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Tigger, our black leopard



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February 2010 Newsletter

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Congratulations to the new Superbowl champs, the New Orleans Saints. We are proud for them.

Yogie and Friends is gearing up for all the changes that are now required by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Some of these changes are quite daunting because of the costs involved and the short amount of time we have to complete them. We only have until 10 December 2010 to complete these upgrades. The weather of course is not cooperating and we haven’t even been able to continue with the upgrades we have already begun.

Here is a list of what we must do in order to be permitted to allow us to remain open to the public:

Increase our exhibit fence to a height of 16 feet (we need donated scaffolding for this task)

New Den Houses constructed of steel, reinforced cinder block, or concrete sufficient to withstand damage from high winds, hard rains, hail or other natural phenomenon. (This will be the most costly and difficult task to complete).

Frame all gates (completed)

Place a ten inch concrete footing around each exhibit (completed)

Yogie and Friends has not had any incidents at the sanctuary, but we do understand that incidents in some of the national zoos have made it so all animal facilities now have to upgrade as a result of those incidents. These upgrades are required for us to remain open for visitors. We only do so in order to raise the needed funds to care for these magnificent animals. Funds that support the animals and not us. We remain a 100% volunteer driven organization and nobody receives any compensation for the work they do. The animals come first at Yogie and Friends.Tiger_Rescue.jpg

How the public can help with this entire project is by contributing financially, donating materials, and volunteering their time and skills to complete these projects. We can save a great deal of money with the help of the public.

Sponsor a Den House: As part of the new upgrade requirements one of the bigger expenses will be the new den houses. These are going to be somewhat expensive and we are going to create a special sponsorship program for these. We will put more information about sponsoring a den house on our website once we configure them and determine the costs involved. If you or your organization is interested in helping with a den house, then please contact us and we would love to have your help.

Veterinarian Care: In January our vet came out to perform surgery on one of our lion’s paw. Batman and Robin arrived at Yogie and Friends as declawed animals. These animals have been having a great deal of difficulty as a result and they have had to have corrective surgery on their paws. Robin has some really messy problems and our vet did correct much of that on one paw, but he still needs more surgery over time. This is not only distressing for the poor cat, but is very costly. Our animals receive the best medical care around and as long as they remain with us they will continue to. Vet care is costly for animals such as these because of the uniqueness of caring for them. These are not your everyday house cats and the cost of medicine alone can be quite daunting. All of our animals receive annual vaccinations as well with costs of over $1800. We pray that we don’t have any catastrophic medical issues with our animals because the cost of the medicine to sedate them alone is quite high. So, we appreciate all donations from our friends and supporters. We are grateful that we have a veterinarian with the experience and expertise that Dr. Brown has and that she is here locally. Many sanctuaries don’t have this advantage and animals often have to be taken to a special facility for this care.

Upcoming Events:

20 March 2010: Bake Sale and Fundraiser, Petco, Youree Drive, Shreveport

2010 Season: Our season opening is scheduled for 3 April 2010 (Weather Permitting). We also want to remind folks that our hours of operation changed with the 2009 season, but we realize that there is still some old literature out in the public. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause some folks. It’s difficult to catch all the old flyers, but the Shreveport-Bossier Visitor’s Guide has the most current information and we always make sure that our telephone recording and our website have the most current information.

Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Program: The Neighbor to Neighbor program is back on line. Please download one of the customer letters from our website and have the cashier scan it with your Kroger Plus card the next time you shop. Yogie and Friends will receive one percent of the sales. It is a great way to help the cats. The program is only available in Texas and Louisiana, but that’s still a large area of coverage. Please share this with your fellow Kroger shoppers. Accumulation for linked cards will begin July 1, 09 – April 30, 10.

Volunteer Help Needed: We need construction and carpentry work and expertise as well as other physical labor work to help meet the new upgrade requirements. We will be holding a volunteer meeting within the next month to discuss the volunteer work needed.

Materials Donation: We need all kinds of construction materials such as nine gauge fence, concrete, steel, etc., to complete the required upgrades.

A few ways to help financially:

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.

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.

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.

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.

As Bob Barker always likes to say “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed and neutered.”


Jenny and the Yogie Cats!


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