August 2011 Newsletter


We realize that this update is a week late, but we had so much going on at the sanctuary and wanted to give you an update of the work being done.

First, we wish to thank the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux for sponsoring Speedy the Serval, and providing funds to feed him for a year. THANKS SO MUCH!!

Upgrade Status: We have received an extension from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and that is something we really needed.

On a positive note the buildings we will use as den houses have arrived on the property on July 28th. This was a huge effort and even bigger relief. There were so many agencies involved in making this all possible. We could not have done it without their help. Here are the names of those who helped with moving the buildings this past Thursday: Mona Cross and Joe McLaurin, Sabre Industries Building Systems by CellXion, Richard Albrecht and Rico Williams, Deep South Equipment, Miles Browning, Utley Industries, Robert Shaw and David McGowan, Navy Seabees, Justin Thomas and Alan Golden. This was a long, very long, and hot day. These people gave of their time and skills to help with this move. We also saw just how talented these folks were because the skills involved with moving these buildings made us appreciate just how dangerous this kind of work can be. So, we thank you more than you can imagine.


Another very important part of this building project was getting the equipment needed to move it. We want to give a special thanks to John Parsons, owner of Deep South Equipment, for loaning us the specialized forklift to move the buildings off of the tractor trailer and two of his skilled men. Also, Utley Incorporated donated the transporting of these buildings from Bossier City to Frierson. This involved four round trips. This would have been a cost we never would have been able to incur, so we are grateful for their generosity.

There are several others whose names I don’t have at this time. As soon as I get them, I will make sure that we publicly acknowledge and thank them for making this all possible.

Now, on to the modifications to make them into den houses!

Kona Ice: We want to say a very special thank you to Bill Lyons and his family. They run Kona Ice Shreveport-Bossier and they have amazing Hawaiian Shaved Ice. They have been parking at Petco on Youree Drive in Shreveport every other Saturday and on those days they are donating a percentage of sales to Yogie and Friends. Kona Ice will also be there for our September 10th bake sale. This is an amazing kindness and very much appreciated.

Freezer Fund: We have raised $10650.66 out of the $15000.00 needed for our freezer fund. We have already received one refrigeration unit and the new insulation. The other refrigeration unit and incidental materials are on order. We still need $4348.34. The work will begin on the freezer shortly. Tim is keeping water running on the compressor to help keep the temperature down. If Mother Nature would cooperate it would certainly make things easier. We want to thanks all our fans and also the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) Sanctuary Fund for a $5000.00 grant they gave toward this need.

Calendar of Events: We have several events coming up and hope that you will be able to attend one or all of them.

22 August 2011           6 p.m. – 8 p.m.          Bistro Byronz Fundraiser Dinner
                                                                        6104 Line Ave., Shreveport
                                                                        Music by Danny Wilder & Matt Spears
                                                                        Cost: $25   Reservations Recommended
                                                                        30% of food sales from this event will be donated
                                                                        To Yogie and Friends.

 10 September 2011    11 a.m. – 4 p.m.        Bake Sale and Fundraiser
                                                                        Kona Hawaiian Ice will also be here for this event
                                                                        6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport

 14 September 2011    5 p.m. – 8 p.m.          Newk’s
                                                                        7427 Youree Drive, Shreveport
                                                                        Eat at Newk’s between 5 and 8 p.m. and drop
                                                                        Your receipt in the fundraising jar Yogie and Friends
                                                                        Will receive 10% of the food sales on the receipts.

 11 October 2011         4 p.m. – 7 p.m.          Jambalaya Take Out Dinner
                                                                        Shaver’s Catering and Crawfish
                                                                        270 Ockley Drive, Shreveport
                                                                        Tickets are $6 each or 2 for $10
                                                                        Tickets may be purchased in advance
                                                                        and Dinners are picked up at Shaver’s between 4 and 7 p.m.

12 November 2011     TBD                           Rummage Sale for the Big Cats
                                                                        First Wesleyan Church
                                                                        3200 Schuler Drive, Bossier City
                                                                        (Off Barksdale Blvd.)


24 December 2011     11 a.m. – 4 p.m.         Christmas Bake Sale and Fundraiser
                                                                        6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport


Volunteer of the month:  Our volunteer of the month is Animal Caregiver and Tour Guide, Andrea Labor. Andrea has been with us for almost four years now and does a great job as a tour guide and people just love what she shares about our animals. Her knowledge of animals in general is amazing and her love and knowledge of our animals is a gift. She helps in many other ways at the sanctuary and this is just one of the many ways she helps. She helps with fundraisers and spreading the word about our sanctuary to fellow college students. Andrea is much appreciated for her work at Yogie and Friends. Thank you Andrea!


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

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:, Cause ID 19883,,, 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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