February 2023 Newsletter

Greetings Yogie Fans!

Yogie and Friends will have a vendor booth at the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade this year. It has been several years since we have participated and things fell into place for us to be able to do it this year and we can’t wait. This is one of the larger animal events in the area that most of the animal rescue groups will be at. It gives us a chance to catch up with our fellow rescues, and meet friends both old and new. We can’t wait to see our friends.

PETE:  Our sweet cat, Pete, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on January 17th. As many of you know Pete had diabetes and had actually had a short time in remission. He suddenly started having trouble regulating and then started to crash hard. He was placed back on insulin and was doing better. Our vet suspected he had an underlying cancer or possible brain tumor. His white count had skyrocketed, came back down, then went back up. His body temperature also dropped into the mid-90s and that is very bad for cats. Their normal temperature is in the 100 – 101-degree range. When the Director went and visited him in the hospital it was not a difficult decision at that point. Still painful, but the right thing to let him go. Pete held a very special place in her heart because he was the last kitten in a litter of four that she trapped back in June 2009. It took her ten days to trap him. She had already trapped his three brothers, and his mother was sweet so she just let her pick her up and take her in.  We still have Mama and the other three boys. We loved Pete so very much. He is no longer suffering. R.I.P. Pete!

VET ISSUES:  We have several senior and geriatric cats at the sanctuary now. With that comes a lot of age-related medical issues. It doesn’t always happen that older cats have medical issues, but many do. We have 68 cats between our main Frierson, and our newer Bossier, location. As a result, we are seeing some medical issues. The more common ones will be kidney issues, but we are also seeing several cancers develop. We work hard on prevention with things such as probiotics, Lysine, and a good, quality, food. We have water fountains that encourage more water drinking, which is very important for cats. We also try to give less dry food since wet food gives that extra, added, water.

Several cats are on prescription diets, three are on thyroid meds, and a couple are on Tylosin, a type of antibiotic specifically used for G.I. issues, but all are responding well.

On February 9th we are taking three of our cats to Robinson’s Rescue to get neutered. We waited longer to have Draco and Eragon neutered because Egon and Miracle had both had FIP and often it will break while a cat goes under anesthesia. We feel it is more than safe now that they are 14 months old. We are also taking Flynn, who is now about seven months old. He had some medical issues early on, but is also well. We were not as concerned about waiting to neuter these three since there were no females at risk of getting pregnant.

FOOD AND LITTER:  The need here is constant. You can always help with our Amazon, or Chewy, wish lists. Chewy tends to cost less than Amazon.

We buy Royal Canin Urinary S/O, at $99.99 a 17.6-pound bag. Royal Canin Ultamino at $63.99 a 5.5-pound bag. Royal Canin Glycobalance at $36.99 a 4.4-pound bag. This is for Pete, and it has been successful in keeping him off insulin. These are all prescription diets, but they are working as they should, so in the long run prescription food versus vet bills. This does not include tax. Being a non-profit does not mean we do not have to pay sales tax.

https://www.chewy.com/g/yogie-and-friends-fiv-cat-sanctuary_b66609597?fbclid=IwAR2PutvdDsL2hKM9UNmkJqplrsvJtYewWZd7kPqqeY6FUtXoYpzOA-mHq-Q

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2N8IP4356I948/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1

Cash donations are even more important for us. Or you can donate using one of the following methods:

PayPalyogieandfriends@hotmail.com

Venmo: YogieCats

And as always, you can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS:  Attention Kroger Shoppers. We have been part of the Kroger Community Rewards program for well over 15 years, but they made some changes to their program, and we want to update our fans who happen to shop at Kroger Grocery Stores. Our Kroger Community Rewards number is now GD567, and you can find us by our name as well, Yogie and Friends FIV Positive Cat Sanctuary. When you log into your Kroger account you can select us as your charity of choice and a portion of your purchase will be donated to our rescue sanctuary. This is one of the easiest ways to help us financially when you go grocery shopping. It takes nothing out of your pockets either. How cool is that?

Please consider helping our cats when you shop at Kroger. We deeply appreciate your help.

SPONSORSHIP:  We often speak of our sponsorship program and right now we are really trying hard to get all our cats sponsored. Sponsorship is a wonderful way to help support our cats. By sponsoring one of our Yogie cats, you will be providing food, limited medical care (we know that medical bills can get extremely high and do not expect a sponsor to cover it. Unless they can, and want to), 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 financial burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for.

Please note that more than one person may sponsor a cat, but rest assured that all sponsored 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. You can always contribute more. It all helps a great deal.

If you choose to sponsor a cat via PayPal or Venmo, please let us know the name of the cat you would like to sponsor.

 

WE CURRENTLY CARE FOR 68 CATS, as well as several ferals.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Yogie Booth at Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade

12 February 2023

11:30a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fairground Field

Shreveport, Louisiana

 

Yogie Booth at Geek’D Con 2023

18, 19, and 20 August 2023

Shreveport Convention Center

 

AMAZON SMILE: Amazon notified us that they will be discontinuing this program because they don’t feel like it is doing the job they want. We kind of liked it even if it wasn’t thousands of dollars. But we press on.

 

PAYPAL: PayPal has a program where you can do automatic monthly donations to Yogie and Friends. 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

 

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 $5000 a month on food and litter alone. Then we have vet bills and other incidentals that come up creating an immediate need.

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! The Yogie Cats and their Volunteer Staff!


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