March 2020 Newsletter

Greetings Yogie and Friends Fans!

I’m a little late with the update this month. I wanted to wait on some things before I did so it would be in this update.

VETERINARY ISSUES/UPDATES: Considering the fact we have 68 cats between our Frierson and Bossier locations, it is not unexpected to have more than the average medical issues. I truly wish it were not the case, but it is. We would love to go a very long time without any medical issues, but we haven’t been that lucky. The vet said that some of the problems we have had, for instance, ears and eardrum problems, that we really cannot prevent some of it. We are using some probiotics and other supplements such as lysine, to aid in keeping the cats healthy. It is a battle at times, but we persevere.

Theo (Tayo), our sweet little snowshoe Siamese kitten, just spent three days in the hospital. He developed a fever of unknown origin. His temperature got up to 104.7 when I took it, normal should be about 101. He was on I.V. and antibiotics. He is back at the sanctuary, but he did have us worried.

Mittens is about 11, or 12, years old, and over the past couple of months we have been treating her for ear infections. She is one that tends to have an overabundance of wax growth in her ears. Unfortunately, as a result, she had an eardrum rupture. She has responded well to treatment. She had to go under anesthesia for an ear flush. The vet showed me the video and I honestly could not believe my eyes. The vet said they compensate well and are experts at hiding illness. She will require twice a week ear cleaning.

Quinn, the three-legged kitten, and Oscar, another young boy, have developed conjunctivitis in their eyes. They are both receiving eye drops. It’s a lot like having toddlers in a daycare.

Yeti – Yeti is a beautiful white cat we found roaming the Yogie property. He had tested slight positive for Feline Leukemia. We always wait about six months and do a retest. Well, on February 28th he retested NEGATIVE. We are super happy because the leukemia cats don’t do as well. This was especially happy news.

We owe Airline Animal Health and Surgery Clinic over $2000 right now. We are working hard on getting that paid off.

NEW CAT BUILDING: The weather finally cooperated enough for us to get the metal porch roof on the new building, but we were short a piece and should have it completed this coming weekend. Once it is enclosed the cats can happily, and safely, enjoy being outside. We can’t wait. We will get many photos of the finished product with the cats enjoying it.

PRESCRIPTION DIETS: We currently have nine cats on special urinary diets, as well as three cats, on special digestive diets. These are either purchased at the veterinarian clinic, or another authorized seller with a prescription. These are quite expensive. A case of 24 cans is $50+ and the bags of dry formula is $60 per bag. One seven-pound bag of another diet is $45. This is just another reason we need your help. We hope you can help with your donation.

SPONSORSHIP:  We are working on biographies of all our cats at the sanctuary. We are working on getting good photos of them all and will post them on our website. We have people starting to sponsor our cats and that makes us very happy. Would you consider sponsoring a cat? This is a simple way you can help. Sponsorship is a very important way to help our animals. 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.

CRITICAL NEEDS: Vet care is always a primary need. Scoopable cat litter, preferable unscented, but we will take any. We feed Friskies or Fancy Feast canned pate, but we have chosen to change to Purina Naturals for our dry food. We are trying to get our cats on an even better diet. We do have several cats on an expensive urinary tract formula that we have to get at the vet. We go through a tremendous amount of cat litter. If you can help with a monetary donation, please do. We really hope you can help us in this area.

We are spending about $1500 a month on food and litter.

AMAZON WISH LIST: We have updated our Amazon wish list, we have added the Seresto flea collars, and some other much needed food items. 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’s a very easy way to help.

https://smile.amazon.com/

We also have an Amazon wish list to help feed our cats and kittens. We need you!

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

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: yogieandfriends@hotmail.com

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
Gatsby
Sunny – is being sponsored by Richard, a fan in St. Louis, Missouri
VooDoo
Frazier – Is being sponsored by Louise, a fan in Australia
Bubba
Dotsey
Ursula
Olaf
Brexit – Is being sponsored by Richard, a fan in St. Louis, Missouri
Sasha
Grayson – Is being sponsored by Phil and Ann, fans in Haughton, Louisiana

 

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope
Elsa
Max
Barney
Anna
Duncan
Grace
Muff
Blackie
Penelope
Duckie
Lucy
Smudge
Squeak
Smokey
Bandit
Sarah
Snowball
Miss Kitty
Paisley
Sam
Isabella
Quinn
Theo (Tayo)
Ms. Gray
Oscar
Dorian
Bert
Ernie
Kay
Rocket
Ziggy
Layla
Angel
Pia
Mittens
Munch
Mama
Pete
Saber
Binx
Domino
Socks
Logan
Yeti

This is just a partial list (we currently have 68) 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’s a safe page to share educational information and news about our wonderful cats. Please like on the page and share with your friends.

Upcoming Events:

 

18 April 2020
11am – 3 pm
Spring Bake Sale and Fundraiser (tentative)

                                                                                  Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport

The Hawt Dog Hut will be joining us this day

 

 

4 April 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

 

5  May 2020
All Day                        Give for Good Day On-Line Giving Day

 

 

9 May 2020
10am – 6pm               Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting (On-Line/In-Store)

Bella Nonna’s Olive Oil & Vinegar – Tasting Bar

1409 E. 70th St., Suite 107

Shreveport, LA

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Don’t Shop!

 

Thank You! The Yogie and Friends Gang!


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