September 2012 Sanctuary Newsletter


We are happy to report that hurricane Isaac did not wreak havoc on the northwest part of the state that we thought it might. We had some much needed rain and fortunately it was not the heavy flooding type. We did experience some winds and downed trees causing power outages in the area, but otherwise we are grateful that it was not much worse here. We send our thoughts and prayers to those in the southern part of the state and the rest of the hard hit areas during this time. We know this is a very difficult time for them and hope recovery comes quickly. 

As of this writing we plan to open for our regular Saturday hours of noon – 5pm on Saturday September 1st. If there is a change in weather, and there is some rain forecast, that makes the property too wet for visitors and their vehicles we will post on our Facebook page, website, and on the telephone recording if we are unable to open. Keep watching for any possible updates.

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.  

2012 Season: There are only two more months in the Yogie visitor season. This has gone by quickly. We hope you get a chance to come and visit us before we close for the winter. October 27th is our last day for the 2012 season. It just slows down a great deal after October and this gives us a better chance to do off site fundraising. The months we close are also a critical time for us financially and we need your financial support more than ever during these months and throughout the year. Please consider a tax-deductible financial contribution. We really appreciate it.

Fall Bake sale: Our fall bake sale is Saturday, September 22nd at Petco on Youree Drive, Shreveport from 11a.m.- 4p.m. We always have some amazing goodies and we will have some new merchandise available as well. We hope to see you there and please tell all your friends about this. 100% of the proceeds raised go to the care and needs of our animals. Nobody at Yogie and Friends receives any compensation for the work we do. We are, and will remain, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): CFC is preparing for their next season kickoff. Military personnel and Federal Employees can do payroll deduction donations to Yogie and Friends via CFC. This program is easy and another good way to give financial assistance to the big cats. We hope you will please consider Yogie and Friends when making your CFC contribution. Our CFC number is 42427.

Recycle: There have been some very good changes to the recycling program. Now our partner company takes all cartridges and that takes the work out of sorting and organizing. This is a nice break for Paige who works very hard on this program for us. We also take your old cell phones as well, so please 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.

Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Donation Program: If you are a Kroger shopper in Texas or Louisiana, then we hope you will take the letter on our website with you the next time you shop and have the cashier scan the bar code and pair it with your Kroger Plus Card. Once you do this, then every time you shop you will be contributing to Yogie and Friends.

Current Volunteer Needs:

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.

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.


Upcoming Events:                       

September 22nd, 2012       11am-4pm                             Bake Sale and Fundraiser

NEW DATE                                                                            Petco, Youree Drive

                                                                                                Shreveport, LA


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


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!. Take care of your pets and their humans. We need each other.

For the cats!



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