Greetings Yogie and Friends Fans!
We hope you are all doing well during these most unusual times.
We never enjoy sharing sad news, but the nature of what we do here at the sanctuary, we realize there will be sad news to report.
FRAZIER: Our sweet boy, Frazier, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 26 June 2020. Frazier had developed a large mass, and several smaller, masses on his spleen. It also appeared there was other organ involvement. Since he was FIV+, surgery was not a good, safe, option in this situation, he was declining rapidly, so we made the hard decision, to let him go gently. This is always such a difficult thing for us to do, but our vets agreed that it was the right thing in this case.
CLAIRE: The sweet little tortie kitten we found on a Bossier City street, gave birth to six kittens, on June 2nd. Sadly, one of the kittens died shortly after birth. The kittens are doing amazingly well. This is a lot for a young mom. We lovingly refer to the five babies as, The Weebles. We do not know how that name caught on, but it has stuck. Claire and the Weebles, have a wellness check with Dr. Daville, at Airline Animal Health and Surgery Clinic on July 2nd. Then we will begin them on a watered down canned, Royal Canin Mother and Baby Cat mousse. Once they begin on this food, it will take the stress off mom keeping up with nursing needs. The kitten sizes are quite varied, and it is a lot of fun to see their progress. Two kittens are already spoken for, so that makes us happy. Three we have named already.
THE YOGIE POPULATION: We currently have 66 cats in our care at the sanctuary, at both our Frierson, and Bossier, locations. This does not include Claire’s five kittens. Our population varies in age. We have several geriatric cats. More than half of our cats are 11 years and older, up to 18 years old. Not all our cats are FIV+. In fact, less are FIV+. But, as the cats age, we begin to see issues such as kidney failure. This is more common in geriatric cats. But, with such a large population, you can expect to see an increase in losses. We often hear comments from people like “Wow, you have had a bunch die.” Or, “Why are so many cats dying?” Well, it is kind of frustrating to hear these comments. It is not because they do not receive quality care, it is because, well, many come to us with medical issues, or it is just that they are older and they just, die. Either way, we know we will face the dread of loss. None of us live forever, and it is something we will face more often than we would like. But we are glad that we provide them a quality life while they are with us. No matter how long, or short, a time it is.
FUNDRAISERS: At this time, we still have no idea when we can do in person fundraisers. We miss seeing our fans in person, and we desperately need the funds for our animals. Our needs remain, so it means getting creative. We will do some Facebook fundraising, which we understand not all our fans and supporters can participate in. We have several friends who are not on-line or use any social media. That includes email, so it is difficult to keep them in the loop. But we do our best.
A way you can help us through these difficult times, and throughout the year, is through sponsorship. Sponsorship provides us a continuous source of income. If everyone of our cats had a sponsor, then it would ensure that we would have a regular source of funds for our cats. We hope you would consider sponsoring one, or more, of our sweet cats.
SPONSORSHIP: We are beginning to get sponsors for our cats. This is a great way to help support our cats. 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.
We are spending about $1500 a month on food and litter.
CRITICAL NEEDS: Right now, we need a great deal of help with items such as cat litter and food. We really need Scoopable cat litter, no lightweight as they can present a dangerous ingestion and blockage issue, and we use Friskies canned pate, Fancy Feast canned pate, and Purina Naturals dry food. We have an Amazon wish list that makes it easier to order, or you can order any other way that is convenient to you. If you donate cash, check, or PayPal, we can purchase the items as well.
AMAZON WISH LIST: We have updated our Amazon wish list; we have added much 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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
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 66) 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 is a safe page to share educational information and news about our wonderful cats. Please like on the page and share with your friends.
TBD 11am – 3 pm
Bake Sale and Fundraiser
Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport
24 October 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
PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Do not Shop!
Thank You! The Yogie and Friends Gang!
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