July 2011 Newsletter

Welcome! 

Louisiana has been experiencing some pretty hot weather and far earlier than we should. We have broken a couple of records already and that’s not good. We are also in a drought.  Please use common sense and be safe when working outside in these extremely hot temperatures. Please keep your animals in a safe shelter from these conditions and provide them with cool, clean water. 

Upgrade Status: At this time it appears we will not be able to make our July 10th deadline with Wildlife and Fisheries. We have requested a six month extension, but hope we won’t need the entire six months. As of yet we have not heard back from them regarding the extension, but hope to soon. 

John Parsons, owner of Deep South Equipment came out to see the property on June 26th and saw what the need is for moving the den houses onto the property. He will get with CellXion to see the buildings, determine weight and balance, and then he is going to loan the use of a special all terrain forklift that will be able to go over the road, onto the property, and even maneuver the buildings close to the habitats. From there we will be able to maneuver them into place, level them, and then make the necessary modifications. We will find out from CellXion when the buildings can be delivered to the property. There are eight buildings, which means four trips. We hope to know more later this week.   

Freezer Fund: Well, it seems that our very large deep freeze has finally seen better days. Our freezer is quite large. Much larger than most commercial deep freezers you see in restaurants due to the special needs at our sanctuary for food storage. The freezer container itself is good. What is needed now is to increase the amount of insulation and get an entirely new refrigeration system to handle the load. The current unit can no longer freeze to the zero temperatures we need it to. This will also require us to change the electrical system to a more efficient system and get a back up generator for power outages. We store upwards of 30 – 40 thousand pounds of food at a time. We have managed to save about 20 thousand pounds, but cannot afford to lose anymore. We are looking at a cost of $15,000 for the new refrigeration portion. If we had to buy an entirely new freezer, container and all, we would be looking at more than $30,000 plus labor. As of this update we have raised, thanks to our wonderful supporters and a $5000 grant, $8200 toward the $15,000 needed for the new unit. We need to get this system fixed fast. Any and all help is greatly appreciated and your donations are tax deductible. 

Cheeburger Cheeburger: We had a really good time meeting some of our Facebook, new, and old fans of Yogie and Friends at our Cheeburger, Cheeburger, fundraiser. It was a short notice event and we raised $115.00 to go to the freezer fund. This is pretty good considering we only gave about a week’s notice to our fans. Thanks so much for coming to this event and we most definitely plan to do another. Keep watching updates on our Facebook page and website. 

Bake Sale: Our next bake sale is scheduled to be held at Petco on Youree Drive in Shreveport on September 10th from 11 A.M. – 4 P.M. We have the best bake sales and this is one of the most fun events we have been doing. We have the most unique assortment of baked goods and merchandise during these events. This next bake sale will have homemade jelly from one of our fans. We hope to see you at the bake sale. You will not be sorry you came. 

On-Line Gift Shop: We have a very nice assortment of t-shirts available for sale on our website. All the money from the sales goes to the care of the animals. Please check our gift shop on-line. We are trying to add other items as we get them. Some of our ceramics have not been added as of yet because of the high cost of shipping such items. We are looking into different shipping methods because we want to increase our gift shop. 

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). If you are a Federal Employee or military member, don’t forget you can make your donations to Yogie and Friends via CFC. CFC is a Federal payroll deduction program that Federal and Military personnel can donate to the charity of their choice. If you are interested in contributing this way our CFC number is 42427 

Volunteer of the Month: Our volunteer of the month is Justin Thomas. Justin is an animal lover who makes himself available to help all animals in need in any way he can. Whether transporting dogs to other rescue groups or coming, as he has recently, on a short notice call to come out to Yogie and help us with our freezer issues and installing new hammocks in the cat pens. Justin is an all around good guy and we appreciate his help and dedication. Thanks Justin! 

Facebook: 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.  Sometimes we even make special offers on Facebook for our fans and it’s a good way to spread the word. We’d love to increase our fan base. 

Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Donation Program: Now is the time to reenroll your Kroger Plus Card in the Neighbor to Neighbor program. The accumulation period is 1 July 2011 – 30 April 2012.  It is so easy to do. Just give the cashier the letter we have linked on our website. The old letters work since it is the same barcode. The cashier will scan that and your Plus Card and it will be linked. Every time you shop at a Kroger in Texas and Louisiana and use your card, then a percentage of the sale goes to Yogie and Friends. Kroger gives a portion of $1 Million to local Texas and Louisiana programs through this program.  

A few ways to help financially: 

Coins for Cats! Do you empty your pockets of all your coin when you get home and throw them in a jar or piggy bank? Well, what a great way to get kids involved in fundraising help for the animals.  A little coin can go a long way! That little bit of effort can end up being a nice chunk of change. 

Go Green with our ink jet and cell phone recycling program. We have a very active recycling program. This is an easy way to help both the environment and the big cats. All you have to do is place the empty cartridges in a box and we’ll even get a postage paid shipping label to you. We have several businesses, libraries, and other organizations that have boxes set up just for this purpose. When they fill the box, they seal it, place the label on it, and if UPS happens to stop by your business for package pickup you can just give them this box of cartridges. Or just drop it off at any UPS drop-off location. That’s how easy it is. This all adds up to dollars for the animals. It’s an easy way to get kids involved too. Details are listed on our website. 

We have several programs for you to help our animals: www.igive.com, Cause ID 19883, www.networkforgood.org, www.goodsearch.com, just to name a few. They are all listed here on our website. 

Your visit to our sanctuary is another special, and enjoyable, way you can help our cats. Hope to see you soon!


Jenny and the Yogie Cats!


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