October 2019 Newsletter

Greetings Fans!

We want to thank everyone who came to our Fall Bake Sale this past Saturday. We appreciate our fans so very much. They are a lot of work for me personally since I do so much baking, but it is so good to visit with our friends and meet new ones along the way. So, thank you again!


FOSTERS: Well, Truvy, Gladys, Sophie, J.D., and Mia, have ALL been adopted. Mia and J.D. got adopted together. We pray that Mia comes out of her shell some now. She had such a severe femur fracture and loss of her tail, that she was more skittish than the others. We hope being a center of attention helps.

OREO: Oreo is one of our FIV+ cats. He is a long-haired tuxedo cat. Recently I noticed he wasn’t his usually upbeat self. When I petted him around his neck, I noticed a crustiness on his fur near his ear. Then I felt it was wet under his ear. It turned out to be blood and he had a very nasty ear infection with a polyp in his ear. The vet removed the polyp and he is currently on oral, and ear, meds. This also has ruptured his eardrum, but not to the extent that Finn had. It hasn’t caused a vestibular issue causing him to lose balance. Because he is FIV positive it does take a bit longer to heal and limits the type of medications the vets can use. He has lost a few pounds as a result, but we are seeing some improvement in him.



GRAYSON: Grayson has been housed as a courtesy to us, by Port City Cat Rescue. Since he had been so ill when we first rescued him, we didn’t have a spare spot for him. Grayson has developed into an amazing, and gorgeous, cat. He will be returning to us in the new cat building on October 1st. He was being fed by the person that deserted Oreo. They probably won’t remember each other, but Grayson and Oreo are two mellow cats and we will ease Grayson back in via the ferret cage. This lets the others sniff and check him out without any risk of fights. We appreciate Port City for letting us keep Grayson at their facility for so long. Thank you again!



QUINN: Quinn, our three-legged super kitten, is still with us. We are debating on whether we will place him up for adoption or not. He has made amazing strides in his healing and he acts like any other kitten does. He climbs the cat trees, plays, and acts no different than any of the others.

FRANK: Frank, the Flame Point Siamese kitten, is still with us. He had a couple of typical kitten issues but is now well. He is big enough now to be neutered and should be so soon, then he will go to PetSmart in Shreveport to be shown for adoption. He will be adopted with an approved application via Port City Cat Rescue.

SPONSORSHIP:  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.


NEW/REPLACEMENT ITEMS: We use water fountains for our cats, since water is very critical for cat urinary health, and need to replace some of them. Depending on where we get them, they can range from $55 – $65 each.

We also found some new cat beds on Barksdale AFB for $14 each, versus $17 – $20 off base or online. We are trying to purchase about 8 or 9 of these. If you would like to help, you can PayPal us at yogieandfriends@hotmail.com and select the Family and Friends option that allows you to pay the fees up front and gives us 100% of your donation. You can also mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

NEW CAT BUILDING: Our carpenter will be coming to look at the new building this week to give us a quote on building the deck and enclosure on the new building. As soon as we know what the costs will be, which lumber will be the larger cost, we will begin the fundraising and get it built as soon as possible. The enclosure also adds an extra added protection from escapes. If a cat happens to rush the door, then it will end up on the enclosure porch versus getting out into the yard. We know the cats will love having an outdoor enclosure. This will also be easier to clean, disinfect, and do pest control.


We have several cats who are now required to be on a special diet for urinary tract issues. Mittens, Munch, Mama, Brexit, and now, Sunny, need to be on the S/O Urinary diet. This is to prevent crystals from developing in the bladder and causing blockages, which could in severe cases, cause death. Brexit was the most severe case we had with a blockage, and Mama had a large bladder stone requiring surgery. We now must feed them the Purina Pro Plan Urinary S/O diet. The 16-pound bag costs $63. If anyone would like to sponsor purchasing a bag monthly, this would be a great help to the sanctuary.

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, as well as cat food, are a given. We feed Friskies or Fancy Feast canned pate, or Purina Cat Chow complete. We do have some 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.

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.


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: 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:

Sunny – is being sponsored by Richard, a fan in St. Louis, Missouri
Frazier – Is being sponsored by Louise, a fan in Australia
Oreo – Is being sponsored by Richard, a fan in St. Louis, Missouri
Grayson – Is being sponsored by Phil and Ann, fans in Haughton, Louisiana


Non-Positive Cats:

Miss Kitty

This is just a partial list 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.

You can also mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027

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

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 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:

12 October 2019 10am – 3pm
Paws in the Park (Rescue Booth)
Hosted by Real Estate to the Rescue and KLKL 95.7
River Park Church 3232 E. 70th Street,  Shreveport, LA


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

Jenny and the Yogie and Friends Gang!

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