June 2012 Sanctuary Newsletter


June is busting out all over and it’s hot, hot, hot!

Credit Cards: Good news about credit cards. We can now accept them electronically. This past Saturday was our first time using this method and we are so happy because it is faster and much more efficient. We had a little trouble with the printer, but that was fixed. So now, when someone uses a credit card at the sanctuary we have the instant approval method. No more calling in and waiting for approval.

Military Appreciation Day: We have been preparing like crazy for our upcoming Military Appreciation Day. Every year we honor our military personnel with Military Appreciation Day. This year it will be held on June 16th during our usual hours of noon – 5pm. On this day active duty and retired military personnel (with valid military I.D. cards) have free admission to the sanctuary. Their family members (with valid military I.D. card) get 10% off admission. All get 10% off merchandise (excluding sale items). This year we will be hosting the Pet Education Project (PEP). PEP will be doing what they do, educating the public about proper pet care. Kona Ice of Shreveport will also be at the sanctuary as well as a representative from Scentsy to do a fundraiser for Yogie and Friends. There will be hotdogs, snacks, and cold drinks available this day as well as other goodies. Since parking is limited at the sanctuary, and we are working very hard on a good solution for this, we highly recommend car pooling. Please let all your friends and family know about this special day at Yogie and Friends.

Volunteer of the Month: Hannah Efferson of Grand Cane, Louisiana is our Volunteer of the Month. Hannah is working on her Gold Award for the Girl Scouts. The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA. Only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award. Hannah made fire hose balls for our cats and when she brought them to the sanctuary for our cats they loved them. They are still playing with them. Thanks Hannah and best wishes on your continued success!

Carpenters: We really could use the help of some carpenters. We need help in our admissions/gift shop building with things such as finishing the trim around the side door, a porch roof to cover the door entrance and repair the current one on the side door, trim around the air conditioner, base board work, and someone who can install linoleum. We are also looking at building a little concession booth on the back side of the building for our special events such as Military Appreciation Day. This would all be volunteer work. We will raise funds for the materials or may have some of them already on hand, such as the roof shingles. We would really love to get this done as soon as possible and if you are ready, willing, and able to donate these skills it would really be appreciated.

Sod: With the drought we have had over the past two years we have two big cats’ pens that are in need of grass in them. The problem is that the soil in the lions pens is so packed down there is no way to plant new grass and for it to take root. We recently visited with a local lawn and garden center that deals specifically with these kinds of issues. They told us that we don’t want to till the soil, but instead lay down a layer of sugar sand and then the sod and after watering it takes root nicely. We need approximately 3000-4000 square feet of sod for the lions and some in Putty Tat and Gomez’ pens. We are looking at a cost of around $3000. So, if you are interested, and able, to help with this project we would really appreciate it.

Coalition of Louisiana Animal Advocates (COLAA): Louisiana has an organization, COLAA, that advocates for animal rights. They have a small, but growing, membership and they do a lot of good for animal rights and issues in this state. Check them out at www.colaa.org and learn about their efforts in this state.

Wish List: As many of you know equipment breaks down over time. We are experiencing this ourselves. Our big Stihl weed eater just broke in a big way. It was a well used weed eater for the past ten years. We have an Efco trimmer on order because they hold up very well, but they cost around $439. We need pool shock. We get the 100 pound shock from Leslie’s Pool in Shreveport because they give us a decent discount. This runs us around $180. Gift cards are always a great and easy way to help. We get a lot of our repair supplies from Lowe’s and Home Depot. We get concession supplies from Sam’s Club. We use a lot of gas and diesel fuel. Gas for our lawn equipment and diesel for the Yogie truck. Gift cards are a great way to help with this. OR, you can donate cash. Cash is easy to track for accounting purposes. We deposit your check and send you a donation receipt for your records. This is all a great way to help the big cats. We appreciate our fans for the help they provide us. There are many needs that are not obvious because they are the behind the scenes items you don’t normally see, but they are just as critical and important to the care and support of our animals.

Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Donation Program: The 2011-2012 period of collection is over and there is this non-accumulation period until July 1st. 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.  Please don’t forget to bring the letter to your Kroger store on or after July 1st and link it to your Kroger Plus Card. This is an amazingly easy way to help the big cats just by doing your normal shopping.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): Military personnel and Federal Employees can do payroll deduction donations to Yogie and Friends via CFC. This program is another good way to give financial assistance to the big cats and makes it easy for you to do so. Please consider Yogie and Friends when making your CFC contribution. Our CFC number is 42427.

Recycle: Don’t forget to recycle those ink jet/laser jet cartridges. We have a really good program of recycling and this is an easy way to help both the environment and the big cats when you recycle your cartridges. Check out the link on our website how to participate in our recycling program.

Volunteer carpenters, plumbers, etc. are always needed and if you have these skills and can volunteer your time and skills we would appreciate the help. Please e-mail us at yogieandfriends@hotmail.com if you can.


Upcoming Events:


June 16th, 2012                    Noon – 5pm                           Military Appreciation Day


September 15th, 2012         11am-4pm                             Bake Sale and Fundraiser

                                                                                                Petco, Youree Drive

                                                                                                Shreveport, LA


October 27th, 2010              Noon – 5pm                           Yogie Season Finale


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.

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. There are far too many unwanted adoptable animals dying everyday at local animal control facilities and this can be easily remedied in several ways. Don’t shop! Adopt!

Also, if you have outdoor pets, please make sure they have good shelter from the heat and other elements. Provide them shade, a clean and dry bed, cool clean water, and don’t chain your dogs to a tree thinking they are in the shade. The sun changes direction and you may not even realize your dog is chained in the hot sun as a result. They suffer the same deadly effects from the sun that we do. Heat stroke and exhaustion is a real thing and we’ve seen the catastrophic impact on outdoor animals.  Make sure you give your dog heartworm prevention throughout the year. Not just the hot summer months. Cats also get heartworm and it is highly deadly for them. Talk to your veterinarian about all of these things. Take care of your pets and their humans. We need each other.

For the cats!



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