September 2015 Newsletter

Hello Yogie Fans!

It’s finally September, but it still feels like summer here in the south so please don’t forget to provide cool, fresh water, and shelter from the direct sun and heat for any outside animals you may have. Also, don’t stop using flea and heartworm preventions. That’s something you need all year round.

Help Us Save Wabbajack the kitten! We have a young cat, just five months old, being fostered by one of our volunteers and he is very sick. We really need your help to save Wabbajack. As of this writing we have already paid $1500 for his vet care and he is not out of the woods. Speaking with the ER vet this morning he is going to need more diagnostics to rule out other viruses. We really, really, want to save this sweet boy. We may be going beyond the $3000 we are trying to raise via GoFundMe. We will update as we know more. But please, if you can help us with his medical bills please do. We thank you so much!




Here is the GoFundMe link for this fundraiser that you can share with your friends on Facebook:

If you have not already done so, please don’t forget to get your Kroger Community Rewards linked 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).


We want to introduce our newest cat, Blackie:




Blackie is a very, very, shy, maybe six month old, solid black cat. He was brought to us from one of our supporters as a survivor of a community colony of cats being killed by coyotes. He may never socialize with us, but he is safe. We are constantly working with cats like him in the hopes we can get them over their fear of us. If not, then that’s okay too. They will always have a good home with us.

Changes and new direction: We still support our 8 remaining big cats in boarding in Oklahoma. It’s one of the hardest things for us every time we visit them and have to say goodbye again. It’s never, ever, easy. But! They are safe, happy, and healthy! So now, we must, for our emotional health and well-being, move on in this new direction for the special needs domestic cats. One way we are doing this is the very painful repurposing of our property. This means taking down the cat name signs on the habitats (but we have a friend who is making a special remembrance for us to display at the sanctuary), removing the big cat toys and bringing them to Oklahoma, taking down the fence and habitats as they are now and remodeling them to accommodate small, domestic cats (we are donating the fence materials to Lumberjack Rescue in Springhill since it is more than we will need and they very much need it), and then remodeling for the little cats. You can see in the photos the progress of the catio we are making on the old gift shop. It is so close to completion and then the cats inside will be able to enjoy going indoors and outdoors in safety from humans and predators. Once this is finished we will continue work on the building we will adjoin to Tigger’s old habitat for the other cats. It’s coming along nicely, but we do need volunteers to help make it work.

Volunteers: We need volunteer help. Now that we are not housing big cats, our volunteers do not have to be 18 or older. However, we do need you to have a current, valid driver’s license and a way to get yourself to the sanctuary to work if you volunteer. Too many times in the past people had to depend on others for transportation to the sanctuary and that doesn’t always work out and left us in a bind for help on work days. Volunteering can be anything from fundraising, cleaning litter boxes and cat dishes to mowing and weed eating the property, as well as carpentry skills. Also, just spending time loving on the cats so they get that much needed human attention. If you are interested and can help, then please do.

Wish List: As always, cash is king. We still have bills to pay. We have electric, water, veterinarian, and some construction bills. Some items we need are: Revolution for cats, cat food (currently we use 4 Health Grain Free and Friskies canned), cat litter (mostly Tidy Cat without Glade scented), and toys and treats. Cash is always easier since we can buy items at a rescue discount.

Support a Special Needs Cat: FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a feline only, slow-acting virus. It is so slow to progress that most FIV+ cats die of old age. Once thought to be deadly and highly contagious, it has since been found to be neither. Just as HIV was once believed to be a death sentence for those afflicted, so it is still with FIV. Only in the case of cats, the mere diagnosis produces that death sentence. Fortunately there are many veterinarians who don’t believe that this is the case and this is why we got four FIV cats. We got them from veterinarians who did not want to kill them. We do NOT want these cats to die just because of this diagnosis either. They deserve the chance to live. And live they will with us. Now that we have our first FIV positive cats living comfortably in their new home at Yogie and Friends, they will need your support. 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. None of the Yogie volunteer staff receives ANY compensation for the work we do.

Bake Sale and Fundraiser: We will have our ever popular bake sale at Petco on Youree Drive in Shreveport on October 24th from 11am-4pm. If you can help with baking please let us know. Vegetarian and Vegan baking are needed. We love this event. So do our fans!

Donate Cash:

Donations of cash are what we need most. You can donate online via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to use a credit card to make a one-time donation via PayPal.

Sponsors Needed:

Please note that some cats may be sponsored by more than one person, 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.

Cats in need of Sponsoring:

FIV Cats:









Other Cats (Photos and Bios coming soon)







Possum (Adopted)

Mini (Adopted)





Miss Kitty




You can also mail your donations to us at:

Yogie and Friends

128 Fob Lane

Frierson, LA 71027

If you wish to make a donation on a regular basis and do not wish to use PayPal, your bank can set up automatic payments for you.

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.

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:

24 October 2015                 11am – 4pm              Fall Bake Sale and Fundraiser


6595 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.

The Yogie and Friends Gang!

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