February 2020 Newsletter

Greetings Yogie and Friends Fans!

We are planning so many things to help raise funds for our cats. Our biggest needs are food, litter, and, veterinary care. We are using vet approved pro biotic and kidney health items to help keep the cats healthy. We have several geriatric cats, and kidney health is especially important for this population.


We recently brought one of our cats, Smokey, to our veterinarian for what looked like a tick in his ear. When we got closer to him, we knew this was not a tick and saw a bunch of these lumps in both of his ears. Upon examination at our vet, he scoped his ears and said there were more masses in both ears that required sedation and a deeper scoping of his ears. When Dr. Core put Smokey under anesthesia, he said there were so many masses deeper in both ears. He had not seen a cat with this many masses in his ears. He ablated them with a laser and sent some off to pathology. Fortunately, ALL masses were benign. They are called ceruminous adenoma and ceruminous cysts. Smokey had some medicine for his ears, and he acts like he feels much better too. We are so happy for a positive outcome. There is no real explanation for what causes this. But, to help hopefully prevent anymore, we are cleaning his ears weekly.

Another of our cats suddenly developed ulcers in both of his eyes. He is responding well to eye meds.

Mama cat, a sweet calico of ours, has a dime size mass on the side of her head. She will have surgery to remove it this coming (3 Feb) Monday. Hopefully it is benign. Mama is around 12 years old and has had some other health issues over the years but has been otherwise healthy.

Vet bills continue to be a huge part of our main financial needs. We hope you will help us build our coffers for these emergencies.

NEW INTAKES: We have taken in two emergency cases. One cat, Ms. Gray, an approximately 3-year-old tortie, needed to be rehomed due to her owner going into the Veterans Home. Socks, a sweet gray and white cat, around nine years old, had to be rehomed due to a medical situation by her former owner. She was at extreme risk of euthanasia.

NEW CAT BUILDING: The roof is now on our pergola, most of the porch is framed in the area to put the fence up, but we are waiting on the metal for the porch roof over the new building portion. We have just had some very rainy weather putting lots of delays on things, but we are close.

PRESCRIPTION DIETS: We currently have nine cats on special urinary diets, as well as three cats, on special digestive diets. These are either purchased at the veterinarian clinic, or another authorized seller with a prescription. These are quite expensive. A case of 24 cans is $50+ and the bags of dry formula is $60 per bag. One seven-pound bag of another diet is $45. This is very tough on our bank account, but it’s cheaper than serious medical issues requiring expensive vet care. This is just another reason we need your help. We hope you can help with your donation.

SPONSORSHIP:  Would you consider sponsoring a cat? This is a simple way you can help. 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. 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.

CRITICAL NEEDS: Vet care is always a primary need. Scoopable cat litter, preferable unscented, but we will take any. We feed Friskies or Fancy Feast canned pate, but we have chosen to change to Purina Naturals for our dry food. We are trying to get our cats on an even better diet. We do have several cats on an expensive urinary tract formula that we have to get at the vet. We go through a tremendous amount of cat litter. If you can help with a monetary donation, please do. We really hope you can help us in this area.

AMAZON WISH LIST: We have updated our Amazon wish list, we have added the Seresto flea collars, and some other much needed food items. 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’s a very easy way to help.


We also have an Amazon wish list to help feed our cats and kittens. We need you!


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

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV/Feline Leukemia Positive Cats:

Sunny – is being sponsored by Richard, a fan in St. Louis, Missouri
Frazier – Is being sponsored by Louise, a fan in Australia
Brexit – Is being sponsored by Richard, a fan in St. Louis, Missouri
Grayson – Is being sponsored by Phil and Ann, fans in Haughton, Louisiana


Non-Positive Cats:

Miss Kitty
Theo (Tayo)
Ms. Gray

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’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:


21 March 2020     11am – 3 pm
Spring Bake Sale and Fundraiser

                                                                                  Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport

The Hawt Dog Hut will be joining us this day.



4 April 2020                            10am – 4pm
Paws in the Park (Rescue Booth)
Hosted by Real Estate to the Rescue
River Park Church

3232 E. 70th Street

Shreveport, LA


5  May 2020                            All Day
Give for Good Day On-Line Giving Day



9 May 2020                             10am – 6pm
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!

Thank You! The Yogie and Friends Gang!

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