December 2008 News

Season’s Greetings!

Well, November has quickly come and gone, as has the entire year, and now we are into our season ending

Our 2008 season will end on December 13th. We hope the weather will cooperate for us on the 6th and 13th so you get a chance to come and visit us before the winter closing.

tigger062008.jpgEven though the year seems to have flown by, it has been a very difficult year for us here at Yogie and Friends. So much goes into the care of the cats, which is first and foremost and just running the sanctuary in general. We have upgraded our medical care with state of the art equipment and care of our animals. We just purchased a blow dart system to administer medicine and vaccines to the cats that makes this delivery less stressful. This was at a cost of $700, but well worth it. The vaccine protocol was also upgraded so there is no doubt our animals are receiving state of the art care. The cost for the vaccines alone was $1250.00 and that takes a big bite out of our budget. And, last but not least, you need a veterinarian who has the expertise to work with this kind of animal. And we do have that. So, we realize we couldn’t do all this without the help of our volunteers and donors. We truly want to remain a 100% volunteer driven organization and that makes our volunteers that much more valuable to us.

This year we lost two beloved animals, Pooh Bear the Siberian tiger in March, and Bubba the Cougar, in September. This was very difficult for us all. We have several older animals and realize this is not unexpected, but it hurts us to lose any animal.

We recently had to sadly turn away two lions and two tigers. We won’t rescue any animals we feel we cannot care for. Adding more animals to our facility decreases the space for the current residents so we had to say no to this rescue. We always ask why someone has to seek sanctuary for animals and in this case the person said “I just didn’t want them anymore.” So, we recommended certain sanctuaries to this individual who also told me they would just “put them to sleep if they can’t find a good home by….” Well, for one thing you cannot just go and kill tigers. It is illegal. But, we also don’t appreciate people using that kind of tactic to get us to take in animals. It doesn’t work and it is pretty unethical. Enough said on this.

One thing I really wanted to touch on in this newsletter is the issue regarding declawing. We have rescued several big cats at Yogie and Friends that have arrived declawed. Unfortunately we don’t see any problems until the cat’s exhibit behaviors such as limping or in some cases a breakthrough in their skin that we can see. We have had to face two such surgical repairs in November and now are looking at a possible problem with Robin, the lion, this month. We asked our vet, Dr. Corrine Brown, if she would share some information about declawing to help educate a bit about this practice. I hope this helps you all understand what we face with our animals as a result of stuff like this: :: Declawing – Article by Dr. Corrine Brown ::

An easy way you can help the cats is when you do your holiday shopping on-line using iGive. If you tend to do your shopping on-line then you can contribute by shopping through the iGive tool. Everything helps. Visit www.iGive.com and select Yogie and Friends as your cause when you shop. It’s so easy!

morticia2007.jpgVolunteers of the month: We want to thank Andrea Labor and Brianna Volk for their help with our pancake breakfast at Applebee’s. They both did a great job and we appreciate all their hard work.

Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Program replaces the Kroger Share Card Program. The new Kroger program is now up and running. The advantage of the new program is now you only need to use the one card, your Kroger Plus Card. The Share card is obsolete. If you download the Kroger letter from our website and bring it with you the next time you shop at Kroger’s all you need to do is give the letter, with the bar code, to the cashier along with your Kroger Plus Card. The cashier will scan the bar code and it will be part of your Kroger Plus Card. One less step.

Combined Federal Campaign. It is that time of year again when Federal and Military personnel can donate to Yogie and Friends through payroll deduction under the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) program. If you are interested in contributing this way our CFC number is 42427.

Upcoming Events: We’ve had several people ask us to do a bake sale for Christmas goodies, so we are going to do one. Here’s the info:

Christmas Specialty Bake Sale – 20 December 2008, Courtyard Coffee, Youree Drive, Shreveport 11 A.M. – 4 P.M.

If you are interested in volunteering with us then please contact us. Come visit us at the sanctuary and see what we are all about. This is a 100% volunteer driven organization, which means, nobody gets paid for the work they do. We love the animals and what we are doing for them. There are many different volunteer opportunities such as tour guide, admissions, lawn care, fundraising, etc. A little something for everyone. But, please know this. There is absolutely no contact with the animals. If you want to volunteer with the intent of “touching” one of these animals, then this is not the place for you. If you are doing this for the love and care of the animals, then maybe this is something for you.

Check out the programs being offered at Yogie and Friends. There is the Yogie and Friends Membership Program , Sponsorship Program, and Corporate Sponsorship Program . These are programs that help us support the animals and another way that you can get involved. Program packages are available here on our website.

Go Green with our ink jet and cell phone recycling program. Details are listed on our website.

We have several programs for you to help our animals: www.magfundraising.com, www.igive.com, Cause ID 19883, www.networkforgood.org, www.goodsearch.com, just to name a few. They are all listed here on our website.

Please remember to spay and neuter your pets.

Also, do what you can to prevent flea and ticks causing serious illnesses to your animals. They deserve your care and kindness. Don’t stop using preventative just because it is cold outside. Some of these pests are still around in the winter.

Please make sure you provide all your animals, inside and outside, fresh, clean water (and not covered in ice during the winter). Provide good, warm and dry shelter for those animals outside.

Be good to your animals. Be good to people! Be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Watch our website for the Yogie and Friends year in review.

Jenny and the Yogie Cats!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter

November 2008 News

Yogieˍ250.jpgHello All!

I am a little late on getting this update out. Mostly because I have been working so much with trying to get fund raisers set up to help us through the lean winter months, but also because I had found a beautiful dog that gave birth to nine puppies on September 20th. Sadly, two puppies didn’t make it, but I now have six, six week old puppies at my house. One puppy was recently adopted, but I still have the mom, her six remaining puppies, and six house cats. That’s a house full. Fortunately I am working with a Lab rescue and the puppies are going to great forever homes in New England.

Boudreaux250.jpgThis has been a very crazy time for our animals. We vaccinated the cats in September and Boudreaux, our cougar, had to have surgery on one of his front paws because he had a bad dewclaw. Many of the cats we get arrive at Yogie and Friends declawed. Sometimes they can have an infection brewing that we won’t even know is happening because it doesn’t show itself until it is quite advance. Boudreaux started limping and the following week he had surgery. We are so glad we caught this. His paw was a mess, but he did well and is healing nicely. He’s back to playing soccer with his ball.

Normal vet care at Yogie and Friends is not usually that bad. Yes, the cost of immunizations has gone up. The vaccines alone were over $1200. That’s just the medicine. But, we also had the sad task of euthanizing Bubba, having surgery on Boudreaux’s paw, and now Batman, the lion, has a declawed paw showing the same signs that Boudreaux did. Batman is scheduled for surgery on November 20th. These are the kinds of things that happen. We want the best for these animals, but it does get costly. We can always use your help and support for this kind of stuff and we appreciate our donors.

Just a reminder about the Louisiana State Fair. Yogie and Friends has never been a part of the state fair. Never has been and never will be. Whatever animals you see or have seen in the past were never ours. We have never participated in the photo op situation. We would never do that to our animals. Again, it is not us and never has been us.Tigger-Panther.jpg

Volunteers of the month: Thanks to Anne Shinoskie, Vickie and Brianna Volk for help on the Paint your Pumpkin Day. I couldn’t have done it without you guys.

Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Program replaces the Kroger Share Card Program. The new Kroger program is now up and running. The advantage of the new program is now you only need to use the one card, your Kroger Plus Card. The Share card is obsolete. If you download the Kroger letter from our website and bring it with you the next time you shop at Kroger’s all you need to do is give the letter, with the bar code, to the cashier along with your Kroger Plus Card. The cashier will scan the bar code and it will be part of your Kroger Plus Card. One less step. The only downside is that it must be renewed annually. But, that is a small price to pay to help the cats. So, if you are a Kroger shopper please help the cats with this program.

Combined Federal Campaign. It is that time of year again when Federal and Military personnel can donate to Yogie and Friends through payroll deduction under the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) program. If you are interested in contributing this way our CFC number is 42427.

Haynesville Shale. Are you benefiting from bonus money from the Haynesville Shale and need a good tax deduction? Why not consider Yogie and Friends. This is a good way to donate.

 

Upcoming Events:

15 Nov 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. Military Appreciation Day

29 Nov 8 – 10 A.M. Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s on Bert Kouns in Shreveport

6 Dec TBD Natchitoches Christmas Festival

If you are interested in volunteering with us then please contact us. Come visit us at the sanctuary and see what we are all about. This is a 100% volunteer driven organization, which means, nobody gets paid for the work they do. We love the animals and what we are doing for them. There are many different volunteer opportunities such as tour guide, admissions, lawn care, fundraising, etc. A little something for everyone. But, please know this. There is absolutely no contact with the animals. If you want to volunteer with the intent of “touching” one of these animals, then this is not the place for you. If you are doing this for the love and care of the animals, then maybe this is something for you.

Natasha-Siberian-Tiger.jpgCheck out the programs being offered at Yogie and Friends. There is the Yogie and Friends Membership Program , Sponsorship Program, and Corporate Sponsorship Program . These are programs that help us support the animals and another way that you can get involved. Program packages are available here on our website.

Go Green with our ink jet and cell phone recycling program. Details are listed on our website.

We have several programs for you to help our animals: www.magfundraising.com, www.igive.org, www.networkforgood.org, www.goodsearch.com, just to name a few. They are all listed here on our website.

Please remember to spay and neuter your pets.

Also, do what you can to prevent flea and ticks causing serious illnesses to your animals. They deserve your care and kindness.

Please make sure you provide all your animals, inside and outside, fresh, clean, and cool water. Provide good shade shelter for those animals outside. NEVER leave your animals outside in the hot car. Even parked in the shade temperatures rise to well over 100 degrees. With winter coming soon, please plan accordingly with warm, dry, shelter.

Be good to your animals. Be good to people! Be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Jenny and the Yogie Cats!


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