December 2019 Newsletter

Orel

Oreo

Greetings Fans!

Can you believe it is December already? It certainly doesn’t feel like it with temperatures in the mid, to high, seventies. We would love some cooler temps, but hey, it’s Louisiana.

OREO: I am heartbroken to report we lost our sweet, beautiful, boy, Oreo, on November 18th. Oreo’s death has hit me particularly hard. We love them all, but he and I had a special bond.

Oreo was a gorgeous, long-haired, tuxedo cat, that one of my neighbors deserted back last December. He was wandering the neighborhood confused, lonely, and very hungry. When I had seen him at the home he had been living before he was cruelly deserted, he would never come near me. He was very skittish and shy. After about a month he started meowing and coming closer to me. I put food out for him, and he began to trust me. Then he started coming to me and got much more comfortable. I took him into the sanctuary. We took him to the vet for a checkup and he tested positive for FIV, so he lived with us and flourished.

He fought hard. His body just could not fight back. He died as a result of Cariogenic Pulmonary Edema.

I miss that little bugger.

FRANK: Frank, the Flame Point Siamese kitten, has been adopted. I procrastinated on getting him up to PetSmart for adoption. Well, there was a lady who had to put her 16-year-old cat to sleep due to kidney failure and she was looking for a white cat. She met Frank and the rest is history. I hope they have a wonderful life together. I cannot wait for updates.

Frank

THEO: Theo (Pronounced Tayo like Theo Van Gosh), is a little Siamese kitten that Caddo Parish Animal Services (CPAS) asked if a rescue could help. I couldn’t stand the video they posted of this 1.8-pound kitten crying. They thought he only had tail damage, but he ended up having a fractured pelvis, femoral head, and the tail was damaged as well. Dr. Daville at Airline Animal Health and Surgery Clinic did his surgery. It’s a pretty scary thing to see such a tiny kitten have the femoral head, that ball joint at the hip, be removed, as well as much of the tail be amputated. He receives laser treatment twice a week. He is up to 2.8 pounds. He wants to run and play like any kitten, but his pelvic fracture needs to heal more first. He looks a lot like Grumpy Cat. He’s a pistol. His surgery cost us around $1800. But he is doing well. When he gets cleared from the vet, he will be placed up for adoption.

Theo

Theo

PRESCRIPTION DIETS: We currently have nine cats on special urinary diets, as well as three cats, on special digestive diets. These are either purchased at the veterinarian clinic, or another authorized seller with a prescription. These are quite expensive. A case of 24 cans is $50+ and the bags of dry formula is $60 per bag. One seven-pound bag of another diet is $45. This is very tough on our bank account, but it’s cheaper than serious medical issues requiring expensive vet care. This is just another reason we need your help. We hope you can help with your donation.

NEW CAT BUILDING: The deck has been built and it looks great. We came in about $200 less than planned, which is good because now we have the enclosure to build. Our builder has contracted every year to hang Christmas lights for certain businesses, so we haven’t started that part yet. Vernon will do so this week. The cats are looking forward to it so they will get to enjoy being outside on a porch, but safe from predators. Nothing can get in, and nothing can get out. They will be safe from harm but enjoy watching nature. The next phase is looking to come in at around $3000. Hopefully, it will come in much less. Vernon is the fairest contractor we have ever used. His work is great.

SPONSORSHIP:  Would you consider sponsoring a cat? This is a simple way you can help. Sponsorship is a very important way to help our animals. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals. If each cat had a regular, monthly, sponsor, it would help ease the burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for. Please consider sponsoring one of our animals.  The cats really need you.

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

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

VETERINARY ISSUES/UPDATES:

The recent vet issues with Oreo, Theo, and several other cats requiring hospitalization, has taken quite a toll on us. It’s par for the course, but this was difficult. We have paid over $3000 in vet bills the past month.

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

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

AMAZON WISH LIST: We have updated our Amazon wish list, we have added the Seresto flea collars, and some other much needed food items. Also, when you shop via Smile.Amazon.com you can select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice and they will donate a percentage of the sales to us. It’s a very easy way to help.

https://smile.amazon.com/

We also have an Amazon wish list to help feed our cats and kittens. We need you!

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

 

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

CHEWY: Do you shop for pet food and supplies at Chewy. Well, we are a pet partner with Chewy.com. Enter the Chewy website from the link on the Yogie and Friends website and we will get a portion of the sales. This is a great way to help our cats and we hope you will select us as your charity. You can use this link with our partner number:  www.chewy.com/rp/6019

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:

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

 

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope
Elsa
Max
Barney
Anna
Duncan
Grace
Muff
Blackie
Penelope
Duckie
Lucy
Smudge
Squeak
Smokey
Bandit
Snowball
Miss Kitty
Paisley
Sam
Isabella
Quinn

 

This is just a partial list (we currently have 66) of the cats’ we are caring for. These are the cats at the Frierson, Louisiana location. We are working on making the list an easier one to post, read, and for you to select who you would like to sponsor. We are also trying to put photos of each for you to see them better.

Our intake is closed until further notice.

 You can also mail your donations to us at:

 Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027

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

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

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

Upcoming Events:

 

21 December 2019  11am – 3pm   Christmas Bake Sale and Fundraiser

Petco
6596 Youree Drive
Shreveport, LA

 

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

 

Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!


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