March 2014 Sanctuary Newsletter

Greetings Fans!

This has been an interesting winter for us here this year. It has been colder than we’ve seen in quite a while, but we’ve been having more, much needed rain. That’s a good thing. The bad thing is that it is slowing us down just a little on getting some of the work in the cat habitats, but we will get it done.

The winter months are always very difficult for us at Yogie and Friends. Since we aren’t open to the public during these months we need more help financially. Purchasing the carports at $1090 each, then loads of soil for the habitats at $205 a load, it all adds up. We could really use your financial support. There is no gift too small and it is tax-deductible. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit in good standing. We hope you will consider Yogie and Friends as part of your giving.

Donations in Honor/Memory/Gift: Every Christmas we have a fan donate $500 to us and they give us a list of 20 names to send a card to letting them know a donation has been made in their name to Yogie and Friends. After the first time we did this the recipients told our giver that it was the best gift they had received. We have done this for birthday gifts and other special occasions. We are working on making cards for this reason and will put the program up on our website for you to choose a gift giving card like this. It’s a nice thing to give and receive a gift of giving. Especially for those hard to buy a gift for. We love this. Hope you will too.

Habitat Improvements: We had carports installed in three of the cat habitats this past Sunday. One each in Moses’, the three lions’, and Morticia’s pens. This is going to be a nice source of shade and shelter for all weather. They will hold up much better than the cloth shade we’ve been using. Next we will be building newer houses under these carports. Hopefully within the next month. We can’t wait to get those done, get the new dirt in, and new grass growing. Three years of drought have wreaked havoc on the ground and the dirt has packed and grass is not growing as much as we want. That will change soon.

Yogie Booth at Greenwood Flea Market: We had to close down our booth at the Flea Market. We knew it was going to be a short term thing and had hoped to stay longer, but we just did not have the volunteer help we needed to stay open and do all the other things we needed for the sanctuary and upcoming fundraisers. We appreciate the new friends we made, people we met, and those who supported us while we were there. It was fun.

2014 Season Opening: We are preparing the property for our 2014 season. If the weather cooperates and all goes as planned, we will open the first Saturday in April, which is April 5th this year. We look forward to it.

Facebook: If you aren’t already following us on our Facebook page, then please go and like on us. We are very active on the page and share lots of photos and videos of the big cats as well as sharing upcoming events and educational information of big cats and domestic pets. Please help us increase our fan page like.

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.

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


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

(NEW DATE)                                                 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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