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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. “Our mission is to provide a safe, loving, forever home for endangered big cats, and to educate the public about their plight in the wild and captivity”. Our primary focus is in the rescue of cats from serious situations. Once an animal is taken in at Catty Shack Ranch, they have a loving, forever home for life. We do not breed, sell, or trade any of our animals. Our current residents include tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, bobcats, arctic foxes, and coatimundis (the last two are “honorary cats”).

Target demographics: educate the public.We strongly believe in educating our children and the public about the dangers of owning these beautiful exotic animals as “House Pets”, and their plight in the wild.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 3,000 students and donated thousands to other nonprofits with VIP Passes to the ranch for their Silent Auctions!

Geographic areas served: Jacksonville, Fl

Programs: We give educational school tours year round and we are open on selected weekends to the public. Please visit our website www.cattyshack.org for more information.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kimberly140

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The number one priority for the sanctuary is the well-being of all the beautiful animals in their care.

2 Eric92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great sanctuary for big cats....Love volunteering with all the amazing people there

1 Angela154

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We loved the Catty Shack. Our only wish was them to have more land so they can help more big cats. My youngest is in love with Tigers and plans to work there when she is older. She already asked how and when she can start. The staff was super nice to answer all her questions. Never once did I get the feeling she was bothering them with all her questions. we plan to go again and again.

5 Michelle357

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wish words could describe how wonderful Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is. This non-profit organization is a hidden gem in Jacksonville, Florida. They care for 24 TIgers, 3 Lions, 5 Cougars, 4 Black Asian Leopards, 1 Bobcat, 2 Coatimundis, and 2 Foxes all with no grants or money from the Government. These are animals that are not wanted by any zoos because they are not purebred. They rely solely on an all volunteer organization. These animals came to them from places or people that could no longer care for them, were not providing proper care, had them illegally, or they were confiscated from them. The volunteers and owner are out there everyday cleaning enclosures, doing upkeep on the property and enclosures, providing tours and education to the public. You can show how much love these animals have for the volunteers and how much the volunteers love the animals. This is a one of a kind place and great once in a lifetime experience.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Catty Shack is a wonderful organization that puts the care of animals first. The tour guides gleam with pride as they take small groups around the facility. The stories that the tour guides share add to the experience. Catty Shack is a must see for every Jacksonville visitor and resident.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome experience. It is very apparent that the animals are not only taken care of very well, but loved at the same time! Highly encourage everyone to visit this great organization.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with The Catty Shack for over a year now working as a volunteer. The opportunities offered for individuals to help is endless. I used to be a designer and in sales...these days I spend my days caring for the ranches residence and building and repairing habitats. The people who run this facility have dedicated their lives to providing a safe and living home for these animals and truly appreciate the volunteers who assist on a daily basis. I hear on a dsily basis how blessed they are by their volunteers and how they couldn't do all they do without us.

3 Joe_36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Never met so many people who care so much for what they do. These animals are in some of the best hands in the world. So much love and such a great team I will be out there as long as they need help. I love going and I look forward to being there all week. I love catty shack and I love every single animal out there. They each have their own personality and the volunteers always have great things going on for the animals, Thank you catty shack you have really made a great impact in my life as well as each and every animal you save.

2 Binky

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at the Catty Shack Ranch for 8 years now and love every minute of it. It is a place where I can go & be with great people and of course, wonderful animals. Being able to help these animals is the best feeling in the world. All our volunteers take their jobs very seriously to make sure all our animals are well taken care of at all times. The cats receive excellent medical care, are feed proper amounts of food, given enrichment activities and are loved. I will always volunteer at the Catty Shack!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited Cattyshack ranch on numerous occasions and have found a very friendly staff who obviously care a great deal about the animals they take care of. all of the animals appear to be well fed, the enclosures are maintained and kept clean and the staff is very knowledgeable about the animals that are housed at Cattyshack Ranch.