May 2014 Sanctuary Newsletter

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

Because we have had the privilege of enjoying such wonderful supporters for many years, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary has realized its dream of living up to the part of its name that is often disregarded when speaking casually. Indeed, Yogie and Friends has arrived at a place where we are finally truly able to be a Sanctuary. A Sanctuary, by definition, has biblical roots, but is defined as a place of asylum, refuge and rest. The more modern term refers to an area where animals can take refuge from human interference. Because Yogie and Friends has been open to the public for so many years, we weren’t truly giving our residents a place of refuge from as many humans as possible, yet, the financial support provided by the public was necessary for their very survival, so compromises had to be made. As our cat population ages, we take seriously the commitment of providing a sanctuary for them and for this reason, we have made the difficult decision to close our gates to the general public. As a result, we are eliminating our weekly Saturday hours for general public attendance. Our last public day this season will be June 14, 2014. The general public has seven more chances to visit the cats and they are, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and June 7 and 14, with June 14th being our last day.  In lieu of regular public visitors, special tours will be available upon request and by appointment only. We will continue to need support in the form financial donations, and ask that you give in the spirit of knowing you are helping the cats by donating, not visiting! In this attempt to not just talk the talk, but also to walk the walk, we thank you for your understanding and sign off with renewed commitment, For The Cats.  Yogie and Friends.

 

New Cat House Fundraiser: Would you consider sponsoring a new den house?  We already have one sponsor for Moses’ habitat and it will be called “Jill’s House.” We are building cinder block houses so they will not be subject to termites or other conditions to wear them out. We will be starting with the lion pen with our three lions, Batman, Boo Boo and Yogie. That has the most immediate need and then we will go from there. Then we will build Moses, Morticia, Gomez/Putty Tat, and Samson after that. Cinder blocks at Home Depot and Lowes are the same price at $1.43 each 8x8x16 cinderblock. We need at least 158 for the three lion house, concrete, and braces at the top for the roof. Each den house is going to cost $600 to build. We originally thought $500, but prices have increased. If you’d like to contribute to the cost of each den house, then you can send a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027. Since both our VP and I are military retirees we are able to purchase materials at Lowes and Home Depot with a 10% military discount. That basically saves us the tax. We appreciate any and all help with the cost of the new houses.

 

Grass Sod: We have been purchasing grass sod for the cat pens a pallet at a time. Each pallet cost $300. It doesn’t cover the entire pen, but it’s a good start. We have also been putting more dirt in the pens to build them up from four years of drought. We hope this year we have more rain to let stuff grow. The cats love the new grass. We need a lot more. If you would like to help with this project we could use your help with this as well.

 

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

 

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): We received an e-mail yesterday that we have been approved for the next CFC campaign. This is always welcome news when we get approved. 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.

 

Financial Support: Your financial support is always needed and much appreciated. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in good standing. We have always been, and remain, a 100% volunteer driven organization. We will NOT pay ourselves for the work we do. We do it for the love of the animals. Our normal monthly bills are: Water, Electric, Diesel fuel (truck), phone, and truck insurance. Other bills are liability insurance and vet care when needed. We are good managers of our funds and have no debt. We work hard on this to be good stewards of our money. We are trying to build up the coffers from the long off season to have funds for any emergency needs that should arise. This is why our donors are so important and we want you all to know how much we appreciate you for your continued support. Thank you!

 

Amazon Wish List: Yogie and Friends has a wish list to help us with feeding ferals/domestic cats in our colonies and foster care, as well as a few administrative items such as printer ink. If you would like to help with anything in this area, then please go to our wish list. Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1IP8XF9GJ5B0Q/ref=topnav_lists_1

 

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.

 

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

 

Upcoming Events:

 

14 June 2014                       Noon – 5pm  Big Cat Bash (Yogie Public Visit Finale)

 

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

                                                                   Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA

 

Much more to come! 

                                                    

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!


Jenny

 


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April 2014 Sanctuary Newsletter

Greetings Fans!

CHANGE TO OUR SEASON OPENING DATE: Our new opening date is 12 April 2014. We hate starting off our monthly update with the fact we will NOT be able to open as scheduled on April 5th. We are happy that we are finally having the much needed rain, but as a result the property is far too wet to open to the public. The parking lot is so wet that your vehicles will get stuck and that is not a good thing. So, unfortunately we will have to delay a week. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Spring Bake Sale: Thank you to everyone who came out to our bake sale at Petco on March 29th. It was another huge success and what we like to use to prepare for our opening season. Thanks again!

 New Cat House Fundraiser: Now that we have the carports in the big cat pens it’s time for us to build a newer, better, cat house under them. We are building cinder block houses so they will not be subject to termites or other conditions to wear them out. We will be starting with the lion pen with our three lions, Batman, Boo Boo and Yogie, and go from there. Then we will build Moses, Morticia, Gomez/Putty Tat, and Samson after that. Cinder blocks at Home Depot and Lowes are the same price at $1.43 each 8x8x16 cinderblock. We need at least 158 for the three lion house, concrete, and braces at the top for the roof. Each den house is going to cost $500 to build. If you’d like to contribute to the cost of each den house, then you can send a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027. Since both our VP and I are military retirees we are able to purchase materials at Lowes and Home Depot with a 10% military discount. That basically saves us the tax. We appreciate any and all help with the cost of the new houses.

 Special Thanks: We want to give a special thanks to Tia Ables for the donation of 1500 pounds of USDA certified beef for our big cats. This was an awesome thing and a great help with the cost of food for our animals. Thanks so much. We really appreciate it.

Financial Support: Your financial support is always needed and much appreciated. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in good standing. We have always been, and remain, a 100% volunteer driven organization. We will NOT pay ourselves for the work we do. We do it for the love of the animals. Our normal monthly bills are: Water, Electric, Diesel fuel (truck), phone, and truck insurance. Other bills are liability insurance and vet care when needed. We are good managers of our funds and have no debt. We work hard on this to be good stewards of our money. We are trying to build up the coffers from the long off season to have funds for any emergency needs that should arise. This is why our donors are so important and we want you all to know how much we appreciate you for your continued support. Thank you!

Amazon Wish List: Yogie and Friends has a wish list to help us with feeding ferals/domestic cats in our colonies and foster care, as well as a few administrative items such as printer ink. If you would like to help with anything in this area, then please go to our wish list. Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1IP8XF9GJ5B0Q/ref=topnav_lists_1

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. 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:

 

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

(NEW DATE)

 

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!

Jenny


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