Greetings Yogie Fans!
Welcome to December! Can you believe this is the last month of 2021? Time goes faster and faster.
This is going to be a little bit longer newsletter since a lot has been going on.
CHRISTMAS BAKE SALE: We are thrilled to announce we are having bake sales again and we will start with our upcoming Christmas bake sale. The bake sale will be December 18th, 11a.m. to 3p.m. at Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport, Louisiana. We have missed doing the bake sales. It is a chance for us to help the cats, and at the same time visit with friends, new and old. It is a lot of work, but always enjoyable. We hope this will be a tremendous success because our cats really need it to be. Hope to see you there.
PASTEL PET PORTRAIT RAFFLE: One of our incredibly talented artist friends, we are fortunate to have several talented friends, is donating her skills to a raffle that will be drawn at our Christmas bake sale on December 18th. Jeanne Marie Reed will do an eight-by-ten pastel of the raffle winner’s pet. This is a very cool thing, and we cannot wait. Tickets are available now at $10 for one and three for $25. We will be selling them throughout our local area. They will also be available during the bake sale. PayPal does not allow raffle payments, so we would have to use other means to collect for them. You can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027 and provide your contact info should you be the winner and we can contact you.
TRAP/NEUTER-SPAY/RETURN (TNR): Most people are familiar with the term “TNR.” Many are not. What TNR means is we humanely, and safely, trap feral cats, get them spayed or neutered, rabies vaccinated, then return them to their colony. This is a critical part of reducing the feral cat population versus the sad attitude of trapping and euthanizing. Feral, or what we often call, community cats, do serve a positive role in the community regarding the rodent population. A well-managed colony does have its place in the community. A huge part of this though is educating the community that it has its place. Too often people complain about cats using their gardens as litter boxes, or footprints on their cars. Personally, I would rather cat footprints on my windshield than a rat problem. There are many well-managed colonies that you may be unaware of. When we say “managed” it is the people who do the TNR and then feed the colonies. They care for these often-misunderstood cats the best they can. It is an incredibly good program.
Recently, we had seen an increase of stray/feral cats, on the Yogie property in Frierson. We have not had a problem out there in the past. Yes, we would see the occasional cat, but recently we found a litter of four kittens about 3 weeks old. We saw the mother was caring for them, so we waited until we knew the kittens were a safe age to get from mom. There was another litter from, we think, the same mother. Tim put safe traps out and in one night trapped eight cats. Five were kittens and one we had seen with a leg injury was successfully trapped. We got him to our vet and the leg required amputation. So sad that such a young kitten was so severely injured. He is awesome and was adopted the day before Thanksgiving. Eight cats are now fixed that could have produced more than 144 cats over a year. TNR works!
More about TNR can be found here: https://www.alleycat.org/our-work/trap-neuter-return/
CATS AND KITTENS: As mentioned above in TNR, Tim safely trapped eight cats. Five were kittens around three months old. All eight were spay/neutered. The adults who could not be socialized were returned to their colony and are doing well. They always have excellent food and shelter. The five kittens were taken into the location our director manages. All five kittens have come around to being handled and socialized. They socialized faster than we expected, which we are thrilled about. The window for socializing kittens is small. Two of the kittens, Dunkin, the kitten with the leg amputation, was adopted on the 23rd of November. Brigid was adopted on November 26th by our vice president. Both have settled in their new homes nicely. We hope the other three get adopted soon.
On November 5th, our director was outside working in her yard and heard what she knew to be crying kittens. She followed the sound to her neighbor’s back yard two houses down. Four tiny kittens walked out from under some trash. They looked to be about three weeks old. Since she did not want to take them from their mom, they looked healthy and cared for, she put them in a large, plastic box, under a covering from rain, and put one of her security cameras to see if mom was coming to care for them. She needed to know exactly which feral was the mother. She successfully identified the mother, who thankfully left the kittens where she relocated them, always the risk mom would have moved them, and monitored them until she knew the time was safe to trap mom. On November 14th, the director successfully trapped mom with a drop trap and put mom in a two-story ferret cage, then brought the kittens to her. Mom has mellowed quite a bit and the kittens are beautiful and healthy. Three black, and one gray tabby. One female, and three males. This was an important trap since mom had a litter of five just five months previous. Then there is our Thanksgiving Miracle.
MIRACLE: On Wednesday November 24th, our director noticed one of the little black kittens in the litter of four was not acting right. It seemed a little lethargic and was isolating. It is never a good sign when cats or kittens isolate. The kitten also did not appear to be nursing. Our director brought all four kittens to the vet that morning to be seen and there were no obvious signs of illness. The kitten, the only female, was being monitored hourly. At one point the kitten was found unconscious, face down, in the litter box. She was immediately taken out, cleaned, and then lost consciousness again. It appeared she had died, but the director looked closely and saw shallow breathing and dilating pupils. At that point we all felt hope was lost and the kitten was quickly dying. She was wrapped in a clean, soft, towel, and held. Suddenly when the director gently rubbed the top of the kitten’s head, she made a faint meow. She lifted her head and the director put a tiny drop of honey on the kitten’s lips. She was then rushed to the emergency vet clinic. Upon arrival the kitten kept meowing and sat up! When she picked up the kitten to hand to the tech, the kitten purred! The vet said she was a bit wobbly, appeared blind, but was otherwise okay. It was decided to leave her overnight and be monitored. Throughout the night she got stronger, can see well, played, ate, and drank, and became the darling of the vet staff. She was spoiled the entire stay. The kitten was aptly named, Miracle. She was our Thanksgiving Miracle. We do not get many of these. Miracle is back with mom and siblings and will be getting a medical checkup and see if they are all clear for adoption. Miracle! We believe in miracles.
CAT CORNER: We call the five kittens that were safely captured at Yogie, The Lucky Charms. We have Dunkin (the one who had his leg amputated), Declan (Gray Tabby), Fiona (Tuxedo), Enya, and, Brigid, who are Dunkin’s litter mates, and they are gray and white. All the kittens have socialized very well. They are all spayed and neutered and have begun their kitten vaccinations. Two, Dunkin and Brigid, have been adopted and are doing great. We are working on getting them adopted and are thankful for a successful TNR.
FOOD AND LITTER: We could really use some help with cat food and litter. Since things have been shut down for so long, we had no opportunity to do our normal fundraising. We hope you can help us in this area. What we use for our cats is Purina Naturals, Friskies Canned Pate, and Fancy Feast Pate. Regarding litter, any scoopable is good. Tidy Cat is usually the best because it is not as dusty. If you can help, you can PayPal a donation to firstname.lastname@example.org or Venmo: @yogiecats. Thank you!
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 burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for.
We do not do any giveaways such as shirts, merchandise, etc., as part of the sponsorship. Many fans agree that it is an unnecessary expense that takes away from the donation you are sending. We do, on occasion, get fans who will donate things such as magnets with our name on it that we will send our fans. We want to make the best use of your donation for our cats. We appreciate our fans so much and know you are who make this all possible.
We have been slowly getting sponsors for our cats. One way you can do this is a monthly donation via PayPal at email@example.com, but we ask that you choose the Friends and Family option so that you pay the processing fees and Yogie receives the entire donation. You can make this a recurrent automatic transaction, so you do not have to go in every month to donate. Or you can also donate via Venmo @YogieCats.
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. We are currently working on the cat biographies, we will feature out cats in a section called, Cat Corner, to tell you what we know about each cat. We do not always have much information about those in our care, but hopefully we can give you some useful information about them. We have names on the list for you to choose a cat to sponsor.
CATS IN NEED OF SPONSORING (WE CURRENTLY CARE FOR 64 CATS)
FIV 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.
Duncan – Is being sponsored by Vanessa, a fan in Bossier City, Louisiana.
Grace – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.
Quinn – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.
Theo (Tayo) – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.
Lucia (Deaf, survivor of a broken jaw) – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.
Yeti – Is being sponsored by Diane, a fan in Richardson, Texas.
CRITICAL NEED: Right now, we are in urgent need of food and cat litter and have found the easiest way to get these items is through CHEWY We have set up our Chewy wish list and here is the link to order items off the wish list for our cats. They ship the items directly to the sanctuary in Frierson and they are fast. Items have arrived as fast as two days for items they have in stock. It is a great program to help the cats.
Christmas Bake Sale
6596 Youree Drive
18 December 2021
10am – 2pm
VXV Events Comic Con
Bossier Civic Center
620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA
18 – 20 February 2022
Times to be announced
NEEDS AND RESOURCES:
AMAZON WISH LIST: We have updated our Amazon wish list; with our most 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 effortless 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
VENMO: You can also donate via our Venmo account at YogieCats.
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 $3500 a month on food and litter.
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!
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