February 2017 Newsletter

Greetings Yogie Fans!

I hate starting off our newsletter with sad news, but sadly, I must.

We received devastating news that one of our volunteers, Karen Ludke, sadly died on January 22nd. This was such a shock to us since we were just visiting with her after a recent stay in the hospital because of pneumonia. Karen called me several years ago, and told me she had, had heart surgery, a stroke, and suffered with Lupus. All by the young age of 37. She loved big cats and wanted to somehow volunteer her time to be around them. Since her health was so precarious she worked indoors in our gift shop. That was a big help to us and we never took her for granted. She had been with us for about seven years. In fact, she had just come over to my house to meet one of the Six Pack kittens because she wanted to adopt one. Karen fought the good fight. She was only 42 years old. She leaves behind her mother, her step-dad, her older brother and sister, and her beloved baby girl, her dog, Bailey, and of course, her Yogie and Friends family. We will miss Karen dearly.

My sweet chocolate lab, Riley, died unexpectedly from a splenic rupture on January 19th. To say I was shocked is an understatement. She was the best dog I’ve had and she was somewhat of a Yogie dog. So many of the team loved her. We have found out this is more common and when it happens, it is often sudden and unexpected. She is in good company with many who loved her.

One of the Six Pack kittens, Bert, was injured when a volunteer accidentally knocked over a 35-pound pail of Tidy Cat litter and it hit Bert, breaking his right, rear, leg. He is being splinted now and will make a full recovery. Accidents happen, but this was a freak one. Believe me, we know that we will take extra care to avoid something like this ever happening again.

Booster Fundraiser: We currently have a fundraiser using Booster, but instead of the usual tee shirts we decided to go with tote bags. We hope you will support these great animals by buying a tote, or two, or more.


Sarah Surgery Update: Sarah, the long haired-black cat that needed surgery has made a great recovery. The large lump on his abdomen ended up being a hernia and Dr. Wise repaired it and he is doing wonderful now. The surgery was $700, but it was worth it.

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 five 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.

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.


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)

Splotchie                                                                               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.


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.


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:


25 March 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


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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