September 2017 Newsletter

Hello Yogie Fans!

We want to assure our fans that Yogie and Friends is okay from Hurricane Harvey. We are in the Northwest corner of Louisiana and the only thing we experienced from this storm was some heavy rain and some wind. All of our animals and humans are safe. Now on to the recovery part for our friends who were heavily impacted. 

Adoption: As you know, Yogie and Friends IS a forever home for the FIV/FeLV positive cats. But, if someone is interested in adopting one of these sweet cats, and there is some interest due to a person already having a positive cat, or they just fall in love with one or more of our cats, we will adopt out our cats. We do an application process like any other rescue.

Recently we had a friend of the veterinarian who brought us King, say they were ready to love another cat. Their cat had died some time ago and they were ready to love another. Their friend told them about King.

King had lived with a family in a multiple cat house hold and they said he began fighting with their other cat. Being FIV+ they were afraid and that is why we got King. King lived up to his name. He was our biggest cat. He never fought with any of our current residents.

King was adopted by the Collins family in Shreveport, and they love him and we can tell King is loving his new life with them. This makes us very happy.

We would love more cats to get adopted like this so we could save more.

Fall Bake Sale: We hope you will make it to our Fall Bake Sale on September 23rd. The bake sales are one of our best events to help us raise funds for our animals and we depend on our fans for this. Please share as much as possible and let’s make these events even bigger and better! We thank Petco on Youree Drive in Shreveport for continuing to let us do our bake sales at their store.

Cat Litter: We are currently in desperate need of Scoopable cat litter. We usually get great pallet sales at the Barksdale Air Force Base commissary, but a change in vendors and management has negatively impacted these deals. So, we need your help. We find the Arm & Hammer Scoopable litter to be very, very, dusty. We usually bought pallets of Tidy Cat Scoopable litter (except for lightweight, which is not good for young cats). We found that the Wal-Mart Special Kitty (40-pound box) to be the best value at the moment and we have been buying that. But, we will take any Scoopable litter right now as we really need it. You can send a monetary donation to us and we will pick up the litter, since shipping it is costly, or contact us for a pickup place. Please help us with this. We need you.

New Cat Building: The new cat building is built. It only took six hours, which is another reason we like this type of building. Gemco builds them on site and makes it so much better. And, being a metal building there is less maintenance on the outside of it. We got a 12 x 24 Gemco metal building. We did a fundraiser on Facebook for the building, but fell short (we raised $3911) and the building cost $5264.40. It was purchased as two years same as cash, so we can do this. I painted the floor in the building as an extra protective seal.

We are now ready for the electrical to be installed. Once that is done the next steps will be insulation, drywall, painting, installing vinyl floor, and carpentry trimming. The outdoor patio/catio part will be last since it will be a bit more involved. The rest of the costs are to purchase insulation, drywall, electrical materials, AC and heater units, overhead lights, and ceiling fan. We will also need to purchase lumber such as plywood to put the lofts in and build cat walks. We are working on using skilled volunteers to do this work. We have that for the electrician. If you can help us make this possible much faster you can donate via PayPal at or by mailing a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

More of a cost breakdown for the building:

Building  12×24                    $5264.40
Flooring                                 $ 755.99
Insulation                              $210.43
Drywall                                   $281.60
Lights                                     $175.88
Ceiling Fans                         $140.00

Miscellaneous Materials such as concrete, lumber, nails, mud, paint, etc.


Bissell Partners for Pets: We have recently been accepted into the Bissell Partners for Pets program and we hope that this helps us and many needy pets in our community. More to come regarding this program.

Our Needs: We always need cat litter. We use Scoopable cat litter, preferably unscented or very little scent, cat food (Purina Cat Chow Complete dry), and canned (usually Friskies pate’ or shreds, and Fancy Feast pate’).

Since we have the normal operational costs of electric, water, gas, and of course, Veterinary care, we need cash. Cash is very important to our caring for the cats and none of us get paid at Yogie and Friends. 100% of your tax-deductible donations go to the animal’s care.

Donations of cash can be done in several ways, online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal. Or you can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027

Louisiana and Texas Kroger Shoppers: If you have not already done so, it’s time to relink your Kroger Community Rewards 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).

Recycle Ink Cartridges: New labels have arrived and are available for you to ship cartridges out for recycling. Please consider helping us with our recycling program.  Don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us or let us mail you the labels so you can send them out directly and save us a step. 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.

Facebook: Please like and follow us on Facebook at Yogie and Friends Special Needs Cats. 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.

SPONSOR A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT:  We need sponsors for our cats. We hope that is you. 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.


Sponsors Needed:

Please note that more than one person may sponsor some cats, 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:                               Non-Positive Cats:

Petey                                                                                      Hope                          Elsa

Gatsby                                                                                    Kristoff                       Barney

Paisley                                                                                   Anna                          Duncan

Sunny                                                                                    Casper                       Muff

VooDoo                                                                                 Blackie                       Penelope

Frazier                                                                                    Luna                           Duckie

Bubba                                                                                     Lucy                           Smudge

Nimitz                                                                                     Squeak                      Smokey

Dotsey                                                                                    Bandit                        Snowball

Bruno                                                                                     Natasha                     Boo

Alex                                                                                        Miss Kitty                   Blacky

Ursula                                                                                     Max




You can mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027 

If you wish to donate 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 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.

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.


We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding 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.

Upcoming Events:

23 Sept 2017                 11am – 4 pm       11am – 4 pm Fall Bake Sale and Fundraiser

                                                                       Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport

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!

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