Natasha, 2000 – 2011

We are sad to report that one of our beloved Siberian tigers, Natasha, passed away around 5:30 this evening. All the volunteer staff at Yogie and Friends are heartbroken. We will miss our beautiful girl.


Natasha’s necropsy showed she had lymphoma. Something we were told is quite common in young dogs and cats. There were absolutely no signs, symptoms, or otherwise any indication she was sick. She was well-nourished, bright, playful, and as happy as any captive animal could be. She knew she was loved. Death came quickly. Fifteen minutes or less. But we are still so broken hearted.

Thanks for all the warm wishes.

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February 2011 Newsletter



Well, on this first day in February here in Louisiana, we are experiencing some very non-southern type cold weather. As of this typing the wind chill is 6 degrees and people here are not used to this. Most people move south to get away from the cold. Please be safe out there. For those of you who have outdoor animals please check their water often and make sure it isn’t frozen over. Provide them shelter from the elements and a clean, warm bed to stay in. Please don’t let them be exposed to these extreme cold temperatures and the wind. And be careful with yourselves. The animals need their humans to care for them.

Since the weather has gone a little crazy down here there has been a delay in getting the den houses to the property. We don’t want to take any chances and safety is a primary concern with anything we do on the Yogie property. These buildings weigh so much that they require a lot of skill and care with getting them into place. We don’t want anyone getting hurt, or worse, killed while transporting them. We are excited to be getting these buildings, but will use a great deal of caution. We’ll update you as soon as we know more.

Volunteer Needs: We currently need folks with experience installing laminate flooring. We are installing this in the Director of Animal Care’s quarters in order to prepare to accept interns to the sanctuary. We want to prep the spare room for this purpose. Also, with the kind of dirty work we do at the sanctuary having carpet in the home is messy and hard to keep clean. This will help a great deal. We also have a peel and stick floor to install in the admissions building. We would like to get this done prior to our season opener in April if possible. Volunteers must be 18 or older (17 for active duty military). If you are interested and can help, please contact us at

2011 Calendar of Events

27 Feb 2011 1:30 – 3 P.M. Vendor Booth at Pet Parade, Riverview Park, 601 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport
12 Mar 2011 11 A.M. – 4 P.M. Semi-Annual Bake Sale and Fundraiser, Petco, Youree Drive, Shreveport
2 Apr 2011 Noon – 5 P.M. Yogie Season Opening (Weather Permitting)
11 Jun 2011 Noon – 5 P.M.
Military Appreciation Day at Yogie and Friends
10 Sept 2011 11 A.M. – 4 P.M. Semi-Annual Bake Sale and Fundraiser at Petco, Youree Drive, Shreveport
29 Oct 2011 Noon – 5 P.M.
Yogie Season Ending (Weather Permitting)
24 Dec 2011 TBD Yogie Christmas Bake Sale Petco, Youree Drive, Shreveport


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. The package for the 2012 campaign is completed. We are just waiting for the date we are allowed to turn it in. Sadly, this starts us over to be qualified for the National Campaign. You must have three years as a local campaign to apply. But, all is good. We will work even harder to ensure this never happens again and appreciate our supporters.

Gift Shop: Did you know that Yogie and Friends has a really nice assortment of quality gift items? This ranges from t-shirts to Cardew Collectible Ceramic teapots, mugs, and other really nice items. Stop by the gift shop during our regular season hours and see what we have. We are also working on our on-line catalog to help with your gift buying needs. We are still trying to get the costs of shipping and handling worked out before we can do this. T-shirts and some other small items are on the website or will be soon.

Facebook: Yogie and Friends has a very active Facebook page. We often update our fans often on this page and it is a great way for us to keep up with you. If you are a Facebook person we hope you will visit us and become a fan by clicking on the LIKE button on our page.

Recycling: Don’t forget about our inkjet/laser jet and cell phone recycling. This is an amazingly easy way to help the big cats and our environment all at the same time. It’s a good way to get kids involved with helping the cats. Visit our website for more details.

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.  

Please remember to spay and neuter your pets.

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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