February 2018 Newsletter

Hello Yogie Fans!

We have had a challenging beginning to the New Year. Sadly, I lost my father on New Years day. Just one day before his 84th birthday. It was not unexpected, but still a heartbreaking loss.

We also lost our beloved African Serval, Speedy, on January 12th. Speedy Gonzales was the first African Serval we had gotten at the sanctuary. He was a fun and interesting cat. Speedy was born on 5 January 2001. He was very silly and playful, and we gave him a great life here at Yogie and Friends. He will be terribly missed.

New Cat Building: We had a wonderful drywall installer come by to see our new building and he offered to do the drywall installation for FREE! What an amazing gift. That was on a Sunday and the following Tuesday he had fallen off some scaffolding and shattered his shin and his wrist. He has had two surgeries so far and we are just happy he was not injured much worse. He has a long road to recovery, but we are thankful he will be okay. As a result, we are now searching for another drywall person, who we are hoping, may also do the installation for us for free, or at least for a very reasonable price since we did not raise all the needed funds. We are still working on that.

We are doing an inventory of the merchandise from our former gift shop, which has since been turned into a beautiful house for the FIV/FeLV positive cats at the sanctuary. Once that is done we will work on a big sale to reduce the inventory of items we do not sell at our bake sales. Once we do that, then we can focus more on items that do well for us at events. Downsizing this kind of stuff is important.

Watch Raffle: We are raffling off his and her watches. Tickets are a donation of $3.00 each and you can purchase them via PayPal at yogieandfriends@hotmail.com Please make sure you select the Friends and Family option so that you are the one who pays the PayPal fees. This ensures we get the entire $3.00. You can also send a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027. Make sure you provide a legible name and good contact phone number. The drawing will be held at 3 p.m. at the spring bake sale on March 24th. Winner need not be present. We can mail the watches to winners outside of the area, but in the United States only.

SPONSOR A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT:  Please consider sponsoring a special needs cat. 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.

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.

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:

Petey                           Sarah

Gatsby                         Sam

Paisley                        Ursula

Sunny

VooDoo

Frazier

Bubba

Nimitz

Dotsey

Bruno

Alex

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope                           Elsa

Max                             Barney

Anna                            Duncan

Casper                         Muff

Blackie                         Penelope

Blacky                         Duckie

Lucy                            Smudge

Squeak                        Smokey

Bandit                          Snowball

Natasha                       Boo

Miss Kitty                    Grace

 

You can also mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027

New Cat Building: We still really need your help to get this project finished. It won’t take much to do so and we pray you can make this possible with your donation. 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.

 

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

Louisiana and Texas Kroger Shoppers: If you link 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

Bissell Pet Foundation: We are part of the Bissell Pet Foundation and hopefully will be able to receive grants to help our shelter now as a result. The 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 always need Scoopable cat litter. We found that the Wal-Mart Special Kitty (40-pound box) to be the best value right now and we have been buying that. But, we will take any Scoopable litter. 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.

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

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.

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

All the money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the care and wellbeing of our animals. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

Upcoming Events:

24 March 2018  11am – 3 pm   Spring Bake Sale and Fundraiser

                                                 Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport

 

1 May 2018  Time TBD            Kitty Cat Carnival and Cookout for Give for Good Day

                                                    Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport

 

TBD June 2018  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

 

21 Jul 2018 10am – 6pm     Yogie Booth at SBC Anime Festival Day 1

Bossier Civic Center, Benton Rd., Bossier City

 

22 Jul 2018  11am – 5pm     Yogie Booth at SBC Anime Festival Day 2

Bossier Civic Center, Benton Rd., Bossier City

 

TBD Sept 2018    11am – 3 pm   Fall Bake Sale and Fundraiser

                                              Location to be determined

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

 Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!


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