March 2011 Newsletter


March is here and that means Yogie and Friends is gearing up for its 2011 season. At this time our scheduled season opening is 2 April 2011 from noon – 5 P.M. Weather permitting of course. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for us to open as scheduled.

Natasha: Many of you already know this, but on 17 February 2011, we lost our beloved Siberian tiger, Natasha. Natasha arrived at Yogie and Friends with her litter mates, Morticia and Gomez, October 2000 at around the age of 5 months. They arrived from Texas after being exploited as photo cats. That is where people pay money to have their photos taken with baby animals like lions, tigers, leopards, etc. These animals are sadly pulled away from their moms at birth and then hand raised. They are dragged around the country and used as money makers for unscrupulous people. Fortunately, Natasha was young when she was rescued and had as good a life as any captive animal could have. She shared a habitat with Gomez and Putty Tat, had a large swimming pool that she loved to play and swim in, and had an all natural diet that offered her enrichment as well. She was happy and active up until the moment she died. There were never any signs of illness. That is why her death came as such a shock to us all. The necropsy showed that she had lymphoma. We will miss our Natasha.

Bake Sale and Fundraiser: This Saturday is our Spring Bake Sale and Fundraiser. These are always a huge success and we have a great variety of baked goodies and Yogie and Friends merchandise. We have a new selection of The Mountain tee-shirts, Cardew Collectible Ceramics, and much more. We hope to see you there on Saturday 12 March 2011, 11 A.M. – 4 P.M. Petco at 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport.

Upgrades: All upgrades are completed except for the den houses. We are still working out the details of that with Cellexion. More news as we get it.

Face Book: Don’t forget to follow us on Face Book. We have a very active page and update it often with news and events as they happen. Tell all your friends about us. We’d love to get a huge fan base.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): Yogie and Friends is resubmitting the paperwork to get back on the books of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). CFC is a government employee payroll deduction program. The military uses this as well as postal employees and other Federal employees. It’s a great help to our animals because it is an easy way for folks to contribute to the big cats. There was a paperwork mix-up last year and that is why we are not currently seen in the campaign booklets. We will be next time. All paperwork is done and being submitted. Thanks for your continued support and patience regarding this. Our CFC number is 42427.

Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Program: The Neighbor to Neighbor program will end this year’s cycle on 30 April 2011. The accumulation period for the 2011 – 2012 year begins again in July 2011. You will need to relink your Kroger Plus Card again, but please use your cards like crazy and help the cats while you shop at Kroger. The letter is linked on our website. The barcode numbers remain the same. Just download this letter and make sure you hand it to your cashier to scan it along with your Plus Card and this will link it together so Kroger’s in Texas and Louisiana will donate a portion of the sales to Yogie and Friends. It’s a win, win situation. No money comes out of your pocket (other than what you are paying for your groceries of course). This is Kroger’s way of giving back.

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.

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.

Go Green with our ink jet and cell phone recycling program. This program has been doing very well. What a way to help the big cats and environment all at the same time. It’s an easy way to get kids involved as well.  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!


Here’s a peek at one of the new t-shirts! 
Coming to the online store soon!


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