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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

3 Ashley60

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We went there for my oldest daughters 3rd birthday she didn't really get it but it was fun for the rest of the family watching. Brie, Colby, and Monterey as 3 month old tigers play and attempt to put smart each other. We went back 3 weeks later after my youngest was born this time we brought more family. Just watching these cats perk up at the site of a different animal was funny. The volunteers were helpful and the work they do is amazing. I plan to have my daughters birthdays there together next year. It doesn't have all the animals the Jacksonville does, but it offers a forever home to these amazing animals. If you want to see beautiful tigers go to Catty Shack.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw an ad about Caddy Shack on the visitors website when I was trying to see what other things my family could do while visiting Jacksonville. I thought it would be interesting to see because I love big cats. We all loved the place. Other than the fact that it had rained just before we got there and it was wet, we thoroughly enjoyed the visit. The cats (and the other animals) were just gorgeous. Some were out playing and others were taking it easy, but all were well taken care of. You could also tell that the volunteers that were there really loved being there and loved the cats. I will definitely go back and visit again when we return to Jacksonville.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I thought I was just going on another zoo visit with my daughter and grandson....I was wrong. What a unique experience it was. Not only did we get to see the animals eating and playing, but we learned about them up close and personal. You can tell by the way everyone who works with the animals acts they LOVE what they do!