October 2013 Sanctuary Newsletter

Happy October!

Yes, it’s October and that means this is the last month for public visits for the 2013 season. So plan on coming and seeing the big cats soon.

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

Bake Sale: Our bake sale was held on September 28th at Petco in Shreveport. We want to thank those who baked, manned the tables, and contributed to the bake sale by buying items and donating money. This is a much needed event to help us financially prepare for the slower winter months. Thank you everyone that helped. You are appreciated.


Eat a (Hot) Dog, Save a Cat! Yogie and Friends will have their Eat a (hot) Dog, Save a Cat! At the Pawtoberfest event at Orr BMW, 1400 E. 70th St., Shreveport on Saturday, 12 October 2013 from 1-4pm. Get an all beef hot dog, chips and a cold (non-alcoholic) drink for just $5. Proceeds go to spay/neuter and Trap-spay/neuter-Release. This is also a domestic pet adoption event featuring several local rescue organizations. Please come by and support the big cats and little cats and dogs.


Rescue Roast Coffee and Tea: Is now offering flavors for your coffee as well as Rescue Nuts. We don’t have these available at the sanctuary at this time, but you can go to their website and when you purchase there you can select us as your charity and they give us a nice portion of the proceeds. We have the Rescue Roast Coffee and Rescue Brew tea available at the sanctuary and will also have it at our bake sales and other fundraisers. 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 as well and they will donate $3 to Yogie and Friends from the sale of each bag. http://www.raisemoneyforpets.com/yoandfrexcat.html


Big Cat Bash: Since October 26th is the season finale for 2013 we plan on having a Big Cat Bash. We will be doing the much loved pumpkin roll. This is where we give the big cats pumpkins to play with. They don’t eat them, but they love playing with them. The tigers will jump in the swimming pools with them. It’s a big old mess, but a lot of fun. We will also have huge cardboard boxes for them to play with. Domestic cats love boxes to play in. Well, so do the big cats. It’s a lot of fun to watch. We will have a limited concession day as well. All beef hot dogs, nachos, chips, and soda will be available for sale at the sanctuary on this day. We hope you’ll come and be part of the fun. We hope the weather cooperates too. Since parking is always limited we do recommend you carpool when possible.


Adopt-a-Pup, Pop Up Shop: On November 3rd, from noon – 5p.m. Animal Rescue and Animal Care Groups will be on hand showcasing animals up for adoption, handing out literature and selling merchandise to benefit their lifesaving activities. The event is going to be held on the front lawn of the B’nai Zion Congregation, 245 Southfield Road, Shreveport and will be held rain or shine. It is free and open to the public. Several local animal groups will be represented. Yogie and Friends will have a great deal of Cardew Collectible ceramic tea pots, mugs, and other collectibles, The Mountain tee shirts, Rescue Roast coffee and Rescue Brew tea as well as several great items for your holiday shopping. Hope to see you there.

Kroger Community Rewards Program: The new Kroger Community Rewards Program is now active. If you haven’t registered your Kroger Plus Card online yet, then you can do so at anytime. Once your card is registered you can go to the Community Rewards Program page, select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice and then link your Kroger Plus Card to the Rewards program. 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.


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.


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.


Upcoming Events:


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

Yogie and Friends

Eat a (hot) 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


3 Nov 2013                Noon-5pm               Adopt-a-Pup, Pop Up Shop Adoption Event

                                                                  B’Nai Zion Congregation

                                                                  245 Southfield Road, Shreveport, LA


21 Dec 2013             11am-4pm                 Holiday Bake Sale and Fundraiser

                                                                   Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA


26 Oct 2013               Noon-6pm                 Big Cat Bash Yogie Season Finale

                                                                        Big Cat Pumpkin roll and other fun.

                                                                        Hot dogs and nachos available

                                                                        Closing one hour later this day.        



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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