February 2016 Newsletter

Greetings Fellow Cat Lovers!

BoudreauxWe have a sad announcement to share. Our beloved cougar, Boudreaux, died on 23 January 2016. Boudreaux arrived at Yogie and Friends after his former owners divorced and said they could no longer keep him. He arrived at Yogie and Friends on 27 September 2003, at approximately 7 years of age. Boudreaux was a beloved pet and well treated by his former owners. They just could no longer care for him as individuals and found us to take him in. Boudreaux lived a long and wonderful life. He was a beloved favorite by so many of our staff and fans. He will be greatly missed.

We want to thank all our fans for making our fundraiser at Bella Nonnas Olive Oil and Vinegar – Tasting Bar a fun and successful event. Many of our fans have never been to or even heard of such a place and we all had so much fun. It was an educational experience and we got to meet up with our fans both old, and new. We also appreciate that this event also supported a locally owned business. We have made some new customers for them as well. Thank you again for coming out. We definitely plan more of these. Please go and check out Bella Nonnas at 1409 E. 70th street in Shreveport. You will be glad you did.

We are currently working on modifications to our property to support domestic cats. Since our property was designed to house larger cats the fences are not designed to contain the little guys. If you know anything about cats you know they are experts at getting out of places and climbing what you would think are impossible structures. Little by little we are taking down the 16 foot fences so that eventually there will be no chain link fences and there will be a more open environment for the cats to roam the property freely and safely. We will be installing specially designed cat fences so they cannot escape. We will sell, recycle, and donate (to other animal rescues), the fence and materials we will not need for our new venture. If you can volunteer your time and skills to help move us closer to this next step, please let us know. We cannot take in more cats until we complete the modifications.

PeteyPetey, one of our FIV positive kitties had been having a difficult time with upper respiratory infections, but he is now better and has been neutered. He is a very sweet boy and hope someone adopts this love bug. We want people to know that FIV is not a death sentence and you shouldn’t be afraid to love one, or more, of these beautiful cats.

Supplies: Our biggest needs at this time are cat food and cat litter. We are currently using Purina Complete and Purina Indoor Formula for dry food, and Friskies canned (all types). As far as cat litter we use Tidy Cat Scoopable without any scents in it such as Glade. Cats don’t like scented cat litter. We use no harsh chemical products for cleaning. For pest control we use food grade diatomaceous earth that we spread on the grounds. This is available at most feed stores. Also, washable blankets and throws are greatly appreciated. Please email us if you have any questions about helping with supplies.

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. Since we currently do not have a landline at the facility (this saves us a great deal of money) you can contact us via email at yogieandfriends@hotmail.com and our volunteer coordinator will call you as soon as possible.

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, or put you in touch with Sheri’s TNR. 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. 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.

 

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:

Petey

Gatsby

Paisley

Sunny

VooDoo

Frazier

Bubba

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope

Elsa

Callie

Kristof

Annabelle

Kitler

Sarah

Caspar

Blackie

Powdah

Duncan

Pia

Anna

 

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.

https://smile.amazon.com/

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.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A2LGJPU9KN7C2N

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:

TBD                                       11am – 4 pm             Yogie and Friends Spring Bake Sale

Petco, 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.

Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!


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