October 2012 Newsletter

 Happy October!

Well, our season is coming to an end. Our last day for the 2012 visitor season is October 27th. Hopefully the weather will cooperate the next few Saturdays.

Finances: The upcoming months always present a financial challenge for us. If we remained open year round, which we cannot due to weather, then it might be a bit easier but not usually. Historically things slow down in October with all the festivals and holidays so it makes no sense to remain open during those times. We do utilize the off season to do some fundraisers of our own in hopes of keeping finances up. Unfortunately things happen. We recently had to repair three chain saws and two riding lawn mowers and the food transport trailer broke down. These things happen with normal wear and tear. Then there are vet issues if an animal gets sick and right now Robin, a lion, has allergy issues that we are treating. October also brings our liability insurance due and this, along with normal overhead such as electric and water, add up. We just spent $4000 in two weeks. This is another reason we remain a 100% volunteer driven organization. Can you imagine us having to deal with a payroll? We all feel that all money should go to operating the facility to care for these animals and we will always remain volunteer driven. However, we can really use a financial lift from our fans and donors. There are far too few grants available for big cat rescues. We work hard to bring awareness and ask for donations. It gets us through, but we sure would love to have a bigger cushion. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to Yogie and Friends. We appreciate it.

Fall Bake sale: We had another great bake sale and appreciate all those who baked for us, manned the event, and came out to support these great animals. Thank you so much!

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): The 2012/2013 CFC campaign has now begun. Military personnel and Federal Employees can do payroll deduction donations 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.

Facebook: Don’t forget to follow us on Face Book. We have a very active page and update it often with news and events as they happen.  Tell all your friends about us too and ask them to like on us.

Recycle: We have a really good program of recycling and this is an easy way to help both the environment and the big cats when you recycle your cartridges. Check out the link on our website how to participate in our recycling program.

Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Donation Program: If you are a Kroger shopper in Texas or Louisiana, then we hope you will take the letter on our website with you the next time you shop and have the cashier scan the bar code and pair it with your Kroger Plus Card. Once you do this, then every time you shop you will be contributing to Yogie and Friends.


Upcoming Events:


October 27th, 2010              Noon – 5pm               Yogie Season Finale


TBD December Dates         Holiday Gift Wrapping Barnes & Noble Youree Drive, Shreveport


December 22nd, 2012        11am-4pm                 Holiday Bake Sale and Fundraiser

                                                                                    Petco, Youree Drive

                                                                                    Shreveport, LA

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.

For the cats!


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