May 2015 Newsletter

Hello Friends!

We are sad to report the loss of one of our volunteer staff, David Patterson on April 2nd after a long illness. Dave was the husband of our vice president, Vicki Volk. We will miss Dave very much. Yogie staff is not just staff. We are family and this is another hard loss for us all. R.I.P. Dave.

Yogie and Friends has taken the first steps in what we had long planned for the sanctuary after the eventual natural passing of our big cats. We are doing so earlier than planned since we don’t have the big cats at our Louisiana facility. We still continue to support them financially and visit them often. They are safe and well. We still really need your financial support for our big cats. We appreciate those who have been doing so and hope that we gain more support from others.

Special Needs Cats: One plan we have always been preparing for at Yogie and Friends is helping domestic cats. That’s why several years ago we created our Domestic Animal Program (DAP) division for feral and special needs cats. There are often cats with special needs that do not get adopted, but still need a good home. One big issue is disease. There are cats that will test positive for Feline Leukemia or Feline Aids (FIV). Cats may test positive, but this is NOT a death sentence for the animals. But, many people fear these issues and will not adopt an otherwise very loving and adoptable cat. There are many reasons a cat may test positive. There are people who will adopt only positive cats and these cats do very well in these homes. These cats will go to homes with other positive cats so they don’t infect cats that do not have the viruses. What we are doing here at Yogie and Friends is we are homing positive cats together who have not been adopted. Our first FIV positive cat is a feral from a colony near my home. He was shy at first, then warmed up to me, and is now one of the most loving cats I have ever met. During one recent visit at the feral buffet I noticed his front right leg was injured. He was very easy to handle and I took him to our vet, Dr. Wise. There was no obvious cause for the injury, but during X-rays they did see a bullet in another part of his leg. It breaks our hearts to see things like this. We’ve named this cat, Olaf, and he has been neutered, ear tipped, vaccinated, and dewormed. Olaf has been recovering in my house and he will be moved to Yogie and Friends this weekend in his new home. We will also be bringing in another FIV cat currently living at the vet clinic named, Gatsby. These are two of the sweetest boys and our goal is to give these special needs cats a permanent home filled with love and care. They are available for adoption, but it will be a special adopter. Olaf is a white, flame point and Gatsby is a tuxedo cat. We will post pics of them in their new home at Yogie once we get them settled in.


Our Big Cats: Putty Tat and Gomez, two of our beloved tigers, now have a much larger habitat and they are thrilled. It looks almost like Putty Tat was smiling when he was moved. At a cost of $8500 we think it was well worth it. We are raising the funds to reimburse for this new habitat and appreciate any and all help our fans can provide. You will see in the pics just how nice the new digs are. We will post a gofundme link to help with this.


Adoptable Cats/Kittens: We still have several kittens in foster care that we can use your help with. Many have already been spayed/neutered and are current on vaccinations. Some of these adoptable cats/kittens will be available at Unleashed Premium Pets and Supplies on Benton Road in Bossier City, Louisiana. This way we can ensure they are going to good homes. We have an Amazon Wish List with a list of much needed supplies for these kittens.

 Amazon: If you shop via 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.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC):  CFC is in full swing right now, so if you are a Military member or Federal Employee we hope you will donate to Yogie and Friends via CFC. This program is easy and another good way to give financial assistance to the big cats. We hope you will please consider Yogie and Friends when making your CFC contribution. Our CFC number is 42427.


Kroger Community Rewards Program:  Link your Kroger Plus Card for the Community Rewards Program. If you haven’t registered your Kroger Plus Card online yet, then you can do so at any time. Once your card is registered you can go to the Community Rewards Program page, select Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice and then link your Kroger Plus Card to the Rewards program. Every time an enrolled participant shops at Kroger using his or her Kroger Plus card, Yogie and Friends will begin accumulating rewards. In addition, once a household member enrolls his or her card, all linked Kroger Plus cards within that household will begin earning funds for Yogie and Friends. That is if you have selected us as your charity of choice and we sure hope you have. Please make sure you register your Kroger Plus Card on line and then link Yogie and Friends as your charity of choice. This only applies to Texas and Louisiana shoppers for us. Thank you in advance. Our charity NPO number is: 80724


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:


TBD                                        11am – 4pm              Eat a (hot) Dog, Save a Cat

                                                                                    Parking Lot of Discount Tobacco

                                                                                    1201 Shady Grove, Bossier City


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.

The Yogie and Friends Gang!


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