January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

A new year is here, and we hope it brings bigger, and better, things for our cats.

Thank you to ALL our volunteer staff. Everyone at Yogie and Friends is a volunteer. Myself included. None of us receives any compensation for the work we do at the sanctuary because we want 100% of the proceeds to go to taking care of the animals. So, thanks to our volunteers:

Tim Mills – Founder and Board Member
Vicki Volk –  Vice President and Board Member
Damon and Paige Bass – Webmasters
Jaret Snow – Board Member
Kathy Cherry – Board Member
Alan Golden – Board Member
Andrea Labor

We have had some challenges and sad losses throughout 2017, but it is not unexpected due to the nature of our rescue. We are heartbroken with every loss.

Who we loved and lost during 2017:

Karen Ludke (Volunteer) – January 22nd
Boo Boo (Lioness) – January
Splotchie (FeLV+ Female Domestic) March 14th
Gomez (Tiger) June 12th
Kristoff (Domestic Cat) September 25th
Luna (Domestic Cat) October 4th

We loved all. Human and animal. They all will be missed.

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:                      Non-Positive Cats:

Petey                           Sarah                                            Hope                           Elsa

Gatsby                         Sam                                               Max                             Barney

Paisley                        Ursula                                            Anna                            Duncan

Sunny                                                                                Casper                         Muff

VooDoo                                                                             Blackie                         Penelope

Frazier                                                                               Blacky                         Duckie

Bubba                                                                                Lucy                            Smudge

Nimitz                                                                                Squeak                        Smokey

Dotsey                                                                                Bandit                          Snowball

Bruno                                                                                  Natasha                       Boo

Alex                                                                                     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.


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.


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:

TBD March 2018                    11am – 3 pm              Spring Bake Sale and Fundraiser
                                                                        Location to be determined 

1 May 2018                             TBD                            Kitty Cat Carnival and Cookout for

Give for Good Day
Location to be determined


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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