February 2023 Newsletter

Greetings Yogie Fans!

Yogie and Friends will have a vendor booth at the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade this year. It has been several years since we have participated and things fell into place for us to be able to do it this year and we can’t wait. This is one of the larger animal events in the area that most of the animal rescue groups will be at. It gives us a chance to catch up with our fellow rescues, and meet friends both old and new. We can’t wait to see our friends.

PETE:  Our sweet cat, Pete, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on January 17th. As many of you know Pete had diabetes and had actually had a short time in remission. He suddenly started having trouble regulating and then started to crash hard. He was placed back on insulin and was doing better. Our vet suspected he had an underlying cancer or possible brain tumor. His white count had skyrocketed, came back down, then went back up. His body temperature also dropped into the mid-90s and that is very bad for cats. Their normal temperature is in the 100 – 101-degree range. When the Director went and visited him in the hospital it was not a difficult decision at that point. Still painful, but the right thing to let him go. Pete held a very special place in her heart because he was the last kitten in a litter of four that she trapped back in June 2009. It took her ten days to trap him. She had already trapped his three brothers, and his mother was sweet so she just let her pick her up and take her in.  We still have Mama and the other three boys. We loved Pete so very much. He is no longer suffering. R.I.P. Pete!

VET ISSUES:  We have several senior and geriatric cats at the sanctuary now. With that comes a lot of age-related medical issues. It doesn’t always happen that older cats have medical issues, but many do. We have 68 cats between our main Frierson, and our newer Bossier, location. As a result, we are seeing some medical issues. The more common ones will be kidney issues, but we are also seeing several cancers develop. We work hard on prevention with things such as probiotics, Lysine, and a good, quality, food. We have water fountains that encourage more water drinking, which is very important for cats. We also try to give less dry food since wet food gives that extra, added, water.

Several cats are on prescription diets, three are on thyroid meds, and a couple are on Tylosin, a type of antibiotic specifically used for G.I. issues, but all are responding well.

On February 9th we are taking three of our cats to Robinson’s Rescue to get neutered. We waited longer to have Draco and Eragon neutered because Egon and Miracle had both had FIP and often it will break while a cat goes under anesthesia. We feel it is more than safe now that they are 14 months old. We are also taking Flynn, who is now about seven months old. He had some medical issues early on, but is also well. We were not as concerned about waiting to neuter these three since there were no females at risk of getting pregnant.

FOOD AND LITTER:  The need here is constant. You can always help with our Amazon, or Chewy, wish lists. Chewy tends to cost less than Amazon.

We buy Royal Canin Urinary S/O, at $99.99 a 17.6-pound bag. Royal Canin Ultamino at $63.99 a 5.5-pound bag. Royal Canin Glycobalance at $36.99 a 4.4-pound bag. This is for Pete, and it has been successful in keeping him off insulin. These are all prescription diets, but they are working as they should, so in the long run prescription food versus vet bills. This does not include tax. Being a non-profit does not mean we do not have to pay sales tax.

https://www.chewy.com/g/yogie-and-friends-fiv-cat-sanctuary_b66609597?fbclid=IwAR2PutvdDsL2hKM9UNmkJqplrsvJtYewWZd7kPqqeY6FUtXoYpzOA-mHq-Q

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2N8IP4356I948/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1

Cash donations are even more important for us. Or you can donate using one of the following methods:

PayPalyogieandfriends@hotmail.com

Venmo: YogieCats

And as always, you can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS:  Attention Kroger Shoppers. We have been part of the Kroger Community Rewards program for well over 15 years, but they made some changes to their program, and we want to update our fans who happen to shop at Kroger Grocery Stores. Our Kroger Community Rewards number is now GD567, and you can find us by our name as well, Yogie and Friends FIV Positive Cat Sanctuary. When you log into your Kroger account you can select us as your charity of choice and a portion of your purchase will be donated to our rescue sanctuary. This is one of the easiest ways to help us financially when you go grocery shopping. It takes nothing out of your pockets either. How cool is that?

Please consider helping our cats when you shop at Kroger. We deeply appreciate your help.

SPONSORSHIP:  We often speak of our sponsorship program and right now we are really trying hard to get all our cats sponsored. Sponsorship is a wonderful way to help support our cats. By sponsoring one of our Yogie cats, you will be providing food, limited medical care (we know that medical bills can get extremely high and do not expect a sponsor to cover it. Unless they can, and want to), 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 financial burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for.

Please note that more than one person may sponsor a cat, but rest assured that all sponsored 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. You can always contribute more. It all helps a great deal.

If you choose to sponsor a cat via PayPal or Venmo, please let us know the name of the cat you would like to sponsor.

 

WE CURRENTLY CARE FOR 68 CATS, as well as several ferals.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Yogie Booth at Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade

12 February 2023

11:30a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fairground Field

Shreveport, Louisiana

 

Yogie Booth at Geek’D Con 2023

18, 19, and 20 August 2023

Shreveport Convention Center

 

AMAZON SMILE: Amazon notified us that they will be discontinuing this program because they don’t feel like it is doing the job they want. We kind of liked it even if it wasn’t thousands of dollars. But we press on.

 

PAYPAL: PayPal has a program where you can do automatic monthly donations to Yogie and Friends. 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

 

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.

We are spending about $5000 a month on food and litter alone. Then we have vet bills and other incidentals that come up creating an immediate need.

Our intake is closed until further notice.

YOU CAN MAIL YOUR DONATIONS TO US AT:

 

YOGIE AND FRIENDS

128 FOB LANE

FRIERSON, LA 71027

 

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Do not Shop!

 

Thank You! The Yogie Cats and their Volunteer Staff!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter, The News

January 2023 Update

Happy New Year Yogie Fans!

We hope you all had a safe, and blessed, Holiday! Can you believe we have entered a new year again? So fast too! At least it feels that way to us as we get older. Lol!

THANK YOU:  There are so many people we want to thank. Of course, you, our awesome fans, that donate and make helping these cats possible. We know we could not do it without you!

We also want to say a very special thank you to our webmasters, Damon, and Paige Bass, for creating and maintaining our website. They have been doing this for us for years and we cannot thank them enough for this kindness. It is much appreciated.

BAKE SALES: Our Christmas bake sale was amazing because several of our fans made extra generous donations, making it a big success. It was disappointingly slow and would have been the lowest yielding bake sale, but this made it a record breaker and we cannot thank you enough for making Christmas extra special.

Regarding the bake sale locations. We were informed at the Christmas bake sale by the Petco manager that all fundraisers at the store have been put on hold until further notice. He told us this came down from headquarters and we don’t know what this will mean for future bake sales. So, we are currently searching for another location. We have been holding bake sales at Petco since 2003. But maybe we can find an even better location. We will let you know.

VET ISSUES:  Finn had a very high white blood cell count in December, as well as an upper respiratory infection that is taking longer than usual to resolve, but age is part of that, but his count is normal, and he is on a healthy upward swing.

Pete, who was diagnosed diabetic in the summer of 2022, and went into remission, has come out of remission and has been placed back on insulin. He has improved and we hope that he goes into remission again.

Several cats are on prescription diets, two are on thyroid meds, and a couple are on Tylosin, a type of antibiotic specifically used for G.I. issues, but all are responding well.

We buy Royal Canin Urinary S/O, at $99.99 a 17.6-pound bag. Royal Canin Ultamino at $63.99 a 5.5-pound bag. Royal Canin Glycobalance at $36.99 a 4.4-pound bag. This is for Pete, and it has been successful in keeping him off insulin. These are all prescription diets, but they are working as they should, so in the long run prescription food versus vet bills. This does not include tax. Being a non-profit does not mean we do not have to pay sales tax.

FOOD AND LITTER:  The need here is constant. You can always help with our Amazon, or Chewy, wish lists. Chewy tends to cost less than Amazon.

https://www.chewy.com/g/yogie-and-friends-fiv-cat-sanctuary_b66609597?fbclid=IwAR2PutvdDsL2hKM9UNmkJqplrsvJtYewWZd7kPqqeY6FUtXoYpzOA-mHq-Q

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2N8IP4356I948/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1

Cash donations are even more important for us. Or you can donate using one of the following methods:

PayPalyogieandfriends@hotmail.com

Venmo: YogieCats

And as always, you can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS:  Attention Kroger Shoppers. We have been part of the Kroger Community Rewards program for well over 15 years, but they made some changes to their program, and we want to update our fans who happen to shop at Kroger Grocery Stores. Our Kroger Community Rewards number is now GD567, and you can find us by our name as well, Yogie and Friends FIV Positive Cat Sanctuary. When you log into your Kroger account you can select us as your charity of choice and a portion of your purchase will be donated to our rescue sanctuary. This is one of the easiest ways to help us financially when you go grocery shopping. It takes nothing out of your pockets either. How cool is that?

Please consider helping our cats when you shop at Kroger. We deeply appreciate your help.

SPONSORSHIP:  We often speak of our sponsorship program and right now we are really trying hard to get all our cats sponsored. Sponsorship is a wonderful way to help support our cats. By sponsoring one of our Yogie cats, you will be providing food, limited medical care (we know that medical bills can get extremely high and do not expect a sponsor to cover it. Unless they can, and want to), 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 financial burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for.

Please note that more than one person may sponsor a cat but rest assured that all sponsored 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. You can always contribute more. It all helps a great deal.

If you choose to sponsor a cat via PayPal or Venmo, please let us know the name of the cat you would like to sponsor.

CATS IN NEED OF SPONSORING (WE CURRENTLY CARE FOR 70 CATS)

FIV Positive Cats:

Alex – is being sponsored by Patsy, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Sunny

VooDoo

Dotsey – Is being sponsored by Beverly, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Ursula

Olaf

Brexit

Sasha

Grayson – Is being sponsored by Phil and Ann, fans in Haughton, Louisiana.

Oskar

 

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope

Elsa

Barney

Claire – is being sponsored by Bonnie, a fan in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Anna

Duncan – Is being sponsored by Vanessa, a fan in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Grace – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Blackie

Penelope

Duckie

Lucy

Smudge

Squeak

Bandit

Sarah

Snowball

Miss Kitty

Isabella

Quinn – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Theo (Tayo) – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Ms. Gray

Oscar

Dorian

Bert

Ernie

Kay

Rocket

Ziggy

Layla

Angel

Pia

Mama – Is being sponsored by Louise, a fan in Australia.

Pete

Saber

Binx

Domino

Socks

Logan

Russell

April

Tosha

Lucia (Deaf, survivor of a broken jaw) – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Uncle Fester

Yeti

Bonnie

Yakov

Finn

Chloe

Maggie Mae

Anastasia

Saphira

Eragon

Draco

Egon

Enya

Declan

Fiona

Flynn

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Yogie Booth at Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade

12 February 2023

Times TBD

Fairground Field

Shreveport, Louisiana

 

Geek’D Con 2023

18, 19, and 20 August 2023

Shreveport Convention Center

 

AMAZON SMILE: Did you know that 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 is an extremely effortless way to help.

 

PAYPAL: PayPal has a program where you can do automatic monthly donations to Yogie and Friends. 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

 

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.

 

We are spending about $5000 a month on food and litter alone. Then we have vet bills and other incidentals that come up creating an immediate need.

 

Our intake is closed until further notice.

YOU CAN MAIL YOUR DONATIONS TO US AT:

 

YOGIE AND FRIENDS

128 FOB LANE

FRIERSON, LA 71027

 

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Do not Shop!

 

 

Thank You! The Yogie Cats and their Volunteer Staff!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter

December 2022 Newsletter

Greetings Yogie Fans!

We hope you all had a safe, and blessed, Thanksgiving holiday! Can you believe Christmas is fast approaching? Where has this year gone?

YOGIE DAY AT BELLA NONNAS:  We want to thank those of you who came out to Bella Nonnas Olive Oil and Vinegar bar. The owners donated a portion of that day’s sales to us, and we appreciate them for their support. We are also happy to encourage our fans to support small, local, businesses like theirs. It is a win, win for all. Thank you again!

TACO: On November 18th, our director went out to feed our catio cats and she sadly found one of the cats, Taco, dead. There were no signs of trauma, and no warning signs of any illness. It was a total shock to find him like that. When she picked him up, she heard a slight sigh, but we know it is some air that remains in the lungs shortly after death, still, she rushed him to the vet in the hope he may still be alive. Sadly, he was not. She looked through all the cameras and checked all angles of Taco’s movements. For some odd reason there was an eight second gap of no recording on ANY of the cameras. We do not know why. He had been gone maybe five minutes at most when she found him. It was heartbreaking. Taco was only seven years old. R.I.P. Sweet Taco.

FERAL CAT HOUSES:  We received two feral cat houses and they have been put to good use on the property. The weather has been a rollercoaster, but no matter, the feral cats have nice shelter from rain, snow, cold, and whatever elements prevail. Thank you for that.

We could still use a few more feral cat houses for the property, and we left the Wishlist link below for that.

If you would like to help contribute, or purchase one, two, or more, you can find them on our Amazon wish list. Or anywhere you can find them for a better price.

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2N8IP4356I948/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1

VET ISSUES:  Update on Chloe, Finn, and Anastasia. Finn had to have an upper G.I. scope. Fortunately, there was no cancer on the biopsies, but he will be on Tylosin to hopefully keep him feeling better. He still has some vomiting, but thankfully no more diarrhea. We can tell he is not feeling 100% and we hope he improves after time on the medicine.

Chloe had to be hospitalized overnight for kidney insufficiency. They kept her on fluids, and she is feeling much better. She is twenty years old, and we know issues like this happen with age.

Anastasia has also been placed on Tylosin in hopes it takes care of her vomiting. She is not as ill as the others, and we do not want her to become ill either.

Flynn, our sweet little black kitten we found this summer has been fighting a severe upper respiratory infection, but we are happy it is not FIP like Miracle succumbed to.

We have several cats on special prescription diets. These are expensive, but they are better than having vet bills. We are going to put the other cats on a urinary health diet, but not prescription, in the hopes it will help stave off any future issues with other cats.

We buy Royal Canin Urinary S/O, at $99.99 a 17.6-pound bag. Royal Canin Ultamino at $63.99 a 5.5-pound bag. Royal Canin Glycobalance at $36.99 a 4.4-pound bag. This is for Pete, and it has been successful in keeping him off insulin. These are all prescription diets, but they are working as they should, so in the long run prescription food versus vet bills. This does not include tax. Being a non-profit does not mean we do not have to pay sales tax.

We have several cats on lifetime meds as well,

FOOD AND LITTER:  The need here is constant. You can always help with our Amazon, or Chewy, wish lists. Chewy tends to cost less than Amazon.

https://www.chewy.com/g/yogie-and-friends-fiv-cat-sanctuary_b66609597?fbclid=IwAR2PutvdDsL2hKM9UNmkJqplrsvJtYewWZd7kPqqeY6FUtXoYpzOA-mHq-Q

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2N8IP4356I948/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1

Cash donations are ever more important for us. Or you can donate using one of the following methods:

PayPalyogieandfriends@hotmail.com

Venmo: YogieCats

And as always, you can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS:  Attention Kroger Shoppers. We have been part of the Kroger Community Rewards program for well over 15 years, but they made some changes to their program, and we want to update our fans who happen to shop at Kroger Grocery Stores. Our Kroger Community Rewards number is now GD567, and you can find us by our name as well, Yogie and Friends FIV Positive Cat Sanctuary. When you log into your Kroger account you can select us as your charity of choice and a portion of your purchase will be donated to our rescue sanctuary. This is one of the easiest ways to help us financially when you go grocery shopping. It takes nothing out of your pockets either. How cool is that?

Please consider helping our cats when you shop at Kroger. We deeply appreciate your help.

SPONSORSHIP:  We often speak of our sponsorship program and right now we are really trying hard to get all our cats sponsored. Sponsorship is a wonderful way to help support our cats. By sponsoring one of our Yogie cats, you will be providing food, limited medical care (we know that medical bills can get extremely high and do not expect a sponsor to cover it. Unless they can, and want to), 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 financial burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for.

Please note that more than one person may sponsor a cat but rest assured that all sponsored 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. You can always contribute more. It all helps a great deal.

If you choose to sponsor a cat via PayPal or Venmo, please let us know the name of the cat you would like to sponsor.

CATS IN NEED OF SPONSORING (WE CURRENTLY CARE FOR 70 CATS)

FIV Positive Cats:

Alex – is being sponsored by Patsy, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Sunny

VooDoo

Dotsey – Is being sponsored by Beverly, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Ursula

Olaf

Brexit

Sasha

Grayson – Is being sponsored by Phil and Ann, fans in Haughton, Louisiana.

Oskar

 

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope

Elsa

Barney

Claire – is being sponsored by Bonnie, a fan in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Anna

Duncan – Is being sponsored by Vanessa, a fan in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Grace – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Blackie

Penelope

Duckie

Lucy

Smudge

Squeak

Bandit

Sarah

Snowball

Miss Kitty

Isabella

Quinn – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Theo (Tayo) – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Ms. Gray

Oscar

Dorian

Bert

Ernie

Kay

Rocket

Ziggy

Layla

Angel

Pia

Mama – Is being sponsored by Louise, a fan in Australia.

Pete

Saber

Binx

Domino

Socks

Logan

Russell

April

Tosha

Lucia (Deaf, survivor of a broken jaw) – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Uncle Fester

Yeti

Bonnie

Yakov

Finn

Chloe

Maggie Mae

Anastasia

Saphira

Eragon

Draco

Egon

Enya

Declan

Fiona

Flynn

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Christmas Bake Sale

Petco, 6596 Youree Drive

Shreveport, Louisiana

17 December 2022

11 A.M. – 2 P.M.

 

Yogie Booth at Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade

12 February 2023

Times TBD

Fairground Field, Shreveport, Louisiana

Geek’D Con 2023

18, 19, and 20 August 2023

Shreveport Convention Center


AMAZON SMILE
: Did you know that 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 is an extremely effortless way to help.

PAYPAL: PayPal has a program where you can do automatic monthly donations to Yogie and Friends. 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

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.

We are spending about $5000 a month on food and litter alone. Then we have vet bills and other incidentals that come up creating an immediate need.

Our intake is closed until further notice.

YOU CAN MAIL YOUR DONATIONS TO US AT:

YOGIE AND FRIENDS

128 FOB LANE

FRIERSON, LA 71027

 

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Do not Shop!

Thank You! The Yogie Cats and their Volunteer Staff!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter, The News

November 2022 Newsletter

Greetings Yogie Fans!

We would like to thank all our fans, new and old, that came out and supported us at the annual Paws in the Park. It is always a fun time for us to catch up with everyone, and one of the few opportunities for us to catch up with our other rescue friends as well. A big thank you goes out to Realtors to the Rescue who are the ones who do this for local rescues. It is a lot of work, and it never disappoints. Thank you all again!

Our Fall Bake sale was a considerable success, and we cannot thank those of you who came out and supported us enough. Thank you!

YOGIE DAY AT BELLA NONNAS:  Bella Nonnas Olive Oil and Vinegar tasting bar will be hosting us on November 19th. We plan to have a mini bake sale featuring olive oils from Bella Nonnas. Things like our Harissa, or Blood Orange, infused brownies, and hopefully more items. If you have purchased oil or vinegar from them before you can bring in your bottles for refills and receive one, or two, dollars off, depending on the size of the bottle. Bella Nonnas will be donating a percentage of their sales from this day to Yogie and Friends. We have a lot of fun at these events. They will honor sales from the day, but we plan to be there between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

FERAL CAT HOUSES:  We have been caring for feral cats as long as we have been a sanctuary. Many of us have been doing so longer than that. We have learned so much over the years about the care of these community cats. They have their place, even though cat hate is still a big issue, so it is important for us caring for community cats to be diligent and a source of education, for all. We do a great deal of Trap/Spay-Neuter/Release (TNR) and have, up until the last year, been done, we thought, with the colonies we care for. Typically, a well-managed feral colony does not always grow. If cats are fixed there is not typically the need for other unaltered cats to come into the colony since there is no chance of reproducing. We will get some stragglers because breeding is not the only thing they seek out, they are looking for food and shelter as well. When we see a new, or unaltered cat, in the colony, we trap them and bring them to Robinson’s Rescue to be spay/neutered, and they get a rabies vaccination. They will also be ear tipped, which is a universal sign of a cat being TNRd.

In the past we have made small shelters, as do many rescues, out of the Rubbermaid containers. We would insulate them with Styrofoam, and place straw, never hay since hay maintains moisture, and the cats will use these. The problem with these is that they become brittle and start to crack and break apart. They do not last as long as we would like. Our director has purchased several of the smaller wooden doghouse style shelters and painted them with a weatherproof stain. These have lasted far longer than anything we have done. We would like to purchase some of these commercially made houses since they last longer. Some are pricey, but we feel overall they will pay for themselves since we will not be buying new containers all the time.

If you would like to help contribute, or purchase one, two, or more, you can find them on our Amazon wish list.

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2N8IP4356I948/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1

VET ISSUES:  Our current medical issues are three cats with some gastrointestinal issues now. Finn, Chloe, and Anastasia are having some chronic diarrhea, which one test showed Finn having roundworms, which we do not understand how that is even possible since he NEVER goes outdoors and has no exposure. The vet is having him retested. He could have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which is not unusual in older cats, but still needs to be addressed. Anastasia has a history of Pancreatitis, so that is just a matter of supportive care. Chloe, has been vomiting again and we are having her thyroid levels retested. She may just need an adjustment to her thyroid medication. We are doing everything to keep our cats healthy, and away from the hospital, as much as possible. Paws and claws crossed, we have no serious issues and have a break from vet bills.

FOOD AND LITTER:  We have been experiencing a great deal of trouble finding the cat food, and cat litter, we need for the sanctuary. We typically get our canned food and cat litter from Sam’s Club because they have the best prices. Even better than our local military installations, which three of us have access to. When we do find it in stock, we buy as much as we can afford and use our personal funds to get it just so we have it. We finally were able to get some Friskies Pate, after almost three months of it being out of stock everywhere. It gets scary when you have seventy permanent cat residents and cannot find food. We have been fortunate enough to have people help us get what we need, but we really need more help to keep up with the needs with the lack of availability.

Friskies Pate’ has gone from $21.95 to $39.98 for a pack of sixty cans in less than a year. This is getting crazy. The Fancy Feast cans went from forty-six cents a can, to eighty-three cents a can. Our cat litter went up $4 as well. It is nerve wracking with the increase in costs and lack of availability.

Our fans can help by donating via our Chewy and Amazon wish lists.

We also have two cats on thyroid medicine, and we use treats like Churu licks, and Delectables Squeeze Ups to administer the pills to them. We were shown a trick to place the pill on a plate, then dab the treat on them and the cats lick them up. It WORKS! It makes life easier for us, and more so for the cats. We put these on our wish lists as well.

Cash donations are ever more important for us. Or you can donate using one of the following methods:

PayPalyogieandfriends@hotmail.com

Venmo: YogieCats

And as always, you can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

FOOD AND LITTER NEEDS:  The shelves at pet stores, and other stores in general, have been quite bear with the critical supplies we need. Our priorities are, scoopable cat litter (no lightweight as it is not safe for sick, or young, cats), Friskies Pate’ canned food, Royal Canin Kitten slices in gravy (Our young cats and kittens eat this best), Royal Canin Dry Kitten, Purina Complete Dry, and Purina Naturals. We do not use grain free as it is not safe or recommended by our veterinarians. We also use Purina Fortiflora, which is a probiotic that aids in the health of the cats. Any, and all, help with these items would be appreciated. You can check out our wish lists on Amazon and Chewy.

https://www.chewy.com/g/yogie-and-friends-fiv-cat-sanctuary_b66609597?fbclid=IwAR2PutvdDsL2hKM9UNmkJqplrsvJtYewWZd7kPqqeY6FUtXoYpzOA-mHq-Q

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2N8IP4356I948/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1

 

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS:  Attention Kroger Shoppers. We have been part of the Kroger Community Rewards program for well over 15 years, but they made some changes to their program, and we want to update our fans who happen to shop at Kroger Grocery Stores. Our Kroger Community Rewards number is now GD567, and you can find us by our name as well, Yogie and Friends FIV Positive Cat Sanctuary. When you log into your Kroger account you can select us as your charity of choice and a portion of your purchase will be donated to our rescue sanctuary. This is one of the easiest ways to help us financially when you go grocery shopping. It takes nothing out of your pockets either. How cool is that?

Please consider helping our cats when you shop at Kroger. We deeply appreciate your help.

SPONSORSHIP:  We often speak of our sponsorship program and right now we are really trying hard to get all our cats sponsored. Sponsorship is a wonderful way to help support our cats. By sponsoring one of our Yogie cats, you will be providing food, limited medical care (we know that medical bills can get extremely high and do not expect a sponsor to cover it. Unless they can, and want to), 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 financial burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for.

Please note that more than one person may sponsor a cat but rest assured that all sponsored 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. You can always contribute more. It all helps a great deal.

 

If you choose to sponsor a cat via PayPal or Venmo, please let us know the name of the cat you would like to sponsor.

 

CATS IN NEED OF SPONSORING (WE CURRENTLY CARE FOR 70 CATS)

FIV Positive Cats:

Alex – is being sponsored by Patsy, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Sunny

VooDoo

Dotsey – Is being sponsored by Beverly, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Ursula

Olaf

Brexit

Sasha

Grayson – Is being sponsored by Phil and Ann, fans in Haughton, Louisiana.

Oskar

 

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope

Elsa

Barney

Claire – is being sponsored by Bonnie, a fan in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Anna

Duncan – Is being sponsored by Vanessa, a fan in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Grace – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Blackie

Penelope

Duckie

Lucy

Smudge

Squeak

Bandit

Sarah

Snowball

Miss Kitty

Isabella

Quinn – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Theo (Tayo) – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Ms. Gray

Oscar

Dorian

Bert

Ernie

Kay

Rocket

Ziggy

Layla

Angel

Pia

Mama – Is being sponsored by Louise, a fan in Australia.

Pete

Saber

Binx

Domino

Socks

Logan

Russell

April

Tosha

Taco

Lucia (Deaf, survivor of a broken jaw) – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Uncle Fester

Yeti

Bonnie

Yakov

Finn

Chloe

Maggie Mae

Anastasia

Saphira

Eragon

Draco

Egon

Enya

Declan

Fiona

Flynn

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Yogie and Friends Day at Bella Nonnas

Bella Nonnas Olive Oil and Vinegar

1409 E. 70th Street, Suite 107-B

Shreveport, Louisiana

19 November 2022

11 A.M. – 3 P.M.

 

Christmas Bake Sale

Petco

6596 Youree Drive

Shreveport, Louisiana

17 December 2022

10 A.M. – 2 P.M.

 

Yogie Booth at Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade

12 February 2023

Times TBD

Fairground Field

Shreveport, Louisiana

 

AMAZON SMILE: Did you know that 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 is an extremely effortless way to help.

PAYPAL: PayPal has a program where you can do automatic monthly donations to Yogie and Friends. 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

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.

We are spending about $5000 a month on food and litter alone. Then we have vet bills and other incidentals that come up creating an immediate need.

Our intake is closed until further notice.

YOU CAN MAIL YOUR DONATIONS TO US AT:

 

YOGIE AND FRIENDS

128 FOB LANE

FRIERSON, LA 71027

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Do not Shop!

 

Thank You! The Yogie Cats and their Volunteer Staff!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter

October 2022 Newsletter

Greetings Yogie Fans!

We hope all our fans are doing well and enjoying the break from the extreme heat we have been experiencing.

SPACE HEATERS:  As we prepare early for the cooler weather, we need to replace our heaters for the cat buildings. We have three buildings, and our current, cat safe, heaters, are now over 10 years old and not heating efficiently anymore. We are getting ready to purchase four new ones, at a cost of $109 each, plus tax. We could use your help with this bill. We like these heaters because they heat well and are not dangerous to the touch. In fact, the cats can sit on them and not get burned.

With our director’s 10% military discount applied, and including tax, she ordered four units on her Lowe’s credit card for a total of $429.48, which made each unit cost $107.37 each. We would like to reimburse her for these units since she just spent over $1000 of her own money for food and litter. Our founder is also paying for food and litter at the Frierson location.

FOOD AND LITTER:  We have been experiencing a great deal of trouble finding the cat food, and cat litter, we need for the sanctuary. We typically get our canned food and cat litter from Sam’s Club because they have the best prices. Even better than our local military installations, which three of us have access to. When we do find it in stock, we buy as much as we can afford and use our personal funds to get just so we have it. We finally were able to get some Friskies Pate, after almost three months of it being out of stock everywhere. It gets scary when you have 70 permanent cat residents and cannot find food. We have been fortunate enough to have people help us get what we need, but we really need more help to keep up with the needs with the lack of availability.

Friskies Pate’ has gone from $25 to $40 for a pack of 60 cans in less than a year. This is getting crazy. The Fancy Feast cans went from 46 cents a can, to 83 cents a can. Our cat litter went up $4 as well. It’s nerve wracking with the increase in costs and lack of availability.

Our fans can help by donating via our Chewy and Amazon wish lists.

We also have two cats on thyroid medicine, and we use treats like Churu licks, and Delectables Squeeze Ups to administer the pills to them. We were shown a trick to place the pill on a plate, then dab the treat on them and the cats lick them up. It WORKS! It makes life easier for us, and more so for the cats. We put these on our wish lists as well.

Our current vet bill is $932.92, which we decided to pay off while there. But that, and our recent electric bill, put our Yogie bank account at 1386.24. This makes us very nervous right now.

You can always donate directly to our vet bill by calling Airline Animal Health and Surgery Clinic in Bossier City, Louisiana. 318-747-5747. Or, at this time since our funds are so low and there isn’t a current balance at the vet you can donate financially to help with food, litter, and utilities with the following:

As always, your cash donations are ever more important for us. We still have vet bills and utilities.

FELINE PANLEUKOPENIA:  A virus many people have not heard of is, Feline Panleukopenia, also known as Feline Distemper, is another pretty horrible virus cats can get. Revival Animal Health shared some very good information on this, and we thought we should also share it with our fans.

Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper)

Last updated: September 19, 2022, by Amy Hanson, DVM

Is feline panleukopenia the same as feline distemper?

The answer is, yes. Feline Panleukopenia, also referred to as Feline Distemper, is a Parvo family virus, and closely related to Canine Parvo virus. Feline Panleukopenia is much more resistant to removal in the environment and much more lethal than it is in dogs, which takes an emotional toll when it hits catteries, rescues, and shelters.

Is Feline Panleukopenia Contagious?

Panleukopenia is highly contagious viral disease that is spread through contact with bodily fluids such as feces, vomit, urine, saliva, and mucus. It’s contagious for up to six weeks after clinical signs resolve. While feline distemper virus is contagious between cats, it is not contagious from cats to dogs or humans (nor is canine parvovirus contagious to cats). Only ferrets can potentially carry and spread the disease to cats, and vice versa. Ferrets only develop a mild disease and are a potential spreader if rescuing them.

The feline distemper virus is extremely stable in the environment and can survive for a year in indoor temperatures, can survive freezing and even common disinfectants like alcohol and iodine. The heartiness of this virus leads to it being known as a ubiquitous disease and virtually every cat will be exposed to it at some point in their lives.

Symptoms of Distemper in Cats

The most common visible symptoms of feline Panleukopenia are vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite and lethargy. The virus invades rapidly dividing cells such as the lymph nodes, and then travels to the bone marrow and suppresses the production of white blood cells (thus “panleukopenia” meaning “all-white-shortage”), which are the main immunity cells of the body. The virus then invades the intestinal tract, causing ulceration of the intestinal cells, which leads to diarrhea and life-threatening dehydration, and decreasing the body’s immunity even more. Ultimately, kittens and cats die from dehydration, secondary bacterial infection, or a combination of both. All of this can occur before a cat even starts showing symptoms that they have the disease.

Another consequence of Feline Distemper/Panleukopenia is cerebellar hypoplasia. If a pregnant cat contracts the virus early or mid-pregnancy, she will usually abort the kittens. If it is late in the pregnancy, the unborn kittens can fail to develop their cerebellum completely and correctly. The cerebellum is the main motor coordination center of the brain. These kittens can be born with varying degrees of incoordination, tremors, spasticity, and even seizures. Some mildly to moderately affected kittens can live a normal life, but severely affected kittens may not have a good quality of life.

Can a Cat Survive Distemper?

Studies have shown there is up to 70 percent kitten loss with Panleukopenia – with treatment it is half that amount. An infected cat can survive if it can remain alive long enough for its immune system to recover and start fighting the virus.

How to Treat Panleukopenia in Cats

Feline Panleukopenia treatment includes aggressive fluid therapy with Lactated Ringer’s Injection or 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, usually intravenously in a hospital setting, gives the cat the best chances of recovery. Hospitalization not only helps beat the dehydration, but also allows for intravenous feeding and administration of antibiotics and antivirals to help battle the infection. Once on the mend, at-home care can be continued using Breeder’s Edge® Kitten Lyte™, Rebound Recuperation Formula, and Kaolin Pectin for any further diarrhea. If a cat does recover from Panleukopenia, the virus can still be shed up to six weeks afterward. A recovered cat must be isolated from other cats and proper disinfection protocols must be used to prevent spread of the virus.

What Disinfectant Kills Feline Panleukopenia

Panleukopenia is extremely resistant to most disinfectants. Alcohol and iodine are ineffectual against this virus. Bleach can be used at a 1:32 dilution and left on surfaces for 10 minutes to kill the virus, but 10 minutes is a long time to wait, and bleach can be neutralized in the presence of organic secretions, such as vomit, urine, or feces. Thankfully, there are several new generation disinfectants that are very effective against feline panleukopenia. Rescue Disinfectant Cleaner®, Animal Facility Disinfectant, or Virkon® S are all very effective at killing the panleukopenia virus and preventing its spread.

Cat Distemper Vaccination

The one silver lining of feline distemper is the unexpectedly the fact that it is such a ubiquitous virus. Most every cat has been exposed to feline distemper and thus has at least a modicum of immunity. Vaccination for panleukopenia, one of the core vaccinations for felines, is highly effective at preventing disease. Vaccinating kittens in shelters is the best defense against an outbreak of feline distemper. Kittens should be vaccinated starting at six weeks and continuing every 3 to 4 weeks until the kittens are at least 16 to 18 weeks old. Maternal antibodies can interfere with a kitten’s ability to produce their own antibodies, and the maternal antibodies can be present up to 14 to 16 weeks.

In a cattery situation, making sure breeding queens and sires are adequately vaccinated is the first step in preventing an outbreak. A queen that is adequately vaccinated for feline distemper prior to her first litter will transfer maternal antibodies to her kittens, protecting them from contracting feline distemper. However, pregnant cats should not be vaccinated with the live or modified live feline panleukopenia vaccine as it will cause kittens in the womb to be affected and possibly end up being aborted or being affected with cerebellar hypoplasia.

What Do You Do If Your Cat Has Distemper?

Panleukopenia in cats can be controlled effectively and economically with the correct disinfectant and the proper cat distemper shots. Once you have Panleukopenia, you need a good game plan to shut down the virus before lives are lost. Keep your head up – disinfectants and vaccines are the key!

If you have more questions on Panleukopenia/distemper in cats or selecting the best cat distemper shots, call us at 800.786.4751.

-Dr. Bramlage

Donald Bramlage, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Former Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health

Donald Bramlage, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, practiced veterinary medicine for 30+ years and is known for his work in managing parvovirus. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1985. He served as Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services from 2011 until his retirement in 2019.

Dr. Amy Hanson is an associate veterinarian at the Cat Clinic of Lawrence in Lawrence, Kansas. She is a 2010 graduate of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her special interests include felines, acupuncture, and dentistry. Her hobbies include showing cats and she is a judge for the American Cat Fanciers Association (ACFA).

The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of your personal veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy, or medical attention.

Disclaimer: This information was copied from Revival Animal Health, and you should ALWAYS consult your personal veterinarians regarding your pets.

 

PayPalyogieandfriends@hotmail.com

Venmo: YogieCats

And as always, you can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

WHAT IS FIP? Feline Infectious Peritonitis, FIP, is a corona-based virus. This is a feline specific illness and not contagious to humans. This is one diagnosis that those of us in rescue dread because it has always been a death sentence. Until now. There are no guarantees with any medications, but this one is promising. Here is a link with the best explanation of what FIP is, and the program we are using for these two babies.

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/feline-infectious-peritonitis

CRITICAL FOOD AND LITTER NEEDS:  The shelves at pet stores, and other stores in general, have been quite bear with the critical supplies we need. Our priorities are, scoopable cat litter (no lightweight as it is not safe for sick, or young, cats), Friskies Pate’ canned food, Royal Canin Kitten slices in gravy (Our young cats and kittens eat this best), Royal Canin Dry Kitten, Purina Complete Dry, and Purina Naturals. We do not use grain free as it is not safe or recommended by our veterinarians. We also use Purina Fortiflora, which is a probiotic that aids in the health of the cats. Especially those in FIP treatment. Any, and all, help with these items would be appreciated. You can check out our wish lists on Amazon and Chewy.

https://www.chewy.com/g/yogie-and-friends-fiv-cat-sanctuary_b66609597?fbclid=IwAR2PutvdDsL2hKM9UNmkJqplrsvJtYewWZd7kPqqeY6FUtXoYpzOA-mHq-Q

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2N8IP4356I948/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS:  Attention Kroger Shoppers. We have been part of the Kroger Community Rewards program for well over 15 years, but they made some changes to their program, and we want to update our fans who happen to shop at Kroger Grocery Stores. Our Kroger Community Rewards number is now GD567, and you can find us by our name as well, Yogie and Friends FIV Positive Cat Sanctuary. When you log into your Kroger account you can select us as your charity of choice and a portion of your purchase will be donated to our rescue sanctuary. This is one of the easiest ways to help us financially when you go grocery shopping. It takes nothing out of your pockets either. How cool is that?

Please consider helping our cats when you shop at Kroger. We deeply appreciate your help.

 

SPONSORSHIP:  We often speak of our sponsorship program and right now we are really trying hard to get all our cats sponsored. Sponsorship is a wonderful way to help support our cats. By sponsoring one of our Yogie cats, you will be providing food, limited medical care (we know that medical bills can get extremely high and do not expect a sponsor to cover it. Unless they can, and want to), 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 financial burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for.

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. You can always contribute more. It all helps a great deal.

If you choose to sponsor a cat via PayPal or Venmo, please let us know the name of the cat you would like to sponsor.

CATS IN NEED OF SPONSORING (WE CURRENTLY CARE FOR 70 CATS)

FIV Positive Cats:

Alex – is being sponsored by Patsy, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Sunny

VooDoo

Dotsey – Is being sponsored by Beverly, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Ursula

Olaf

Brexit

Sasha

Grayson – Is being sponsored by Phil and Ann, fans in Haughton, Louisiana.

Oskar

 

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope

Elsa

Barney

Claire – is being sponsored by Bonnie, a fan in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Anna

Duncan – Is being sponsored by Vanessa, a fan in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Grace – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Blackie

Penelope

Duckie

Lucy

Smudge

Squeak

Bandit

Sarah

Snowball

Miss Kitty

Isabella

Quinn – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Theo (Tayo) – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Ms. Gray

Oscar

Dorian

Bert

Ernie

Kay

Rocket

Ziggy

Layla

Angel

Pia

Mama – Is being sponsored by Louise, a fan in Australia.

Pete

Saber

Binx

Domino

Socks

Logan

Russell

April

Tosha

Taco

Lucia (Deaf, survivor of a broken jaw) – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Uncle Fester

Yeti

Bonnie

Yakov

Finn

Chloe

Maggie Mae

Anastasia

Saphira

Eragon

Draco

Egon

Enya

Declan

Fiona

Flynn

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Yogie Booth at Paws in the Park

Riverpark Church

3232 E. 70th Street, Shreveport, LA 71105

15 October 2022

10 A.M. – 3 P.M.

 

Fall Bake Sale

Petco

6596 Youree Drive

Shreveport, Louisiana

29 October 2022 (Please note the change in date from the 22nd)

11 A.M. – 2 P.M.

 

Yogie and Friends Day at Bella Nonnas

Bella Nonnas Olive Oil and Vinegar

1409 E. 70th Street, Suite 107-B

Shreveport, Louisiana

19 November 2022

11 A.M. – 3 P.M.

 

Christmas Bake Sale

Petco

6596 Youree Drive

Shreveport, Louisiana

 

Yogie Booth at Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade

12 February 2023

Times TBD

Fairground Field

Shreveport, Louisiana

 

AMAZON SMILE: Did you know that 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 is an extremely effortless way to help.

PAYPAL: PayPal has a program where you can do automatic monthly donations to Yogie and Friends. 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

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.

We are spending about $5000 a month on food and litter alone. Then we have vet bills and other incidentals that come up creating an immediate need.

Our intake is closed until further notice.

YOU CAN MAIL YOUR DONATIONS TO US AT:

YOGIE AND FRIENDS
128 FOB LANE
FRIERSON, LA 71027

 PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Do not Shop!

 Thank You! The Yogie Cats and their Volunteer Staff!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter, The News

September 2022 Newsletter

Greetings Yogie Fans!

We are finally heading into, we hope, some cooler weather. The hot weather won’t be missed by us at all. Well, at least not the triple digit weather.

GEEK’D CON:  We want to thank everyone who stopped by our vendor booth at Geek’d Con in Shreveport last weekend. This is the first time in over six years or more that we have participated in this event. It, as always, was a fun and crazy time. We got some great ideas from other vendors while we were there to make our future setups even more user friendly for us. Space is limited for our booths, so it makes it difficult to put a lot of merchandise in the space.

We met some very cool actors as well. It’s a lot of work to do these events, but it is a great opportunity to share our mission with so many people. It was well worth it, and we are working on more for the future. Thank you again for those who came out and supported the cats. We appreciate you.

 

FOOD AND LITTER:  As we are sure most of you have noticed, the cost of all goods has more than doubled, and in some cases, tripled, in price. This is exceptionally hard on donation driven organizations such as ours. We could really use the extra help at this time with cat food and cat litter. Several of the cats are also on prescription diets, which are very expensive, but less than a vet bill if they weren’t on them. If you could see it in your heart to help us with food and litter, check out our Chewy and Amazon wish lists on the links below, or send a cash donation and we will buy what is most needed. We have 70 permanent cat residents at our sanctuary. We hope you can help.

Pete

PETE: Pete had a diabetic seizure and was rushed to the emergency vet. That was super scary as his glucose dropped dangerously low. Fortunately, our director was quick to dip her finger into some Karo syrup and rub it on his gums. He is doing well right now. He also had developed pancreatitis and spent about five days at our vet. Dr. Daville thinks Pete may be going into remission, so she stopped his insulin for two weeks. He is on a Glucobalance diet and seems to be doing well. Paws and claws crossed he shows remission on his follow up.

Finn

FINN:  Finn is our ruptured eardrum cat who has been showing some signs of balance issues, so we brought him to the vet, and she said he is showing some atrophy near his ear, which impacts the nerves. She put him on Orbax, and he has a follow-up on September 2nd.

 

Flynn

FLYNN:  Has received his second set of kitten shots and he is doing very well. We don’t see any signs of Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), which makes us extremely happy. He has a vet follow up on September 9th and hopefully we get the all clear on his health and can get him ready to be neutered. He has a potential adopter at this time too. We hope they really want him. Flynn is a sweetheart.

 

Egon

EGON: Egon had his day 60 post FIP treatment labs on August 31st. His lab results were great! He has one he finally, gained weight. He remained in the 6.13-pound range for most of his treatment and observation. His two brothers are both well over seven pounds, so we figured Egon may be smaller due to the illness possibly stunting his growth, or he would just be the runt. He weighed 6.14 on July 6th and weighed in at 7.60 on August 31st. He is a happy, and playful, kitten now.

 

Grace

GRACE:  Is a gray tabby, about five years old. We happened to observe her using the litter box and noticed she went back and forth to different boxes without doing anything. We also saw her vomit and have some diarrhea, so she went to the vet on August 31st and the vet said she had a lot of sludge in her bladder and a pretty narly urinary tract infection. She had a shot of Convenia and Onsior for pain. She was sent home with three days of Onsior pain pills. This will mean she also needs to be on the urinary diet, which is not cheap. She is doing otherwise very well.

Mama

 

MAMA:  Has another upper respiratory infection, but fortunately the X-rays of her lungs don’t show pneumonia this time. She received a shot of Convenia and hopefully this gets her over this hump.

The bill for the three cats on the 31st was $481.24, which we decided to pay off while there. But that, and our recent electric bill, put our Yogie bank account at $942.50. This makes us very nervous right now.

You can always donate directly to our vet bill by calling Airline Animal Health and Surgery Clinic in Bossier City, Louisiana. 318-747-5747. Or, at this time since our funds are so low and there isn’t a current balance at the vet you can donate financially to help with food, litter, and utilities with the following:

 

PayPalyogieandfriends@hotmail.com

Venmo: YogieCats

 CashApp: We have discontinued using CashApp due to there being too many negative issues with them.

And as always, you can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

WHAT IS FIP? Feline Infectious Peritonitis, FIP, is a corona-based virus. This is a feline specific illness and not contagious to humans. This is one diagnosis that those of us in rescue dread because it has always been a death sentence. Until now. There are no guarantees with any medications, but this one is promising. Here is a link with the best explanation of what FIP is, and the program we are using for these two babies.

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/feline-infectious-peritonitis

CRITICAL FOOD AND LITTER NEEDS:  The shelves at pet stores, and other stores in general, have been quite bear with the critical supplies we need. Our priorities are, scoopable cat litter (no lightweight as it is not safe for sick, or young, cats), Friskies Pate’ canned food, Royal Canin Kitten slices in gravy (Our young cats and kittens eat this best), Royal Canin Dry Kitten, Purina Complete Dry, and Purina Naturals. We do not use grain free as it is not safe or recommended by our veterinarians. We also use Purina Fortiflora, which is a probiotic that aids in the health of the cats. Especially those in FIP treatment. Any, and all, help with these items would be appreciated. You can check out our wish lists on Amazon and Chewy.

https://www.chewy.com/g/yogie-and-friends-fiv-cat-sanctuary_b66609597?fbclid=IwAR2PutvdDsL2hKM9UNmkJqplrsvJtYewWZd7kPqqeY6FUtXoYpzOA-mHq-Q

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

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS:  Attention Kroger Shoppers. We have been part of the Kroger Community Rewards program for well over 15 years, but they made some changes to their program, and we want to update our fans who happen to shop at Kroger Grocery Stores. Our Kroger Community Rewards number is now GD567, and you can find us by our name as well, Yogie and Friends FIV Positive Cat Sanctuary. When you log into your Kroger account you can select us as your charity of choice and a portion of your purchase will be donated to our rescue sanctuary. This is one of the easiest ways to help us financially when you go grocery shopping. It takes nothing out of your pockets either. How cool is that?

Please consider helping our cats when you shop at Kroger. We deeply appreciate your help.

SPONSORSHIP:  We often speak of our sponsorship program and right now we are really trying hard to get all our cats sponsored. Sponsorship is a wonderful way to help support our cats. By sponsoring one of our Yogie cats, you will be providing food, limited medical care (we know that medical bills can get extremely high and do not expect a sponsor to cover it. Unless they can, and want to), 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 financial burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for.

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. You can always contribute more. It all helps a great deal.

If you choose to sponsor a cat via PayPal or Venmo, please let us know the name of the cat you would like to sponsor.

CATS IN NEED OF SPONSORING (WE CURRENTLY CARE FOR 70 CATS)

FIV Positive Cats:

Alex – is being sponsored by Patsy, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Sunny

VooDoo

Dotsey – Is being sponsored by Beverly, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Ursula

Olaf

Brexit

Sasha

Grayson – Is being sponsored by Phil and Ann, fans in Haughton, Louisiana.

Oskar

 

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope

Elsa

Barney

Claire – is being sponsored by Bonnie, a fan in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Anna

Duncan – Is being sponsored by Vanessa, a fan in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Grace – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Blackie

Penelope

Duckie

Lucy

Smudge

Squeak

Bandit

Sarah

Snowball

Miss Kitty

Isabella

Quinn – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Theo (Tayo) – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Ms. Gray

Oscar

Dorian

Bert

Ernie

Kay

Rocket

Ziggy

Layla

Angel

Pia

Mama – Is being sponsored by Louise, a fan in Australia.

Pete

Saber

Binx

Domino

Socks

Logan

Russell

April

Tosha

Taco

Lucia (Deaf, survivor of a broken jaw) – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Uncle Fester

Yeti

Bonnie

Yakov

Finn

Chloe

Maggie Mae

Anastasia

Saphira

Eragon

Draco

Egon

Enya

Declan

Fiona

Flynn

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Yogie Booth at Paws in the Park

Riverpark Church

3232 E. 70th Street, Shreveport, LA 71105

15 October 2022

10 A.M. – 3 P.M.

 

Yogie Booth at Pet a Pallooza

22 October 2022

TBD

 

Fall Bake Sale

Petco

6596 Youree Drive

Shreveport, Louisiana

29 October 2022 (Please note the change in date from the 22nd)

11 A.M. – 2 P.M.

 

Yogie and Friends Day at Bella Nonnas

Bella Nonnas Olive Oil and Vinegar

1409 E. 70th Street, Suite 107-B

Shreveport, Louisiana

19 November 2022

11 A.M. – 3 P.M.

 

Christmas Bake Sale

Petco

6596 Youree Drive

Shreveport, Louisiana

 

Yogie Booth at Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade

12 February 2023

Times TBD

Fairground Field

Shreveport, Louisiana

 AMAZON SMILE: Did you know that 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 is an extremely effortless way to help.

PAYPAL: PayPal has a program where you can do automatic monthly donations to Yogie and Friends. 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

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.

We are spending about $5000 a month on food and litter alone. Then we have vet bills and other incidentals that come up creating an immediate need.

Our intake is closed until further notice.

YOU CAN MAIL YOUR DONATIONS TO US AT:

YOGIE AND FRIENDS

128 FOB LANE

FRIERSON, LA 71027

 

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Do not Shop!

 

Thank You! The Yogie Cats and their Volunteer Staff!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter

August 2022 Newsletter

Greetings Yogie Fans!

The heat here in Northwest Louisiana, and all over the country, has been particularly brutal for us. Our air conditioners are working overtime, and the electric bills are not helping. But we are doing what we can to make sure our cats, and their humans, are safe. We even make sure the community cats we care for have a constant supply of fresh, clean, water, out of the sun. It is a constant task, but they are worth it. Please be safe out there.

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS:  Attention Kroger Shoppers. We have been part of the Kroger Community Rewards program for well over 15 years, but they made some changes to their program, and we want to update our fans who happen to shop at Kroger Grocery Stores. Our Kroger Community Rewards number is now GD567, and you can find us by our name as well, Yogie and Friends FIV Positive Cat Sanctuary. When you log into your Kroger account you can select us as your charity of choice and a portion of your purchase will be donated to our rescue sanctuary. This is one of the easiest ways to help us financially when you go grocery shopping. It takes nothing out of your pockets either. How cool is that?

Please consider helping our cats when you shop at Kroger. We deeply appreciate your help.

Flynn

FLYNN:  had a very prominent third eyelid showing, and the conjunctiva was extremely inflamed. Of course, this always happens on the weekend, but it was not an emergency type situation since, the Director knows the usual signs of conjunctivitis and had leftover meds from other kittens with this condition. She began treating him and he was brought to the vet on Monday morning the 25th and the diagnosis was confirmed. He continued with the meds she had been using as well as oral Clavamox. He went back on the 28th for his follow-up ultrasound and there is no free-flowing abdominal fluid consistent with FIP, but the vet did add another med for his eyes. He also developed diarrhea, which he has never had before. We believe it is just from the Clavamox since it is one of the side effects. He is eating, drinking, and, playing some. His fecal came back negative for parasites, but the vet wants to send a fecal PCR to test for certain bacteria or viruses that can also cause diarrhea. Since he is a small kitten, we want to ensure he gets the proper diagnosis. His eye is taking a bit longer to heal, but it can take as long as three to four weeks to heal. We just want him well, and then get him to another rescue that will adopt him out for us.

Egon

 

EGON: Egon has been in post medication observation for FIP, and he had his 30-day labs done on the 28th. There was an increase in one value that concerned us, but the vet said it is nothing to worry about and he is doing very well. He will have another lab done in 30 days, then 24 days from that, and if they remain clear he is considered healed! Paws and claws crossed!

 

ENYA:  Sweet little Enya had started to isolate, and then we noticed she was not running to the dishes when we fed. On Wednesday, the Director put her in the medical isolation condo to better monitor her. Good thing she did. Enya was acting depressed, not eating, and we found she had vomited in the condo. On Thursday she did nibble some food, but not enough and we noticed she had vomited again. In many instances if there is undigested food, we know it may be a different issue. Since it was more bile like and tinted with blood, we knew it was something needing more vet attention. She was diagnosed with pancreatitis on Friday and was hospitalized. We were a little surprised since they receive a quality food, and she is not even a year old. It is usually seen more in older animals. There is no cure for this, just

Enya

supportive care when it flares up. She is on IV fluids and will hopefully return to the sanctuary after the weekend stay.

As of this typing, our vet bill is $1292.83, but it does not include Enya’s current hospitalization.

If you would like to donate directly to the vet bill you, can one directly to Airline Animal Health and Surgery Clinic in Bossier City, Louisiana. 318-747-5747. Or:

 

DONATION APPS:  Donation apps are a fast way for you to donate much needed cash to Yogie and Friends. The following are the methods you can use to help the cats:

PayPalyogieandfriends@hotmail.com

Venmo: YogieCats

CashApp: $YogieAndFriends

And as always, you can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

 

WHAT IS FIP? Feline Infectious Peritonitis, FIP, is a corona-based virus. This is a feline specific illness and not contagious to humans. This is one diagnosis that those of us in rescue dread because it has always been a death sentence. Until now. There are no guarantees with any medications, but this one is promising. Here is a link with the best explanation of what FIP is, and the program we are using for these two babies.

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/feline-infectious-peritonitis

CRITICAL FOOD AND LITTER NEEDS:  The shelves at pet stores, and other stores in general, have been quite bear with the critical supplies we need. Our priorities are, scoopable cat litter (no lightweight as it is not safe for sick, or young, cats), Friskies Pate’ canned food, Royal Canin Kitten slices in gravy (Our young cats and kittens eat this best), Royal Canin Dry Kitten, Purina Complete Dry, and Purina Naturals. We do not use grain free as it is not safe or recommended by our veterinarians. We also use Purina Fortiflora, which is a probiotic that aids in the health of the cats. Especially those in FIP treatment. Any, and all, help with these items would be appreciated. You can check out our wish lists on Amazon and Chewy.

https://www.chewy.com/g/yogie-and-friends-fiv-cat-sanctuary_b66609597?fbclid=IwAR2PutvdDsL2hKM9UNmkJqplrsvJtYewWZd7kPqqeY6FUtXoYpzOA-mHq-Q

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

SPONSORSHIP:  We often speak of our sponsorship program and right now we are really trying hard to get all our cats sponsored. Sponsorship is a wonderful way to help support our cats. By sponsoring one of our Yogie cats, you will be providing food, limited medical care (we know that medical bills can get extremely high and do not expect a sponsor to cover it. Unless they can, and want to), 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 financial burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for.

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. You can always contribute more. It all helps a great deal.

If you choose to sponsor a cat via PayPal or Venmo, please let us know the name of the cat you would like to sponsor.

CATS IN NEED OF SPONSORING (WE CURRENTLY CARE FOR 70 CATS)

FIV Positive Cats:

Alex – is being sponsored by Patsy, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Sunny

VooDoo

Dotsey – Is being sponsored by Beverly, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Ursula

Olaf

Brexit

Sasha

Grayson – Is being sponsored by Phil and Ann, fans in Haughton, Louisiana.

Oskar

 

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope

Elsa

Barney

Claire – is being sponsored by Bonnie, a fan in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Anna

Duncan – Is being sponsored by Vanessa, a fan in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Grace – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Blackie

Penelope

Duckie

Lucy

Smudge

Squeak

Bandit

Sarah

Snowball

Miss Kitty

Isabella

Quinn – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Theo (Tayo) – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Ms. Gray

Oscar

Dorian

Bert

Ernie

Kay

Rocket

Ziggy

Layla

Angel

Pia

Mama – Is being sponsored by Louise, a fan in Australia.

Pete

Saber

Binx

Domino

Socks

Logan

Russell

April

Tosha

Taco

Lucia (Deaf, survivor of a broken jaw) – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Uncle Fester

Yeti

Bonnie

Yakov

Finn

Chloe

Maggie Mae

Anastasia

Saphira

Eragon

Draco

Egon

Enya

Declan

Fiona

Flynn

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Yogie Booth at Geek’d Con

Shreveport Convention Center

400 Caddo Street, Shreveport, Louisiana

19 – 21 August 2022
(Refer to Geek’d Con’s Site for specific times)

 

Yogie Booth at Paws in the Park

Riverpark Church

3232 E. 70th Street,
Shreveport, LA 71105

15 October 2022 10 A.M. – 3 P.M.

 

Fall Bake Sale

Petco Shreveport, 6596 Youree Drive
Shreveport, Louisiana

22 October 2022 11 A.M. – 2 P.M.

 

AMAZON SMILE: Did you know that 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 is an extremely effortless way to help.

PAYPAL: PayPal has a program where you can do automatic monthly donations to Yogie and Friends. 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

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.

We are spending about $5000 a month on food and litter alone. Then we have vet bills and other incidentals that come up creating an immediate need.

 

Our intake is closed until further notice.

YOU CAN MAIL YOUR DONATIONS TO US AT:

YOGIE AND FRIENDS
128 FOB LANE
FRIERSON, LA 71027

 

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Do not Shop!

Thank You! The Yogie Cats and their Volunteer Staff!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter, The News

July 2022 Newsletter

Happy July Yogie Fans!

It has been brutally hot, and so early in the season, which means the air conditioners are working overtime, and electric prices are skyrocketing. We are making sure the air conditioning units stay in good working order. It has been brutal!

BUBBA: We had noticed that our sweet Bubba was losing weight and slowing down some. We brought him to our vet and the news was not what we expected. We realize that being FIV positive he would be at a higher risk for illnesses that would be harder to fight, but the vet said he was loaded with masses in his abdomen, kidney, and liver. We were not going to put him through a long, painful, treatment that would not even extend his life, and worse, not have a decent quality of life. We were not going to do that to him, so we made the painful decision to let him go gently and not suffer anymore. Cats are experts at hiding illness, so they are often too far advanced when they are finally diagnosed. Bubba loved to hug. He loved everyone he met, and they loved him. He will be missed. R.I.P. Bubba, 3 Aug 2012 – 16 June 2022.

FACILITY LOCATION:   Yogie and Friends is a corporation in good standing with the Secretary of State Louisiana. You must be a corporation before you can even be considered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the IRS. We have been both since 2000. Our head office, as well as cat housing, is in Frierson, Louisiana. However, we are legally able to have locations throughout the state of Louisiana if we so choose. We do not have the time, nor resources, to do that. We could never man other facilities. We do have several volunteers that foster cats for us throughout the Shreveport-Bossier area, which is a widespread practice with ALL the local cat and dog rescues in our community. This is a tremendous help and makes it possible to save more animals as a result. If you ever considered fostering for us, or other rescues, we highly recommend it. Sadly, there are no ordinances regarding cats, which is why we see so many stray/feral in our community and puts a burden on rescues who trap/neuter/release (TNR) these community cats. These community cats do serve a good function by controlling the pest population, but we need more, well managed, TNRd colonies.

FLYNN: On June 19th, while sitting on the couch drinking coffee, the familiar sound of a tiny kitten was outside the director’s door. She went outside to find, what she hoped was not, a tiny black kitten run by. It was super-fast, and she was not able to catch it. The kitten showed up again the next day and after sitting in the 100-degree heat with a drop trap set, she managed to catch the kitten. He was not aggressive, but very scared. He weighed one pound, which the vets usually estimate one month per pound. He may have been a little older than that since he was very able. She gave him a Dawn bath for fleas and noticed tape worm coming out of him. She treated him for the usual intestinal parasites, but he was too small for the flea and tape worm treatment we have for cats and kittens. He saw the vet on the 27th and received an injection for tape worm. He is too young to start vaccines, but he will in the next week or two. We hope to have him placed for adoption through one of our other rescue groups that do adoptions. We named him, Flynn.

EGON: Egon has been officially cleared to enter the 84-day observation phase for his FIP treatment. We never thought this day would get here. He had a scary day this past week. He was not eating and started isolating. We also noticed he had diarrhea, which is something you do not ever want to see, but more so in an FIP cat. The vet gave him an anti-nausea shot to stimulate his appetite, and sub cutaneous fluids. We have Propectalin to treat diarrhea and he got two doses of that. The next day he acted like nothing was wrong, was eating well, and even playing with the new kitten, Flynn. They have become buddies. This has been an expensive, and exhausting, process. We pray Egon makes it through observation and no relapse. He will have blood work run on day 30, 60, and 84. His temperature and weight will also continue to be monitored. This is a good report.

PIA: Pia had been losing weight, and her heart rate was high and slightly erratic. She was diagnosed hyperthyroid. She is on meds and doing very well.

SASHA: Sasha, our only Feline Leukemia (FeLV) positive cat, had been vomiting and acting like she was in pain. She had severe dental problems and on June 30th had seven teeth removed, and a good dental cleaning. We kept her secluded in the medical hold at the sanctuary for a day, and she gets pain meds till July 3rd. After the overnight in the medical cage, she is doing very well.

With help from our friends, we were catching up on our bill, but it is back up to $600. This is the price of rescue. We are grateful that our vet gives us a very generous discount.

If you would like to donate directly to the vet bill you, can one directly to Airline Animal Health and Surgery Clinic in Bossier City, Louisiana. 318-747-5747. Or: 

DONATION APPS:  Donation apps are a fast way for you to donate much needed cash to Yogie and Friends. The following are the methods you can use to help the cats:

PayPalyogieandfriends@hotmail.com

Venmo: YogieCats

CashApp: $YogieAndFriends

And as always, you can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

WHAT IS FIP? Feline Infectious Peritonitis, FIP, is a corona-based virus. This is a feline specific illness and not contagious to humans. This is one diagnosis that those of us in rescue dread because it has always been a death sentence. Until now. There are no guarantees with any medications, but this one is promising. Here is a link with the best explanation of what FIP is, and the program we are using for these two babies.

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/feline-infectious-peritonitis

CRITICAL FOOD AND LITTER NEEDS:  The shelves at pet stores, and other stores in general, have been quite bare with the critical supplies we need. Our priorities are, scoopable cat litter (no lightweight as it is not safe for sick, or young, cats), Friskies Pate’ canned food, Royal Canin Kitten slices in gravy (Our young cats and kittens eat this best), Royal Canin Dry Kitten, Purina Complete Dry, and Purina Naturals. We do not use grain free as it is not safe or recommended by our veterinarians. We also use Purina Fortiflora, which is a probiotic that aids in the health of the cats. Especially those in FIP treatment. Any, and all, help with these items would be appreciated. You can check out our wish lists on Amazon and Chewy.

https://www.chewy.com/g/yogie-and-friends-fiv-cat-sanctuary_b66609597?fbclid=IwAR2PutvdDsL2hKM9UNmkJqplrsvJtYewWZd7kPqqeY6FUtXoYpzOA-mHq-Q

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

SPONSORSHIP:  We often speak of our sponsorship program and right now we are really trying hard to get all our cats sponsored. Sponsorship is a wonderful way to help support our cats. By sponsoring one of our Yogie cats, you will be providing food, limited medical care (we know that medical bills can get extremely high and do not expect a sponsor to cover it. Unless they can, and want to), 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 financial burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for.

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. You can always contribute more. It all helps a great deal.

If you choose to sponsor a cat via PayPal or Venmo, please let us know the name of the cat you would like to sponsor.

CATS IN NEED OF SPONSORING (WE CURRENTLY CARE FOR 70 CATS)

FIV Positive Cats:

Alex – is being sponsored by Patsy, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Sunny

VooDoo

Dotsey – Is being sponsored by Beverly, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Ursula

Olaf

Brexit

Sasha

Grayson – Is being sponsored by Phil and Ann, fans in Haughton, Louisiana.

Oskar

 

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope

Elsa

Barney

Claire – is being sponsored by Bonnie, a fan in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Anna

Duncan – Is being sponsored by Vanessa, a fan in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Grace – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Blackie

Penelope

Duckie

Lucy

Smudge

Squeak

Bandit

Sarah

Snowball

Miss Kitty

Isabella

Quinn – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Theo (Tayo) – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Ms. Gray

Oscar

Dorian

Bert

Ernie

Kay

Rocket

Ziggy

Layla

Angel

Pia

Mama – Is being sponsored by Louise, a fan in Australia.

Pete

Saber

Binx

Domino

Socks

Logan

Russell

April

Tosha

Taco

Lucia (Deaf, survivor of a broken jaw) – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Uncle Fester

Yeti

Bonnie

Yakov

Finn

Chloe

Maggie Mae

Anastasia

Saphira

Eragon

Draco

Egon

Enya

Declan

Fiona

Flynn

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Yogie Booth at Geek’d Con

Shreveport Convention Center

400 Caddo Street, Shreveport, Louisiana

19 – 21 August 2022

 

Fall Bake Sale

Petco Shreveport

6596 Youree Drive

Shreveport, Louisiana

DATE TO BE DETERMINED TENATIVELY OCTOBER

 

AMAZON SMILE: Did you know that 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 is an extremely effortless way to help.

PAYPAL: PayPal has a program where you can do automatic monthly donations to Yogie and Friends. 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

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.

We are spending about $5000 a month on food and litter alone. Then we have vet bills and other incidentals that come up creating an immediate need.

Our intake is closed until further notice.

YOU CAN MAIL YOUR DONATIONS TO US AT:

YOGIE AND FRIENDS

128 FOB LANE

FRIERSON, LA 71027

 

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Do not Shop!

Thank You! The Yogie Cats and their Volunteer Staff!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter

June 2022 Newsletter

Happy June Yogie Fans!

Yogie and Friends celebrated 22 years as a sanctuary on 26 May 2022. We could not have done it without our fans, and we appreciate you. Thank you so much! Here is to another 22 years!

BUILDING MAINTENANCE AND ISSUES: The roof over the pergola section of the newer cat building has been damaged during recent storms. Our building guy should be by this week to assess what needs to be done. We said we would like to replace the fiberglass style cover to metal so it holds up better. We are not letting the smaller cats, such as Egon and littermates out of the building onto the catio because the holes are large enough for them to escape. We do not want that happening. Fortunately, our carpenter is an awesome guy who never charges ridiculous prices for labor. Unfortunately, he has no control over the material prices, which have gotten out of control.

MEDICAL ISSUES: The previous few weeks have been rough. Just when we get slightly ahead, we get slammed. When you have sixty-nine cats in the sanctuary, it is bound to happen. It just hurts financially, but more so to see the cats that have illness, or injury. But we press on for them!

EGON: Egon had his 60-day labs, and they look good. The vet also did an ultrasound and said there is no free fluid in his abdomen, which is one of the Wet FIP symptoms. His urine was also normal, so we are on the right track with him. The admins of the treatment program do not feel he is gaining weight fast enough, but he looks good to us, and he is eating well, and, playing. They recommend we ask the vet to do a body score on him and we will next week. The final 34 days of his pills cost $850, then there is the cost of labs and vet visits. All part of the process. He has another set of labs on day eighty, which will be June 17th. If those labs are good, he will finish his medicine on June 21st and should be cleared for observation. Wow! We never thought this day would get here. Especially after the heartache of losing his sister, Miracle. Observation is also a period of 84 days, labs, and if those continue to look good, after the 84-day observation period, he will be considered cured! That will be sometime in September. We pray he gets through and no relapse!

LUCIA: Lucia, the deaf cat who had major abdominal surgery on April 21st has healed well and is back to her normal, playful, self.

PETE: Pete, went in for his two-week glucose curve and his numbers will still high, so the vet increased his insulin to two units. Hopefully, this is his level, but we will not know until his next Glucose curve. We feel it is doing some good even now since his behavior is more of the old Pete we know.

CHLOE: Our nineteen-year-old cat, Chloe, who is also our first domestic cat rescue for Yogie back in 2003, was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She must get rechecked after two weeks on meds to see if she is at the proper levels.

We were catching up on our bill, but it is uncommon to have medical issues with an aging population of cats. We sure could use a break though. We still have a balance remaining of more than $2400 at our vet.

If you would like to donate directly to the vet bill you, can one directly to Airline Animal Health and Surgery Clinic in Bossier City, Louisiana. 318-747-5747. Or:
DONATION APPS: Donation apps are a fast way for you to donate much needed cash to Yogie and Friends. The following are the methods you can use to help the cats:

PayPal: yogieandfriends@hotmail.com
Venmo: YogieCats
CashApp: $YogieAndFriends

And as always, you can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

WHAT IS FIP? Feline Infectious Peritonitis, FIP, is a corona-based virus. This is a feline specific illness and not contagious to humans. This is one diagnosis that those of us in rescue dread because it has always been a death sentence. Until now. There are no guarantees with any medications, but this one is promising. Here is a link with the best explanation of what FIP is, and the program we are using for these two babies.

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/feline-infectious-peritonitis

PEN RAFFLE: We will be having several raffle items up at Geek’d Con in August. This sugar skull pen is just one example of what we will have at our fundraiser booth.

CRITICAL FOOD AND LITTER NEEDS: The shelves at pet stores, and other stores in general, have been quite bear with the much-needed supplies we need. Our priorities are, scoopable cat litter (no lightweight as it is not safe for sick, or young, cats), Friskies Pate’ canned food, Royal Canin Kitten slices in gravy (Miracle eats this best), Royal Canin Dry Kitten, Purina Complete Dry, and Purina Naturals. We do not use grain free as it is not safe or recommended by our veterinarians. We also use Purina Fortiflora, which is a probiotic that aids in the health of the cats. Especially those in FIP treatment. Any, and all, help with these items would be appreciated. You can check out our wish lists on Amazon and Chewy.

https://www.chewy.com/g/yogie-and-friends-fiv-cat-sanctuary_b66609597?fbclid=IwAR2PutvdDsL2hKM9UNmkJqplrsvJtYewWZd7kPqqeY6FUtXoYpzOA-mHq-Q
http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A2LGJPU9KN7C2N

SPONSORSHIP: We often speak of our sponsorship program and right now we are really trying hard to get all our cats sponsored. Sponsorship is a wonderful way to help support our cats. By sponsoring one of our Yogie cats, you will be providing food, limited medical care (we know that medical bills can get extremely high and do not expect a sponsor to cover it. Unless they can, and want to), 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 financial burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for.

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. You can always contribute more. It all helps a great deal.

If you choose to sponsor a cat via PayPal or Venmo, please let us know the name of the cat you would like to sponsor. You can see on our web page in previous newsletters, the list of cats for you to choose from.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Yogie Booth at Geek’d Con
Shreveport Convention Center
400 Caddo Street, Shreveport, Louisiana
19 – 21 August 2022

AMAZON SMILE: Did you know that 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 is an extremely effortless way to help.

PAYPAL: PayPal has a program where you can do automatic monthly donations to Yogie and Friends. 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

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.

We are spending about $4500 a month on food and litter alone. Then we have vet bills and other incidentals that come up creating an immediate need.

Our intake is closed until further notice.
YOU CAN MAIL YOUR DONATIONS TO US AT:

YOGIE AND FRIENDS
128 FOB LANE
FRIERSON, LA 71027

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Do not Shop!

Thank You! The Yogie Cats and their Volunteer Staff!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter, The News

May 2022 Newsletter

Greetings Yogie Fans!

May is here, and boy do we have a lot to share.

We want to thank those of you who supported our Spring bake sale. So much had gone wrong prior and our fans came through like troopers.

Also, thank you to those who supported us through Give for Good. This is the 24 hours, online, giving program that happens the first Tuesday in May. We could not do this without you.

MIRACLE’S MEMORY: The tee shirt fundraiser, Miracle’s Memory: The Fight Against FIP, is complete. Thank you to those who bought shirts. They are supposed to arrive to you around May 16th.

MEDICAL ISSUES: The previous few weeks have been rough. Just when we get slightly ahead, we get slammed. When you have sixty-nine cats in the sanctuary, it is bound to happen. It just hurts financially, but more so to see the cats that have illness, or injury.

MIRACLE: As many of you already know, Miracle lost her battle with Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) on March 31st. She was just so little, and the needles for her injections we so big. It was a painful process that seemed to be working for her, but on March 31st she gained eight ounces of abdominal fluid, and that should not happen. Especially since she had already had twenty-two injections. We had seen promise, but Miracle just had so much damage to her intestines, and she was just so ill. She was a fighter. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge on March 31st. She was a difficult loss for us.

EGON: Egon has been doing well with his FIP treatment. He was also receiving the same injections as his sister, Miracle, had been getting, but after 22 days we consulted with our admins and switched him to pills. They usually like to wait at least until 30 days of injections, but he is strong and fought the injections. He did not have the G.I. issues that Miracle did, so he is now on pills. He receives two pills a day, at a cost of $18 a day. Tomorrow we will increase his dose, at a cost of $24 a day, but it is worth it. He had his thirty post treatment labs, and they look particularly good. He is on the right track, and we are hopefully he will make it.

LUCIA: Lucia, pronounced Lou Chia, had major abdominal surgery on April 21st. Our director saw her vomit, and when she went to pick up Lucia, she felt lumps that felt like mammary lumps. She got her into the vet on that day and we were told she had an inguinal hernia. When the vet opened her up, she had found far more internal damage than she ever expected. Lucia’s intestines and other organs were moved into her sternum. The vet said “I must say you bring us the most interesting cases. What can you tell me about her trauma history?” We were asked by Southern Hills Vet Clinic if we would take Lucia into our sanctuary. She had been found by a good Samaritan with a feral colony, emaciated, and with a broken jaw. We asked the vet if she looked like a car may have hit her, and she said “yes.” The thing is she never had any signs of outward trauma when we took her in on August 7th, 2020. She may have recovered some before she arrived to us. Her ears had an ear mite infestation as well, and she is deaf. We do not know if the ear mites, trauma, or if it is genetic. Lucia did not need jaw surgery because it was aligned well and chewing dry food made it stronger and heal well.

PETE: Pete, the son of our calico, Mama, has been vomiting and losing weight. We brought him to the vet, and he was diagnosed as diabetic. A severe case too. He is now on insulin injections and will have his follow-up on May 13th to see if we need to adjust his insulin. Pete is a nice cat, and this is difficult for him since it changes his eating schedule, which as a result, changes the feeding schedule for ALL the cats in his section. They are not thrilled, but it is not a terrible thing for them. Pete took ten days to trap when he was a kitten. Our director found him, and his three brothers, along with their mom, back in June 2009. So, we estimate Pete to be around thirteen years old. We hope to give him several more years.

SARAH: Sarah, a male who came to us already named, has lost two pounds since his last vet visit, and that is a lot of weight for a cat. As our director found out the hard way on the drive to the vet, Sarah had explosive diarrhea. That was an unpleasant ride to the vet. The vet did not see anything concerning on his workup, but he was slightly dehydrated, He was given fluids and oral meds and will have a follow-up after that.

FINN: If you remember Finn, the cat that has the ruptured eardrum a couple of years ago, well, he has been acting a bit “off” and with his history, we did not want to take any chances. He also had been vomiting and diarrhea. That worried us that his ears could be acting up again. He does have to go in for the occasional anal gland expression. He was also placed on Famotidine and Propectalin. Hopefully, this takes care of his problem.

Our vet bill had been paid in full after the bake sale, then we got slammed with more vet issues. Our current bill is over $3300. This is the cost of rescue. We are more unique than other rescues in our area because we are a sanctuary, and that means these cats live their lives out with us at the sanctuary. It is not easy.

If you would like to donate directly to the vet bill you, can one directly to Airline Animal Health and Surgery Clinic in Bossier City, Louisiana. 318-747-5747. Or:

DONATION APPS:  Donation apps are a fast way for you to donate much needed cash to Yogie and Friends. The following are the methods you can use to help the cats:

PayPalyogieandfriends@hotmail.com

Venmo: YogieCats

CashApp: $YogieAndFriends

And as always, you can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

WHAT IS FIP? Feline Infectious Peritonitis, FIP, is a corona-based virus. This is a feline specific illness and not contagious to humans. This is one diagnosis that those of us in rescue dread because it has always been a death sentence. Until now. There are no guarantees with any medications, but this one is promising. Here is a link with the best explanation of what FIP is, and the program we are using for these two babies.

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/feline-infectious-peritonitis

PEN RAFFLE: We will be having several raffle items up at Geek’d Con in August. This sugar skull pen is just one example of what we will have at our fundraiser booth.

CRITICAL FOOD AND LITTER NEEDS:  The shelves at pet stores, and other stores in general, have been quite bear with the much-needed supplies we need. Our priorities are, scoopable cat litter (no lightweight as it is not safe for sick, or young, cats), Friskies Pate’ canned food, Royal Canin Kitten slices in gravy (Miracle eats this best), Royal Canin Dry Kitten, Purina Complete Dry, and Purina Naturals. We do not use grain free as it is not safe or recommended by our veterinarians. We also use Purina Fortiflora, which is a probiotic that aids in the health of the cats. Especially those in FIP treatment. Any, and all, help with these items would be appreciated. You can check out our wish lists on Amazon and Chewy.

https://www.chewy.com/g/yogie-and-friends-fiv-cat-sanctuary_b66609597?fbclid=IwAR2PutvdDsL2hKM9UNmkJqplrsvJtYewWZd7kPqqeY6FUtXoYpzOA-mHq-Q

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

 

SPONSORSHIP:  We often speak of our sponsorship program and right now we are really trying hard to get all our cats sponsored. Sponsorship is a wonderful way to help support our cats. By sponsoring one of our Yogie cats, you will be providing food, limited medical care (we know that medical bills can get extremely high and do not expect a sponsor to cover it. Unless they can, and want to), 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 financial burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for.

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. You can always contribute more. It all helps a great deal.

If you choose to sponsor a cat via PayPal or Venmo, please let us know the name of the cat you would like to sponsor. You can see on our web page in previous newsletters, the list of cats for you to choose from.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Yogie Booth at Geek’d Con

Shreveport Convention Center

400 Caddo Street, Shreveport, Louisiana

19 – 21 August 2022

 

AMAZON SMILE: Did you know that 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 is an extremely effortless way to help.

PAYPAL: PayPal has a program where you can do automatic monthly donations to Yogie and Friends. 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

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.

We are spending about $4500 a month on food and litter alone. Then we have vet bills and other incidentals that come up creating an immediate need.

Our intake is closed until further notice.

YOU CAN MAIL YOUR DONATIONS TO US AT:

 

YOGIE AND FRIENDS
128 FOB LANE
FRIERSON, LA 71027

 

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Do not Shop!

Thank You! The Yogie and Friends Gang!


Posted in Monthly Newsletter, The News