Greetings Yogie and Friends Fans!
December has come in like a lion! It was 25 degrees here this morning at our location and being Louisiana, it is not easy for most people, and of course, the animals. Rest assured we were ready for the cold and the cats are safe and warm. We even work hard to ensure our fine, feral, friends have some warm, safe, shelters from the elements.
We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are looking forward to a safe, and happy holiday season. The cats really need our fans more than ever this holiday season with the lack of fundraising capabilities right now. It has not been easy. Our bank account is at a critically low level and we still have food, cat litter, and vet bills, to pay for. None of this is possible without our incredibly loyal fans.
GIVING TUESDAY: Today begins the Giving Tuesday campaign. We do have a campaign currently running on Facebook, but we realize not all our fans are on Facebook. That does not mean you cannot donate to help our cats. The easiest way to contribute to our cause is via PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org and choosing the Family and Friends option so we receive 100% of your donation. We hope you can help.
VET BILLS: VET BILLS: If you would like to help with our vet bill, you can call Airline Animal Health and Surgery Clinic in Bossier City, Louisiana, directly at 318-747-5747.
Theo (Tayo) has been in the hospital since November 20th. His blood work showed he was severely anemic to the point he required a blood transfusion. Some of his lab work has returned unremarkable, so another special lab was sent out and we have not received the results yet. The timing with the holiday has delayed some of the results. He has responded well with antibiotics and the transfusion. He is eating well. If the test results come back as the doctor suspects, then he will continue antibiotics for another two weeks. If not, then he will need a bone marrow biopsy. Since he appears to be responding to the meds, we are hopeful he will not need the biopsy.
Paisley, another cat, who we originally were told by a vet that asked us to take her as being both FIV/FeLV positive and retested negative, is in the hospital right now. She had an enlarged belly and X-rays showed she might have an obstruction. The vet did exploratory surgery and found no obstruction, other than some fecal matter and a great deal of gas, but otherwise clear. She does have a systemic infection of unknown origin, and, has a history of Toxoplasmosis, so, she is now on an antibiotic cocktail and waiting for clearance to return to the sanctuary.
Sebastian, one of our older, non FIV/FeLV cats, is an early stage kidney failure cat, who had to go into the hospital for fluids due to vomiting and not eating. His kidney values were bad this time. He is not on meds three times a day for the rest of his life. He will be 16 years old in March, so, this is not totally unexpected. It is still incredibly sad for us.
Lily, another non FIV/FeLV cat, went at the same time as Sebastian for vomiting and weight loss. She also showed with a systemic infection, was placed on antibiotics, but also showed a thickening of her intestines and belly. She has been placed on Tylosin for the rest of her life. She will be 15 years old in March.
Some of the issues coming up with the cats are not unusual, geriatric, issues. Still, it is a hard thing for us to see happening, and it is also a costly thing. We are currently looking at more than $3500 in vet bills, and no fundraisers currently scheduled due to the coronavirus restrictions. We know we will get through it.
CHEWY: We have set up our Chewy wish list and here is the link to order items off the wish list for our cats.
SPONSORSHIP: Sponsorship is a great way to help support our cats. By sponsoring one of the FIV cats you will be providing food, medical care, and their basic care and support. 100% of the sponsorship goes to the care of these animals. If each cat had a regular, monthly, sponsor, it would help ease the burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for. Please consider sponsoring one of our animals. The cats really need you.
Please note that more than one person may sponsor a cat but rest assured that all sponsor funds are used for the ongoing care of our cats.
You can sponsor a cat for just $15 a month, $45 a quarter, or $180 a year.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Your donations are the most important thing to help us with our animals. We are a 501(C)(3) non-profit, in good standing. Your donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. We can really use help with funds to buy food, veterinarian care, and everyday care of the wellbeing of the animals. Thank you for your support.
We are spending about $1500 a month on food and litter.
CRITICAL NEEDS: Right now, we need a great deal of help with items such as cat litter and food. We really need Scoopable cat litter, no lightweight as they can present a dangerous ingestion and blockage issue, and we use Friskies canned pate, Fancy Feast canned pate, and Purina Naturals dry food. We have an Amazon wish list that makes it easier to order, or you can order any other way that is convenient to you. If you donate cash, check, or PayPal, we can purchase the items as well.
AMAZON WISH LIST: We have updated our Amazon wish list; we have added much needed food items and cat litter. 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 is an extremely easy way to help.
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: email@example.com
Cats in need of Sponsoring:
FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:
Alex – is being sponsored by Patsy, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana
Sunny – is being sponsored by Richard, a fan in St. Louis, Missouri
Bubba – Is being sponsored by Louise, a fan in Australia
Dotsey – Is being sponsored by Beverly, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana
Brexit – Is being sponsored by Richard, a fan in St. Louis, Missouri
Grayson – Is being sponsored by Phil and Ann, fans in Haughton, Louisiana
Claire – is being sponsored by Bonnie, a fan in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
Quinn – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.
Theo (Tayo) – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.
Yeti – Is being sponsored by Diane, a fan in Houston, Texas
This is just a partial list (we currently have 68) of the cats’ we are caring for. These are the cats at the Frierson, Louisiana location. We are working on making the list an easier one to post, read, and for you to select who you would like to sponsor. We are also trying to put photos of each for you to see them better.
Our intake is closed until further notice.
You can also mail your donations to us at:
Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027
Donations of cash can be done in several ways, online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal. Or you can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027
Facebook: Please like and follow us on Facebook at Yogie and Friends FIV+ Cat Sanctuary. It is a strictly controlled page so that nobody is every bullied or threatened on our page by others. It is a safe page to share educational information and news about our wonderful cats. Please like on the page and share with your friends.
None scheduled at this time
PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Do not Shop!
Thank You! The Yogie and Friends Gang!
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