July 2013 Sanctuary Newsletter

Hello All!

Summer is here! And with this comes the high heat and humidity we are so used to here in the south. Please take care of yourself and your animals during these very hot times. It isn’t just us humans who experience heat related illnesses. Our pets do as well and they require the same care and consideration regarding the high temperatures. 

We have written a grant to assist with getting the materials for our drainage system project and are just waiting to hear back. The grant is for $5000, so if we get that we are only looking at raising another $4000 for this project. It’s not an easy task, but we can do it with the help of our fans. If you would like to help, then you can send your tax-deductible donation to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027 or donate via our website. We appreciate any and all help with this project.

We are looking at modifying the name of the sanctuary. Right now it is Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary. Many people, ourselves included, refer to it simply as: Yogie and Friends. It would be nothing more than just dropping the “exotic cat sanctuary” or “exotic cat” portion of our name. We still want to look at keeping sanctuary in our name. We do more than just rescue big cats. It’s showing people the “and friends” part of what we do. This is still a work in progress and we will let you know once we make any changes.

Kroger Community Rewards Program: Kroger has revamped their donation program and it is now called the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Our only concern here is that our fans who are not computer savvy or yet, don’t have one will have difficulty with this program. Hopefully there will be a friend, neighbor, or librarian that can assist them with this. The new program requires that you have a Kroger Plus Card (that’s not new), but it must be registered on-line if you haven’t already done that. Once you have your Plus Card registered you will link your charity of choice to your Kroger Plus Card. You cannot begin linking the card until 1 August 2013 and once it is done your purchases will start to count beginning 1 September 2013. We have a step by step instruction sheet to help you with this. We hope you will be patient and continue to work with this program. Once it is setup it will be a breeze, but we realize some of us are resistant to change. But that’s okay. We’ll get there. Lol! Download a copy of the instructions we have provided on our website.

Coffee Fundraiser: We now have some of this coffee available locally. We purchased the fair trade organic regular roast and decaf. We also have their fair trade tea bags available. We have these items available at the sanctuary for purchase if you are interested. This is a really neat program. You can also make purchases via their website; they will donate $3 per bag to Yogie and Friends.  They have several varieties of coffee and tea available. Why not consider some of this in your gift giving? We will have some available at our bake sales too.


Recycle Ink Cartridges and Cell Phones: Our recycling program is one of our best programs. It is a great way to help both our environment and our big cats. It’s a great way to get young kids involved in helping a cause they might not otherwise have a chance to help and it educates them about these issues at the same time. 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.  We thank our webmaster, Paige Bass, for getting this program started and her hard work with keeping it going. We really appreciate all her hard work.

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.

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Upcoming Events:


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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