April 2020 Newsletter

Greetings Yogie and Friends Fans!

We hope this newsletter finds you all safe and well. These are crazy times we are currently experiencing in our country, but we will get through it.

Due to the Coronavirus, we, as well as many other non-profits, had to cancel our fundraising events. We hate that this happened since it is one of the most important ways, we support our animals. But so many people are in an even more difficult position, and we pray we get through this soon.

Our biggest concerns are the same no matter. We need cat food, cat litter, and vet care. We have several animals on special prescription diets, as well as daily medications. We have been finding the cat food being sold out in almost every store, and, online. Fortunately, our order for the Frierson location came in about a week before this all happened. The Bossier location was a little more difficult, but we are managing. We get our cat litter at Sam’s Club and they have put a limit of one 42-pound pale. We go through 12 pales in a couple of weeks. Hopefully once panic and demand eases up, our supply chains will be replenished and that will ease up so we can get more. We still need your donations more than ever since we are unable to do our fundraisers. We hope you can help.

SAM AND MUFF: Our sweet Sam crossed the rainbow bridge on March 18th. There were no signs, or warning, but he suddenly became very ill. Cats often hide things and sometimes to the point it is too late to save them. Please don’t ask questions that we really have no answers for. The very difficult decision was made by our Director after expert vet consultation. He went gently in the arms of our Director.

Sam 21 April 2016 – 18 March 2020

Muff, a sweet, older cat, we got from Animal Welfare several years ago, crossed the rainbow bridge on March 24th around 7:30 p.m. Tim said she looked like she was sleeping, but realized she had just passed. He had seen her walking, somewhat wobbly, to her bed about 10 minutes prior, so he went to see if she was okay. She just went to sleep and passed on her own. We don’t know how old she was, but she was at least 14.

VETERINARY ISSUES/UPDATES: On March 25th we brought one of our cats, Munch, to Dr. Core for a dental CT and surgery for her bloody nose. He removed a large mass from her right nostril and said that the septum has a large hole in it. The mass was sent out to pathology. However, the next morning Dr. Core called and said the radiologist felt it looked malignant. The report came in today, and it is in fact, cancer. At this point Munch is comfortable, eating, drinking, and doing otherwise fine. We are choosing not to pursue treatment for her because it would require taking her to Dallas, Texas for radiation, at a cost of $6000-$8000. We feel that it not prudent. We love our animals, but we also know that some things are not the best choice. And, it would possibly not give her much more than a year, if lucky. The goal is now to just let her continue with the pampering she currently gets, and when quality of life becomes an issue, we will do the right thing for her.

NEW CAT BUILDING: The new catio is finally enclosed! The cats have been so happy and enjoy the fresh air in safety again. Nothing can get in and hurt them. And the cats cannot get out and get hurt or killed. Over the last week we have been letting the cats in each building out at the same time. So far, there has not been any fighting. That was a concern since the younger cats in the new building are playful and not always welcome by the older cats. But it has been working out well and we are enjoying sitting outside, drinking a cup of coffee, and watching them play.

SPONSORSHIP:  We are working on biographies of all our cats at the sanctuary. We are working on getting good photos of them all and will post them on our website. We have people starting to sponsor our cats and that makes us very happy. Would you consider sponsoring a cat? This is a simple way you can help. Sponsorship is a very important way to help our animals. 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. If each cat had a regular, monthly, sponsor, it would help ease the burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for. Please consider sponsoring one of our animals.  The cats really need you.

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.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Your donations are the most important thing to help us with our animals. We are a 501(C)(3) non-profit, in good standing. Your donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. We can really use help with funds to buy food, veterinarian care, and everyday care of the wellbeing of the animals. Thank you for your support.

CRITICAL NEEDS: Vet care is always a primary need. Scoopable cat litter, preferable unscented, but we will take any. We feed Friskies or Fancy Feast canned pate, but we have chosen to change to Purina Naturals for our dry food. We are trying to get our cats on an even better diet. We do have several cats on an expensive urinary tract formula that we have to get at the vet. We go through a tremendous amount of cat litter. If you can help with a monetary donation, please do. We really hope you can help us in this area.

We are spending about $1500 a month on food and litter.

AMAZON WISH LIST: We have updated our Amazon wish list, we have added the Seresto flea collars, and some other much needed food items. Also, when you shop via Smile.Amazon.com you can select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice and 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 feed our cats and kittens. We need you!

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

PAYPAL: Did you know you can do automatic monthly donations to Yogie and Friends via PayPal? This is an easy and effective way to help our fundraising for the animals. You can also choose to pay the fees by selecting the Friends and Family option in PayPal ensuring we would receive the entire amount of your donation. Our PayPal is: yogieandfriends@hotmail.com

CHEWY: Do you shop for pet food and supplies at Chewy. Well, we are a pet partner with Chewy.com. Enter the Chewy website from the link on the Yogie and Friends website and 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

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:

Alex – is being sponsored by Patsy, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana
Gatsby
Sunny – is being sponsored by Richard, a fan in St. Louis, Missouri
VooDoo
Frazier – Is being sponsored by Louise, a fan in Australia
Bubba
Dotsey
Ursula
Olaf
Brexit – Is being sponsored by Richard, a fan in St. Louis, Missouri
Sasha
Grayson – Is being sponsored by Phil and Ann, fans in Haughton, Louisiana

 

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope
Elsa
Max
Barney
Anna
Duncan
Grace
Muff
Blackie
Penelope
Duckie
Lucy
Smudge
Squeak
Smokey
Bandit
Sarah
Snowball
Miss Kitty
Paisley
Isabella
Quinn
Theo (Tayo)
Ms. Gray
Oscar
Dorian
Bert
Ernie
Kay
Rocket
Ziggy
Layla
Angel
Pia
Mittens
Munch
Mama
Pete
Saber
Binx
Domino
Socks
Logan
Yeti – Is being sponsored by Diane, a fan in Bossier City, Louisiana

This is just a partial list (we currently have 68) of the cats’ we are caring for. These are the cats at the Frierson, Louisiana location. We are working on making the list an easier one to post, read, and for you to select who you would like to sponsor. We are also trying to put photos of each for you to see them better.

Our intake is closed until further notice.

 You can also mail your donations to us at:

 Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027

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

Facebook: Please like and follow us on Facebook at Yogie and Friends FIV+ Cat Sanctuary. 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.

Upcoming Events:

 TBD
11am – 3 pm              Spring Bake Sale and Fundraiser

                                         Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport

The Hawt Dog Hut will be joining us this day

 

24 October 2020
10am – 4pm               Paws in the Park (Rescue Booth)

                                        Hosted by Real Estate to the Rescue

                                         River Park Church

3232 E. 70th Street,  Shreveport, LA

 

5  May 2020
All Day                        Give for Good Day On-Line Giving Day

 

 

9 May 2020
10am – 6pm               Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting (On-Line/In-Store)
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!

Thank You! The Yogie and Friends Gang!


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