July 2017 Newsletter

Greetings Yogie Fans!

It is officially summer! As far as we are concerned it always feels like summer here in Louisiana. With the summer comes more issues for our animals. We had a very warm winter here, which means bugs. We don’t usually have the kind of cold weather here we need to kill pests such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. These are bad for both humans and animals. For some reason people seem to think they can stop using heartworm or flea preventions in the colder months. That’s not true. Fleas, for instance, have a life cycle of egg, larvae, and adult flea. What you need to make sure you are doing is stopping the cycle. You need to prevent the egg from becoming a flea.

Fleas can bring on many different issues in our cats. One of the more common issues is tapeworm. You may see a wiggly white flat worm coming out of your cat’s backend. It only takes them ingesting one flea with it. It’s easily treatable, but prevention is key.

Another very serious issue with fleas and ticks is a parasite that causes Mycoplasma (formerly called Hemobartonellis). This is a very good article regarding this issue.



Kristoff: Kristoff is one of our cats that is NOT FIV or FeLV positive. He is living in another location with us separate from the Special Needs house. Our cats are treated with Revolution monthly and yet Kristoff DID get Mycoplasma. We were really surprised by this diagnosis due to the fact we DO use a very good prevention and our indoor and outdoor catio enclosures and the houses are also treated monthly. Again, it only takes one bug. Kristoff received two blood transfusions and is on a three week, twice a day, Doxycycline liquid. He is improving daily. He is eating well and gaining weight. It was touch and go for a while. Even with the best prevention in place he still managed to get this. We are trying to figure out what else we can do to, to make it even less possible to happen again. Now, for the vet bill!

Logo Tee Shirt: We currently have a Yogie and Friends logo tee shirt campaign going on until July 12th. Please go to the link and help us make this a successful campaign. We really need your help.


Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): The rules to participate in CFC have changed so drastically and to a point we cannot now participate. They have changed it to where, on top of the already large fees they take, you now must PAY to participate. The amount was far too much for us to be able to participate and this is another huge hit for us financially because it brought in much needed funds donated by Federal and Military donors. We hope this changes back in the next campaign so we can once again participate. Until then we hope our former CFC contributors will still donate directly to Yogie and Friends. We miss and 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

Louisiana and Texas Kroger Shoppers: If you have not already done so, it’s time to relink 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

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.

SPONSOR A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT:  We need sponsors for our cats. We hope that is you. 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.

Sadly, we have lost two sponsors. This was a loss of $600 a month. They were special people to us and we will miss them dearly. They loved these cats and one of them even brought three cats to us to save. This was a big hit to us emotionally, we loved these people, and financially.

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that more than one person may sponsor some cats, 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                                                                                      Hope                          Elsa

Gatsby                                                                                    Kristoff                       Barney

Paisley                                                                                   Anna                          Duncan

Sunny                                                                                      Casper                       Muff

VooDoo                                                                                 Blackie                       Penelope

Frazier                                                                                    Luna                           Duckie

Bubba                                                                                      Lucy                           Smudge

King                                                                                        Squeak                      Smokey

Dotsey                                                                                    Bandit                        Snowball

Bruno                                                                                     Natasha                     Boo

Alex                                                                                        Miss Kitty                   Blacky

Ursula                                                                                      Max





You can mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends

128 Fob Lane

Frierson, LA 71027


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.


We still need your financial help with the nine big cats we are boarding and all donations are appreciated as we continue to care for them. They are safe and well.

Money we raise during any of our fundraisers goes to the boarding of our big cats and for TNR. We have always been, and will continue to be, a 100% volunteer driven organization.

Upcoming Events:


23 Sept 2017                 11am – 4 pm       11am – 4 pm Fall Bake Sale and Fundraiser

                                                                       Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport


PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop! Also, please continue heartworm prevention all year round and not just in the summer months. Heartworm disease can be transmitted all year.

Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!

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