July 2019 Newsletter

It looks like July is starting off with a bang, and not just with fireworks!


NATASHA: We are sad to report the death of our sweet, Russian Blue, kitty, Natasha, on June 14th. Natasha was about 14 years old and we rescued her from a woman who was unable to continue to care for her, or her son, Boris. She was a very sweet cat and she enjoyed a good life with us at Yogie and Friends. We will miss her.

We try and take a break in between our events and get some rest and network with other cat rescues to help get cats and kittens adopted. It’s another reason we, as individuals, choose to foster. Fostering is both difficult and rewarding. Difficult in that we must let a sweet animal go to a new, forever, home and we will miss them. Rewarding in the fact we know we helped save a life. We realize we cannot save them all, but we try hard to save as many as possible. If we can just get more people to spay and neuter their pets in order to control the pet population, then we can save so many more.

I personally am fostering five kittens for a local rescue. The only reason I agreed to help them is that I know they will get them adopted and not abandon them with me. It gets quite overwhelming with texts, emails, phone calls, and Facebook, messages, with a bunch of requests to take kittens, or adult, cats, only to have to say “No” to the requesters. It’s very hard on us.

Please, spay and neuter your pets!

FACILITY UPDATE: Now that all of the exotics are no longer with us in Frierson, we have recently opened up the Serval and Bobcat pens, connected that to the pen the FIV cats use, and now they have more than 2600 square feet of outdoor enclosure to enjoy being outside, but safe from any predators, and they cannot get out and injured, or, killed. It’s so roomy and they love it.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Your donations are the most important thing to help us with our animals. We are a 501(C)(3) non-profit, in good standing. Your donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. We can really use help with funds to buy food, veterinarian care, and everyday care of the wellbeing of the animals. Thank you for your support.

CRITICAL NEEDS: Vet care is always a primary need. Scoopable cat litter, preferable unscented, but we will take any, as well as cat food, are a given. We feed Friskies or Fancy Feast canned pate, or Purina Cat Chow complete. We do have some on an expensive urinary tract formula that we have to get at the vet. We go through a tremendous amount of cat litter. If you can help with a monetary donation, please do. We really hope you can help us in this area.

Benny & Joon



MILLIE, BENNY, & JOON: On June 15th I was driving to pick up a friend when I saw two young kittens walking down the sidewalk close to her house. I couldn’t ignore them, so I stopped, and they were very friendly kittens. I heard a meow from the bushes, and it was their mother. I found a bowl near the house with a “FOR RENT” sign on it and gave them water. They were very thirsty. Mom was also very sweet and accepting of me. I texted my friend to grab some cat food and walk down the street where I was. We believe these beauties were abandoned at this house. They are now all three safe and getting ready to be placed for adoption. Mom is now, Millie, and her two boys are, Benny and Joon. They have all three tested negative for FIV/FeLV. They are scheduled to be spayed/neutered on July 5th.



TRUVY: Truvy is the smallest of the foster kittens I am fostering for Port City Cat Rescue. She is a tiny tortie kitten. I noticed she was not playing like she normally does but was still eating. Still, I knew she was not acting normal. She felt very warm to me, so I took her temperature and it was 105.2. Normal is around 101. She spent four days in the hospital on I.V. fluids and getting some meds to bring her temperature down. Her blood work showed no reason for this fever and she also tested FIV/FeLV negative. The vet said some will get fevers of unknown origin, but we will test her for a blood borne illness called, Haemobartonellosis. She is back at the sanctuary and doing well.

J.D.: J.D. has also come down with a fever of 105.1, so he has been at the E.R. vet since yesterday and remains there tonight. He will come home tomorrow. He tested negative for FIV/FeLV, but he is slightly anemic. This may be haemobartonellosis and we will have him, and Truvy, tested for it by our regular vet. His temperature came down in a matter of hours, versus Truvy taking a couple of days.




GRAYSON: Our local stray, Grayson, had some health issues, but is much improved, friendly, and ready to be neutered. He will be neutered on the 5th and finally brought to the sanctuary once he is healed. He is a sweet guy.

AMAZON WISH LIST: We have updated our Amazon wish list, we have added the Seresto flea collars, and some other much needed food items. Also, when you shop via Smile.Amazon.com you can select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice and 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 feed our cats and kittens. We need you!


SPONSORSHIP:  Sponsorship is a very important way to help our animals. 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. If each cat had a regular, monthly, sponsor, it would help ease the burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for. Would you please consider sponsoring one of our animals? We really need you.

Please note that more than one person may sponsor a cat 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.

PAYPAL: Did you know you can do automatic monthly donations to Yogie and Friends via PayPal? This is an easy and effective way to help our fundraising for the animals. You can also choose to pay the fees by selecting the Friends and Family option in PayPal ensuring we would receive the entire amount of your donation. Our PayPal is: yogieandfriends@hotmail.com

CHEWY: Do you shop for pet food and supplies at Chewy. Well, we are a pet partner with Chewy.com. Enter the Chewy website from the link on the Yogie and Friends website and we will get a portion of the sales. This is a great way to help our cats and we hope you will select us as your charity. You can use this link with our partner number:  www.chewy.com/rp/6019

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:

  • Alex
  • Gatsby
  • Sunny – is being sponsored by Richard, a fan in St. Louis, Missouri
  • VooDoo
  • Frazier
  • Bubba
  • Oreo
  • Dotsey
  • Sarah
  • Ursula
  • Olaf
  • Brexit
  • Sasha
  • Yeti
  • Grayson – is being sponsored by Phil and Ann, fans in Haughton, Louisiana.

Non-Positive Cats:

  • Hope
  • Elsa
  • Max
  • Barney
  • Anna
  • Duncan
  • Grace
  • Muff
  • Blackie
  • Penelope
  • Blacky
  • Duckie
  • Lucy
  • Smudge
  • Squeak
  • Smokey
  • Bandit
  • Snowball
  • Natasha
  • Boo
  • Miss Kitty
  • Paisley
  • Sam
  • Isabella
  • J.D.
  • Mia

This is just a partial list of the cats’ we are caring for. These are the cats at the Frierson, Louisiana location. We are working on making the list an easier one to post, read, and for you to select who you would like to sponsor. We are also trying to put photos of each for you to see them better.

You can also mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends

128 Fob Lane

Frierson, LA 71027

Louisiana and Texas Kroger Shoppers: If you link 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). https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

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

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 FIV+ Cat Sanctuary. 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.

Upcoming Events:

TBD September 2019                        11am – 3pm   Fall Bake Sale and Fundraiser


                                                                                    6596 Youree Drive

                                                                                    Shreveport, LA

12 October 2019                               10am – 3pm   Paws in the Park (Rescue Booth)

Hosted by Real Estate to the Rescue and

KLKL 95.7

River Park Church

                                                                                    3232 E. 70th Street

                                                                                    Shreveport, LA

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop!

Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!

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