August 2013 Sanctuary Newsletter


Can you believe it is already August? That means just three months left until we close for the season. Where does the time go?

We are happy to announce that we received a grant from the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) Sanctuary Fund. We really appreciate the people at NAVS who have been true friends to our sanctuary over the years. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts. This grant is going to be used toward the drainage system within the cat pens. Three years of drought have wreaked havoc in a few of the pens. It caused the dirt to pack down hard and as a result when it actually does rain, then the water rolls to certain spots and causes it to puddle and stand. We never want any standing water since that could be a possible breeding ground for mosquitoes. We are going to dig and install French drains to help bring the water out of those areas of the pens. We will also build up the dirt in areas that are worn and attempt to get grass to grow. Not an easy task when we are still behind on rain here. But we will try our best.  We still need to raise about $2000 more since the cost of gravel is outrageous, but we need it for the drains.  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.

Kroger Community Rewards Program: As of today, 1 August 2013, you can now link your Kroger Plus Card to the Community Rewards Program. 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, then please go to the Kroger website and register your card. I had trouble with it and just got a new digital Plus Card and use my home phone number as the alternate number. Hopefully you won’t all have to do that and can just register your cards. Once you have your Plus Card registered you will link your charity of choice to your Kroger Plus Card. Linking the card begins today, 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.

Coalition of Louisiana Animal Advocates (COLAA): There is an organization in Louisiana dedicated to making things better for animals in the state. They are instrumental in getting animal abuse laws enacted and educating the public about animal issues. Check them out at we are also including a guide they have put out regarding animal cruelty and animal laws in the state. It’s good information.

Recycle Ink Cartridges and Cell Phones: If you are not already participating in our recycling program we hope you will do so. This is a great program. It helps the 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.  Check it out. It’s so easy to do.


Coins for Cats: Do you throw your loose change in a jar, or on in an ashtray, or anyplace for that matter at the end of your day? I have a small ceramic piggy bank I put it in every night. One day I took it to my bank and it added up to $166.00. That’s not too bad for some pocket change every day. Why not consider doing this to help the big cats? Just designate a jar, or piggy bank, or anything you have to toss your loose change in, cash it in, and donate it to Yogie and Friends. You’d be really surprised at how fast this all adds up.



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.





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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