February 2019 Newsletter

Hello Yogie Fans!

We hope this newsletter finds all our friends, and their fur friends, safe, happy, and, healthy.

We have had some medical challenges with a couple of cats this past month. And sadly, the thing with cats is, they are EXPERTS at hiding illnesses until they are in a critical state. It’s one reason why we are adamant about observing our cats’ habits and behaviors. Even with that, it is sometimes difficult to catch a problem before it needs bigger intervention. I had to rush Brexit to the ER vet since he was exhibiting signs of a UTI and obstruction, which CAN kill a cat. We got him to our regular veterinarian, Dr. Core, the next day, and Brexit did in fact, have a bad UTI with crystals. He is a young male, which surprised us, but it happens in all ages. He spent a week in the hospital and is now on a special, somewhat expensive, prescription diet now. He is doing very well.


Another of our rescues, Finn, was losing balance to the point we thought he had a stroke. When our vet scoped his inner ears under anesthesia, he found that Finn has a ruptured ear drum. This will heal, but it has been a very expensive journey with CT and hospitalization. He will have a follow-up on the 25th.

Between the ER, Cat Scan, hospitalizations, and medications, we had over $3000 in vet bills. That was a hit we could have done without.

NEW CATS: There was a lady in my neighborhood that moved and abandoned her beautiful cat, and another cat she was feeding. When I finally got the cats to adjust and trust me, I got one of them tested so far, and he has tested positive for FIV. I haven’t gotten the other cat yet, who is still intact and will be neutered. I found a female kitten, that I was able to get to trust me and she was spayed this past Thursday. She is about 5 months old, but unfortunately, she tested positive for Feline Leukemia. We do not mix those cats with our other population. Since she is young, we will retest and hopefully that comes back negative. It does happen. We just wish they were all negative, so people don’t wrongly euthanize them. There is no reason to do so. They can live long, otherwise healthy, lives.

Oreo is a beautiful long-haired Tuxedo. He’s sweet but does play rough at times and gets a little bitey when he gets excited from all the love. He is FIV+ and the vet estimates he is about 4 or 5 years old.

Grayson is a beautiful gray and white cat that is still intact. He is scheduled for neutering soon and hope he tests negative.

Sasha is the female, tabby, kitten that tested positive for leukemia, but we are hopeful she will retest negative in a few months. She is spayed now and is a very sweet girl. She is only about five or six months.

GIVE FOR GOOD GIVING DAY: May 7th is the annual, Give for Good giving day. Yogie and Friends is once again approved to participate in this annual, on-line, giving, event. It starts just after midnight on May 7th and runs all day. It’s an opportunity for non-profits all over the country to raise much needed funds for their organization

WATCH RAFFLE: We are raffling off his and her watches. Tickets are a donation of $2.00 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 $2.00. Also, DO NOT say raffle, but put WATCHES in the comments. 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 In April. Winner need not be present. We can mail the watches to winners outside of the area, but in the United States only.

SPONSORSHIP: 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. Would you please consider sponsoring one of our animals? We 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.

CRITICAL NEEDS: Vet care is always a primary need. Scoopable cat litter, preferable unscented, but we will take any, as well as cat food, are a given. We feed Friskies or Fancy Feast canned pate, or Purina Cat Chow complete. We do have some on an expensive urinary tract formula that we have to get at the vet. If you can help with a monetary donation, please do. We really hope you can help us in this area.

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

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 feed our cats and kittens. We need you!



Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:



Non-Positive Cats:

Miss Kitty
Grayson (Pending Snap Test/Neutering)


You can also mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027

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

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:

6 April 2019                            11am – 3 pm           Spring Bake Sale and Fundraiser
                                                                                         Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport 

7 May 2019                             All Day                       Give for Good Day On-Line Giving Day

TBD June 2018                                                          Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting (On-Line/In-Store) Bella Nonna’s Olive Oil & Vinegar – Tasting Bar
                                                                                             1409 E. 70th St., Suite 107
Shreveport, LA


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


Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!

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