December 2010 Newsletter

Seasons Greetings!

You may have noticed we didn’t do an update in November. Mostly because things just got away from us with all we had to do at the season end and some fundraisers. It seems time just gets away from us. 

We are closed to the public for the winter season and will reopen, weather permitting, the first Saturday in April 2011. 

As many of you know, Tim, our founder, had a serious injury that turned into a life-threatening infection back in July. He has been back at work at LSUHSC since October 13th and is doing well. We thank you all for your prayers and well wishes during this very difficult and stressful time. 

We participated in several events in October and November. The Jambalaya take out dinner was a success. The Veteran’s Affairs Nursing Symposium at Gerald’s Savoie. This was one of the more successful vendor tables we have had in recent months. The people were wonderful to us and they even fed us a really amazing lunch. That was a pleasant surprise. We thank Michelle Phelan for suggesting us as a vendor. We also had our after Thanksgiving All-You-Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at Applebees. We even opened the sanctuary after the breakfast from noon – 2 P.M. as a trial run to see if this might be a good time to open in the off season. The weather was perfect and there was no rain keeping the grounds so wet we couldn’t open. The reason we wanted to try this is because we get calls by people who have company in for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and they are always looking for family friendly things to do. We will look at this again in the future to see if we want to try it again next year.  We met new fans this time and had a lot of fun.

Holiday Gift Shopping: We have several wonderful gift items in our gift shop, but have not placed many of them on our website because the shipping costs were so high. We realize that many of our fans understand and expect this, but we knew we could not get this up and running in time for the holiday shopping season. T-shirts are always easy to ship inexpensively. We will have a vendor booth at the upcoming Benton Christmas on the Square and hope that those wishing to purchase quality gifts and help the big cats at the same time will come and visit our booth at this family friendly festival on December 11th.

Upgrades: We have finished all, but one, of the requirements that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) want us to complete in order to renew our permit.  We are still working on the logistics of the den houses and hope to get that portion completed soon. We requested, and received, an extension. That takes a little pressure off of us since we know weather and other issues can delay work.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): We’re sorry to say that we are not part of the CFC for the 2011 campaign. Unfortunately our package was lost and we were never notified. It wasn’t until a campaign representative for a local agency went to do their donation and couldn’t find us they called to say we are not listed. Unfortunately at that point it was too late to resubmit our package. But, we are hoping that those who usually donate to Yogie and Friends this way will still send a tax-deductible donation to us. If you mail us a check or money order it is a 100% donation. Other methods do charge administrative fees. We will make sure this is not overlooked next year and thank you for your continued support.

Special Thanks: We want to thank Cottens Grocery in Shreveport, and Mac’s Deer Processing in Stonewall, for providing us with deer for our animals. This is a huge savings for us financially and is a more natural diet for our animals.

Also, thanks to Paige Bass for our website. Also, her husband, Damon, for dealing with all the web hosting issues that arise. They keep our great website up and running and do a great job for us.


Upcoming Events: 

Barnes & Noble Holiday Gift wrapping

16 Dec 2010             3 P.M. – Closing
19 Dec 2010             1 P.M. – Closing
22 Dec 2010             2 P.M. – Closing

This is free holiday gift wrapping for customers and they will tip if they choose. Materials are provided by Barnes & Noble. This is the Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA location.

 11 Dec 2010             10 A.M. – 4 P.M. Benton Christmas on the Square 
                                      Heritage Village Square, Sibley Street, Benton, LA

Volunteers of the Month: Thanks to Nick Kaddatz for helping with the drainage work around the cat pens. Also, thanks to Brianna and Vicki Volk, Jeremy Wood, Steven Findley, and Andrea Labor for helping with the pancake breakfast. It was fun and successful. Thanks again to all our volunteers.

If you would like to volunteer for any of our events, please feel free to contact us at

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.

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.

Jenny and the Yogie Cats! 

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