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July 2014 Sanctuary Newsletter

Greetings Fans,

This is going to be a very short update, we wanted to thank everyone for making our season finale a great one, as they usually are, and thank you for understanding the reason we have become a closed sanctuary. It was finally possible for us to do so. This does not mean we won’t need your financial support, we do still, but it was time for us to become a true sanctuary. That is no public visitors. We do still plan to have the occasional educational tour and event, but not an every Saturday visit. So come and visit this site often, as well as our Facebook page for updates and events.

Welcome: We want to welcome Jaimie Wise, DVM, to our veterinarian team at Yogie and Friends. Dr. Wise is also the owner of Wise Choice Animal Hospital in Shreveport and is well known throughout our community and for her work with exotic animals. She joined our team on May 1st. Welcome aboard Dr. Jaimie!

USDA License: We just received our license renewal from the USDA APHIS in the mail yesterday. Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary has been a USDA Class C exhibitor licensed sanctuary in good standing since 2000. Our fans should take comfort in knowing we follow the rules and regulations and do what is best for our animals.

Sanctuary Upgrades: We have been working very hard at the sanctuary to update, improve, and make necessary repairs to the big cat habitats and the property in general. One improvement we have made is upgrading our existing security cameras that you probably never knew we had, but we were watching you, Lol! and made them where we can now do live video feeds in some of the habitats. That will be fun when we make them available on our website for you to see. The old cameras did their job, which was safety and security for the animals and property. These are just more intense and modern cameras that we can watch near and far. Things are coming along nicely. Thanks to those who are helping make it possible.

Road Kill: We continue to receive phone calls from people asking us to take road kill to feed our animals. We received a call from the Desoto Sheriff just this past week for a horse that got hit by a car and killed. We did not take the animal as a food source. This is something we have never done and never will. We only get our food for our animals, such as whole, non-diseased cows, from local ranchers we know and have worked with for years. We get deer meat, deer bones, deer hide, and never remnants (people leave a lot of meat on the bones) from Cotton’s Grocery and Mac’s Deer Processing Plant only since we know the safety and quality of the deer meat because it is being used for human consumption. And we also use USDA inspected, grass fed, organic, Wagyu beef, from Strube Ranch. So you see we only feed a quality diet to our animals. It is a whole prey diet and it’s not fun to prepare, but the animals are worth it. We would never risk our animals getting a piece of glass or metal in them from a damaged vehicle. Thank you for understanding why we don’t do this. We know you are trying to help.

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):  If you are a Military member or Federal Employee we hope 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. 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. 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!

Recycle Ink Cartridges and Cell Phones: Please consider helping us with our recycling program.  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. You can box up the cartridges; put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, and then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some too you.

Kroger Community Rewards Program:  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

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.

Upcoming Events:


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!



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