October is here and thankfully some cooler weather is finally upon us. We, and the animals, are loving the cooler days. It also makes it a lot easier for us to complete the modifications on the habitats for the domestic cats.
I want to thank our fans for standing by us through all the lies and false allegations against Yogie and Friends and being there for us. It’s very difficult to fight lies on social media and that is why we choose not to have a Facebook page at this time. We don’t want to expend time and effort fighting all the threats toward us and negative comments in social media. It doesn’t do any good anyway. We have had personal family losses during this fight (my mother in January and our Vice President’s husband in April). We are still in mourning for our lost family members, as well as our animal family. And sadly, the fight is not over. So, we just want you to know how much we appreciate you and are grateful to those of you who have visited us throughout our 14 wonderful years as a big cat rescue. We need your continued support and prayers now more than ever as we move on in this new direction. Thank you so much!
Wabbajack the kitten: We want to thank everyone who helped by donating to Wabbajack’s veterinarian bill. He had exploratory surgery and that never yielded any answers. There were some questionable things in his intestines regarding motility, but it still left us without any definitive diagnosis. He is, however, doing very well now and back with his foster family. We fell short of our goal, but the final tally of the care he received was $2500. We are just very happy he is well and thriving. Thank you again for caring.
Buddy: We are sad to report that one of the four cats we received when their owner died in July has himself, died. We are always sad when we lose any animal and it’s never easy for us to say goodbye. We just hope he is healthy and happy and in the loving arms of his late owner, Johnny, and playing like a young kitten. We will miss Buddy.
Hope: Hope was a kitten we received from Ninna’s Road to Rescue because she tested positive for FIV. Since we knew that young kittens can test false positive for viruses we waited till she was about 5 months old and retested her. We are happy to report she has tested NEGATIVE for ALL viruses. She is now living with the non-FIV cats and is adoptable. Yay Hope!
We want to introduce our newest cats, Bailey and Maggie Mae:
Bailey is a very sweet and affectionate FIV positive boy that we received from our friends at Shreveport Bossier Animal Rescue (SBAR). Our partners at SBAR see the value in keeping cats like Bailey alive and we were happy to help give him a forever home with us at Yogie and Friends. Bailey is about 3 -5 years old, happy, cuddly, and a joy to have with us. Welcome aboard Bailey.
Maggie Mae: Maggie Mae is a 4 month old long-haired Tortie I found in my neighborhood and just finished quarantine. She is also virus negative and being prepared for adoption. She is still very shy and timid and bonded with me, but we are socializing her with other people and cats.
Taz the Bobcat: Taz is our very old bobcat that has lived with us at Yogie and Friends since 2004. In December 2014 we sent in our paperwork for permit renewal, as we have done since 2002, and we were inspected by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) on September 10th. LDWF was happy with his habitat and care, but there seems to be some question as to a new requirement to keep Taz at Yogie and Friends that we are awaiting for some word back on. Please keep us in your prayers regarding this issue because we don’t want to have to relocate Taz after all these years. If we do, he will go to the GW Zoo in Oklahoma to join the rest of our Yogie and Friends cats in boarding there. Pray that this will NOT be the case. We want him to live out the rest of his life with those of us he has known and loved for most of his life.
Work Completion: We have completed the outdoor catio for the FIV positive cat house, but since these cats are in close proximity to our bobcat they will not be allowed outdoors in the catio. There are concerns that they will make Taz sick, so we will just keep them indoors, which they are fine with.
The Non-FIV positive cats located in Tigger’s old habitat now have an indoor building to go in and out of. We are using the hurricane rated cell phone tower buildings as their house and they are really cool. They have heat and air for all seasons. The cats are loving it.
Our Big Cats: We still support our 8 remaining big cats in boarding in Oklahoma. They are safe, happy, and healthy, and we get to visit them often.
Volunteers: We need volunteer help. Now that we are not housing big cats, our volunteers do not have to be 18 or older. However, we do need you to have a current, valid driver’s license and a way to get yourself to the sanctuary to work if you volunteer. Too many times in the past people had to depend on others for transportation to the sanctuary and that doesn’t always work out and left us in a bind for help on work days. Volunteering can be anything from fundraising, cleaning litter boxes and cat dishes to mowing and weed eating the property, as well as carpentry skills. Also, just spending time loving on the cats so they get that much needed human attention. If you are interested and can help, then please do.
Wish List: As always, cash is king. We still have bills to pay. We have electric, water, veterinarian, and some construction bills. Some items we need are: Revolution for cats, cat food (currently we use 4 Health Grain Free and Friskies canned), cat litter (mostly Tidy Cat without Glade scented), and toys and treats. Cash is always easier since we can buy items at a rescue discount
Support a Special Needs Cat: FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a feline only, slow-acting virus. It is so slow to progress that most FIV+ cats die of old age. Once thought to be deadly and highly contagious, it has since been found to be neither. Just as HIV was once believed to be a death sentence for those afflicted, so it is still with FIV. Only in the case of cats, the mere diagnosis produces that death sentence. Fortunately there are many veterinarians who don’t believe that this is the case and this is why we got four FIV cats. We got them from veterinarians who did not want to kill them. We do NOT want these cats to die just because of this diagnosis either. They deserve the chance to live. And live they will with us. Now that we have our first FIV positive cats living comfortably in their new home at Yogie and Friends, they will need your support. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals. None of the Yogie volunteer staff receives ANY compensation for the work we do.
Bake Sale and Fundraiser: We will have our ever popular bake sale at Petco on Youree Drive in Shreveport on October 24th from 11am-4pm. If you can help with baking please let us know. Vegetarian and Vegan baking are needed. We love this event. So do our fans!
Donations of cash are what we need most. You can donate online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal.
Please note that some cats may be sponsored by more than one person, but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats.
You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.
Cats in need of Sponsoring:
You can also mail your donations to us at:
Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027
If you wish to make a donation on a regular basis and do not wish to use PayPal, your bank can set up automatic payments for you.
Adoptable Cats/Kittens: We still have several kittens in foster care that we can use your help with. Many have already been spayed/neutered and are current on vaccinations. We will be working with SBAR as well regarding getting our fur babies adopted. We have an Amazon Wish List with a list of much needed supplies for these kittens.
Amazon: If you shop via Amazon.com you select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. They will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.
We also have an Amazon wish list to help with the feeding and caring of our feral cat colonies as well as the adoptable cats and kittens we are fostering. Please help if you can.
We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding and any and all donations are appreciated as we continue to care for them. They are safe and well.
Money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the boarding of our big cats and for TNR. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.
LOUISIANA AND TEXAS KROGER SHOPPERS: If you have not already done so, please don’t forget to get your Kroger Community Rewards linked to your Kroger Plus Card. Every time you shop at a Texas or Louisiana Kroger and use your Plus Card, Kroger will donate a portion of the sale to Yogie and Friends to help the FIV and other special needs cats we have at the sanctuary. Every little bit helps! Here is the link to enroll or sign in (if you are already enrolled). Choose us as your charity of choice… NPO #80724, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary (we will be fixing the name later, but it’s still all good). https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): CFC is in full swing right now, so 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.
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 to you.
24 October 2015 11am – 4pm Fall Bake Sale and Fundraiser
6595 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA
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.
The Yogie and Friends Gang!
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