January 2013 Sanctuary Newsletter


Happy 2013!

The holiday season is over and the New Year is in full swing at Yogie and Friends. This update is a bit late because we had to get a lot of end of year things done quickly.

2012 was year of mixed emotions. Two of our big cats crossed over the rainbow bridge. Our 28 year old lioness, Snagglepuss, died of natural causes on February 26th. She lived a long life and after 17 years living in a garage in Texas we are glad we gave her 10 good years of comfort and peaceful living for these final 10 years. Then on October 19th half of the dynamic duo, Robin, died. Robin had been part of a roadside zoo in Texas and he and his littermate, Batman, arrived at Yogie and Friends in poor shape. They were declawed and not well cared for. Robin had been ill and just did not respond to treatment. Then to top it off Tim’s Russian Blue housecat, Boris, died as a result of liver failure the day after Robin on October 20th. It had been a very difficult time for us all. Loss is a part of rescue, but it never gets easy. So we move on to continue caring and loving those who are left behind. We love all these great animals, big and small.

We have been working on upgrades to the cat pens and trying to get grass to grow, but the drought we’ve had the past three years and the cats trampling around has made it a very difficult task. We also hope to have some cat friendly plants added as well. It seems like the drought has eased some so maybe we will have better luck this spring. We are also trying to get the floor and bathroom repaired in the admissions building. At this point at the sanctuary it is more a matter of maintaining and improving what we feel we can do better.

Special Thanks: We want to thank all of our supporters, volunteers, and those who have been there for us over the years through good times and bad times. Thanks to Paige Bass for her hard work on both our awesome website and with our recycling program. She does a great job and we really appreciate her for all she does. Thank you to Kona Hawaiian Shaved Ice of Shreveport. Bill Lyons donates a percentage of his sales to Yogie and Friends and we appreciate his thoughtfulness. There are so many people who have made what we do possible and just want to tell them all thanks so much for your caring and helping. We really do appreciate you.

Finances:  Finances are always tight for any non-profit, but it seems like it is a more difficult venture for animal groups. It takes a very special person to consider donating money or even time to animals. We are very grateful to those who continue to support us through the year and understand the sacrifice they make to help us. Thank you for your continued support.

Credit Cards: We made it easier for our friends to donate via credit cards. In the past we had a pretty antiquated process, the old fashioned knuckle buster. We had to run a carbon copy receipt over your card and call in the amount to get approval. Yes, it was old, but worked. We didn’t have any internet access to accept credit cards. Then late in the year we did get access to the internet, but it was still a little slow and if we lost our internet capability we couldn’t accept cards. These were also somewhat expensive. Each credit card company charges per swipe fees and the company that processes the card charges a monthly fee. Well in November we got the capability to accept cards at our events, which we could never do, and there is just a low, one-time, fee. No matter what card is used. We don’t have the monthly fee or different company card fees. It’s great. So now we have simplified. People often will donate via credit card on the spot and it is a great way to help. So, we have now modernized.

Fundraisers: We have had several fundraisers throughout the year. Our ever so popular bake sales continue to be a success. We’ve tried a few new events that were not so successful, but tried and don’t regret giving them a shot. We have added a new fundraiser we hope you will try.

Coffee Fundraiser: Raise Money for Pets coffee fundraiser. This is a really neat program. If you purchase coffee via this website, they will donate $3 per bag to Yogie and Friends. This is a fair trade organic coffee and that makes it a win/win in our books. They have several varieties available and also decaf. Why not consider coffee in your gift giving? http://www.raisemoneyforpets.com/yoandfrexcat.html

Facebook: Please LIKE us on Facebook. When you do you need to ADD TO INTERESTS LIST us in order to see our updates. When you do LIKE on us mouse over the LIKE, and there is a dropdown menu you will see. One of the menu items is ADD TO INTERESTS LIST. Add us and then create a list. We made ours ANIMAL RESCUES and all our posts show up now. Please do this to help us continue to get the word out about these great animals. It’s a good way for us to share our events too. Tell all your friends about us too and ask them to like on us.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): 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: We have a really successful recycling program thanks to our webmaster, Paige Bass. Paige works really hard at making this program work and is awesome at getting the word out.  This helps the environment and the big cats when you recycle your printer 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.

Upcoming Events:

TBD (March)     11am-4pm            Spring Bake Sale and Fundraiser at
                                                           Petco, Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA

6 April 2013      Noon-5pm            Yogie Season Opening (Weather Permitting)

15 June 2013   Noon-5pm             Military Appreciation Day

TBD (Sep)          11am-4pm            Fall Bake Sale and Fundraiser at
                                                           Petco, Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA

26 Oct 2013      Noon-5pm            Yogie Season Finale                                                           

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Also, please continue heartworm prevention all year round and not just in the summer months. Heartworm disease can be transmitted all year.

For the cats!


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