April 2018 Newsletter

Greetings Yogie Fans!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our Spring Bake Sale. These are always crazy fun for us to have.

Caspar: On Friday evening, March 23rd, our solid white cat, Caspar, started throwing up. It was the usual look of a cat throwing up food and we had no reason to be concerned. Except, he continued to intermittently do so and began to pant. Since cats do not normally pant I got very nervous and rushed him to the emergency vet. Within 25 minutes of his first episode Caspar was dead. It was so unexpected and shocking. The vet said he had a slight heart murmur and lots of fluid on his lungs. Some fluid even came out during intubation. That’s a lot of fluid. The sad thing is that he had exhibited absolutely NO signs of illness. He was playing and eating normally that day. The vet suspected Hypertrophic Cardio Myopathy, which is a condition that often does not present any symptoms and the animal is suddenly dead. It has happened to several of our friend’s pets. Caspar was not an FIV/FeLV positive cat. He had been seen by a vet within the past six months and there were no indications of a heart murmur. We are still shocked by all this. There was nothing we could have done, but it still hurts us terribly.

Oskar: Oskar, the very injured black cat we helped last month continues to improve and has adjusted well to living inside at the sanctuary. He is very comfortable with us.

Give for Good Giving Day: May 1st is the annual, Give for Good giving day. It starts just after midnight on May 1st and runs all day. It’s an opportunity for non-profits all over the country to raise much needed funds for their organization.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our Spring Bake Sale. These are always crazy fun for us to have.


Eat a Dog, Save a Cat: Yogie and Friends will have a cat building fundraiser to help finish the new cat building. We will have our, Eat a (Hot) Dog, Save a Cat, hotdog fundraiser at Petco on Youree drive in Shreveport. This event will run Tuesday, May 1st, from 11a.m.-2:30p.m. You can get a grilled hot dog, chips, and bottle of water, for a donation of $5.95. Kona Ice will also be with us during this time selling their amazing Ice drinks. We will also have our cool Yogie and Friends merchandise as well as several raffles. We hope you will come by and help the cats during this time.

New Cat Building: The new cat house has been an unbelievable and frustrating challenge to get completed. We have found a well-respected, and reputable, building contractor, that came out to look at the building and gave us a price of finishing the inside to include, tape and mud floating, trim and finish work, cat walk shelves and lofts, and any touch ups inside. The cost of materials and labor will be $1650. At this time, we do not have a lot of funds to finish the building and we have created a GoFundMe to help get this building completed. Once that is done and we get more funds, then we will look at doing the outdoor catio. The indoor work is the priority, so we can move the cats in.


SPONSOR A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT:  Please consider sponsoring a special needs cat. 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.

Please note that more than one person may sponsor a cat, 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:

Alex                             Sarah                                                  Hope                           Elsa

Gatsby                         Sam                                                    Max                             Barney

Paisley                        Ursula                                                  Anna                            Duncan

Sunny                                                                                      Grace                          Muff

VooDoo                                                                                   Blackie                                    Penelope

Frazier                                                                                     Blacky                         Duckie

Bubba                                                                                      Lucy                            Smudge

Nimitz                                                                                      Squeak                        Smokey

Dotsey                                                                                     Bandit                          Snowball

Bruno                                                                                      Natasha                       Boo

Miss Kitty



You can also mail your donations to us at:

 Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027


New Cat Building: We still really need your help to get this project finished. It won’t take much to do so and we pray you can make this possible with your donation. You can donate via PayPal at yogieandfriends@hotmail.com or by mailing a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

Cost breakdown for the building:


Building  12×24                       $5264.40

Flooring                                   $755.99

Lumber                                    $560.00

Insulation                                 $410.43

Drywall                                    $681.60

Lights                                       $175.88

Ceiling Fan                              $80.00

Labor                                       $1000.00

Miscellaneous Materials such as concrete, lumber, nails, mud, paint, etc.

Chewy: We are now a partner with Chewy.com and when you shop via their website and select Yogie and Friends as your charity we will get a portion of the sales. This is a great way to help our cats and we hope you will select us as your charity. You can use this link with our partner number:  www.chewy.com/rp/6019

Louisiana and Texas Kroger Shoppers: If you link 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

Bissell Pet Foundation: We are part of the Bissell Pet Foundation and hopefully will be able to receive grants to help our shelter now as a result. The BISSELL Pet Foundation supports programs and initiatives that are focused on addressing the pet overpopulation crisis in our country. Through funding for pet adoption, spay/neuter, microchipping, and foster care we are making a difference to reduce the number of pets in shelters and rescues. They support the lifesaving work of 3,000 animal welfare organizations in all 50 states.

Cat Litter: We always need Scoopable cat litter. We found that the Wal-Mart Special Kitty (40-pound box) to be the best value right now and we have been buying that. But, we will take any Scoopable litter. You can send a monetary donation to us and we will pick up the litter, since shipping it is costly, or contact us for a pickup place. Please help us with this. We need you.

Our Needs: We always need cat litter. We use Scoopable cat litter, preferably unscented or very little scent, cat food, canned Friskies pate’ and Fancy Feast pate’.

Since we have the normal operational costs of electric, water, gas, and of course, Veterinary care, we need cash. Cash is very important to our caring for the cats and none of us get paid at Yogie and Friends. 100% of your tax-deductible donations go to the animal’s care.

Donations of cash can be done in several ways, online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal. Or you can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027

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: Please like and follow us on Facebook at 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.

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.



All the money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the care and wellbeing of our animals. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.


Upcoming Events:


21 April 2018   10am – 3 pm
Paws in the Park Participant Booth
Riverside Church
3232 E.70th St., Shreveport, LA


1 May 2018
11am – 2:30 pm
Eat a (Hot) Dog, Save a Cat
Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport

 1 May 2018
All Day
Give for Good Day On-Line Giving Day


 June 2018
10am-6 pm
Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting (On-Line/In-Store)
Bella Nonna’s Olive Oil & Vinegar – Tasting Bar
1409 E. 70th St., Suite 107
Shreveport, LA


21 Jul 2018
10am – 6pm
Yogie Booth at SBC Anime Festival Day 1
Bossier Civic Center, Benton Rd., Bossier City


22 Jul 2018
11am – 5pm
Yogie Booth at SBC Anime Festival Day 2
Bossier Civic Center, Benton Rd., Bossier City


TBD Sept 2018
11am – 3 pm
Fall Bake Sale and Fundraiser
Location to be determined


PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop!


Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!

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