From: Yogie and Friends <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM
Subject: Updates and Fundraisers
To: Yogie and Friends <email@example.com>
I know several of you have not heard from us in quite some time now because we haven't been doing much via email. I hope to change that and have an online newsletter when I can do so.
Some of you may not know that we lost our beloved tiger, Delilah, on January 14th to squamous cell carcinoma. We were heartbroken about this. We take comfort in knowing we gave her 12 great years of love and care.
For our local people you understand our drought situation for the past four years. For those who were not aware of it the past four years have been very hot and very dry. As a result it has made the dirt in our big cat habitats hard and grass and plants do not grow. We have been working on putting new dirt in the cat pens and some is already starting to show grass growth. We have a lot more to put in the habitat for the three lions. That has shown the worst wear and tear. We've purchased 8 loads of dirt at a total cost of $1800.
We recently put metal carports in the three large habitats at a total cost of $2000. It was a good choice because it provides long term shade versus the material we have used in the past and keep having to replace. Now we need to replace the den houses made of wood with cinder block houses. The weather has wreaked havoc on the old ones. They are dry, brittle, and some now have termites. The new cinder block houses will not be impacted by any of this and will be long lasting.
The current fundraiser we are doing is to build 5 new, cinder block houses. Surprisingly cinder blocks are not that expensive, but still something we need help with, and I am retired Air Force and can purchase them at Lowes or Home Depot with a 10% military discount. That helps a great deal. Our current cost for building these den houses is $600 for a total of $3000. We could really use our fans help with this newest project. Our coffers are a little low now after getting the dirt and carports so we wanted to reach out to our friends for your help.
If you want to sponsor a house at $600 that would be wonderful. We'd also let you name the house. That's always fun to see what people come up with.
An example of what good stewards we are with our money I will tell you this. Yogie and Friends has NO DEBT! That is not an easy endeavor, but one we strive to ensure we don't have. We have the typical operating costs such as electric, water, phone, insurance (truck and liability, which is our largest expense) and diesel fuel. Vet care is also a large expense when it is needed and that has been needed a lot lately due to our geriatric population. So you can see why your help is needed. We hope you can help us with this. You can donate in several ways. You can mail a check or money order or go to our website and donate on-line via one of the ways we have linked on our page.
If you are on Facebook and aren't already liked on our page, then please do so. You will see the most current information, photos, videos, and news as it becomes available. We try and post about domestic animal issues as well.
Please help us with raising the $3000 or more as soon as possible.
We appreciate all the help people have shown over the years. We thank you in advance for any support in this endeavor.
For the cats!
P.S. This will also let me know what e-mail addresses are still good as well so I can update our contact list.
Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary.
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027
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