October 2007 Sanctuary News

Well, October is here and it still feels like summer. Hopefully the cooler weather will be upon us and we will feel the autumn weather as we should.

We had another successful bake sale on September 8th. These keep getting better and better, and bigger and bigger. They are work, but it is a fun type of work. I can’t thank those who helped enough. We may move our September bake sales into October next year. We hold our bake sales every six months, but September still is a bit warm outside so instead of March and September they will go March and October.

Morticia Siberian Tiger Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) #42427 – Yogie and Friends is now a participant in CFC. This is a big deal. CFC is a Federal employee contribution program. It is very cool that Yogie and Friends is a part of this. Federal employees include those in our military, postal workers, Veteran’s Administrative Hospital employees, just to name a few. It used to be you could only contribute to a local campaign. Now our military friends in other states can contribute to Yogie and Friends if they so choose. That is a nice change since many of our Yogie volunteers are military members and some have moved to different bases. If you want to contribute to Yogie and Friends through CFC select us as your charity. Choose CFC # 42427

Upcoming Events:

13 Oct 07 – Rip Roaring Rummage Sale and Car Wash beginning at 8 A.M. at Java Jozs Coffee, 4100 Barksdale Blvd., Bossier City. There will be lots of things for sale, a car wash, a space walk for the kids and other fun things while you shop and get a car wash. We hope to see you there. If you have items you would like to contribute to the sale, then please give Jenny a call a 318-286-1145.

15 Oct 07Belk Department Store Charity Day. Charity Day, will be held on Monday, October 15, 2007, from NOON-8PM at their new Bossier City store. For Charity Day, Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary™ will be one of the charities participating who will be selling tickets to the community.  Tickets are $5 each, and entitle shoppers to a 20% storewide discount (15% in their Home department). Plus it gives shoppers the opportunity to view and purchase their great new assortments prior to their Grand Opening on the 17th. Yogie and Friends™ gets to keep 100% of the money raised through those ticket sales!  It’s a win-win situation! So, you can help Yogie and Friends™ just by shopping at one of your favorite department stores. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please call Jenny at 318-286-1145American Cougar

Yogie and Friends celebrated several birthdays and anniversaries in September. Bubba, the cougar, was born in September 1989. Can you believe that he is 18 years old? Wow! Indochinese TigerPutty Tat, our Indochinese tiger, was born 26 September 1998. He celebrated his 9th birthday. Black LeopardBoudreaux, our other cougar, just celebrated his 4th year with us. He arrived at Yogie and Friends on 27 September 2003; he was 8 years old when he arrived. He is now 12 years old. Pooh Bear, a Siberian tiger, and Tigger, a black leopard, both arrived at Yogie and Friends on 1 October 2001. Pooh Bear was 9 years old (now 15 years old) and Tigger was just 4 months old (now 6 years old).American CougarSiberian Tiger

We really could use some carpentry help with our education building. We just need two outside doors installed, a bathroom and office door installed, and the overhead lights and ceiling fan installed and the building will be up and ready to go. You have no idea how much this little bit can contribute to Yogie in ways of financial help. The building can be used for birthday parties, a small gift shop, and other revenue producing events that benefit the Yogie and Friends animals. Please pass this info along to anyone you think has the time, the skills, and the volunteer heart to help us with finishing this project.

Volunteer of the Month: Our volunteers of the month are all of those who helped with our September bake sale. They are: Brianna Volk, Mindy Manning, Pepper Lumina, Garth Owens, and Jeanne Reed. Thanks so much for all your help.

Check out the programs being offered at Yogie and Friends. There is the Yogie and Friends Membership Program, Sponsorship Program, and Corporate Sponsorship Program. These are programs that help us support the animals and another way that you can get involved. Program packages are available here on our website.

Old Cell Phones?  Don’t know what to do with those old phones. Can’t toss them out… They’re not biodegradable.  Give them up… and help. For more information about recycling your old cell phones, printer ink  cartridges and how to support Yogie and Friends Contact Jane Greenwood at 603-516-3706 or email Jgreenwood@recyclefirst.com

The holidays will soon be upon up and If you are a big magazine subscriber, then your subscriptions or renewals can help us when you do so at www.magfundraising.com and purchase or renew your magazines there. You will receive a big discount at the same time helping the big cats at Yogie and Friends. They give us a large percentage. What a great gift giving idea and a fun and easy way to help the big cats.

Also, when you shop online you can go to www.igive.org and sign up for Yogie to be your charity of choice and every time you visit one of the igive affiliates they will donate a percentage to Yogie and Friends.Mongo African Serval

You can also donate at www.networkforgood.org to help the cats.

Do you shop at Kroger’s? Well we have a Kroger share card and they will donate 1% of what your grocery bill is to Yogie and Friends if you have them scan our share card. This is good in Louisiana and Texas. Send us a self-addressed stamped envelope and a note on the outside of the envelope saying: Kroger Share Card and how many next to it and we’ll send them right to you. Give them to your other Kroger shoppers.

Please remember to spay and neuter your pets. Also make sure you provide all your animals, inside and outside, fresh, clean, and cool water. Provide good shade shelter for those animals outside. NEVER leave your animals outside in the hot car. The temperatures get dangerously high and they will die in a closed vehicle.

Speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Jenny Senier, Executive Director, and the Yogie Cats!

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