Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary Inc

Rating: 4.71 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 1860 Starratt Rd Jacksonville FL 32226 USA

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 for more information.
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am a healthcare professional and have been working (volunteering) with the Cattyshack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary for about 11 years. I have worked with major zoos and other exotic animal groups but now concentrate my time primarily with Cattyshack. I chose this organization because of my personal knowledge of the Executive Directors dedication to the cause and my observation of the excellent care they give their animals. The cats are well fed, treated with nothing but love and respect, and it shows. Don't just take my word for it. Trip Advisor Jacksonville (5 star) has over 250 recent reviews from people who have actually visited there. Most of the reviews are 5 star and comment on the knowledge and dedication of the staff, how clean the facility is and how well cared for, healthy and happy the Cats appear. Recently, when unfortunate circumstances forced the closure of a private zoo in Wisconsin, the owner wanting the best for his animals, visited and interviewed several sanctuaries. He chose Cattyshack to place his 6 tiger cubs because he liked what he saw.
Like most nonprofit rescues Cattyshack relies solely on donations and volunteers. In that, they are enjoying widespread community support and a great group of dedicated, knowledgeable, hard working volunteers. I enjoy every minute and consider it a priviledge to be associated with the Cattyshack Ranch.

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Get a larger facility. While it is 10 acres, an increase in the number of animals coupled with a desire to give each animal as large an enclosure as possible, they are running out of physical space.

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Rating: 1 stars  

I've followed this compound for years. Check out their Fish and Wildlife inspection reports, and USDA reports. Some time ago, he was ordered to start feeding his starving animals or risk confiscation. Since a leopard never changes its spots, I'm sure the animals are still receiving the same, substandard care. I wouldn't give a penny to this group.

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