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Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary Inc

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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

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at Catty Shack, it is so heartwarming to hear visitors’ comments and reactions to our much loved animals. Most people never have been this close (safely!) to a wild cat or had the opportunity to watch them play, swim or devour their meal. Guided tours help educate all our visitors about our residents and their plight in captivity and in the wild. No one is too old or too young to enjoy time spent with our animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is an amazing place. I started volunteering there a little over a year ago and am so impressed with the care, love, and quality of life all the animals receive in this their forever home. I am so proud to be a volunteer there and refer to it as "my happy place".

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great place to visit if you want up close views of beautiful big cats and some smaller creatures as well! I was fortunate to find a volunteer opportunity where I feel like I am actually helping while enjoying what I am doing. I never tire of seeing visitors of all ages enjoy the night feeding experience while learning a little something about our residents along the way. And I am happy to say all are well loved and well cared for! As this is a volunteer driven organization, our public hours are limited, so please check our website for details.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the ranch for a little over one year and absolutely love this place! I have fallen in love with the animals but also with the staff / volunteers! Everyone is genuine and really cares about the kitties as well as one another!

Kimberly140

Volunteer

Rating: 5

All the animals are happy and healthy! The volunteers have been there for years because of their undying love for the animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

These animals are treated with the highest love and compassion. The volunteers go above and beyond to provide the highest care possible.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Number one priority is the health and happiness of the animals. You can tell the animals are dearly loved and the animals love the volunteers back.

Kurtwithak

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This sanctuary has a lot of big cats that needed a home and were able to find one here. They have lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, a bobcat, and even foxes and coatimundis. They are open only some days of the week but it can be a rare and exciting chance to get a guided tour and on certain days watch these big cats be fed. Guided tours explain about the individual animals and give details about the species. It is fun for kids of all ages and adults of all ages too. I highly recommend going to see them but do check the website for specific days they are open.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering a little over two years ago. I found Catty Shack Ranch on www.volunteermatch.org and visited for an afternoon tour. The people were very friendly and the animals looked well cared for. I decided to start volunteering and have enjoyed every day since I started.

The volunteers are the best group of people I have ever worked with. They all work toward one goal -creating a healthy, stress-free environment for the animals. We have ongoing construction and repair projects, an enrichment team that provides fun activities for the animals, and lots of general work to keep this facility operating. It is a labor of love for everyone involved.

My work includes cleaning enclosures, general maintenance, yard work, giving tours, and helping feed the animals. I love giving tours, introducing people to our residents and educating them about the different species. It is wonderful to see their amazement as they pass big cats lounging or playing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Catty Shack Ranch Sanctuary is a true home to several big cats (Tigers, Lions, Cougars, Leopards) and other animals that have come from places that could not care for them properly. The Catty Shack meets every need for these animals, whether it be medical, nutritional, enrichment, and habitat etc. Their tours educate the public and are very fun. Every penny they raise goes toward the care of their animals. They also have an adoption program which gives you a special bond with your favorites.
I have so much respect for all that they are doing to give these animals in need a forever home.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can say enough great things about the Catty Shack Ranch Sanctuary. They have given these amazing animals a forever home that includes all the love and medical care they need.
Catty Shack is my favorite place to visit. I love their night feedings and enrichment events. You can tell how deeply they care for all their animals (tigers, lions, cougar, leopards, bobcat, foxes, and even coatimundis.
During these events open to the public to raise awareness and money to care for the animals, we get to see a lot of action. The big cats are especially excited for feeding time and their different personalities shine through.
Beyond food and medical care, Catty Shack has a goal to build bigger and better enclosures and offer more enrichments for their animals.
The work they do is awesome.
They offer adoption packages that are affordable and allow me to adopt an animal each year.
I really respect and love the Catty Shack Ranch Sanctuary.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to experience a night feeding. The personal interaction, care and love that is given to these animals was incredible. What a great sanctuary! Catty Shack is doing an excellent job!

Brian B.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wow!!! The cats are amazing!!! The staff was very knowledgeable and the feeding was awesome

April B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this place it is a wonderful place that I will go again and again. Great place for the whole family my son loves it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visited CattyShack on Oct 25. We had first visited last March & were so impressed with the Sanctuary & all they do for the big cats & other animals. This time we were there for a night feeding. How awesome it was !! Everyone there welcomes you & answers every & all questions you might have . Make sure you go here! We are from Chicago. If you are able please please donate to them. They receive no federal or state assistance. They are an all volunteer organization !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered there for a few years before moving north and I can tell you the people there are even more amazing than the animals housed there. Guests, residents and volunteers are all taken care of like royalty and treated like a beloved family member. Catty
Shack Ranch is what I miss most about Jacksonville and I cannot wait to visit them as a guest when I travel back to Florida!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We came from Michigan to visit our friends and this place was the highlight of our trip! The animals are treated like family and are well cared for! We hope to return in the near future!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Catty Shack is a wonderful place. My family has visited animal sanctuaries in the U.S. and abroad and Catty Shack is the best of the best. The animals are loved and truly cared for, and the staff is second to none. We live 3 hours away, but we still make it a point to come back to Catty Shack and support their mission. We have been part of their adoption program for 3 years now, and we love getting updates on the cats. This place is a can't miss for animal lovers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A group of us volunteered here for a day and working so closely with the staff made me realize just how much these animals are their number one passion. They do such a beautiful job!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The love for the animals is so apparent here. We enjoy visiting and appreciate all of the dedication to the care of the animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing facility! They treat their animals with the utmost respect and exceptional care. It was a pleasure working with them! Can't wait to return one day!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every time we visit the Catty Shack, we are inspired and amazed by the care and effort put into helping each and every animal. The level of trust between staff and their charges is incredible. We totally love to see the animals thriving and loving life.

Angela154

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We Love Love Love the Catty Shack!!! So informative and my youngest can't wait to be old enough to volunteer.

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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.