Greetings Yogie and Friends Fans!
It seems like the month of January just flew by so quickly. It is always a time of looking forward, and looking, back, and reflecting. We cannot change the past, but we can look forward and hope that we can do even bigger, and better, things for our sweet resident cats. We know we cannot do this without our amazing fans, and for that, we are grateful for your thoughtfulness, and kindness.
I have not given an update on how I am doing personally regarding my medical care. Let me say that I am a truly fortunate person and that when I found my cancerous lump it was stage 1. I am thankful I was not in a later stage. The surgeon said the cancer is out of my body and he got great margins, during my surgery in August, and that it had not spread, so the treatment I am doing now is just preventative. It is an aggressive treatment, but that is because the oncologist likes to ensure full body coverage. I will say that the new medicine that came out in 2006 made me tolerate the treatment better. I have been able to function as normal. I have a great support system and wonderful care through our local Veteran’s Medical Center. Other than taking a few precautions regarding exposure to illness, which I am taking, and being bald, which does not bother me one bit, I am doing great. I will be finished with treatment by the end of March or early April. I appreciate the continued support and prayers and hope to see you at our fundraisers when we can hold them again.
GIVE FOR GOOD: Mark your calendars, we received an email confirming that we have once again been approved for Give for Good, which is always the first Tuesday of May. So, May 4th, 2021 will be the date for this year’s Give for Good. This is a 24-hour online fundraiser and is another great way to help our cats.
BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE: I have a birthday coming up on February 24th. It will be my 61st birthday and I always do a Facebook birthday fundraiser to give friends and fans a way to donate to the cats. I usually make my fundraising goal a multiple of my age. Last year I made my goal $600 but raised more than $2000. We have awesome friends. This year I will make my goal $610, but if I could make it a super challenge it would be $6100! Once I hit goal, I increase the goal. The fundraisers run about two weeks and our fans really help support this. The only thing is we realize many of our fans are not on Facebook, but you can still help make it an awesome birthday fundraiser. This is a great way to help our cats. The downside though is we do not receive the funds from Network for Good for 45-75 days after the fundraisers end. You can still help via PayPal and selecting the family and friends’ option (it lets you pay the processing fees), or simply mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027. If you are on Facebook, we will share the fundraiser on our page.
FUNDRAISERS: We are still having difficulty planning for our regular bake sale fundraisers. The bake sales are a small, but effective, way that we have raised much needed funds over the years for our cats. We often raise anywhere from $900 – $2000 per bake sale. We have missed out on three fundraisers since the lockdown. We also enjoy doing them because it gives us a chance to catch up with fans we do not often see and to share information about our mission with people unfamiliar with our sanctuary. We understand that things are still uncertain regarding the coronavirus, and understandably people are nervous. But we are planning on working in one of our bake sales within the next few months with a great deal of safety involved. In the meantime, we hope our fans can continue to help us defray the regular costs of running the sanctuary and continuing to provide and amazing home for our cats.
None scheduled at this time.
NEEDS AND RESOURCES:
CHEWY: We have set up our Chewy wish list and here is the link to order items off the wish list for our cats.
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 easy 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: email@example.com
SPONSORSHIP: Sponsorship is a great way to help support our cats. By sponsoring one of our Yogie 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.
We are spending about $1500 a month on food and litter.
CATS IN NEED OF SPONSORING:
FIV/Feline Leukemia 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.
Quinn – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.
Theo (Tayo) – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.
Yeti – Is being sponsored by Diane, a fan in Houston, Texas.
This is just a partial list (we currently have 67) 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.
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! Jenny and The Yogie and Friends Gang!
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