Greetings Yogie and Friends Fans!
We pray this newsletter finds you all safe, and well. These are some crazy times we are experiencing, so we understand it may be especially stressful for some, more than others. But, just remember, we are all in this together and will get through it.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! TWENTY YEARS AT YOGIE
We recently celebrated our 20th anniversary!
GIVE FOR GOOD: Give for Good is this coming Tuesday, 5 May 2020. This is an on-line giving program and something we participate in every year. This year the on-line giving is even more important since we cannot do any events in conjunction with the on-line program. More than ever, we need your help. You can go to this link to donate directly. There is also an option that you can pay the donation fees for us, so we get your complete donation. We truly hope you can help us. Thank you in advance.
VETERINARY ISSUES/UPDATES: The new kitten, Claire, I had found near my home in Bossier, and was in heat, has a vet visit, tested for FIV/FeLV and is negative, then vaccinated. The vet said she is 8-10 months old. The only issue we have is that we were unable to get her spayed since Robinson’s Rescue had to close due to the stay at home order. So, since she is away from any intact males, we wait. Unfortunately, Claire, had developed a fever of 104 and she was not responding to normal treatment at the sanctuary, so she was brought into Airline Animal Health and Surgery Clinic on March 29th. The concern with a slightly bloated belly was, did she have Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)? That is a feline coronavirus disease, which is deadly. The other question I had prior to bringing her in was, is she already pregnant? Well, good news. NOT FIP! Bad news, is YES, she IS pregnant. Since we rescued her off the streets on the 8th, we would not see it and cats hide pregnancy almost until the day of delivery. The vet said she is advanced, and she could see at least 5 kittens on ultrasound. This is NOT something we needed. But we will figure it out. Then of course, it is the continuation of vet bills.
Gatsby: One of our older, FIV+, cats, Gatsby, is losing weight and not grooming himself. His last vet visit recommended some dental work, which we had scheduled before the lockdown, could be the cause. He goes to our other vet, Halcyon, on Monday for evaluation and possible dental cleaning/extractions. We will see.
You can help with our vet bills directly by calling Airline Animal Health and Surgery Clinic at 318-747-5747,
Or PayPal at email@example.com
FUNDRAISERS: We have no idea when we can do in person fundraisers at this time. We miss seeing our fans in person, and we desperately need the funds for our animals. We understand the reasons why we cannot do them at this time, but hopefully soon, we will be able to do so. Thank you for your consideration and patience during this difficult time for our country, and, world.
REVAMPING THE PROPERTY: Tim has been working hard these past two weeks on taking down all the fences and old habitats on our Frierson property. It was far overdue. It is also a great deal of work. But the property really needs to be cleaned up for any future possibility of selling it and relocating. We have some repairs to do in the cat building. Believe it or not, ants, have damaged a part of the floor inside the building. We hope to replace the current laminate floor we have with the vinyl plank floor. They install the same way the laminate does, but it is more waterproof than laminate is. It is what we put inside the new building and we love it.
SPONSORSHIP: We are beginning to get sponsors for our cats. This is a great way to help support our cats. 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 is an extremely easy way to help.
We also have an Amazon wish list to help feed our cats and kittens. We need you!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Sunny – is being sponsored by Richard, a fan in St. Louis, Missouri
Frazier – Is being sponsored by Louise, a fan in Australia
Brexit – Is being sponsored by Richard, a fan in St. Louis, Missouri
Grayson – Is being sponsored by Phil and Ann, fans in Haughton, Louisiana
Claire – is being sponsored by Bonnie, a fan in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
Yeti – Is being sponsored by Diane, a fan in Bossier City, Louisiana
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 is a safe page to share educational information and news about our wonderful cats. Please like on the page and share with your friends.
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) Online
Bella Nonna’s Olive Oil & Vinegar – Tasting Bar
1409 E. 70th St., Suite 107 Shreveport, LA
TBD 11am – 3 pm
Bake Sale and Fundraiser
Petco, 6596 Youree Drive, Shreveport
24 October 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
PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Do not Shop!
Thank You! The Yogie and Friends Gang!
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