Yes, I am very late with this update. I would have had it done on time, but we had a lot of issues with kittens I wanted to share in this monthly newsletter.
We have had a very trying past couple of months. I am currently searching grants to assist with special needs cases, and other supportive type grants for Yogie and Friends. In the meantime, I am hoping our friends and fans can help us financially with your donation to the sanctuary. We are, and will remain, a 100% volunteer drive organization and your donation will ALWAYS go to support the animals Please consider helping these wonderful animals.
ROSE: Caddo Parish Animal Services (CPAS) contacted me and asked if I could help with a sweet, calico, kitten. She was not moving her back legs, so I immediately brought her to Airline Animal Health and Surgery Clinic. When I arrived with Rose, her temperature was at 94 degrees. A cat’s normal temp is usually 101. So, we knew there she was already in a critical situation. The x-rays showed she had a subluxation in her spine, but she was already hypothermic, and they were unable to pull her out of it. Sadly, Rose didn’t make it, but we hope she knew some moments of tenderness in her last moments.
MAVERICK/MOSHE: Maverick is a beautiful, longhaired, black kitten, that one of our long-term volunteers, Andrea Labor, and her boyfriend, found out on the Louisiana Boardwalk late Sunday evening on July 21st. Andrea was able to foster him until we got him a new home. He was underweight, but otherwise healthy and FIV/FeLV negative. In just over a week one of our long-term fans adopted this kitten and renamed him, Moshe, which is Hebrew for “being drawn out of the water. It’s how we came up with the name for our Moses. So, another happy ending.
QUINN: CPAS had another kitten that was dragging its back leg and had minimal use of its other rear leg. I knew this one was going to be a challenge, but not even sure if it would live. We named her, Quinn. We also brought Quinn to Airline Animal Health and Surgery Clinic and Dr. Core evaluated her. Quinn only weighed 2.5 pounds and you could feel the ribs and spine prominently through the fur. This was a very malnourished kitten. After the evaluation it was determined the leg was dead and needed to be amputated. There was also some pretty significant pelvic damage pushing into the sacrum. Quinn was a questionable case. We had to decide if this kitten could be saved. The thing about Quinn was the spunk. Quinn’s personality showed the will to fight and live. Surgery was done on July 30th to remove the leg. Since Quinn was already under anesthesia, Dr. Core decided to do the spay. Well, come to find out at that time, Quinn is a BOY. Lol! So, he was neutered. He tested FIV/FeLV negative, which is excellent because feline leukemia could have been a hindrance to healing. He receives laser therapy and rehab every Monday and Thursday. As of 8 August, he is up to 3.4 pounds and looking good. He is getting stronger every day and has a wonderful personality. We have put several videos of his progress on Facebook. Quinn’s medical care hit a whopping $2000, and there could be more.
FRANK: Frank is a sweet, two-pound, Flame Point Siamese kitten, that was found by a friend of ours in a warehouse at a local hospital. He is super sweet, so far very healthy, FIV/FeLV negative, and ready for adoption to an approved home. He will be adopted with an approved application via Port City Cat Rescue.
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.
This past month has put a tremendous hit on our bank account as we have spent well over $3000 on vet care. I realize we cannot save them all, but we do try and help as much as we can, where we can. We hope you can help us replenish our coffers.
CRITICAL NEEDS: Vet care is always a primary need. Scoopable cat litter, preferable unscented, but we will take any, as well as cat food, are a given. We feed Friskies or Fancy Feast canned pate, or Purina Cat Chow complete. We do have some 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.
FEVER OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN (FUO): As the title says, “Unknown Origin.” Never had I ever heard of this issue. When I noticed Truvy not acting playful, being exceptionally clingy, and not eating normally, I knew she was sick. I took her temperature and it was 104.5 degrees. A normal temp is usually around 101.5, so I immediately got her to the vet. She tested negative for all of the “known” possibilities, and that is when I first her the term “Fever of Unknown Origin (FUO). She was placed on I.V, fluids, then spent four days in the hospital to get her fever down. Shortly after that J.D. ended up with the same issue. He spent the weekend on fluids at the Emergency vet clinic. One vet used Onsior to bring the fever down and I have some of that on hand at the sanctuary. Good thing too since I noticed Gladys and Sophie get elevated temps. I immediately dosed them, and they recovered in less than a day.
Like many viruses we get, there is nothing more to do except supportive care, such as fever reducers and fluids. It’s a frustrating issue not to know what is causing something so it can be treated. Luckily all the kittens are doing fine, but Truvy and Gladys have started to show body temp increases over the last two days. They have received Onsior and hopefully it has been caught quickly to prevent and issues.
Here is a link for information about FUO that I hope helps educate: https://www.vetfolio.com/learn/article/the-diagnostic-approach-to-fever-of-unknown-origin-in-cats
Truvy, Sophie, Gladys, and J.D. are all spayed/neutered now. J.D. was cryptochirid , which meant he had an undescended testicle. That involved going into his abdomen, so he is now in the cone of shame and not happy about that. It’s for his own good with sutures.
MIA: The beautiful girl from CPAS with the severe femur fracture and tail amputation, is now a happy, healthy, kitten, without a tail, but doing wonderful.
MILLIE, BENNY, & JOON: Do you remember this crew I found in Bossier City? Well, Benny and Joon went to Canada on transport. Canada doesn’t have the stray/feral population we do here, so they have been requesting kittens for adoption. Benny and Joon made the cut and got adopted within a few days of arrival. Millie was adopted by our VP. It makes us very happy to have good reports.
I was contacted late yesterday afternoon to ask if I would be interested in sending the Fab Five to Canada. They requested more kittens for adoption. I agreed since I have seen the success and care of Benny and Joon. They will leave here the end of August. I will miss them terribly, but happy they will get a new, forever, home.
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.
We also have an Amazon wish list to help feed our cats and kittens. We need you!
SPONSORSHIP: 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. Would you please consider sponsoring one of our animals? We 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Sunny – is being sponsored by Richard, a fan in St. Louis, Missouri
Frazier – Is being sponsored by Louise, a fan in Australia
Oreo – Is being sponsored by Richard, a fan in St. Louis, Missouri
Grayson – Is being sponsored by Phil and Ann, fans in Haughton, Louisiana
This is just a partial list 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.
You can also mail your donations to us at:
Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027
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
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 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.
28 September 2019 11am – 3pm
Fall Bake Sale and Fundraiser
6596 Youree Drive
12 October 2019 10am – 3pm
Paws in the Park (Rescue Booth)
Hosted by Real Estate to the Rescue and KLKL 95.7
River Park Church
3232 E. 70th Street
PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop!
Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!
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