October 2017 Newsletter

Hello Yogie Fans!

Kristoff (rest in peace buddy)

We had an unexpected, and very sad, loss at Yogie and Friends. Our beloved, Kristoff, who had fought a blood infection two months previously, died suddenly on September 25th. He was only two years old and we felt it was important to find the cause of his sudden death. We are still awaiting on necropsy results. On examination, it appears neurological. No matter what the cause we are devastated at this loss. We are so happy that he had been spoiled and pampered and enjoyed as good a life as any cat could.

Vet Bills: Because of the emergency vet visit, and the care and surgery to save Kristoff, our coffers have been hit very hard. The ER visit alone was $545. The other vet care to save his life, as well as major surgery on another cat diagnosed with Triaditis (impact on the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas), we paid another $2744. People may think this is harsh to pay so much, and sadly we lost our beloved Kristoff, but we did save another cat. This is what we are about. We save cats. Of course, we will always do what is the most humane thing based on input from our veterinarians, but we will do what we can without reason and without suffering. We could really use your help in building our bank account back up after this hit.

Thank You: Thank you to Dottie’s Delights and Flying Heart Brewing for their donations. They selected Yogie and Friends as their charity of choice for the month of August and we thank them for their kindness.

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

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

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

New Cat Building: We still need your help in completing the new cat building. The electrical work should be done within the next month and then the insulation and drywall. We would like to get this completed before Christmas. If you can help us make this possible much faster you can donate via PayPal at yogieandfriends@hotmail.com or by mailing a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

Cost breakdown for the building:

Building  12×24                    $5264.40
Flooring                                 $755.99
Insulation                              $210.43
Drywall                                   $281.60
Lights                                     $175.88
Ceiling Fans                         $140.00

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

Our Needs: We always need cat litter. We use Scoopable cat litter, preferably unscented or very little scent, cat food (Purina Cat Chow Complete dry), and canned (usually Friskies pate’ or shreds, and Fancy Feast pate’).

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

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

Louisiana and Texas Kroger Shoppers: If you have not already done so, it’s time to relink your Kroger Community Rewards to your Kroger Plus Card. Every time you shop at a Texas or Louisiana Kroger and use your Plus Card, Kroger will donate a portion of the sale to Yogie and Friends to help the FIV and other special needs cats we have at the sanctuary. Every little bit helps! Here is the link to enroll or sign in (if you are already enrolled). Choose us as your charity of choice. NPO #80724, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary (we will be fixing the name later, but it’s still all good). https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

Recycle Ink Cartridges: New labels have arrived and are available for you to ship cartridges out for recycling. Please consider helping us with our recycling program.  Don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us or let us mail you the labels so you can send them out directly and save us a step. We recycle them and get cash for the cats. You can box up the cartridges; put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, and then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some to you.

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

SPONSOR A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT:  We need sponsors for our cats. We hope that is you. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals.

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that more than one person may sponsor some cats, but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats.

You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:                               Non-Positive Cats:

Petey                                                                                      Hope                          Elsa

Gatsby                                                                                    Max                             Barney

Paisley                                                                                   Anna                          Duncan

Sunny                                                                                   Casper                       Muff

VooDoo                                                                                 Blackie                       Penelope

Frazier                                                                                    Luna                           Duckie

Bubba                                                                                     Lucy                           Smudge

Nimitz                                                                                     Squeak                      Smokey

Dotsey                                                                                    Bandit                        Snowball

Bruno                                                                                     Natasha                     Boo

Alex                                                                                        Miss Kitty                   Blacky

Ursula

Sam

Sarah

 

You can mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027

 

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

AMAZON WISH LIST: If you shop via Amazon.com you select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. They will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.

https://smile.amazon.com/

We also have an Amazon wish list to help with the feeding and caring of our feral cat colonies as well as the adoptable cats and kittens we are fostering. Please help if you can.

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

We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding and all donations are appreciated as we continue to care for them. They are safe and well.

Money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the boarding of our big cats and for TNR. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

Upcoming Events:

5 November 2017               2pm – 6pm            Vendor Booth at Paws in Paradise

                                                                                    Margaritaville Casino and Hotel

                                                                                    Bossier City, Louisiana

 

16 December 2017             11am – 3 pm Christmas Bake Sale and Fundraiser

                                                                       Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport

 

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Also, please continue heartworm prevention all year round and not just in the summer months. Heartworm disease can be transmitted all year.

Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!


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April 2017 Newsletter

Hello Yogie Fans!

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

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

Ursula

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

Sam

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

Nimitz

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

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

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

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

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

Donate Cash:

Donations of cash are what we need most. You can donate online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal.

Louisiana and Texas Kroger Shoppers: If you have not already done so, it’s time to relink your Kroger Community Rewards to your Kroger Plus Card. Every time you shop at a Texas or Louisiana Kroger and use your Plus Card, Kroger will donate a portion of the sale to Yogie and Friends to help the FIV and other special needs cats we have at the sanctuary. Every little bit helps! Here is the link to enroll or sign in (if you are already enrolled). Choose us as your charity of choice. NPO #80724, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary (we will be fixing the name later, but it’s still all good). https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

 

Recycle Ink Cartridges: New labels have arrived and are available for you to ship cartridges out for recycling. Please consider helping us with our recycling program.  Don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us or let us mail you the labels so you can send them out directly and save us a step. We recycle them and get cash for the cats. You can box up the cartridges; put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, and then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some to you.

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

Cat Food and Cat Litter: We always need cat litter and canned cat food. We are currently using Purina Complete and Purina Indoor Formula for dry food, and Friskies canned (all types). As far as cat litter we use Tidy Cat Scoopable without any scents in it such as Glade. Cats don’t like scented cat litter. We use no harsh chemical products for cleaning. For pest control, we use food grade diatomaceous earth that we spread on the grounds. This is available at most feed stores. Also, washable blankets and throws are greatly appreciated. Please email us if you have any questions about helping with supplies.

SPONSOR A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT:  We are looking for sponsors for our cats. We hope that is you. FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a feline only, slow-acting virus. It is so slow to progress that most FIV+ cats die of old age.  Once thought to be deadly and highly contagious, it has since been found to be neither. Just as HIV was once believed to be a death sentence for those afflicted, so it is still with FIV. Only in the case of cats, the mere diagnosis produces that death sentence. Fortunately, there are many veterinarians who don’t believe that this is the case and therefore we got four FIV cats. We got them from veterinarians who did not want to kill them. We do NOT want these cats to die just because of this diagnosis either. They deserve the chance to live. And live they will with us. Now that we have our first FIV positive cats living comfortably in their new home at Yogie and Friends, they will need your support. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals. None of the Yogie volunteer staff receives ANY compensation for the work we do.

 

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that more than one person may sponsor some cats, but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats.

You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

 

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:                               Non-Positive Cats:

Petey                                                                                      Hope                          Elsa

Gatsby                                                                                    Kristoff                       Barney

Paisley                                                                                   Anna                          Duncan

Sunny                                                                                                Sarah                         Muff

VooDoo                                                                                 Blackie                       Penelope

Frazier                                                                                    Luna                           Duckie

Bubba                                                                                                Lucy                           Smudge

King                                                                                        Squeak                      Smokey

Dotsey                                                                                    Bandit                        Snowball

Bruno                                                                                     Natasha                     Boo

Alex                                                                                        Miss Kitty                   Blackie (2)

Ursula                                                                                                Max

 

You can mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends

128 Fob Lane

Frierson, LA 71027

 

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

AMAZON WISH LIST: If you shop via Amazon.com you select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. They will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.

https://smile.amazon.com/

We also have an Amazon wish list to help with the feeding and caring of our feral cat colonies as well as the adoptable cats and kittens we are fostering. Please help if you can.

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

We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding and all donations are appreciated as we continue to care for them. They are safe and well.

Money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the boarding of our big cats and for TNR. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

Upcoming Events:

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

                                                                       Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport

 

 

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

                                                                        Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport, LA

 

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

Bella Nonna’s Olive Oil & Vinegar – Tasting Bar

1409 E. 70th St., Suite 107

Shreveport, LA

 

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Also, please continue heartworm prevention all year round and not just in the summer months. Heartworm disease can be transmitted all year.

Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!


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November 2016 Newsletter

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Greetings Yogie Fans!

Fall is finally here, but looking at this Louisiana weather you would never know it. We are still pushing temps in the high 80s and 90s. We want some cooler weather.

We want to thank everyone that came out to support us at both the Margaritaville Paws in Paradise and our Eat a (Hot) Dog, Save a Cat at Dunkin Donuts. We get to meet some great people and we even have some possible new volunteers. We need the help and look forward to welcoming them on board. So, thank you all again for supporting out cats at these events. They are a lot of work, but so worth the effort.

After all these years, we finally have a logo. We thank Corie Tesch for her design that pics our beginnings and current mission. We thank her so much for a great job.

We are happy to announce that the Shreveport-Bossier Louisiana Comic Con is returning for a two-day con on April 22nd and 23rd, 2017. This event will be held at the Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport and Yogie and Friends has been invited back to be a vendor. We are thrilled to be a part of this. This is one event we also get a chance to get creative on costumes and have a little play for us. We cannot wait.

Just say “NO” November. We decided that we need to give ourselves a little break from doing events. Just for a little bit. We will still be caring for our cats as we always do, but we do a lot of events on our own or with other cat rescues and right now we need to take a little time for family and friends. We consider the cats our family too, so we will be sitting around and just loving on them as part of our rest. It’s a very relaxing thing to do.

The “Six Pack” Kittens: The kittens that we pulled from the local animal pound are thriving. If you are following us on Facebook, you will see these little beauties. We have named them, Bert, Ernie, Kay, Rocket, Dorian, and Ziggy. These kittens are a hoot and keep me busy. I’m afraid I have fallen in love with each one of them, and Ernie knows how to pull my heartstrings, but I will lovingly let them go to adoptive homes once they are ready. We will be putting them up for adoption in a few weeks.

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We’ve had a few medical needs with a couple of the cats, which is not unexpected, but they are all doing amazingly well. It does hurt the purse strings and we can use your help with donations. As you know we have always been, and remain, a 100% volunteer driven organization. Everything goes to the care of the animals. We use the money only to support them. That includes: cat/kitten food, cat litter, veterinary care, flea meds, utilities (water, electric), and rent. We don’t have a huge overhead, but we do need your continued support and appreciate it. Your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. There are several ways you can help:

Donate Cash:

Donations of cash are what we need most. You can donate online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal.

Louisiana and Texas Kroger Shoppers: If you have not already done so, it’s time to relink your Kroger Community Rewards to your Kroger Plus Card. Every time you shop at a Texas or Louisiana Kroger and use your Plus Card, Kroger will donate a portion of the sale to Yogie and Friends to help the FIV and other special needs cats we have at the sanctuary. Every little bit helps! Here is the link to enroll or sign in (if you are already enrolled). Choose us as your charity of choice. NPO #80724, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary (we will be fixing the name later, but it’s still all good). https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

 

Recycle Ink Cartridges: New labels have arrived and are available for you to ship cartridges out for recycling. Please consider helping us with our recycling program.  Don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us or let us mail you the labels so you can send them out directly and save us a step. We recycle them and get cash for the cats. You can box up the cartridges; put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, and then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some to you.

Volunteers: We need dedicated volunteers. Volunteering at Yogie and Friends does have its rewards. You get to cuddle with some great cats. You get to meet great people with a similar love for cats and for what we are doing. And we will feed you! Lol! But really, it’s a good feeling and the work is not that difficult. Yes, we will have some very labor intensive jobs as we repurpose the property to safely accommodate domestic cats and yes, there is lawn work, but that’s not all that is needed. We need volunteers who will scoop litter boxes, sweep and mop floors, clean counter tops and work spaces, poop scoop the outdoor cat play areas, and other basic cleaning needs. We also have cats need to be loved and socialized. We hope you will consider helping us make our mission a successful one. Please volunteer with us and help us make life a little nicer for these special cats. You can contact us via email at yogieandfriends@hotmail.com and our volunteer coordinator will call you as soon as possible.

New Buildings: We really need a couple of new buildings to be more self-supportive on site. In other words if we can do all of our non-emergency vet visits on site it would be less stressful to our animals needing vet care. We already purchased hold kennels and an exam table from a veterinarian who retired and closed her practice. Now we would like to set up a small clinic on the premises. Also, we are looking to purchase at least one, if not two, larger buildings to give our current residents more room and plan for the future needs of the sanctuary. Right now the buildings we are looking at purchasing from Gemco will cost approximately $8000 total. Then there will be installing electric, water, insulation, drywall, and the typical things to make it what it needs to be. It’s really not as difficult to do and that’s the beauty of the Gemco buildings. We considered getting them already finished, but that doubles the cost when we have the skills to do so ourselves. Our military discounts help with the materials at places such as Lowe’s or Home Depot. We are very good stewards of our donations.

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

WISH LIST: We are in desperate need of cat litter and canned cat food. We are currently using Purina Complete and Purina Indoor Formula for dry food, and Friskies canned (all types). As far as cat litter we use Tidy Cat Scoopable without any scents in it such as Glade. Cats don’t like scented cat litter. We use no harsh chemical products for cleaning. For pest control we use food grade diatomaceous earth that we spread on the grounds. This is available at most feed stores. Also, washable blankets and throws are greatly appreciated. Please email us if you have any questions about helping with supplies.

SPONSOR A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT:  We are looking for sponsors for our cats. We hope that is you. FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a feline only, slow-acting virus. It is so slow to progress that most FIV+ cats die of old age.  Once thought to be deadly and highly contagious, it has since been found to be neither. Just as HIV was once believed to be a death sentence for those afflicted, so it is still with FIV. Only in the case of cats, the mere diagnosis produces that death sentence. Fortunately there are many veterinarians who don’t believe that this is the case and this is why we got four FIV cats. We got them from veterinarians who did not want to kill them. We do NOT want these cats to die just because of this diagnosis either. They deserve the chance to live. And live they will with us. Now that we have our first FIV positive cats living comfortably in their new home at Yogie and Friends, they will need your support. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals. None of the Yogie volunteer staff receives ANY compensation for the work we do.

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that some cats may be sponsored by more than one person, but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats.

You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:

Petey
Gatsby
Paisley
Sunny
VooDoo
Frazier
Bubba
King
Dotsey
Bruno
Alex
Splotchie
Little Billy

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope
Kristoff
Anna
Sarah
Blackie
Luna
Lucy
Squeak
Bandit
Natasha
Miss Kitty
Max
Elsa
Barney
Duncan
Muff
Penelope
Duckie
Smudge
Smokey
Snowball
Boo
Blackie 2

 

You can mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027

 

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

AMAZON WISH LIST: If you shop via Amazon.com you select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. They will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.

https://smile.amazon.com/

We also have an Amazon wish list to help with the feeding and caring of our feral cat colonies as well as the adoptable cats and kittens we are fostering. Please help if you can.

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

We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding and any and all donations are appreciated as we continue to care for them. They are safe and well.

Money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the boarding of our big cats and for TNR. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

17 Dec 2016             11am – 4 pm Holiday Bake Sale and Fundraiser

                                                                 Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport

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

                                                                    Hirsch Coliseum, Shreveport, LA

 

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Also, please continue heartworm prevention all year round and not just in the summer months. Heartworm disease can be transmitted all year.

Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!


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October 2016 Newsletter

Greetings Fans!

Pippin

Pippin

We begin with yet another sad announcement. Our sweet and loving boy, Pippin, has died on September 20th.We were asked by Paws4Life, a volunteer group that works with Caddo Animal Control, if we could take this young kitten since he tested positive for feline leukemia. He arrived at Yogie and Friends in July, but he never thrived physically. He never got above 5.1 pounds and his young body just could not fight this virus. It is a devastating virus for young cats and kittens and they often don’t make it past 2 years old. We always dread the diagnosis of FeLV much more so than FIV. The vet also suspected he had another deadly illness called Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) and he was slightly jaundiced showing he had liver issues. Pippin was especially hard on me personally since I did everything I could to help him gain weight and feel better. He fought the good fight and we will miss him. R.I.P. Pippin.

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Batman RIP

We also sadly announce the loss of one of our big cats, Batman. Batman was a beautiful lion who arrived with his littermate brother, Robin. They were used as roadside photo shoots and when they became too large to legally use them for this, the owner asked us to take them. We did. Batman is Moses’ father. It breaks our hearts to lose another amazing animal. The dynamic due is back together again at the Rainbow bridge. R.I.P. Batman. We will miss you so.

 

New Cats: We want to introduce three new residents to the sanctuary.

Alex: Alex is a young, orange tabby that was in the local pound for several months. He was pending adoption until he tested positive with F.I.V. and at that point we knew he would be euthanized and could not allow that to happen. He is currently on steroids for some skin issues that are not chronic. We estimate he is 2 years old or younger. He is very sweet.

Splotchie: Splotchie is a gorgeous white and black female with a unique half mustache on her face. She is FeLV positive, but is not a young kitten and hope she does well. She is extremely shy and a little slower to adjust to being with us, but her human that asked us to take her visits her twice a week, would be more if she could, and we are hoping she will soon adjust as the others have. It’s an adjustment for any cat.

Little Billy: Little Billy is a gentle, gray tabby, whose owner had to go into a nursing home and when Billy tested positive for FIV the neighbor caring for him could not take him into her home. He is currently in our quarantine and will join the other cats in the FIV house.

Paws in Paradise: Paws in Paradise is a pet adoption/awareness event hosted by Margaritaville Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana. It will be held this coming Sunday, October 2nd from 2-6p.m. inside the Casino theater. This is an awesome event the casino puts on for animals. Dr. Jaimie Wise and her staff from Wise Choice Animal Clinic will be there to do microchipping for only $20 per pet. She has also donated two microchips for Yogie and Friends to raffle off during the event.

Adoptable Cats/Kittens: The kittens that we pulled from the local animal pound are thriving. We had a few scares with them, but they have a clean bill of health from our veterinarian. They had their first vaccinations on the 28th of September and are doing well. We refer to them as the Six Pack. There are four boys and two girls. They should be available for adoption soon.

Donate Cash:

Donations of cash are what we need most. You can donate online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal.

Louisiana and Texas Kroger Shoppers: If you have not already done so, it’s time to relink your Kroger Community Rewards to your Kroger Plus Card. Every time you shop at a Texas or Louisiana Kroger and use your Plus Card, Kroger will donate a portion of the sale to Yogie and Friends to help the FIV and other special needs cats we have at the sanctuary. Every little bit helps! Here is the link to enroll or sign in (if you are already enrolled). Choose us as your charity of choice. NPO #80724, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary (we will be fixing the name later, but it’s still all good). https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

New Buildings: We really need a couple of new buildings to be more self-supportive on site. In other words if we can do all of our non-emergency vet visits on site it would be less stressful to our animals needing vet care. We already purchased hold kennels and an exam table from a veterinarian who retired and closed her practice. Now we would like to set up a small clinic on the premises. Also, we are looking to purchase at least one, if not two, larger buildings to give our current residents more room and plan for the future needs of the sanctuary. Right now the buildings we are looking at purchasing from Gemco will cost approximately $8000 total. Then there will be installing electric, water, insulation, drywall, and the typical things to make it what it needs to be. It’s really not as difficult to do and that’s the beauty of the Gemco buildings. We considered getting them already finished, but that doubles the cost when we have the skills to do so ourselves. Our military discounts help with the materials at places such as Lowe’s or Home Depot. We are very good stewards of our donations.

Volunteers: We really need dedicated volunteers. Volunteering at Yogie and Friends does have its rewards. You get to cuddle with some great cats. You get to meet great people with a similar love for cats and for what we are doing. And we will feed you! Lol! But really, it’s a good feeling and the work is not that difficult. Yes, we will have some very labor intensive jobs as we repurpose the property to safely accommodate domestic cats and yes, there is lawn work, but that’s not all that is needed. We need volunteers who will scoop litter boxes, sweep and mop floors, clean counter tops and work spaces, poop scoop the outdoor cat play areas, and other basic cleaning needs. We also have cats need to be loved and socialized. We hope you will consider helping us make our mission a successful one. Please volunteer with us and help us make life a little nicer for these special cats. You can contact us via email at yogieandfriends@hotmail.com and our volunteer coordinator will call you as soon as possible.

Recycle Ink Cartridges: New labels have arrived and are available for you to ship cartridges out for recycling. Please consider helping us with our recycling program.  Don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us or let us mail you the labels so you can send them out directly and save us a step. We recycle them and get cash for the cats. You can box up the cartridges; put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, and then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some to you.

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

WISH LIST: We are in desperate need of cat litter and canned cat food. We are currently using Purina Complete and Purina Indoor Formula for dry food, and Friskies canned (all types). As far as cat litter we use Tidy Cat Scoopable without any scents in it such as Glade. Cats don’t like scented cat litter. We use no harsh chemical products for cleaning. For pest control we use food grade diatomaceous earth that we spread on the grounds. This is available at most feed stores. Also, washable blankets and throws are greatly appreciated. Please email us if you have any questions about helping with supplies.

SPONSOR A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT:  We are looking for sponsors for our cats. We hope that is you. FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a feline only, slow-acting virus. It is so slow to progress that most FIV+ cats die of old age.  Once thought to be deadly and highly contagious, it has since been found to be neither. Just as HIV was once believed to be a death sentence for those afflicted, so it is still with FIV. Only in the case of cats, the mere diagnosis produces that death sentence. Fortunately there are many veterinarians who don’t believe that this is the case and this is why we got four FIV cats. We got them from veterinarians who did not want to kill them. We do NOT want these cats to die just because of this diagnosis either. They deserve the chance to live. And live they will with us. Now that we have our first FIV positive cats living comfortably in their new home at Yogie and Friends, they will need your support. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals. None of the Yogie volunteer staff receives ANY compensation for the work we do.

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that some cats may be sponsored by more than one person, but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats.

You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:

Petey
Gatsby
Paisley
Sunny
VooDoo
Frazier
Bubba
King
Dotsey
Bruno
Alex
Splotchie
Little Billy

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope
Kristoff
Anna
Sarah
Blackie
Luna
Lucy
Squeak
Bandit
Natasha
Miss Kitty
Max
Elsa
Barney
Duncan
Muff
Penelope
Duckie
Smudge
Smokey
Snowball
Boo
Blackie 2 

 

You can mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027

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

AMAZON WISH LIST: If you shop via Amazon.com you select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. They will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.

https://smile.amazon.com/

We also have an Amazon wish list to help with the feeding and caring of our feral cat colonies as well as the adoptable cats and kittens we are fostering. Please help if you can.

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

We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding and any and all donations are appreciated as we continue to care for them. They are safe and well.

Money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the boarding of our big cats and for TNR. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

Upcoming Events:

2 Oct 2016                2 – 6pm                     2nd Annual Paws in Paradise

                                                                         Margaritaville Casino

                                                                         Bossier City, Louisiana

 

8 Oct 2016                Noon – 4pm             Paws for Celebration

                                                                        Betty Virginia Park

                                                                        3901 Fairfield Ave., Shreveport

 

29 Oct 2016              11am – 4pm             Eat a (Hot) Dog, Save a Cat

                                                                          Dunkin Donuts

                                                                          Corner of Youree Drive and Southfield, Shreveport

 

17 Dec 2016             11am – 4 pm Holiday Bake Sale and Fundraiser

                                                                         Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport

 PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Also, please continue heartworm prevention all year round and not just in the summer months. Heartworm disease can be transmitted all year.

Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!


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August 2015 Newsletter

Hello Yogie Fans!

We can certainly tell it is summer here in the south. We have been experiencing temps up to 109 degrees in the shade and as high as 120 degrees in the sun. These are very dangerous temperatures and we hope you will take precautions for you and your pets.

LOUISIANA AND TEXAS KROGER SHOPPERS!! Today, 1 August 2015, is the day to get your Kroger Community Rewards linked to your Kroger Plus Card to help the FIV and other special needs cats at Yogie and Friends Cat Sanctuary. If you link your Kroger card to our rescue via their Kroger Community Rewards program you need to relink it beginning today!! Once linked, every time you shop and swipe your card the Yogie cats will benefit!

Here is the link to enroll or sign in (if you are already enrolled). Choose us as your charity of choice… NPO #80724, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary (we will be fixing the name later, but it’s still all good).
https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards

Website Under Construction: There are many changes taking place at Yogie and Friends Cat Sanctuary. One change is our website. Our awesome webmaster is making changes based on our update in mission and structure. We ask that you please be patient while these changes are taking place. You will love the changes and additions as they come along.

We are still a 501(c)(3) in good standing. We STILL support our big cats that are in boarding up in Oklahoma, and we are STILL doing a lot for the little cats. We are currently the only cat sanctuary in North Louisiana. We are helping with cats that others would just euthanize. These special needs cats need us and there is no reason to kill them just because they have FIV or any other virus. We will explain more about these viruses that effect domestic cats as we move along. For now we are trying to update, change, adjust, and whatever is needed as time permits. Our focus is on the animals and we appreciate our fans.

We want to introduce our newest FIV positive cat, Frazier:

Frazier

Meet Frazier!

Frazier is a young, Russian Blue looking, male. He was a feral found and cared for by some very nice people in the neighborhood he was roaming. They had contacted a local rescue who promised to take him and get him adopted until he tested positive for FIV. They were told they should euthanize Frazier and they disagreed and contacted us at Yogie and Friends. Frazier is now living the life with us at the sanctuary. He, like all the FIV cats, is available for adoption. He’s a little shy, but very sweet and loving.

Frazier and Vicki

Frazier and Vicki

Welcome to Yogie and Friends Frazier!


 

Meet Bubba

Meet Bubba

Another special cat awaiting intake. Bubba is another FIV positive cat currently being housed at Bossier Animal Hospital. Bubba is 3 years old and on hold with Dr. Snyder awaiting vetting. He is not neutered yet, but once he is he will be coming to us at Yogie and Friends Cat Sanctuary. He has a lot of swelling on his face from fighting with other cats. This is a common issue amongst unaltered feral cats. Fighting is also the way FIV is often spread. We look forward to providing Bubba a safe, permanent home with us at Yogie and Friends.

Circumstances Beyond Control: Sometimes we know there are circumstances beyond the control that cause pets to be left in dire circumstances. Things such as the death of an owner, an owner being placed in nursing homes, or financial situations causing an owner to give up a beloved pet, is not the fault of the pet. A recent death has left four cats needing a home. This is one of those circumstances beyond the control of these cats. They are sad, confused, and missing their human. We are taking the four cats in order to keep them all together. Sadly, people are mostly looking for kittens and don’t often consider that an older cat can make an excellent addition to their home. We are providing them this opportunity to stay together and hopefully make things as comfortable as possible for them.

Wish List: As always, cash is king. We still have bills to pay. We have electric, water, veterinarian, and some construction bills. Some items we need are: Revolution for cats, cat food (currently we use 4 Health Grain Free and Friskies canned), cat litter (mostly Tidy Cat without Glade scented), and toys and treats. Cash is always easier since we can buy items at a rescue discount.

Hope 08_n

Meet Hope

Our tiniest of our furballs, Hope, has graduated on her vaccinations. She is growing and thriving and we are just waiting for her to be old enough to spay. We will also have her retested for FIV and our hope is that she tests negative and only showed FIV as a result of her mother’s antibodies. Paw and claws crossed!

These cats are all sweet and loving and we are more than happy to give them this opportunity to live out their lives in peace and comfort. We are hoping that our volunteers will give them the love and attention they so richly deserve. The building is being set up like a living room to give a natural feel of home for these cats. Volunteers can just hang out with them. It’s all good for us and the cats. We gain so much from them.

Volunteer Needs: We need your volunteer help. Volunteering can be as simple as spending quality time with our special needs cats, loving them, and socializing them. Basically just spending time with them. The FIV cat house is setup much like any living room in a house. We are doing this so that our volunteers can sit and read, watch a movie, etc., all the while allowing a cat time in your lap and just being loved on. This will allow these cats a chance to see what it’s like to have love and attention. We also need help with cleaning litter boxes, lawn maintenance, cleaning the building, fundraising, building outdoor catios, and more. If you are interested please let us know.

Support a Special Needs Cat: FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a feline only, slow-acting virus. It is so slow to progress that most FIV+ cats die of old age. Once thought to be deadly and highly contagious, it has since been found to be neither. Just as HIV was once believed to be a death sentence for those afflicted, so it is still with FIV. Only in the case of cats, the mere diagnosis produces that death sentence. Fortunately there are many veterinarians who don’t believe that this is the case and this is why we got four FIV cats. We got them from veterinarians who did not want to kill them. We do NOT want these cats to die just because of this diagnosis either. They deserve the chance to live. And live they will with us. Now that we have our first FIV positive cats living comfortably in their new home at Yogie and Friends, they will need your support. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals. None of the Yogie volunteer staff receives ANY compensation for the work we do.

Donate Cash:

Donations of cash are what we need most. You can donate online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal.

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that some cats may be sponsored by more than one person, but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats.

You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV Cats:

Olaf
Gatsby
Paisley
Sunny
VooDoo
Hope
Bubba

Other Cats (Photos and Bios coming soon)

Powdah
Kitler
Possum
Mini
Biscuits
Caspar
Pia
Layla
Miss Kitty
Cash
Cookie

You can also mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027

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

Our Big Cats: Putty Tat and Gomez, two of our beloved tigers, now have a much larger habitat and they are thrilled. It looks almost like Putty Tat was smiling when he was moved. At a cost of $8500 we think it was well worth it. We are raising the funds to reimburse for this new habitat and appreciate any and all help our fans can provide. You will see in the pics just how nice the new digs are. We will post a gofundme link to help with this.

Adoptable Cats/Kittens: We still have several kittens in foster care that we can use your help with. Many have already been spayed/neutered and are current on vaccinations. Some of these adoptable cats/kittens will be available at Unleashed Premium Pets and Supplies on Benton Road in Bossier City, Louisiana. This way we can ensure they are going to good homes. We have an Amazon Wish List with a list of much needed supplies for these kittens.

Amazon: If you shop via Amazon.com you select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. They will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.

https://smile.amazon.com/

We also have an Amazon wish list to help with the feeding and caring of our feral cat colonies as well as the adoptable cats and kittens we are fostering. Please help if you can.

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

We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding and any and all donations are appreciated as we continue to care for them. They are safe and well.

Money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the boarding of our big cats and for TNR. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): CFC is in full swing right now, so if you are a Military member or Federal Employee we hope you will donate to Yogie and Friends via CFC. This program is easy and another good way to give financial assistance to the big cats. We hope you will please consider Yogie and Friends when making your CFC contribution. Our CFC number is 42427.

Recycle Ink Cartridges and Cell Phones: Please consider helping us with our recycling program. Please don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us. We recycle them and get cash for the cats. You can box up the cartridges; put a prepaid label on it that we will provide you, and then drop it off at any UPS shipping facility or they can pick it up at your business. If you need labels, then just contact us and we will get some to you.

Upcoming Events:

TBD 11am – 4pm Eat a (hot) Dog, Save a Cat
Parking Lot of Discount Tobacco
1201 Shady Grove, Bossier City

TBD 11am – 4pm Fall Bake Sale and Fundraiser
Petco
6595 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Also, please continue heartworm prevention all year round and not just in the summer months. Heartworm disease can be transmitted all year.

The Yogie and Friends Gang!


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