September 2022 Newsletter

Greetings Yogie Fans!

We are finally heading into, we hope, some cooler weather. The hot weather won’t be missed by us at all. Well, at least not the triple digit weather.

GEEK’D CON:  We want to thank everyone who stopped by our vendor booth at Geek’d Con in Shreveport last weekend. This is the first time in over six years or more that we have participated in this event. It, as always, was a fun and crazy time. We got some great ideas from other vendors while we were there to make our future setups even more user friendly for us. Space is limited for our booths, so it makes it difficult to put a lot of merchandise in the space.

We met some very cool actors as well. It’s a lot of work to do these events, but it is a great opportunity to share our mission with so many people. It was well worth it, and we are working on more for the future. Thank you again for those who came out and supported the cats. We appreciate you.

 

FOOD AND LITTER:  As we are sure most of you have noticed, the cost of all goods has more than doubled, and in some cases, tripled, in price. This is exceptionally hard on donation driven organizations such as ours. We could really use the extra help at this time with cat food and cat litter. Several of the cats are also on prescription diets, which are very expensive, but less than a vet bill if they weren’t on them. If you could see it in your heart to help us with food and litter, check out our Chewy and Amazon wish lists on the links below, or send a cash donation and we will buy what is most needed. We have 70 permanent cat residents at our sanctuary. We hope you can help.

Pete

PETE: Pete had a diabetic seizure and was rushed to the emergency vet. That was super scary as his glucose dropped dangerously low. Fortunately, our director was quick to dip her finger into some Karo syrup and rub it on his gums. He is doing well right now. He also had developed pancreatitis and spent about five days at our vet. Dr. Daville thinks Pete may be going into remission, so she stopped his insulin for two weeks. He is on a Glucobalance diet and seems to be doing well. Paws and claws crossed he shows remission on his follow up.

Finn

FINN:  Finn is our ruptured eardrum cat who has been showing some signs of balance issues, so we brought him to the vet, and she said he is showing some atrophy near his ear, which impacts the nerves. She put him on Orbax, and he has a follow-up on September 2nd.

 

Flynn

FLYNN:  Has received his second set of kitten shots and he is doing very well. We don’t see any signs of Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), which makes us extremely happy. He has a vet follow up on September 9th and hopefully we get the all clear on his health and can get him ready to be neutered. He has a potential adopter at this time too. We hope they really want him. Flynn is a sweetheart.

 

Egon

EGON: Egon had his day 60 post FIP treatment labs on August 31st. His lab results were great! He has one he finally, gained weight. He remained in the 6.13-pound range for most of his treatment and observation. His two brothers are both well over seven pounds, so we figured Egon may be smaller due to the illness possibly stunting his growth, or he would just be the runt. He weighed 6.14 on July 6th and weighed in at 7.60 on August 31st. He is a happy, and playful, kitten now.

 

Grace

GRACE:  Is a gray tabby, about five years old. We happened to observe her using the litter box and noticed she went back and forth to different boxes without doing anything. We also saw her vomit and have some diarrhea, so she went to the vet on August 31st and the vet said she had a lot of sludge in her bladder and a pretty narly urinary tract infection. She had a shot of Convenia and Onsior for pain. She was sent home with three days of Onsior pain pills. This will mean she also needs to be on the urinary diet, which is not cheap. She is doing otherwise very well.

Mama

 

MAMA:  Has another upper respiratory infection, but fortunately the X-rays of her lungs don’t show pneumonia this time. She received a shot of Convenia and hopefully this gets her over this hump.

The bill for the three cats on the 31st was $481.24, which we decided to pay off while there. But that, and our recent electric bill, put our Yogie bank account at $942.50. This makes us very nervous right now.

You can always donate directly to our vet bill by calling Airline Animal Health and Surgery Clinic in Bossier City, Louisiana. 318-747-5747. Or, at this time since our funds are so low and there isn’t a current balance at the vet you can donate financially to help with food, litter, and utilities with the following:

 

PayPalyogieandfriends@hotmail.com

Venmo: YogieCats

 CashApp: We have discontinued using CashApp due to there being too many negative issues with them.

And as always, you can mail a check or money order to: Yogie and Friends, 128 Fob Lane, Frierson, LA 71027.

WHAT IS FIP? Feline Infectious Peritonitis, FIP, is a corona-based virus. This is a feline specific illness and not contagious to humans. This is one diagnosis that those of us in rescue dread because it has always been a death sentence. Until now. There are no guarantees with any medications, but this one is promising. Here is a link with the best explanation of what FIP is, and the program we are using for these two babies.

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/feline-infectious-peritonitis

CRITICAL FOOD AND LITTER NEEDS:  The shelves at pet stores, and other stores in general, have been quite bear with the critical supplies we need. Our priorities are, scoopable cat litter (no lightweight as it is not safe for sick, or young, cats), Friskies Pate’ canned food, Royal Canin Kitten slices in gravy (Our young cats and kittens eat this best), Royal Canin Dry Kitten, Purina Complete Dry, and Purina Naturals. We do not use grain free as it is not safe or recommended by our veterinarians. We also use Purina Fortiflora, which is a probiotic that aids in the health of the cats. Especially those in FIP treatment. Any, and all, help with these items would be appreciated. You can check out our wish lists on Amazon and Chewy.

https://www.chewy.com/g/yogie-and-friends-fiv-cat-sanctuary_b66609597?fbclid=IwAR2PutvdDsL2hKM9UNmkJqplrsvJtYewWZd7kPqqeY6FUtXoYpzOA-mHq-Q

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/?ie=UTF8&cid=A2LGJPU9KN7C2N

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS:  Attention Kroger Shoppers. We have been part of the Kroger Community Rewards program for well over 15 years, but they made some changes to their program, and we want to update our fans who happen to shop at Kroger Grocery Stores. Our Kroger Community Rewards number is now GD567, and you can find us by our name as well, Yogie and Friends FIV Positive Cat Sanctuary. When you log into your Kroger account you can select us as your charity of choice and a portion of your purchase will be donated to our rescue sanctuary. This is one of the easiest ways to help us financially when you go grocery shopping. It takes nothing out of your pockets either. How cool is that?

Please consider helping our cats when you shop at Kroger. We deeply appreciate your help.

SPONSORSHIP:  We often speak of our sponsorship program and right now we are really trying hard to get all our cats sponsored. Sponsorship is a wonderful way to help support our cats. By sponsoring one of our Yogie cats, you will be providing food, limited medical care (we know that medical bills can get extremely high and do not expect a sponsor to cover it. Unless they can, and want to), 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 financial burden of care for the animals we provide sanctuary for.

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. You can always contribute more. It all helps a great deal.

If you choose to sponsor a cat via PayPal or Venmo, please let us know the name of the cat you would like to sponsor.

CATS IN NEED OF SPONSORING (WE CURRENTLY CARE FOR 70 CATS)

FIV Positive Cats:

Alex – is being sponsored by Patsy, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Sunny

VooDoo

Dotsey – Is being sponsored by Beverly, a fan in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Ursula

Olaf

Brexit

Sasha

Grayson – Is being sponsored by Phil and Ann, fans in Haughton, Louisiana.

Oskar

 

Non-Positive Cats:

Hope

Elsa

Barney

Claire – is being sponsored by Bonnie, a fan in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Anna

Duncan – Is being sponsored by Vanessa, a fan in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Grace – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Blackie

Penelope

Duckie

Lucy

Smudge

Squeak

Bandit

Sarah

Snowball

Miss Kitty

Isabella

Quinn – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Theo (Tayo) – Is being sponsored by Denyce, a fan in Houston, Texas.

Ms. Gray

Oscar

Dorian

Bert

Ernie

Kay

Rocket

Ziggy

Layla

Angel

Pia

Mama – Is being sponsored by Louise, a fan in Australia.

Pete

Saber

Binx

Domino

Socks

Logan

Russell

April

Tosha

Taco

Lucia (Deaf, survivor of a broken jaw) – is being sponsored by Dorothy, a fan in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Uncle Fester

Yeti

Bonnie

Yakov

Finn

Chloe

Maggie Mae

Anastasia

Saphira

Eragon

Draco

Egon

Enya

Declan

Fiona

Flynn

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Yogie Booth at Paws in the Park

Riverpark Church

3232 E. 70th Street, Shreveport, LA 71105

15 October 2022

10 A.M. – 3 P.M.

 

Yogie Booth at Pet a Pallooza

22 October 2022

TBD

 

Fall Bake Sale

Petco

6596 Youree Drive

Shreveport, Louisiana

29 October 2022 (Please note the change in date from the 22nd)

11 A.M. – 2 P.M.

 

Yogie and Friends Day at Bella Nonnas

Bella Nonnas Olive Oil and Vinegar

1409 E. 70th Street, Suite 107-B

Shreveport, Louisiana

19 November 2022

11 A.M. – 3 P.M.

 

Christmas Bake Sale

Petco

6596 Youree Drive

Shreveport, Louisiana

 

Yogie Booth at Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade

12 February 2023

Times TBD

Fairground Field

Shreveport, Louisiana

 AMAZON SMILE: Did you know that 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 effortless way to help.

PAYPAL: PayPal has a program where you can do automatic monthly donations to Yogie and Friends. 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

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.

We are spending about $5000 a month on food and litter alone. Then we have vet bills and other incidentals that come up creating an immediate need.

Our intake is closed until further notice.

YOU CAN MAIL YOUR DONATIONS TO US AT:

YOGIE AND FRIENDS

128 FOB LANE

FRIERSON, LA 71027

 

PLEASE spay and neuter your pets. Adopt! Do not Shop!

 

Thank You! The Yogie Cats and their Volunteer Staff!


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