July 2022 Newsletter

Happy July Yogie Fans!

It has been brutally hot, and so early in the season, which means the air conditioners are working overtime, and electric prices are skyrocketing. We are making sure the air conditioning units stay in good working order. It has been brutal!

BUBBA: We had noticed that our sweet Bubba was losing weight and slowing down some. We brought him to our vet and the news was not what we expected. We realize that being FIV positive he would be at a higher risk for illnesses that would be harder to fight, but the vet said he was loaded with masses in his abdomen, kidney, and liver. We were not going to put him through a long, painful, treatment that would not even extend his life, and worse, not have a decent quality of life. We were not going to do that to him, so we made the painful decision to let him go gently and not suffer anymore. Cats are experts at hiding illness, so they are often too far advanced when they are finally diagnosed. Bubba loved to hug. He loved everyone he met, and they loved him. He will be missed. R.I.P. Bubba, 3 Aug 2012 – 16 June 2022.

FACILITY LOCATION:   Yogie and Friends is a corporation in good standing with the Secretary of State Louisiana. You must be a corporation before you can even be considered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the IRS. We have been both since 2000. Our head office, as well as cat housing, is in Frierson, Louisiana. However, we are legally able to have locations throughout the state of Louisiana if we so choose. We do not have the time, nor resources, to do that. We could never man other facilities. We do have several volunteers that foster cats for us throughout the Shreveport-Bossier area, which is a widespread practice with ALL the local cat and dog rescues in our community. This is a tremendous help and makes it possible to save more animals as a result. If you ever considered fostering for us, or other rescues, we highly recommend it. Sadly, there are no ordinances regarding cats, which is why we see so many stray/feral in our community and puts a burden on rescues who trap/neuter/release (TNR) these community cats. These community cats do serve a good function by controlling the pest population, but we need more, well managed, TNRd colonies.

FLYNN: On June 19th, while sitting on the couch drinking coffee, the familiar sound of a tiny kitten was outside the director’s door. She went outside to find, what she hoped was not, a tiny black kitten run by. It was super-fast, and she was not able to catch it. The kitten showed up again the next day and after sitting in the 100-degree heat with a drop trap set, she managed to catch the kitten. He was not aggressive, but very scared. He weighed one pound, which the vets usually estimate one month per pound. He may have been a little older than that since he was very able. She gave him a Dawn bath for fleas and noticed tape worm coming out of him. She treated him for the usual intestinal parasites, but he was too small for the flea and tape worm treatment we have for cats and kittens. He saw the vet on the 27th and received an injection for tape worm. He is too young to start vaccines, but he will in the next week or two. We hope to have him placed for adoption through one of our other rescue groups that do adoptions. We named him, Flynn.

EGON: Egon has been officially cleared to enter the 84-day observation phase for his FIP treatment. We never thought this day would get here. He had a scary day this past week. He was not eating and started isolating. We also noticed he had diarrhea, which is something you do not ever want to see, but more so in an FIP cat. The vet gave him an anti-nausea shot to stimulate his appetite, and sub cutaneous fluids. We have Propectalin to treat diarrhea and he got two doses of that. The next day he acted like nothing was wrong, was eating well, and even playing with the new kitten, Flynn. They have become buddies. This has been an expensive, and exhausting, process. We pray Egon makes it through observation and no relapse. He will have blood work run on day 30, 60, and 84. His temperature and weight will also continue to be monitored. This is a good report.

PIA: Pia had been losing weight, and her heart rate was high and slightly erratic. She was diagnosed hyperthyroid. She is on meds and doing very well.

SASHA: Sasha, our only Feline Leukemia (FeLV) positive cat, had been vomiting and acting like she was in pain. She had severe dental problems and on June 30th had seven teeth removed, and a good dental cleaning. We kept her secluded in the medical hold at the sanctuary for a day, and she gets pain meds till July 3rd. After the overnight in the medical cage, she is doing very well.

With help from our friends, we were catching up on our bill, but it is back up to $600. This is the price of rescue. We are grateful that our vet gives us a very generous discount.

If you would like to donate directly to the vet bill you, can one directly to Airline Animal Health and Surgery Clinic in Bossier City, Louisiana. 318-747-5747. Or: 

DONATION APPS:  Donation apps are a fast way for you to donate much needed cash to Yogie and Friends. The following are the methods you can use to help the cats:

PayPalyogieandfriends@hotmail.com

Venmo: YogieCats

CashApp: $YogieAndFriends

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

WHAT IS FIP? Feline Infectious Peritonitis, FIP, is a corona-based virus. This is a feline specific illness and not contagious to humans. This is one diagnosis that those of us in rescue dread because it has always been a death sentence. Until now. There are no guarantees with any medications, but this one is promising. Here is a link with the best explanation of what FIP is, and the program we are using for these two babies.

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/feline-infectious-peritonitis

CRITICAL FOOD AND LITTER NEEDS:  The shelves at pet stores, and other stores in general, have been quite bare with the critical supplies we need. Our priorities are, scoopable cat litter (no lightweight as it is not safe for sick, or young, cats), Friskies Pate’ canned food, Royal Canin Kitten slices in gravy (Our young cats and kittens eat this best), Royal Canin Dry Kitten, Purina Complete Dry, and Purina Naturals. We do not use grain free as it is not safe or recommended by our veterinarians. We also use Purina Fortiflora, which is a probiotic that aids in the health of the cats. Especially those in FIP treatment. Any, and all, help with these items would be appreciated. You can check out our wish lists on Amazon and Chewy.

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

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A2LGJPU9KN7C2N

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 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. 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.

CATS IN NEED OF SPONSORING (WE CURRENTLY CARE FOR 70 CATS)

FIV Positive Cats:

Alex – is being sponsored by Patsy, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Sunny

VooDoo

Dotsey – Is being sponsored by Beverly, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Ursula

Olaf

Brexit

Sasha

Grayson – Is being sponsored by Phil and Ann, fans in Haughton, Louisiana.

Oskar

 

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope

Elsa

Barney

Claire – is being sponsored by Bonnie, a fan in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Anna

Duncan – Is being sponsored by Vanessa, a fan in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Grace – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Blackie

Penelope

Duckie

Lucy

Smudge

Squeak

Bandit

Sarah

Snowball

Miss Kitty

Isabella

Quinn – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Theo (Tayo) – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Ms. Gray

Oscar

Dorian

Bert

Ernie

Kay

Rocket

Ziggy

Layla

Angel

Pia

Mama – Is being sponsored by Louise, a fan in Australia.

Pete

Saber

Binx

Domino

Socks

Logan

Russell

April

Tosha

Taco

Lucia (Deaf, survivor of a broken jaw) – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Uncle Fester

Yeti

Bonnie

Yakov

Finn

Chloe

Maggie Mae

Anastasia

Saphira

Eragon

Draco

Egon

Enya

Declan

Fiona

Flynn

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Yogie Booth at Geek’d Con

Shreveport Convention Center

400 Caddo Street, Shreveport, Louisiana

19 – 21 August 2022

 

Fall Bake Sale

Petco Shreveport

6596 Youree Drive

Shreveport, Louisiana

DATE TO BE DETERMINED TENATIVELY OCTOBER

 

AMAZON SMILE: Did you know that 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 effortless way to help.

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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