July 2012 Sanctuary Newsletter


June was a really good month for us at Yogie and Friends. In spite of the higher than normal temperatures our fans came out to support our animals and we thank you for that. Now that July is upon us we hope we have record numbers of visitors. Please tell all your friends about us.

Credit Cards: So far so good with our electronic method of accepting credit cards. This is so much faster and safer for both the card holder and card accepter. We always require a valid driver’s license and phone number for your protection. We are so happy to have this capability at the sanctuary. Unfortunately due to the costs to us we have to set a minimum use level of $5.  

Military Appreciation Day: We had another successful Military Appreciation Day. It was crowded and fun. Thanks to Kathy Blount with Scentsy and the Pet Education Project (PEP) for participating in this event.

Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Donation Program: The 2012-2013  accumulation period began on 1 July 2011 and ends 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.

Current Needs: Right now Yogie and Friends is at a more comfortable point than we have been in years. What we mean by that is there is no major crisis like there was with the freezer last year. We still have several critical needs, but not those that are a “must do it now” need. Here is how you can volunteer your skills to help:

Carpenters: We need work done in our gift shop/admission building with some inside trim work, installing linoleum, drywall repair, entry/exit door roof needed and some minor water damage in the bathroom. Also, we need some wooden fence repair work.

Plumbing: We’ve had a continuous problem with the bathroom plumbing that we cannot seem to resolve, so we could use a plumber to help figure this one out for us.

Landscaping: We need to plant some greenery in the pens and place sod in two of them. We are also trying to see if we can get some sod and plants donated. Also, we want to do some cleaning and clearing of brush and overgrowth on the property. This is where we can use some physical labor.

Financial: We can always use money. This helps us with the normal maintaining of the sanctuary such as water, electric, and vet care. We appreciate any monetary donation you can provide and it is tax-deductible. And, it ALL goes to the care of the cats. We remain a 100% volunteer driven organization.

If you can help with any of this, then please contact us at yogieandfriends@hotmail.com

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.

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:


September 22nd, 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.  

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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