March 2018 Newsletter

Greetings Yogie Fans!

We don’t want you all to feel that all we do is share sad news. But, the nature of the work we do here at Yogie and Friends will involve loss. We rescue animals that many would have given up on long ago. The life we give them is the best we can despite the challenges the animal may have. With that being said, we have to announce more loss.

Yogie: Yogie was a young lioness that arrived at Yogie and Friends from Greenbriar, Arkansas, on 26 May 2001. She was just a year old. She died on 18 February 2018. Fortunately, Tim had just visited with her on January 8th and both had the love and joy of the final visit. R.I.P. Yogie girl. 2000 – 18 February 2018.


Petey: Petey was a gorgeous, FIV positive, domestic cat, that we rescued just one hour before he was scheduled for euthanasia. He was going to be destroyed just because he was FIV positive. He never received any good information regarding his “story”, but the vet estimated him to be around 10 years old. He suddenly started losing weight, and rapidly so. After much testing it was found he had developed kidney disease because of lymphoma. It was quick. I had him at my house for the last five days of his life trying to help him eat and to give him the most loving last days of his life. The painful decision to let him go had to be made for his benefit. It’s always heartbreaking for us. Petey crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 27 February 2018.


Oskar: We recently found a very injured cat that we thought we were going to have to have humanely euthanized. He was bloody, battered, muddy, and limping badly. He looked like a car hit him. We were able to capture him and got him to our vet. He was put under a light anesthesia and examined. Surprisingly he had no broken bones, but his wounds were puncture wounds indicative of bites and fighting. Our vet said she had never seen so many abscesses on an animal. This tells us he has been in several fights over a long period of time for the wounds to fester that way. The vet treated his wounds and he was healthy enough to also have neutered. He received antibiotic and pain injections. Sadly, and not surprisingly, he tested positive for FIV. A pleasant surprise is that he is a very friendly and affectionate cat. After his follow-up and clearance from our vet he will be placed in the introduction cage in the FIV cat building and live with us at the sanctuary. Welcome to Yogie and Friends, Oskar!

Happy Birthday Moses! 12th Birthday on 27 February:

Vet Care: Because of the nature of our rescue we often have emergency, chronic, and unusual medical conditions. With the recent issues for surgeries on Voodoo’s eye, Petey’s hospitalization, and more, we have had a big hit on our checking account. We could really use your financial assistance at this time to rebuild our coffers for future needs.

We have recently been consulting with several veterinarians and animal nutritionists. The reason we have been is because there is a great deal more evidence to feed a wet food diet versus dry. We’ve kind of felt this to be a better choice just by seeing the cats we have who, for some reason or another, have been on a wet food diet only, seem to be the healthiest of our cats and the best weight. Dry food is often a choice by many due to the convenience, and, overall cost. But, when it comes down to the health issues we have seen in cats being fed a dry diet and the resulting vet bills, we believe overall, it’s a better choice to feed wet food only. The issue is how we are going to achieve this goal. That’s the big question. And, it is a time-consuming effort since it will require us to not leave food for free feeding. We are currently working on updating our wish lists on Amazon, Chewy, and other sites used for donating items to Yogie and Friends.

New Cat Building: Getting the new cat building insulated and drywalled has been a challenge. With the loss of our sweet volunteer that got injured and could not help us for free, we have hired someone to do the work and have hit many walls regarding his work. The issue has been getting him to arrive on time and do the work as contracted. We are almost there, but not without a lot of frustration for us. When the walls are done we will be searching for a new, more reputable, and reliable, carpenter, to do some finish work.

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:

Alex                             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

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

Lumber                                    $560.00

Insulation                                 $410.43

Drywall                                    $681.60

Lights                                       $175.88

Ceiling Fan                              $80.00

Labor                                       $1000.00

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, canned Friskies pate’ 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.

https://smile.amazon.com/

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.

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

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:

24 March 2018                       11am – 3 pm
Spring Bake Sale and Fundraiser

Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport

 

21 April 2018                          10am – 3 pm
Paws in the Park

(PENDING VENDOR APPROVAL)

 

1 May 2018                             TBD
Kitty Cat Carnival and Cookout for
Give for Good Day

Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport

 

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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