September 2013 Sanctuary Newsletter

It’s September!

Yay! Hopefully this means we will start seeing a break in the hot, hot temperatures. We could really use some rain too.

 Our final visitor day for the 2013 season is October 26th.

 Kroger Community Rewards Program: Starting today, September 1, 2013, every time an enrolled participant shops at Kroger using his or her Kroger Plus card, Yogie and Friends will begin accumulating rewards. In addition, once a household member enrolls his or her card, all linked Kroger Plus cards within that household will begin earning funds for Yogie and Friends. That is if you have selected us as your charity of choice and we sure hope you have. Please make sure you register your Kroger Plus Card on line and then link Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. This only applies to Texas and Louisiana shoppers for us. Thank you in advance. Our charity NPO number is: 80724

Coins for Cats: Do you throw your loose change in a jar, or ashtray, or anyplace for that matter at the end of your day? Would you consider doing this as a way to help the big cats at Yogie and Friends? Your change may not seem like much, but it really adds up. Kids are always asking us how they can help the cats. This is a great way. How many times do you find coins on the ground? Throw them in a jar. See how fast this all adds up. It’s a great activity to get the whole family involved in. We hope you will think of the cats and do the Coins for Cats.

Shreveport-Bossier Lost and Found Pets: We have been seeing a great deal of lost and found pets in our area. And we mean a lot. There is a Facebook page dedicated to this called Shreveport-Bossier Lost and Found Pets. I recently posted about four dogs I found with photos and a contact number. I stopped posting photos because I received a call from a guy wanting to buy one of the dogs. Now I just list basic info and require the caller to answer very specific questions. In these two cases the owners identified some very unique things about the dogs. These were happy endings. It doesn’t always happen. All this to say that if you can go the extra mile of making your pet identifiable to be reunited, then please do so. You can get tags that are flat on the collar so the tag isn’t accidentally pulled off. Put the pet name on it and your contact phone number. If you can do so, then microchip. We realize animals get out for a variety of reasons and we want them safely returned. We need more happy endings.


Abandoning Animals: Another issue we are seeing in the Northwest Louisiana area, and we know it isn’t unique to us either, is people abandoning animals. Quite often we find that someone has moved out of their home and left their cats behind. The sad thing is many of these animals end up starving to death or killed by other predatory animals or cars. This is just a very cruel thing. We hope that more people would contact local rescues to see if there is anything they can do to help with this situation. We realize in the case of the death of a pet owner that often a family member is either unwilling or unable to take the pet. It is illegal in Louisiana to dump animals anywhere and often they are dumped at Veterinary clinics thinking they will be sent to good homes. This is not always the case. Rescues are getting inundated and are overwhelmed. It’s a sad situation. At least call and see if help is available. Never, ever, abandon an animal like that to starve or be killed. Also, please make plans for your beloved pets in the event of your death. They are important.

Recycle Ink Cartridges and Cell Phones: Our recycling program is strong and growing. Please don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us. We recycle them and get cash for the cats. It adds up fast. The company we use also makes sure that they are recycled in an environmentally friendly way and that is important in so many ways. If you would like to participate in this program it is very easy. You can box up the cartridges, put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business if you have UPS pickup at your business. It’s a win-win situation. Help the environment and the big cats. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some too you.

Rescue Roast Coffee and Tea: We have these products available at the sanctuary and will also have it at our bake sales. This is a fair trade, organic product and available in regular roast and decaf. We also have tea bags available. It’s a great product. You can also purchase it on-line and they will donate $3 to Yogie and Friends from the sale of each bag.

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.


Upcoming Events:


28 Sept 2013                        11am-4pm                 Fall Bake Sale and Fundraiser

                                                                           Petco, Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA



12 Oct 2013               1-4pm                               Orr BMW Pet Adoption Event

                                               Yogie and Friends Eat a Dog, Save a Cat Fundraiser               

                                                                        Orr BMW, 70th St., Shreveport, LA

                                                                        $5 gets you an all beef hot dog, chips and a drink

                                                                        Proceeds go to Feral cat spay/neuter program


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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