April 2013 Sanctuary Newsletter

Spring has sprung!

Well at least it is supposed to be here. We’ve had some very odd (and dangerous) weather here lately, but hopefully it will not be raining for our opening day scheduled on April 6th. We are excited for our new visitor season. We hope lots of people come and see these amazing animals and how loved they are.

Our March bake sale was another success and we want to thank all those who came and supported us by baking, buying baked goods, donating, and just being an overall supporter of the sanctuary. This is another way for us to share information about the sanctuary and the animals we are caring for.

Clearance Sale: We have a really nice selection of Cardew Collectible Ceramic mugs, tea pots, and other items that will be on clearance this season. Many of the items have been discontinued and we want to offer them to our fans at a discounted price. We have endangered species items, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, and Wizard of Oz items as well. We are trying to make room in the admissions building for Yogie and Friends unique items such as picture mugs and tee shirts of our own animals. Come on out and see the amazing selection we have. 100% of the proceeds go to help the big cats.

Trap-Neuter/Spay-Return (TNR): For those who are familiar with TNR you know this is one of the busier times of year. Spring is when many feral kittens are born. Feral cats have a place in the community. There are people who do not agree, but there will always be feral cats. If you can trap them and have them spayed or neutered and return them back to their colony they will usually live out their lives in the same area you found them and in relatively good health. Several of us are working with feral colonies and if you’d like to help us with this effort we can use your help. You can help with cash for us to pay for spay and neutering or just bringing us some cat food. We use dry food for the colonies and wet canned or canned tuna to place in the traps to entice them. If you are interested in helping this way we really appreciate it.

One of the goals we have for the sanctuary this season is landscaping in the animal habitats. We’ve had three years of drought, and unfortunately the forecast is not promising, and that has wreaked havoc on the grass. We are looking into getting sod and animal safe plants for the habitats. We want to make them as comfortable as possible for the animals.

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?


Donate your old Apple Products: We are trying out a new program where you can donate your old, non-working, or broken screened, Apple Products such as iPhones, iPods, iPads, and things like that. If you would like to help and donate to Yogie and Friends, you can mail us the items. If you have the original packaging they came in send that too. We get more money for the recycled product.

Recycle Ink Cartridges and Cell Phones: We have a really successful recycling program. You can donate your empty ink jet and laser cartridges and Yogie gets some much needed funds from this. It may seem small, but it all adds up. There are a couple of ways to get cartridges to us and you can find out more on our website on exactly how to participate.  This helps the environment and the big cats when you recycle your printer cartridges.

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.

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.

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:

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

                                                          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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