a landline at the facility (this saves us a great deal of money) you can contact us via email at yogieandfriends@hotmail.com and our volunteer coordinator will call you as soon as possible.

SPONSOR A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT: FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a feline only, slow-acting virus. It is so slow to progress that most FIV+ cats die of old age. Once thought to be deadly and highly contagious, it has since been found to be neither. Just as HIV was once believed to be a death sentence for those afflicted, so it is still with FIV. Only in the case of cats, the mere diagnosis produces that death sentence. Fortunately there are many veterinarians who don’t believe that this is the case and this is why we got four FIV cats. We got them from veterinarians who did not want to kill them. We do NOT want these cats to die just because of this diagnosis either. They deserve the chance to live. And live they will with us. Now that we have our first FIV positive cats living comfortably in their new home at Yogie and Friends, they will need your support. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals. None of the Yogie volunteer staff receives ANY compensation for the work we do.

THANK YOU!: Thank you Kay R., Richard R., and Gloria T. (we want to respect their privacy) for your generous, and continued, support of our cats. We appreciate you and don’t want to let you know.

Donate Cash:

Donations of cash are what we need most. You can donate online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal.

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that some cats may be sponsored by more than one person, but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats.

You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:

Petey
Gatsby
Paisley
Sunny
VooDoo
Frazier
Bubba

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope
Elsa
Callie
Annabelle
Sarah
Blackie
Duncan
Anna
Elsa
Kristof
Kitler
Caspar
Powdah
Pia

You can also mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027

If you wish to make a donation on a regular basis and do not wish to use PayPal, your bank can set up automatic payments for you.

AMAZON WISH LIST: If you shop via Amazon.com you select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. They will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.

https://smile.amazon.com/

We also have an Amazon wish list to help with the feeding and caring of our feral cat colonies as well as the adoptable cats and kittens we are fostering. Please help if you can.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A2LGJPU9KN7C2N

We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding and any and all donations are appreciated as we continue to care for them. They are safe and well.

Money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the boarding of our big cats and for TNR. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

LOUISIANA AND TEXAS KROGER SHOPPERS: If you have not already done so, please don’t forget to get your Kroger Community Rewards linked to your Kroger Plus Card. Every time you shop at a Texas or Louisiana Kroger and use your Plus Card, Kroger will donate a portion of the sale to Yogie and Friends to help the FIV and other special needs cats we have at the sanctuary. Every little bit helps! Here is the link to enroll or sign in (if you are already enrolled). Choose us as your charity of choice… NPO #80724, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary (we will be fixing the name later, but it’s still all good). https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): CFC is in full swing right now, so if you are a Military member or Federal Employee we hope you will donate to Yogie and Friends via CFC. This program is easy and another good way to give financial assistance to the big cats. We hope you will please consider Yogie and Friends when making your CFC contribution. Our CFC number is 42427.

Recycle Ink Cartridges and Cell Phones: Please consider helping us with our recycling program. Please don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us. We recycle them and get cash for the cats. You can box up the cartridges; put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, and then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some to you.

Upcoming Events:

23 April 2016   11am – 4 pm  Yogie and Friends Spring Bake Sale

Petco, Youree Drive
Shreveport, LA

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Also, please continue heartworm prevention all year round and not just in the summer months. Heartworm disease can be transmitted all year.

Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter, The News

February 2016 Newsletter

Greetings Fellow Cat Lovers!

BoudreauxWe have a sad announcement to share. Our beloved cougar, Boudreaux, died on 23 January 2016. Boudreaux arrived at Yogie and Friends after his former owners divorced and said they could no longer keep him. He arrived at Yogie and Friends on 27 September 2003, at approximately 7 years of age. Boudreaux was a beloved pet and well treated by his former owners. They just could no longer care for him as individuals and found us to take him in. Boudreaux lived a long and wonderful life. He was a beloved favorite by so many of our staff and fans. He will be greatly missed.

We want to thank all our fans for making our fundraiser at Bella Nonnas Olive Oil and Vinegar – Tasting Bar a fun and successful event. Many of our fans have never been to or even heard of such a place and we all had so much fun. It was an educational experience and we got to meet up with our fans both old, and new. We also appreciate that this event also supported a locally owned business. We have made some new customers for them as well. Thank you again for coming out. We definitely plan more of these. Please go and check out Bella Nonnas at 1409 E. 70th street in Shreveport. You will be glad you did.

We are currently working on modifications to our property to support domestic cats. Since our property was designed to house larger cats the fences are not designed to contain the little guys. If you know anything about cats you know they are experts at getting out of places and climbing what you would think are impossible structures. Little by little we are taking down the 16 foot fences so that eventually there will be no chain link fences and there will be a more open environment for the cats to roam the property freely and safely. We will be installing specially designed cat fences so they cannot escape. We will sell, recycle, and donate (to other animal rescues), the fence and materials we will not need for our new venture. If you can volunteer your time and skills to help move us closer to this next step, please let us know. We cannot take in more cats until we complete the modifications.

PeteyPetey, one of our FIV positive kitties had been having a difficult time with upper respiratory infections, but he is now better and has been neutered. He is a very sweet boy and hope someone adopts this love bug. We want people to know that FIV is not a death sentence and you shouldn’t be afraid to love one, or more, of these beautiful cats.

Supplies: Our biggest needs at this time are cat food and cat litter. We are currently using Purina Complete and Purina Indoor Formula for dry food, and Friskies canned (all types). As far as cat litter we use Tidy Cat Scoopable without any scents in it such as Glade. Cats don’t like scented cat litter. We use no harsh chemical products for cleaning. For pest control we use food grade diatomaceous earth that we spread on the grounds. This is available at most feed stores. Also, washable blankets and throws are greatly appreciated. Please email us if you have any questions about helping with supplies.

Volunteers: We really need dedicated volunteers who are willing to help with our new mission of rescuing these special needs, domestic cats. Litter boxes need to be scooped, floors swept, catios cleaned, and cats need to be loved and socialized. We hope you will consider helping us make our mission a successful one. Please volunteer with us and make life a little nicer for these special cats. Now that we are not housing big cats, our volunteers do not have to be 18 or older. However, we do need you to have a current, valid driver’s license and a way to get yourself to the sanctuary to work if you volunteer. Since we currently do not have a landline at the facility (this saves us a great deal of money) you can contact us via email at yogieandfriends@hotmail.com and our volunteer coordinator will call you as soon as possible.

Feral Community Cats: Several of us here at Yogie and Friends do as much trap-spay/neuter-release (TNR) of feral community cats as we can, but not as much as there is need. If you would like to help with this effort we would be more than happy to train you, or put you in touch with Sheri’s TNR. If you have experience with TNR we would love to have your help. We humanely trap the cats, and then take them to Robinson’s Rescue to be spay/neutered, they receive a rabies vaccination, and are ear tipped, which lets us know the cat has been fixed. Let’s help get this need of overpopulation under control and have a good relationship for the community cats and humans in your neighborhood. You can make that difference.

Support a Special Needs Cat: FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a feline only, slow-acting virus. It is so slow to progress that most FIV+ cats die of old age. Once thought to be deadly and highly contagious, it has since been found to be neither. Just as HIV was once believed to be a death sentence for those afflicted, so it is still with FIV. Only in the case of cats, the mere diagnosis produces that death sentence. Fortunately there are many veterinarians who don’t believe that this is the case and this is why we got four FIV cats. We got them from veterinarians who did not want to kill them. We do NOT want these cats to die just because of this diagnosis either. They deserve the chance to live. And live they will with us. Now that we have our first FIV positive cats living comfortably in their new home at Yogie and Friends, they will need your support. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals. None of the Yogie volunteer staff receives ANY compensation for the work we do.

 

Donate Cash:

Donations of cash are what we need most. You can donate online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal.

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that some cats may be sponsored by more than one person, but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats.

You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:

Petey

Gatsby

Paisley

Sunny

VooDoo

Frazier

Bubba

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope

Elsa

Callie

Kristof

Annabelle

Kitler

Sarah

Caspar

Blackie

Powdah

Duncan

Pia

Anna

 

You can also mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027

If you wish to make a donation on a regular basis and do not wish to use PayPal, your bank can set up automatic payments for you.

Amazon: If you shop via Amazon.com you select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. They will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.

https://smile.amazon.com/

We also have an Amazon wish list to help with the feeding and caring of our feral cat colonies as well as the adoptable cats and kittens we are fostering. Please help if you can.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A2LGJPU9KN7C2N

We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding and any and all donations are appreciated as we continue to care for them. They are safe and well.

Money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the boarding of our big cats and for TNR. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

LOUISIANA AND TEXAS KROGER SHOPPERS: If you have not already done so, please don’t forget to get your Kroger Community Rewards linked to your Kroger Plus Card. Every time you shop at a Texas or Louisiana Kroger and use your Plus Card, Kroger will donate a portion of the sale to Yogie and Friends to help the FIV and other special needs cats we have at the sanctuary. Every little bit helps! Here is the link to enroll or sign in (if you are already enrolled). Choose us as your charity of choice… NPO #80724, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary (we will be fixing the name later, but it’s still all good). https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): CFC is in full swing right now, so if you are a Military member or Federal Employee we hope you will donate to Yogie and Friends via CFC. This program is easy and another good way to give financial assistance to the big cats. We hope you will please consider Yogie and Friends when making your CFC contribution. Our CFC number is 42427.

Recycle Ink Cartridges and Cell Phones: Please consider helping us with our recycling program. Please don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us. We recycle them and get cash for the cats. You can box up the cartridges; put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, and then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some to you.

 

Upcoming Events:

TBD                                       11am – 4 pm             Yogie and Friends Spring Bake Sale

Petco, Youree Drive,  Shreveport, LA

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Also, please continue heartworm prevention all year round and not just in the summer months. Heartworm disease can be transmitted all year.

Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter

January 2016 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

2016 is here. We hope and pray that all our fans and supporters had a safe and wonderful holiday season.

We are praying for 2016 to be a more positive, and less eventful, year. A year that helps save more cats and educate the public about the viruses often found in domestic cats.

Thank You! A special thank you goes to our webmasters Paige and Damon Bass for all they do to keep our website up and running. I know I often throw things at them and that it is a lot of work, but they do a great job for us and we know we could never do this without them. Believe us when we say how much we love and appreciate all they do for us. They are even working on updates and modifications to the site now to improve an already awesome site. Know that the work they do for us has not gone unnoticed or appreciated. Thank you both again!

Thank you to ALL our volunteer staff. Everyone at Yogie and Friends is a volunteer. Myself included. None of us receives any compensation for the work we do at the sanctuary because we want 100% of the proceeds to go to taking care of the animals. What your donation pays for is: Cat food, cat litter, veterinarian care, boarding of our big cats in Oklahoma, electric, water, and insurance. Our overhead is not huge, but we make sure our bills are paid and the animals are safe. So, thanks to our volunteers:

Andrea Labor

Damon and Paige Bass

Jaret Snow – Board Member

Vicki Volk – Board Member

Doug Efferson

Vanessa Efferson

Hannah Efferson

Kathy Cherry – Board Member

Alan Golden – Board Member

Celeste Alexander – Board Member

Tim Mills – Founder and Board Member

 

It takes a team to make it work!

We still have our eight remaining big cats in boarding in Oklahoma and they are doing amazing as always. Boudreaux is our old man at around 20 years old, but he is hanging in there. They love seeing us when we visit them.

We usually do a “Year in Review” on our New Year update, but choose not to this year since we would like to forget the bad and move on to the good with a clean slate.

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Christmas Bake Sale. It was an amazing fundraiser and we had a great time meeting new people and visiting with our regulars. We are grateful to those who remain loyal to our cause. Thank you again!

Feral Community Cats: Several of us here at Yogie and Friends do as much trap-spay/neuter-release (TNR) of feral community cats as we can, but not as much as there is need. If you would like to help with this effort we would be more than happy to train you. If you have experience with TNR we would love to have your help. We humanely trap the cats, and then take them to Robinson’s Rescue to be spay/neutered, they receive a rabies vaccination, and are ear tipped, which lets us know the cat has been fixed. Sometimes we catch the same cat and the ear tip is a universal sign the animal has already been spayed or neutered. This is an important service to help reduce the feral cat population. A well-managed feral cat community is a good thing. They also serve a purpose. They are not the worst thing you can have in your neighborhood, but we certainly would love to reduce this population humanely. The way to do that is through TNR. You can also contact Sherie’s TNR through the Krewe of Barkous and Meoux or through her page on Facebook. Let’s help get this need of overpopulation under control and have a good relationship for the community cats and humans in your neighborhood. You can make that difference.

 

Support a Special Needs Cat: FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a feline only, slow-acting virus. It is so slow to progress that most FIV+ cats die of old age. Once thought to be deadly and highly contagious, it has since been found to be neither. Just as HIV was once believed to be a death sentence for those afflicted, so it is still with FIV. Only in the case of cats, the mere diagnosis produces that death sentence. Fortunately there are many veterinarians who don’t believe that this is the case and this is why we got four FIV cats. We got them from veterinarians who did not want to kill them. We do NOT want these cats to die just because of this diagnosis either. They deserve the chance to live. And live they will with us. Now that we have our first FIV positive cats living comfortably in their new home at Yogie and Friends, they will need your support. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals. None of the Yogie volunteer staff receives ANY compensation for the work we do.

 

Volunteers: We really need dedicated volunteers who are willing to help with our new mission of rescuing these special needs, domestic cats. Litter boxes need to be scooped, floors swept, catios cleaned, and cats need to be loved and socialized. We hope you will consider helping us make our mission a successful one. Please volunteer with us and make life a little nicer for these special cats. Now that we are not housing big cats, our volunteers do not have to be 18 or older. However, we do need you to have a current, valid driver’s license and a way to get yourself to the sanctuary to work if you volunteer.

 

Wish List: As always, cash is king. We still have bills to pay. We have electric, water, veterinarian, and some construction bills. Some items we need are: Revolution for cats, cat food (currently we use 4 Health Grain Free and Friskies canned), cat litter (mostly Tidy Cat without Glade scented), and toys and treats. Cash is always easier since we can buy items at a rescue discount.

 

Donate Cash:

Donations of cash are what we need most. You can donate online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal.

 

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that some cats may be sponsored by more than one person, but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats.

You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:                     

Petey 

Gatsby 

Paisley

Sunny  

VooDoo    

Frazier 

Bubba  

 

 

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope

Callie

Annabelle

Sarah

Blackie

Duncan

Anna

Elsa

Kristof

Kitler

Caspar

Powdah

Pia

 

You can also mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends

128 Fob Lane

Frierson, LA 71027

 

If you wish to make a donation on a regular basis and do not wish to use PayPal, your bank can set up automatic payments for you.

Amazon: If you shop via Amazon.com you select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. They will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.

https://smile.amazon.com/

We also have an Amazon wish list to help with the feeding and caring of our feral cat colonies as well as the adoptable cats and kittens we are fostering. Please help if you can.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A2LGJPU9KN7C2N

 

We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding and any and all donations are appreciated as we continue to care for them. They are safe and well.

Money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the boarding of our big cats and for TNR. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

 

LOUISIANA AND TEXAS KROGER SHOPPERS: If you have not already done so, please don’t forget to get your Kroger Community Rewards linked to your Kroger Plus Card. Every time you shop at a Texas or Louisiana Kroger and use your Plus Card, Kroger will donate a portion of the sale to Yogie and Friends to help the FIV and other special needs cats we have at the sanctuary. Every little bit helps! Here is the link to enroll or sign in (if you are already enrolled). Choose us as your charity of choice… NPO #80724, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary (we will be fixing the name later, but it’s still all good). https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

 

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): CFC is in full swing right now, so if you are a Military member or Federal Employee we hope you will donate to Yogie and Friends via CFC. This program is easy and another good way to give financial assistance to the big cats. We hope you will please consider Yogie and Friends when making your CFC contribution. Our CFC number is 42427.

Recycle Ink Cartridges and Cell Phones: Please consider helping us with our recycling program. Please don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us. We recycle them and get cash for the cats. You can box up the cartridges; put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, and then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some to you.

 

Upcoming Events:

23 January 2016                 4pm – 6pm                Yogie and Friends Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting

                                                                                   Bella Nonna’s Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Bar

1409 E. 70th St., Suite 107

Shreveport, LA

 

31 January 2016                 12pm – 3pm              Yogie and Friends Vendor Booth

                                                                                    Barkous and Meoux Pet Parade

                                                                                    Former Location of Reeves Marine

Bossier Parkway, Bossier City, LA

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Also, please continue heartworm prevention all year round and not just in the summer months. Heartworm disease can be transmitted all year.

Jenny and The Yogie and Friends Gang!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter

December 2015 Newsletter

Hello Yogie Fans!

It’s December and we are all still trying to figure out where this year has gone.

Bailey

Bailey

Bailey: We are sad to announce that our little Bailey has crossed the rainbow bridge on December 2nd. Bailey was one of two of our cats who were both FIV and Feline Leukemia positive. Sadly, the Feline Leukemia cats seem to die younger that those with FIV. Bailey had started to decline over the past month and would not respond to any treatment. The fluid buildup in his lungs and abdomen were just too much for his little body to take so the kind, but extremely difficult, decision was made to give him the much needed rest and peace he so deserved. He now is running free. We will miss our sweet Bailey. More than anyone will know.

 

We want to introduce our newest cats, Petey: Petey is a sweet, long haired domestic, white and black cat. He is extremely sweet and was one hour from being euthanized. He is FIV positive and otherwise a very plump, and happy boy. He is not, but will be soon, neutered. He has an amazing personality and would make a wonderful pet for someone who knows, and understands, FIV and that it’s not a death sentence.

Duncan: Duncan is an orange, 12 – 14 week old kitten that was found by one of our volunteers, very sick, scared, and injured. He looks pretty rough after a bout with ringworm, which has been treated, and as is often the case with young cats and kittens, was wormy and malnourished. He was a feral and needs special love and attention. After 10 days at the vet in quarantine and treatment, he is now in the Tigger habitat with the other non-FIV/FeLV cats. Duncan is available for adoption, but only to a special adopter who will be patient and understanding to his shyness. Time, love, and tenderness will be key to his personality development.

Support a Special Needs Cat: FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a feline only, slow-acting virus. It is so slow to progress that most FIV+ cats die of old age. Once thought to be deadly and highly contagious, it has since been found to be neither. Just as HIV was once believed to be a death sentence for those afflicted, so it is still with FIV. Only in the case of cats, the mere diagnosis produces that death sentence. Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus that infects cats. FeLV can be transmitted from infected cats when the transfer of saliva or nasal secretions is involved. If not defeated by the animal’s immune system, the virus can cause diseases which can be lethal. One disease caused by this virus is a form of cancer of the blood cells called lymphocytes (a leukemia).We sadly do lose more cats to FeLV issues, and much faster. But, they still deserve a chance. Fortunately there are many veterinarians who don’t believe that all these cats should immediately be euthanized. We often get them from veterinarians who did not want to kill them. We do NOT want these cats to die just because of this diagnosis either. They deserve the chance to live. And live they will with us. Now that we have our first FIV/FeLV positive cats living comfortably in their new home at Yogie and Friends, they will need your support. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals. None of the Yogie volunteer staff receives ANY compensation for the work we do.

Christmas Bake Sale: Yogie and Friends Cat Sanctuary will hold their Christmas Bake Sale at Petco, Youree Drive, Shreveport, on Saturday, December 19th from 11am – 4pm. As usual we will have our amazing gift items just in time for you to pick up something for your gift giving, while at the same time helping our animals.

Our Big Cats: Tim and Doug went up to Oklahoma last month to visit with our big cats. They are doing amazing and are happy, healthy, and still thriving. We still support our 8 remaining big cats in boarding. We still need your help with the boarding of our beloved, but guys and hope you will continue to help.

Volunteers: We really need dedicated volunteers who are willing to help with our new mission of rescuing these special needs, domestic cats. Litter boxes need to be scooped, floors swept, catios cleaned, and cats need to be loved and socialized. We hope you will consider helping us make our mission a successful one. Please volunteer with us and make life a little nicer for these special cats. Now that we are not housing big cats, our volunteers do not have to be 18 or older. However, we do need you to have a current, valid driver’s license and a way to get yourself to the sanctuary to work if you volunteer.

Wish List: As always, cash is king. We still have bills to pay. We have electric, water, veterinarian, and some construction bills. Some items we need are: Revolution for cats, cat food (currently we use 4 Health Grain Free and Friskies canned), cat litter (mostly Tidy Cat without Glade scented), and toys and treats. Cash is always easier since we can buy items at a rescue discount.

Donate Cash:

Donations of cash are what we need most. You can donate online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal.

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that some cats may be sponsored by more than one person, but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats.

You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

 

FIV Cats:

Petey

Olaf

Gatsby

Paisley

Sunny

VooDoo

Frazier

Bubba

Other Cats:

Freddie Kroger (Adopted)

Hope

Patches (Adopted)

Callie

Annabelle

Powdah

Blackie

Sarah

Kitler

Possum (Adopted)

Mini (Adopted)

Biscuits

Caspar

Pia

Layla

Miss Kitty

Cash

Cookie

You can also mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends

128 Fob Lane

Frierson, LA 71027

If you wish to make a donation on a regular basis and do not wish to use PayPal, your bank can set up automatic payments for you.

Adoptable Cats/Kittens: We still have several kittens in foster care that we can use your help with. Many have already been spayed/neutered and are current on vaccinations. We will be working with SBAR as well regarding getting our fur babies adopted. We have an Amazon Wish List with a list of much needed supplies for these kittens.

Amazon: If you shop via Amazon.com you select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. They will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.

https://smile.amazon.com/

We also have an Amazon wish list to help with the feeding and caring of our feral cat colonies as well as the adoptable cats and kittens we are fostering. Please help if you can.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A2LGJPU9KN7C2N

We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding and any and all donations are appreciated as we continue to care for them. They are safe and well.

Money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the boarding of our big cats and for TNR. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

 

LOUISIANA AND TEXAS KROGER SHOPPERS: If you have not already done so, please don’t forget to get your Kroger Community Rewards linked to your Kroger Plus Card. Every time you shop at a Texas or Louisiana Kroger and use your Plus Card, Kroger will donate a portion of the sale to Yogie and Friends to help the FIV and other special needs cats we have at the sanctuary. Every little bit helps! Here is the link to enroll or sign in (if you are already enrolled). Choose us as your charity of choice… NPO #80724, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary (we will be fixing the name later, but it’s still all good). https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): CFC is in full swing right now, so if you are a Military member or Federal Employee we hope you will donate to Yogie and Friends via CFC. This program is easy and another good way to give financial assistance to the big cats. We hope you will please consider Yogie and Friends when making your CFC contribution. Our CFC number is 42427.

Recycle Ink Cartridges and Cell Phones: Please consider helping us with our recycling program. Please don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us. We recycle them and get cash for the cats. You can box up the cartridges; put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, and then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some to you.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

19 December 2015             11am – 4pm              Christmas Bake Sale at Petco

Petco 6596 Youree DriveShreveport, LA

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Please have a safe and happy holiday season. Please consider the fur babies during your holiday gift giving. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

The Yogie and Friends Gang!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter

November 2015 Newsletter

Hello!

Hard to believe it’s already November. Where has this year gone? It has been a difficult one for us, but one we look forward to soon putting behind us and moving on toward a positive, new beginning for us both personally and professionally at Yogie and Friends. We can only do so with the amazing support we’ve been getting from our loyal fans. The truth has, and will, continue to prevail.

Bake Sale and Fundraiser:

Thank you everyone who came out in the awful weather to support our animals at our bake sale. We honestly did not think we would do as well as we did because the weather really was very bad. It just goes to show you how much our fans and supporters really care. Thank you so much!

 

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Freddy Kroger

We want to introduce our newest cat, Freddie Kroger:
On Halloween I received a message from a friend working at the new Kroger Marketplace that is soon to open on Airline Drive in Bossier City. She said there was a kitten inside the store they could hear crying and needed help catching it and getting it safely out of the store. I went to the store and assessed the situation. I will say kittens manage to get themselves into some awkward spots. This was no exception.

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Freddy Kroger

I went back the next morning and set a safe capture trap in the pharmacy where we saw the kitten and placed some sardines in the trap. I received a text the next morning that we successfully caught the little guy. He is a very sweet, and loving, possibly 8 to 12 week old, gray tabby kitten.

Good news! He is already adopted and going to his forever home this coming Sunday the 8th. We are thrilled to have him adopted already. We have strict guidelines for adoption to ensure only the best future for our cats/kittens.

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Freddy Kroger


Paws in Paradise:

Paws in Paradise

Yogie and Friends Cat Sanctuary will have a booth this coming Saturday, November 7th from 10 am – 3 pm will be Paws in Paradise event at Margaritaville Casino in Bossier City. This is Margaritaville’s first annual fundraiser and adoption event to help fund and provide an adoption opportunity, for the local 501c3 rescues. We will have our amazing tee shirts, Cardew Collectible ceramic tea pots, cups, and more to help raise much needed funds for all our Yogie cats, big and small. Dr. Wise of Wise Choice Animal Hospital will be doing $20 microchipping as well. This is an amazing opportunity for you to get your dogs and/or cats microchipped at an amazing price. This is going to be a very fun event. Come out and support your local rescues.

Dedication: We are working on a future date to dedicate the two buildings housing our domestic cats at Yogie and Friends. The houses will be named in memory and honor of two special people who meant the world to us. It’s just a small way for us to honor their memories.

Our Big Cats: We still support our 8 remaining big cats in boarding in Oklahoma. They are safe, happy, and healthy, and we get to visit them often.

Volunteers: We always need volunteer help. Now that we are not housing big cats, our volunteers do not have to be 18 or older. However, we do need you to have a current, valid driver’s license and a way to get yourself to the sanctuary to work if you volunteer. Also, just spending time loving on the cats so they get that much needed human attention. If you are interested and can help, then please do.

Wish List: As always, cash is king. We still have bills to pay. We have electric, water, veterinarian, and some construction bills. Some items we need are: Revolution for cats, cat food (currently we use 4 Health Grain Free and Friskies canned), cat litter (mostly Tidy Cat without Glade scented), and toys and treats. Cash is always easier since we can buy items at a rescue discount.

Support a Special Needs Cat: FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a feline only, slow-acting virus. It is so slow to progress that most FIV+ cats die of old age. Once thought to be deadly and highly contagious, it has since been found to be neither. Just as HIV was once believed to be a death sentence for those afflicted, so it is still with FIV. Only in the case of cats, the mere diagnosis produces that death sentence. Fortunately there are many veterinarians who don’t believe that this is the case and this is why we got four FIV cats. We got them from veterinarians who did not want to kill them. We do NOT want these cats to die just because of this diagnosis either. They deserve the chance to live. And live they will with us. Now that we have our first FIV positive cats living comfortably in their new home at Yogie and Friends, they will need your support. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals. None of the Yogie volunteer staff receives ANY compensation for the work we do.

 

Donate Cash:

Donations of cash are what we need most. You can donate online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal.

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that some cats may be sponsored by more than one person, but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats.

You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.


Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV Cats:

  • Olaf
  • Gatsby
  • Paisley
  • Sunny
  • VooDoo
  • Frazier
  • Bailey
  • Bubba

 

Other Cats:

  • Freddie Kroger (Adopted)
  • Hope
  • Patches (Adopted)
  • Callie
  • Annabelle
  • Powdah
  • Blackie
  • Sarah
  • Kitler
  • Possum (Adopted)
  • Mini (Adopted)
  • Biscuits
  • Caspar
  • Pia
  • Layla
  • Miss Kitty
  • Cash
  • Cookie

 

You can also mail your donations to us at:

  • Yogie and Friends
    128 Fob Lane
    Frierson, LA 71027

If you wish to make a donation on a regular basis and do not wish to use PayPal, your bank can set up automatic payments for you.

Adoptable Cats/Kittens: We still have several kittens in foster care that we can use your help with. Many have already been spayed/neutered and are current on vaccinations. We will be working with SBAR as well regarding getting our fur babies adopted. We have an Amazon Wish List with a list of much needed supplies for these kittens.

Amazon: If you shop via Amazon.com you select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. They will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.

https://smile.amazon.com/

We also have an Amazon wish list to help with the feeding and caring of our feral cat colonies as well as the adoptable cats and kittens we are fostering. Please help if you can.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A2LGJPU9KN7C2N

We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding and any and all donations are appreciated as we continue to care for them. They are safe and well.

Money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the boarding of our big cats and for TNR. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

LOUISIANA AND TEXAS KROGER SHOPPERS: If you have not already done so, please don’t forget to get your Kroger Community Rewards linked to your Kroger Plus Card. Every time you shop at a Texas or Louisiana Kroger and use your Plus Card, Kroger will donate a portion of the sale to Yogie and Friends to help the FIV and other special needs cats we have at the sanctuary. Every little bit helps! Here is the link to enroll or sign in (if you are already enrolled). Choose us as your charity of choice… NPO #80724, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary (we will be fixing the name later, but it’s still all good). https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): CFC is in full swing right now, so if you are a Military member or Federal Employee we hope you will donate to Yogie and Friends via CFC. This program is easy and another good way to give financial assistance to the big cats. We hope you will please consider Yogie and Friends when making your CFC contribution. Our CFC number is 42427.

Recycle Ink Cartridges and Cell Phones: Please consider helping us with our recycling program. Please don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us. We recycle them and get cash for the cats. You can box up the cartridges; put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, and then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some to you.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

 

7 November 2015               10am – 3pm              Paws in Paradise

Margaritaville Casino

Bossier City, LA

 

19 December 2015             11am – 4pm              Petco

6596 Youree Drive

Shreveport, LA

 

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Also, please continue heartworm prevention all year round and not just in the summer months. Heartworm disease can be transmitted all year.

 

 

 

The Yogie and Friends Gang!

 


Posted in Monthly Newsletter

October 2015 Newsletter

Hello Fans!

October is here and thankfully some cooler weather is finally upon us. We, and the animals, are loving the cooler days. It also makes it a lot easier for us to complete the modifications on the habitats for the domestic cats.

I want to thank our fans for standing by us through all the lies and false allegations against Yogie and Friends and being there for us. It’s very difficult to fight lies on social media and that is why we choose not to have a Facebook page at this time. We don’t want to expend time and effort fighting all the threats toward us and negative comments in social media. It doesn’t do any good anyway. We have had personal family losses during this fight (my mother in January and our Vice President’s husband in April). We are still in mourning for our lost family members, as well as our animal family. And sadly, the fight is not over. So, we just want you to know how much we appreciate you and are grateful to those of you who have visited us throughout our 14 wonderful years as a big cat rescue. We need your continued support and prayers now more than ever as we move on in this new direction. Thank you so much!

Wabbajack

Wabbajack

Wabbajack the kitten: We want to thank everyone who helped by donating to Wabbajack’s veterinarian bill. He had exploratory surgery and that never yielded any answers. There were some questionable things in his intestines regarding motility, but it still left us without any definitive diagnosis. He is, however, doing very well now and back with his foster family. We fell short of our goal, but the final tally of the care he received was $2500. We are just very happy he is well and thriving. Thank you again for caring.

Buddy: We are sad to report that one of the four cats we received when their owner died in July has himself, died. We are always sad when we lose any animal and it’s never easy for us to say goodbye. We just hope he is healthy and happy and in the loving arms of his late owner, Johnny, and playing like a young kitten. We will miss Buddy.

Hope 08_nHope: Hope was a kitten we received from Ninna’s Road to Rescue because she tested positive for FIV. Since we knew that young kittens can test false positive for viruses we waited till she was about 5 months old and retested her. We are happy to report she has tested NEGATIVE for ALL viruses. She is now living with the non-FIV cats and is adoptable. Yay Hope!

We want to introduce our newest cats, Bailey and Maggie Mae:

Bailey is a very sweet and affectionate FIV positive boy that we received from our friends at Shreveport Bossier Animal Rescue (SBAR). Our partners at SBAR see the value in keeping cats like Bailey alive and we were happy to help give him a forever home with us at Yogie and Friends. Bailey is about 3 -5 years old, happy, cuddly, and a joy to have with us. Welcome aboard Bailey.

Maggie Mae: Maggie Mae is a 4 month old long-haired Tortie I found in my neighborhood and just finished quarantine. She is also virus negative and being prepared for adoption. She is still very shy and timid and bonded with me, but we are socializing her with other people and cats.

american bobcat

Taz

Taz the Bobcat: Taz is our very old bobcat that has lived with us at Yogie and Friends since 2004. In December 2014 we sent in our paperwork for permit renewal, as we have done since 2002, and we were inspected by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) on September 10th. LDWF was happy with his habitat and care, but there seems to be some question as to a new requirement to keep Taz at Yogie and Friends that we are awaiting for some word back on. Please keep us in your prayers regarding this issue because we don’t want to have to relocate Taz after all these years. If we do, he will go to the GW Zoo in Oklahoma to join the rest of our Yogie and Friends cats in boarding there. Pray that this will NOT be the case. We want him to live out the rest of his life with those of us he has known and loved for most of his life.

Work Completion: We have completed the outdoor catio for the FIV positive cat house, but since these cats are in close proximity to our bobcat they will not be allowed outdoors in the catio. There are concerns that they will make Taz sick, so we will just keep them indoors, which they are fine with.

The Non-FIV positive cats located in Tigger’s old habitat now have an indoor building to go in and out of. We are using the hurricane rated cell phone tower buildings as their house and they are really cool. They have heat and air for all seasons. The cats are loving it.

Our Big Cats: We still support our 8 remaining big cats in boarding in Oklahoma. They are safe, happy, and healthy, and we get to visit them often.

Volunteers: We need volunteer help. Now that we are not housing big cats, our volunteers do not have to be 18 or older. However, we do need you to have a current, valid driver’s license and a way to get yourself to the sanctuary to work if you volunteer. Too many times in the past people had to depend on others for transportation to the sanctuary and that doesn’t always work out and left us in a bind for help on work days. Volunteering can be anything from fundraising, cleaning litter boxes and cat dishes to mowing and weed eating the property, as well as carpentry skills. Also, just spending time loving on the cats so they get that much needed human attention. If you are interested and can help, then please do.

Wish List: As always, cash is king. We still have bills to pay. We have electric, water, veterinarian, and some construction bills. Some items we need are: Revolution for cats, cat food (currently we use 4 Health Grain Free and Friskies canned), cat litter (mostly Tidy Cat without Glade scented), and toys and treats. Cash is always easier since we can buy items at a rescue discount

Support a Special Needs Cat: FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a feline only, slow-acting virus. It is so slow to progress that most FIV+ cats die of old age. Once thought to be deadly and highly contagious, it has since been found to be neither. Just as HIV was once believed to be a death sentence for those afflicted, so it is still with FIV. Only in the case of cats, the mere diagnosis produces that death sentence. Fortunately there are many veterinarians who don’t believe that this is the case and this is why we got four FIV cats. We got them from veterinarians who did not want to kill them. We do NOT want these cats to die just because of this diagnosis either. They deserve the chance to live. And live they will with us. Now that we have our first FIV positive cats living comfortably in their new home at Yogie and Friends, they will need your support. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals. None of the Yogie volunteer staff receives ANY compensation for the work we do.

Bake Sale and Fundraiser: We will have our ever popular bake sale at Petco on Youree Drive in Shreveport on October 24th from 11am-4pm. If you can help with baking please let us know. Vegetarian and Vegan baking are needed. We love this event. So do our fans!

 

Donate Cash:

Donations of cash are what we need most. You can donate online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal.

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that some cats may be sponsored by more than one person, but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats.

You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

 

FIV Cats:

 

Olaf

Gatsby

Paisley

Sunny

VooDoo

Frazier

Bailey

Bubba

 

Other Cats:

 

Hope

Patches

Callie

Annabelle

Powdah

Sarah

Kitler

Possum (Adopted)

Mini (Adopted)

Biscuits

Caspar

Pia

Layla

Miss Kitty

Cash

Cookie

 

You can also mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends

128 Fob Lane

Frierson, LA 71027

 

If you wish to make a donation on a regular basis and do not wish to use PayPal, your bank can set up automatic payments for you.

Adoptable Cats/Kittens: We still have several kittens in foster care that we can use your help with. Many have already been spayed/neutered and are current on vaccinations. We will be working with SBAR as well regarding getting our fur babies adopted. We have an Amazon Wish List with a list of much needed supplies for these kittens.

Amazon: If you shop via Amazon.com you select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. They will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.

https://smile.amazon.com/

We also have an Amazon wish list to help with the feeding and caring of our feral cat colonies as well as the adoptable cats and kittens we are fostering. Please help if you can.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A2LGJPU9KN7C2N

We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding and any and all donations are appreciated as we continue to care for them. They are safe and well.

Money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the boarding of our big cats and for TNR. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

LOUISIANA AND TEXAS KROGER SHOPPERS: If you have not already done so, please don’t forget to get your Kroger Community Rewards linked to your Kroger Plus Card. Every time you shop at a Texas or Louisiana Kroger and use your Plus Card, Kroger will donate a portion of the sale to Yogie and Friends to help the FIV and other special needs cats we have at the sanctuary. Every little bit helps! Here is the link to enroll or sign in (if you are already enrolled). Choose us as your charity of choice… NPO #80724, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary (we will be fixing the name later, but it’s still all good). https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): CFC is in full swing right now, so if you are a Military member or Federal Employee we hope you will donate to Yogie and Friends via CFC. This program is easy and another good way to give financial assistance to the big cats. We hope you will please consider Yogie and Friends when making your CFC contribution. Our CFC number is 42427.

Recycle Ink Cartridges and Cell Phones: Please consider helping us with our recycling program. Please don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us. We recycle them and get cash for the cats. You can box up the cartridges; put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, and then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some to you.

Upcoming Events:

24 October 2015                 11am – 4pm              Fall Bake Sale and Fundraiser

Petco

6595 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA

 

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Also, please continue heartworm prevention all year round and not just in the summer months. Heartworm disease can be transmitted all year.

 

The Yogie and Friends Gang!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter, The News

September 2015 Newsletter

Hello Yogie Fans!

It’s finally September, but it still feels like summer here in the south so please don’t forget to provide cool, fresh water, and shelter from the direct sun and heat for any outside animals you may have. Also, don’t stop using flea and heartworm preventions. That’s something you need all year round.

Help Us Save Wabbajack the kitten! We have a young cat, just five months old, being fostered by one of our volunteers and he is very sick. We really need your help to save Wabbajack. As of this writing we have already paid $1500 for his vet care and he is not out of the woods. Speaking with the ER vet this morning he is going to need more diagnostics to rule out other viruses. We really, really, want to save this sweet boy. We may be going beyond the $3000 we are trying to raise via GoFundMe. We will update as we know more. But please, if you can help us with his medical bills please do. We thank you so much!

 

Wabbajack

Wabbajack

Here is the GoFundMe link for this fundraiser that you can share with your friends on Facebook: http://www.gofundme.com/4q35uk6w



LOUISIANA AND TEXAS KROGER SHOPPERS!!
If you have not already done so, please don’t forget to get your Kroger Community Rewards linked to your Kroger Plus Card. Every time you shop at a Texas or Louisiana Kroger and use your Plus Card, Kroger will donate a portion of the sale to Yogie and Friends to help the FIV and other special needs cats we have at the sanctuary. Every little bit helps! Here is the link to enroll or sign in (if you are already enrolled). Choose us as your charity of choice… NPO #80724, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary (we will be fixing the name later, but it’s still all good). https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards


 

We want to introduce our newest cat, Blackie:

 

Blackie

Blackie

Blackie is a very, very, shy, maybe six month old, solid black cat. He was brought to us from one of our supporters as a survivor of a community colony of cats being killed by coyotes. He may never socialize with us, but he is safe. We are constantly working with cats like him in the hopes we can get them over their fear of us. If not, then that’s okay too. They will always have a good home with us.

Changes and new direction: We still support our 8 remaining big cats in boarding in Oklahoma. It’s one of the hardest things for us every time we visit them and have to say goodbye again. It’s never, ever, easy. But! They are safe, happy, and healthy! So now, we must, for our emotional health and well-being, move on in this new direction for the special needs domestic cats. One way we are doing this is the very painful repurposing of our property. This means taking down the cat name signs on the habitats (but we have a friend who is making a special remembrance for us to display at the sanctuary), removing the big cat toys and bringing them to Oklahoma, taking down the fence and habitats as they are now and remodeling them to accommodate small, domestic cats (we are donating the fence materials to Lumberjack Rescue in Springhill since it is more than we will need and they very much need it), and then remodeling for the little cats. You can see in the photos the progress of the catio we are making on the old gift shop. It is so close to completion and then the cats inside will be able to enjoy going indoors and outdoors in safety from humans and predators. Once this is finished we will continue work on the building we will adjoin to Tigger’s old habitat for the other cats. It’s coming along nicely, but we do need volunteers to help make it work.

Volunteers: We need volunteer help. Now that we are not housing big cats, our volunteers do not have to be 18 or older. However, we do need you to have a current, valid driver’s license and a way to get yourself to the sanctuary to work if you volunteer. Too many times in the past people had to depend on others for transportation to the sanctuary and that doesn’t always work out and left us in a bind for help on work days. Volunteering can be anything from fundraising, cleaning litter boxes and cat dishes to mowing and weed eating the property, as well as carpentry skills. Also, just spending time loving on the cats so they get that much needed human attention. If you are interested and can help, then please do.

Wish List: As always, cash is king. We still have bills to pay. We have electric, water, veterinarian, and some construction bills. Some items we need are: Revolution for cats, cat food (currently we use 4 Health Grain Free and Friskies canned), cat litter (mostly Tidy Cat without Glade scented), and toys and treats. Cash is always easier since we can buy items at a rescue discount.

Support a Special Needs Cat: FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a feline only, slow-acting virus. It is so slow to progress that most FIV+ cats die of old age. Once thought to be deadly and highly contagious, it has since been found to be neither. Just as HIV was once believed to be a death sentence for those afflicted, so it is still with FIV. Only in the case of cats, the mere diagnosis produces that death sentence. Fortunately there are many veterinarians who don’t believe that this is the case and this is why we got four FIV cats. We got them from veterinarians who did not want to kill them. We do NOT want these cats to die just because of this diagnosis either. They deserve the chance to live. And live they will with us. Now that we have our first FIV positive cats living comfortably in their new home at Yogie and Friends, they will need your support. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals. None of the Yogie volunteer staff receives ANY compensation for the work we do.

Bake Sale and Fundraiser: We will have our ever popular bake sale at Petco on Youree Drive in Shreveport on October 24th from 11am-4pm. If you can help with baking please let us know. Vegetarian and Vegan baking are needed. We love this event. So do our fans!

Donate Cash:

Donations of cash are what we need most. You can donate online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal.

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that some cats may be sponsored by more than one person, but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats.

You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV Cats:

Olaf

Gatsby

Paisley

Sunny

VooDoo

Hope

Bubba

 

Other Cats (Photos and Bios coming soon)

Patches

Buddy

Callie

Annabelle

Powdah

Kitler

Possum (Adopted)

Mini (Adopted)

Biscuits

Caspar

Pia

Layla

Miss Kitty

Cash

Cookie

 

You can also mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends

128 Fob Lane

Frierson, LA 71027

If you wish to make a donation on a regular basis and do not wish to use PayPal, your bank can set up automatic payments for you.

Our Big Cats: Putty Tat and Gomez, two of our beloved tigers, now have a much larger habitat and they are thrilled. It looks almost like Putty Tat was smiling when he was moved. At a cost of $8500 we think it was well worth it. We are raising the funds to reimburse for this new habitat and appreciate any and all help our fans can provide. You will see in the pics just how nice the new digs are. We will post a gofundme link to help with this.

Adoptable Cats/Kittens: We still have several kittens in foster care that we can use your help with. Many have already been spayed/neutered and are current on vaccinations. Some of these adoptable cats/kittens will be available at Unleashed Premium Pets and Supplies on Benton Road in Bossier City, Louisiana. This way we can ensure they are going to good homes. We have an Amazon Wish List with a list of much needed supplies for these kittens.

Amazon: If you shop via Amazon.com you select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. They will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.

https://smile.amazon.com/

We also have an Amazon wish list to help with the feeding and caring of our feral cat colonies as well as the adoptable cats and kittens we are fostering. Please help if you can.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A2LGJPU9KN7C2N

We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding and any and all donations are appreciated as we continue to care for them. They are safe and well.

Money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the boarding of our big cats and for TNR. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): CFC is in full swing right now, so if you are a Military member or Federal Employee we hope you will donate to Yogie and Friends via CFC. This program is easy and another good way to give financial assistance to the big cats. We hope you will please consider Yogie and Friends when making your CFC contribution. Our CFC number is 42427.

Recycle Ink Cartridges and Cell Phones: Please consider helping us with our recycling program. Please don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us. We recycle them and get cash for the cats. You can box up the cartridges; put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, and then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some to you.

 

Upcoming Events:

24 October 2015                 11am – 4pm              Fall Bake Sale and Fundraiser

Petco

6595 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Also, please continue heartworm prevention all year round and not just in the summer months. Heartworm disease can be transmitted all year.

The Yogie and Friends Gang!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter