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Panther Ridge Conservation Center
February 9, 2011

Panther Ridge has sort of become my home away from home - I began volunteering there just short of a year and a half ago, and feel as if I'm accepted as family. As Dan mentioned in the review below, when my buddy CJ the cougar sees me on Sunday mornings, he gives me an excited chirp and runs over to greet me. Experiences such as these cannot be appreciated in word form - you need to see it for yourself.

I've interned with zoos and other conservation groups, and the living space alotted to the PR cats are not only exceptional in size (being several times larger than the minimum required by law), but are thoroughly cleaned daily (I would know - that's part of my job!). The food we feed them is top notch (another part of my job is diet prep), and each cat is specifically treated depending on his or her medical or nutritional needs.

There are cats of all sizes, places, and experiences. One of the most rewarding things that I have encountered is seeing personalities change for the better. Several of our cats came from people or places that left an emotional scar - these scars are often seen in their behavior. And, over time, the remarkable thing is that they become HAPPIER after arriving at Panther Ridge. One of our cougars, Apache, was shy and a bit reclusive when I first started. Now, whenever there is a tour, she chirps and plays with her toys and puts on a show for everyone! Her transformation is unbelievable. I think testimonies like these are what highlight Panther Ridge.

The founder of Panther Ridge, Judy, is by far the most dedicated woman I have ever met. She loves these animals with all of her being, and you can tell. The bond her and the cats have, and the bonds that I have developed, can be felt in the air.

I hope you decide to come visit us! You won't regret it! :-)

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the past year and a half. I have learned much in that time, and still learn more each week.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

spread the word about it more! With the few number of people that work/volunteer there, it's difficult to get the public outreach we need to keep the ball rolling. Consider visiting us, or spread the word!

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

More public outreach. We can do it (why else would I be writing this review)!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've learned to appreciate the daily care for these animals, in addition to learning about each individual and the species to which he or she belongs. I have made life-long friends, and I know I will continually learn more.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great! The cats are unbelievable - you just have to see them for yourself.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Volunteer: I clean enclosures, prepare diets, and give personal attention to our big cat residents.