April 2017 Newsletter

Hello Yogie Fans!

One of the most difficult parts about the kind of rescue we do is loss. We know there will be loss, but hope and pray it is minimal. Death is a fact of life, but we always hope that the care we provide these animals will give them a longer life than they might have had otherwise. And, I must report yet another loss. One of our Feline Leukemia positive cats, Splotchie died suddenly on March 14th. This was a total shock since she had exhibited absolutely no signs of illness. Yes, she was FeLV positive, but she had been eating well, drinking water, and doing surprisingly well. The problem with FeLV versus the FIV is that the leukemia cats seem to develop more cancers. Many don’t live as long either. Splotchie was approximately ten years old, which is good, but not long enough for our liking. She developed cancer. But, she had no obvious signs of illness and she died peacefully in her sleep. We are really going to miss this sweet girl. R.I.P. Splotchie.

Our sweet boy, Bert, had his splint removed on March 8th and he is doing very well. He was a little apprehensive about using the leg for the first few days, but that is normal. Even for us. He is now back to running around and playing like crazy. Other than his leg looking thin from muscle atrophy, which has improved daily, you would never have known he had a broken leg.


We planned to bring in two new residents, but brought three in instead. Ursula and Sam came to us from a humane society in Pineville, Louisiana that we have worked with in the past. It’s where Bruno came from. Then we received a frantic email from a volunteer at a high kill pound in in La Place, Louisiana, about a very sweet, young, male cat that was returned to the shelter for some reason, but when he was returned he ended up testing positive for FIV, which he didn’t have before being adopted. He only had a day to live, so we agreed to take him. When we brought Huey in from La Place he immediately bonded with our VP and she ended up taking him home.


He is now known as, Nimitz, and we are very happy for him. All three of these cats are FIV positive, but are doing very well. Ursula is extremely shy and we are spending a lot of time helping her adjust. Sam is young and acts like he has been with us all his life. He is very social. Nimitz, well, his bonding speaks for itself. As a result, we are now back at capacity.


Spring Bake Sale:  Our Spring Bake Sale had to be rescheduled due to work schedules and other conflicts. We moved it to April 8th and the time (11a.m.-4p.m.) at Petco, remain the same.

Comic Con: The prep work for the upcoming Comic Con is underway since this is a two-day event. We have new merchandise that we think our fans will like and hope will buy to help the animals. This event is going to be held at the Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport on April 22nd and 23rd and we are very excited about this. This gives us an opportunity to share and spread the word about our new mission and to help educate the public about these cats and what FIV and FeLV are. We hope our fans will stop by our booth at the Con.

Fosters: Many times there is a need for good fosters to help with cats and kittens while they are healing from a spay/neuter, may have had a litter of kittens and need to wait until they are weaned, or some other cat/kitten emergency. Right now we have a Yogie board member who is fostering several cats and kittens that will be placed for adoption through Port City Cat Rescue. Since we are not set up for adoptions at local pet stores or events, and most often we don’t have adoptable cats, we work with them. If fostering is something you are able to do, then please consider making yourself available. We can certainly use your help and save more cats.

Financial Needs: Our bank account is a bit low right now due to recent vet bills and the obvious food and cat litter, and we could really use our donors help. Your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law, so please, if you can find it in your heart to help us, please do. These animals are so worth it.

We still have four remaining big cats in boarding in Oklahoma and they are doing amazing as always. They love seeing us when we visit them.

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.

Louisiana and Texas Kroger Shoppers: If you have not already done so, it’s time to relink your Kroger Community Rewards 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


Recycle Ink Cartridges: New labels have arrived and are available for you to ship cartridges out for recycling. Please consider helping us with our recycling program.  Don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us or let us mail you the labels so you can send them out directly and save us a step. 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.

Facebook: We have a new Facebook page now. It is called, Yogie and Friends Special Needs Cats. It is a strictly controlled page so that nobody is every bullied or threatened on our page by others. It’s a safe page to share educational information and news about our wonderful cats. Please like on the page and share with your friends.

Cat Food and Cat Litter: We always need cat litter and canned cat food. 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.

SPONSOR A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT:  We are looking for sponsors for our cats. We hope that is you. 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 therefore 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.


Sponsors Needed:

Please note that more than one person may sponsor some cats, 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:

Petey                                                                                      Hope                          Elsa

Gatsby                                                                                    Kristoff                       Barney

Paisley                                                                                   Anna                          Duncan

Sunny                                                                                                Sarah                         Muff

VooDoo                                                                                 Blackie                       Penelope

Frazier                                                                                    Luna                           Duckie

Bubba                                                                                                Lucy                           Smudge

King                                                                                        Squeak                      Smokey

Dotsey                                                                                    Bandit                        Snowball

Bruno                                                                                     Natasha                     Boo

Alex                                                                                        Miss Kitty                   Blackie (2)

Ursula                                                                                                Max


You can mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends

128 Fob Lane

Frierson, LA 71027


If you wish to donate on a regular basis and do not wish to use PayPal, your bank can set up automatic payments for you.

AMAZON WISH LIST: 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 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.

Upcoming Events:

8 April 2017  11am – 4 pm             Spring Bake Sale and Fundraiser

                                                                       Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport



23/23 Apr 2017        10am – 6 pm SBC Louisiana Comic Con

                                                                        Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport, LA


17 June 2017           3 – 6 pm                    Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting and Mini Bake Sale

Bella Nonna’s Olive Oil & Vinegar – Tasting Bar

1409 E. 70th St., Suite 107

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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