May 2009 News


tiggerˍ1ˍ250.jpgWell, we were able to open for the season on April 11th and it was a grand opening for sure. We had a lot of visitor’s that day and it was one of the better season openings we’ve seen in quite some time. Thanks to all who came and visited for supporting these great cats.

There has been so much rain and some really bad storms. We hope this isn’t a sign of a difficult weather season for us. We realize people are still dealing with damage from storms the past few years. We hope everyone is safe and well.

Wildlife and Fisheries inspected Yogie and Friends on April 23rd. We are waiting for the official report to come in, but overall things went very well. There were some minor issues identified that we were aware of and actually working on, so that was good because it shows how responsible and safety conscious we are. For years we worked on ensuring there were no trees close to the enclosures that could possibly damage the pens in the event of bad weather. We had made many upgrades throughout the year and that was another positive aspect of the work we do. One thing we are still waiting for clarification on is what they refer to as “night dens.” These would be concrete structures for the animals to be locked down in during inclement weather. We already have a structure we use, but we are waiting to see if we have to go a different direction. If we do we will need a great deal of financial help from the public. We’ll let you know as soon as we know. In the meantime the good news is we remain open to the public for educational visits.

Happy Ninth Anniversary! Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary will be nine years old on May 26th. Making it so many years is just another indication of a caring community and supporters wanting to see us succeed. Yogie and Friends is the brainchild of Timothy Mills. Tim, with the support and guidance of a dear friend, the late Bill Strunk, created the organization to rescue abused, neglected, and unwanted large, exotic cats. With help from some friends, but mostly his own hard work, Tim created the facility for these animals. We hope to continue helping these wonderful animals for many years to come. birthdayˍparty09.jpg

Parties: We get several requests to do parties at Yogie and Friends. At this time we don’t do parties were we provide food or other items. But, if you would like to hold your party at the sanctuary that is not a problem. Usually we will reserve the picnic area for those wishing to have a party and they bring all the supplies with them. After that they will take a tour of the sanctuary with all the party goers. If this is something you want to do, then please give us a call for more details. We hope to be able to do all the party work in the future and will be looking at scheduling parties after we close at 5 P.M. This will give our party goers a more private opportunity.

tinˍcanˍphone.jpgTelephone Problems: Right now we are experiencing problems with our phone line. AT&T told us about two months ago that the main line on the road was bad and needed to be replaced. We are still waiting for them to do so. As a result we have our phone number transferred to my cell phone. The cell phone is on between 8 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Central Time. We apologize for any inconvenience. It is frustrating for us as well.

On-line Catalog: We are working on having an on-line catalog of merchandise very soon. It’s just a matter of getting things organized and setup to do so. At this time it will just be our t-shirts. Hopefully we will be able to have more items available as the opportunity allows us. Keep watching our website for that.

Volunteer Help Needed: We can use regular volunteers to act as tour guides and someone to man the admissions/gift shop on Saturdays. We are open Noon – 5 P.M. and we realize that many people don’t want to give up their Saturdays. We would set up shifts if needed. If this is something you are interested in then please contact us. Our volunteers fill out applications just like any other job you apply for. You must be 16 or older (with reliable transportation). We ask that you are able to drive yourself to the facility so you aren’t depending on someone else to get you to us. An easy way you can help the cats is when you do your shopping on-line is by using iGive. If you do your shopping on-line then you can contribute by shopping through the iGive tool. Everything helps. Visit and select Yogie and Friends as your cause when you shop. It’s so easy.

KrogerNeighborthumb.jpgKroger 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 Program is now in its renewal period. The bar code on the letter will remain the same, but you will need to re-link your cards in June. There will be a void period (May and June 2009) where no accumulation to organizations will occur. Accumulation for linked cards will begin July 1, 09 – April 30, 10.

CFCˍlogo.gifCombined 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. piggybank.jpg

Coins for Cats! I recently emptied a little piggy bank I throw all my change in when I come home. It wasn’t even full, maybe half so. It added up to $106! That little bit of effort ended up being a nice chunk of change. I gave it to Yogie and Friends. This is a neat way for kids to be able to help the animals with very little effort.

Cans for Cats! Kids can also help by collecting cans and taking them to the local recycling center for cash and this can also add up to a nice piece of change for the cats. It’s something kids can do to help go green and help the big cats all at once.

Volunteers of the month: We want to thank Andrea Labor Amy Morrissey for their help with manning the admissions and working as guides to our visitors. These two young ladies are a great asset to the facility. We so appreciate your dedication.

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:,, Cause ID 19883,,, just to name a few. They are all listed here on our website.

Natasha-Siberian-Tiger.jpgPlease 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.

Jenny and the Yogie Cats!

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