June 2016 Sanctuary Newsletter

Hello Yogie Fans!

We want to welcome four new cats to the sanctuary. They are:



King. King is a very large, approximately 5 year old, FIV positive, gray tabby. He is neutered. King is an extremely sweet and loveable cat who was owner surrendered to the Caddo Parish Animal Control. The owner said he had been fighting with their other cat and they were worried about his FIV status. King has not had any issues with our current residents. He is a big old lap kitty.





Dotsy.  Dotsy is a 10 year old FIV positive Tortishell cat. She was an owner surrender to the Caddo Parish Animal Control. Dotsy is very sweet, gentle, and loving. She is spayed. She has no problem spending time in your lap if you have the time to provide it.




Penelope is approximately 2 and a half year old, spayed, gray and white kitty. She was also at Caddo Parish Animal Control and tested very light positive for feline leukemia. Since there was a question regarding the status we had her retested this week and are happy to report that she is NOT feline leukemia positive and she will be placed with our NON FIV/FeLV positive cats and we hope to make her available for adoption through our friends at Shreveport Bossier Animal Rescue (SBAR) when space becomes available. In the meantime we will make her available for adoption to the right home.





Barney is approximately six to eight week old orange and white male kitten that was found under someone’s house. He has had his first set of vaccinations, dewormed, and is FIV/FeLV negative. He is not yet neutered, but will be when he is old enough. He will be made available for adoption when space is made available at SBAR.


We are trying to get better photos of all our cats, but they are not the easiest to get, and post their biographies on our website for sponsorship. We need your help to continue to help these animals and appreciate any and all donations.

GIVE FOR GOOD 2016: Give for Good had some major network problems this year, but when they got it all fixed it was still a very successful on-line giving day and we thank those of you who came to our Cookout for the Cats and donated on-line. We hope next year will be even bigger and better. Thank you so much!

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC):  We are sad to report that changes in CFC this year not being locally control caused us to not be able to get our rescue into the next year campaign. We tried hard to get the required materials, which were done and ready to go as always, to New Orleans, but the new person would not work with us on-line and as a result we are not in this next campaign. Rest assured we will make sure this does NOT happen again. In the meantime you can still donate directly to us and know that 100% of your dollars go directly to the sanctuary and that no administrative fees are removed from your donation. Thank you for your continued support.

LOUISIANA AND TEXAS KROGER SHOPPERS: If you have not already done so, please don’t forget to get your Kroger Community Rewards linked 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

FACEBOOK: We have a new Facebook page now. It is called, The Special Needs Cats of Yogie and Friends. 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.

WISH LIST: We are in desperate need of cat litter and canned cat food. We are currently using Purina Complete and Purina Indoor Formula for dry food, and Friskies canned (all types). As far as cat litter we use Tidy Cat Scoopable without any scents in it such as Glade. Cats don’t like scented cat litter. We use no harsh chemical products for cleaning. For pest control we use food grade diatomaceous earth that we spread on the grounds. This is available at most feed stores. Also, washable blankets and throws are greatly appreciated. Please email us if you have any questions about helping with supplies.

VOLUNTEERS: We really need dedicated volunteers who are willing to help with our new mission of rescuing these special needs, domestic cats. Litter boxes need to be scooped, floors swept, catios cleaned, and cats need to be loved and socialized. We hope you will consider helping us make our mission a successful one. Please volunteer with us and make life a little nicer for these special cats. Now that we are not housing big cats, our volunteers do not have to be 18 or older. However, we do need you to have a current, valid driver’s license and a way to get yourself to the sanctuary to work if you volunteer.  Since we currently do not have a landline at the facility (this saves us a great deal of money) you can contact us via email at yogieandfriends@hotmail.com and our volunteer coordinator will call you as soon as possible.

SPONSOR A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT:  FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a feline only, slow-acting virus. It is so slow to progress that most FIV+ cats die of old age.  Once thought to be deadly and highly contagious, it has since been found to be neither. Just as HIV was once believed to be a death sentence for those afflicted, so it is still with FIV. Only in the case of cats, the mere diagnosis produces that death sentence. Fortunately there are many veterinarians who don’t believe that this is the case and this is why we got four FIV cats. We got them from veterinarians who did not want to kill them. We do NOT want these cats to die just because of this diagnosis either. They deserve the chance to live. And live they will with us. Now that we have our first FIV positive cats living comfortably in their new home at Yogie and Friends, they will need your support. 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. None of the Yogie volunteer staff receives ANY compensation for the work we do.

Donate Cash:

Donations of cash are what we need most. You can donate online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal.

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that some cats may be sponsored by more than one person, 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:

Hope                          Elsa

Callie  (Adopted) Kristoff

Annabelle                 Anna

Sarah                         Muff   

Blackie                       Duncan 

Penelope                   Barney 


You can also mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027

If you wish to make a donation 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 any 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.

Recycle Ink Cartridges and Cell Phones: Please consider helping us with our recycling program.  Please don’t throw those old ink jet/laser jet cartridges in the trash. Give them to us. 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.

Upcoming Events:

6 Aug 2016               1-6 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


10 Sept 2016            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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