June 2013 Sanctuary Newsletter

Hello All!

Well summer is almost upon us and it has been feeling like summer for quite some time now for us in Louisiana. With that means more danger for your domestic pets. If you have outdoor animals you need to provide a cool, shaded area for your animals to take shelter from the hot sun. Even though shaded it is still dangerously hot because of the high humidity. We hope you will take extra special care with your animals, indoor and outdoor, by also making sure they have fresh, cool, and clean water at all times. Also, don’t forget when walking your dogs on the sidewalk or any paved area that the temperature of concrete is usually much hotter than you would imagine. We often see dogs with burned pads because their owners don’t realize just how hot it is. Please use care when walking your dogs. It’s the little things that can mean the difference between life and death. And never leave your dogs in a car even with the windows cracked. You may think they are getting proper air circulation, but it is an oven in any car even under a shaded spot. Don’t do it!

We now have a plan of attack for our drainage problem. Our friends from the Navy Sea Bees on Barksdale Air Force Base gave us a written plan and went over what it will take to fix the problem. They gave us a list of supplies that we need and exactly what the work will entail. Now it is a matter of us finding out the costs of some of the materials such as the gravel for the drains. We have a low estimate at this time of $4000-$6000 for materials. Labor will be free since it will be us and volunteers who do the work. We just need some financial help from our fans to purchase the materials. We will get the majority of it from Lowe’s or Home Depot, but will need gravel and dirt. We may not need to buy too much dirt since what we excavate may fill what we need. It’s the cost of gravel we don’t have yet. At least with Lowe’s and Home Depot we can also use our military discount. It saves us 10% and that is a good thing. We will update once we get the price of gravel and dirt so our fans can help. We appreciate our fans and know they will come through for our animals.


Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor: The Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor program is done for the year. The new one will begin again in July. You will need to relink your Kroger Plus Card with our Yogie and Friends letter with the bar code. The bar code is the same every year so you can use the old one. Just give the letter to the cashier along with your Kroger Plus Card and they will scan them. That’s all there is to it. Once that is done every time you shop at a Texas or Louisiana Kroger and use your Kroger Plus Card they will donate a portion of the sales to Yogie and Friends. It’s an easy program and a great program.

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. UPDATE: CFC may start charging a non-refundable application fee beginning next year. Depending on the cost we may or may not participate. We will keep our fans informed.


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Upcoming Events:

15 June 2013       Noon-5pm            Military Appreciation Day

                                                          Free Admission on this day to active duty

And retired military personnel with valid military I.D. Card. 10% off admission for their family members with valid military I.D. card.


28 Sept 2013       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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