December 2015 Newsletter

Hello Yogie Fans!

It’s December and we are all still trying to figure out where this year has gone.



Bailey: We are sad to announce that our little Bailey has crossed the rainbow bridge on December 2nd. Bailey was one of two of our cats who were both FIV and Feline Leukemia positive. Sadly, the Feline Leukemia cats seem to die younger that those with FIV. Bailey had started to decline over the past month and would not respond to any treatment. The fluid buildup in his lungs and abdomen were just too much for his little body to take so the kind, but extremely difficult, decision was made to give him the much needed rest and peace he so deserved. He now is running free. We will miss our sweet Bailey. More than anyone will know.


We want to introduce our newest cats, Petey: Petey is a sweet, long haired domestic, white and black cat. He is extremely sweet and was one hour from being euthanized. He is FIV positive and otherwise a very plump, and happy boy. He is not, but will be soon, neutered. He has an amazing personality and would make a wonderful pet for someone who knows, and understands, FIV and that it’s not a death sentence.

Duncan: Duncan is an orange, 12 – 14 week old kitten that was found by one of our volunteers, very sick, scared, and injured. He looks pretty rough after a bout with ringworm, which has been treated, and as is often the case with young cats and kittens, was wormy and malnourished. He was a feral and needs special love and attention. After 10 days at the vet in quarantine and treatment, he is now in the Tigger habitat with the other non-FIV/FeLV cats. Duncan is available for adoption, but only to a special adopter who will be patient and understanding to his shyness. Time, love, and tenderness will be key to his personality development.

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. Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus that infects cats. FeLV can be transmitted from infected cats when the transfer of saliva or nasal secretions is involved. If not defeated by the animal’s immune system, the virus can cause diseases which can be lethal. One disease caused by this virus is a form of cancer of the blood cells called lymphocytes (a leukemia).We sadly do lose more cats to FeLV issues, and much faster. But, they still deserve a chance. Fortunately there are many veterinarians who don’t believe that all these cats should immediately be euthanized. We often get 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/FeLV 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.

Christmas Bake Sale: Yogie and Friends Cat Sanctuary will hold their Christmas Bake Sale at Petco, Youree Drive, Shreveport, on Saturday, December 19th from 11am – 4pm. As usual we will have our amazing gift items just in time for you to pick up something for your gift giving, while at the same time helping our animals.

Our Big Cats: Tim and Doug went up to Oklahoma last month to visit with our big cats. They are doing amazing and are happy, healthy, and still thriving. We still support our 8 remaining big cats in boarding. We still need your help with the boarding of our beloved, but guys and hope you will continue to help.

Volunteers: We really need dedicated volunteers who are willing to help with our new mission of rescuing these special needs, domestic cats. Litter boxes need to be scooped, floors swept, catios cleaned, and cats need to be loved and socialized. We hope you will consider helping us make our mission a successful one. Please volunteer with us and make life a little nicer for these special cats. 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.

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.

Donate Cash:

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.

Sponsors Needed:

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:


FIV Cats:









Other Cats:

Freddie Kroger (Adopted)


Patches (Adopted)







Possum (Adopted)

Mini (Adopted)





Miss Kitty



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 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).

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.


Upcoming Events:


19 December 2015             11am – 4pm              Christmas Bake Sale at Petco

Petco 6596 Youree DriveShreveport, LA

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Please have a safe and happy holiday season. Please consider the fur babies during your holiday gift giving. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

The Yogie and Friends Gang!

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