February 2014 Sanctuary Newsletter

Winter Greetings Fans!

We are sad to start out this month’s update on a sad note. Our beloved Bengal tiger, Delilah, had to be humanely euthanized on January 14th. She had cancer and we could not let her suffer. She was starting to experience pain and we knew it was time to let her go. One of the hardest things for us to do, but also one of the kindest things to do so that she would not be in any pain. She was a beautiful animal and we miss her a great deal. Her brother, Samson, is sad, but doing well. Rest in Peace sweet Delilah. 6 May 1996 – 14 January 2014.

Well, we have finally been experiencing a real winter down here this year. And as someone who hails from Boston I consider it a quite impressive display of winter weather. I just hope everyone is safe, warm, and using some common sense out there on the roads if you must travel. If you have outdoor animals, please make sure they have good shelter from the cold and wet conditions. Check their water often to make sure it isn’t frozen. It does them no good if they can’t get to it to drink. We have put some great feral cat shelter ideas on our Facebook page if you are caring for a colony and need some ideas. It is always best to bring your pets inside, but if you can’t, then please don’t leave them unsheltered.

Drainage Issues: All of the French drains are installed now in the cat pens to help us with the drainage problems we have been having. This weekend we are supposed to have truckloads of soil brought in to help us build up the soil eroded through four years of drought. Once the soil is in and grass starts to grow again it will help hold the soil in place. We are also looking at planting more greenery for the cats to enjoy. Our next project is carports for shade. They will hold up to the windy days so much better.

Yogie Booth at Greenwood Flea Market: Yogie and Friends has a booth at the Greenwood Flea Market in Greenwood, Louisiana. We are there every weekend from 10am-4pm. We have all our amazing t-shirts and ceramics there. We are looking at ending out time there this weekend. We don’t have the volunteer help we need to cover the Saturdays and Sundays and do our other fundraising events. We’ve had a nice time getting to know people and will miss the vendors in our corner of the flea market. They have been very good to us and we feel we gained a new family member. We are currently in booth #74 and if we can stay through February and maybe even March we will try, but it isn’t looking like we can. We will keep you updated.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): The new campaign has kicked off and we hope if you are a Military member or Federal Employee you will donate 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: Please consider helping us with our recycling program. This is something that kids can do as well and they are always looking for ways to help the animals and the environment. This is a great way to do it. 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: Is now offering flavors and single serve coffee for your K-cup style brewers as well as Rescue Nuts and other products. We have the coffee, K-cups, and tea available at the sanctuary and the flea market, but you can also go to their website for your selections. This is a fair trade, organic product and available in regular roast and decaf. When you order online please don’t forget to select Yogie and Friends as your charity. We receive $3 from the sale of each bag. http://www.raisemoneyforpets.com/yoandfrexcat.html

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.


Upcoming Events:

Saturday/Sunday                 10am – 4pm   Greenwood Flea Market Booth #74         

Through February


15 March 2014                     11am-4pm     Spring Bake Sale and Fundraiser

                                                                        Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA


5 April 2014                           Noon – 5pm  Yogie Season Opening (Weather Permitting)


14 June 2014                       Noon – 5pm  Military Appreciation Day


13 September 2014             11am-4pm     Fall Bake Sale and Fundraiser

                                                                        Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA


25 October 2014                   Noon – 6pm 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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