January 2016 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

2016 is here. We hope and pray that all our fans and supporters had a safe and wonderful holiday season.

We are praying for 2016 to be a more positive, and less eventful, year. A year that helps save more cats and educate the public about the viruses often found in domestic cats.

Thank You! A special thank you goes to our webmasters Paige and Damon Bass for all they do to keep our website up and running. I know I often throw things at them and that it is a lot of work, but they do a great job for us and we know we could never do this without them. Believe us when we say how much we love and appreciate all they do for us. They are even working on updates and modifications to the site now to improve an already awesome site. Know that the work they do for us has not gone unnoticed or appreciated. Thank you both again!

Thank you to ALL our volunteer staff. Everyone at Yogie and Friends is a volunteer. Myself included. None of us receives any compensation for the work we do at the sanctuary because we want 100% of the proceeds to go to taking care of the animals. What your donation pays for is: Cat food, cat litter, veterinarian care, boarding of our big cats in Oklahoma, electric, water, and insurance. Our overhead is not huge, but we make sure our bills are paid and the animals are safe. So, thanks to our volunteers:

Andrea Labor

Damon and Paige Bass

Jaret Snow – Board Member

Vicki Volk – Board Member

Doug Efferson

Vanessa Efferson

Hannah Efferson

Kathy Cherry – Board Member

Alan Golden – Board Member

Celeste Alexander – Board Member

Tim Mills – Founder and Board Member


It takes a team to make it work!

We still have our eight remaining big cats in boarding in Oklahoma and they are doing amazing as always. Boudreaux is our old man at around 20 years old, but he is hanging in there. They love seeing us when we visit them.

We usually do a “Year in Review” on our New Year update, but choose not to this year since we would like to forget the bad and move on to the good with a clean slate.

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Christmas Bake Sale. It was an amazing fundraiser and we had a great time meeting new people and visiting with our regulars. We are grateful to those who remain loyal to our cause. Thank you again!

Feral Community Cats: Several of us here at Yogie and Friends do as much trap-spay/neuter-release (TNR) of feral community cats as we can, but not as much as there is need. If you would like to help with this effort we would be more than happy to train you. If you have experience with TNR we would love to have your help. We humanely trap the cats, and then take them to Robinson’s Rescue to be spay/neutered, they receive a rabies vaccination, and are ear tipped, which lets us know the cat has been fixed. Sometimes we catch the same cat and the ear tip is a universal sign the animal has already been spayed or neutered. This is an important service to help reduce the feral cat population. A well-managed feral cat community is a good thing. They also serve a purpose. They are not the worst thing you can have in your neighborhood, but we certainly would love to reduce this population humanely. The way to do that is through TNR. You can also contact Sherie’s TNR through the Krewe of Barkous and Meoux or through her page on Facebook. Let’s help get this need of overpopulation under control and have a good relationship for the community cats and humans in your neighborhood. You can make that difference.


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.


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/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:                     










Non-Positive Cats:















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.

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.


Upcoming Events:

23 January 2016                 4pm – 6pm                Yogie and Friends Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting

                                                                                   Bella Nonna’s Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Bar

1409 E. 70th St., Suite 107

Shreveport, LA


31 January 2016                 12pm – 3pm              Yogie and Friends Vendor Booth

                                                                                    Barkous and Meoux Pet Parade

                                                                                    Former Location of Reeves Marine

Bossier Parkway, Bossier City, 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.

Jenny and The Yogie and Friends Gang!

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