November 2008 News

Yogieˍ250.jpgHello All!

I am a little late on getting this update out. Mostly because I have been working so much with trying to get fund raisers set up to help us through the lean winter months, but also because I had found a beautiful dog that gave birth to nine puppies on September 20th. Sadly, two puppies didn’t make it, but I now have six, six week old puppies at my house. One puppy was recently adopted, but I still have the mom, her six remaining puppies, and six house cats. That’s a house full. Fortunately I am working with a Lab rescue and the puppies are going to great forever homes in New England.

Boudreaux250.jpgThis has been a very crazy time for our animals. We vaccinated the cats in September and Boudreaux, our cougar, had to have surgery on one of his front paws because he had a bad dewclaw. Many of the cats we get arrive at Yogie and Friends declawed. Sometimes they can have an infection brewing that we won’t even know is happening because it doesn’t show itself until it is quite advance. Boudreaux started limping and the following week he had surgery. We are so glad we caught this. His paw was a mess, but he did well and is healing nicely. He’s back to playing soccer with his ball.

Normal vet care at Yogie and Friends is not usually that bad. Yes, the cost of immunizations has gone up. The vaccines alone were over $1200. That’s just the medicine. But, we also had the sad task of euthanizing Bubba, having surgery on Boudreaux’s paw, and now Batman, the lion, has a declawed paw showing the same signs that Boudreaux did. Batman is scheduled for surgery on November 20th. These are the kinds of things that happen. We want the best for these animals, but it does get costly. We can always use your help and support for this kind of stuff and we appreciate our donors.

Just a reminder about the Louisiana State Fair. Yogie and Friends has never been a part of the state fair. Never has been and never will be. Whatever animals you see or have seen in the past were never ours. We have never participated in the photo op situation. We would never do that to our animals. Again, it is not us and never has been us.Tigger-Panther.jpg

Volunteers of the month: Thanks to Anne Shinoskie, Vickie and Brianna Volk for help on the Paint your Pumpkin Day. I couldn’t have done it without you guys.

Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Program replaces the Kroger Share Card Program. The new Kroger program is now up and running. The advantage of the new program is now you only need to use the one card, your Kroger Plus Card. The Share card is obsolete. If you download the Kroger letter from our website and bring it with you the next time you shop at Kroger’s all you need to do is give the letter, with the bar code, to the cashier along with your Kroger Plus Card. The cashier will scan the bar code and it will be part of your Kroger Plus Card. One less step. The only downside is that it must be renewed annually. But, that is a small price to pay to help the cats. So, if you are a Kroger shopper please help the cats with this program.

Combined Federal Campaign. It is that time of year again when Federal and Military personnel can donate to Yogie and Friends through payroll deduction under the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) program. If you are interested in contributing this way our CFC number is 42427.

Haynesville Shale. Are you benefiting from bonus money from the Haynesville Shale and need a good tax deduction? Why not consider Yogie and Friends. This is a good way to donate.


Upcoming Events:

15 Nov 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. Military Appreciation Day

29 Nov 8 – 10 A.M. Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s on Bert Kouns in Shreveport

6 Dec TBD Natchitoches Christmas Festival

If you are interested in volunteering with us then please contact us. Come visit us at the sanctuary and see what we are all about. This is a 100% volunteer driven organization, which means, nobody gets paid for the work they do. We love the animals and what we are doing for them. There are many different volunteer opportunities such as tour guide, admissions, lawn care, fundraising, etc. A little something for everyone. But, please know this. There is absolutely no contact with the animals. If you want to volunteer with the intent of “touching” one of these animals, then this is not the place for you. If you are doing this for the love and care of the animals, then maybe this is something for you.

Natasha-Siberian-Tiger.jpgCheck 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.

Go Green with our ink jet and cell phone recycling program. Details are listed on our website.

We have several programs for you to help our animals:,,,, just to name a few. They are all listed here on our website.

Please remember to spay and neuter your pets.

Also, do what you can to prevent flea and ticks causing serious illnesses to your animals. They deserve your care and kindness.

Please 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. Even parked in the shade temperatures rise to well over 100 degrees. With winter coming soon, please plan accordingly with warm, dry, shelter.

Be good to your animals. Be good to people! Be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Jenny and the Yogie Cats!

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