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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

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Samantha L.1

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!

Kimberly140

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a great place, the animals are beautiful and well taken care of, can't wait to visit again.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Big fan. Its obvious from the first 5 minutes at the ranch just how much these animals are loved. Visit them on a Wednesday night feeding and see how awesome and amazing these animals are.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this place !!!!!! I have been many time and always stay for the feedings. The first time i went was after they came to pick up some chicken that the company I work at donate to them. My boss took me and my friend/co-worker, she brought her kids and took my bbf kid . It was so funny my friends youngest who could barley walk was walking and one of the cats just keep keep licking his lips and following her back and forth it was the funnies thing . I am grateful that suck a wonderful place is around to take care of these animals.

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

We have visited Catty Shack twice this summer with our out-of-state grandchildren and loved it both times. I have been to many zoos but have never gotten as close to the big cats as there. Not only did we watch them being fed but we enjoyed their interactions with some of their "keepers", as well as each other. Such a worthwhile charity and attraction.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Educational, affordable family outing, giving these wonderful creatures a second chance and they do a great job.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of getting to work with the volunteer coordinator and business manager at the Catty Shack for the bulk of this year. I've spent numerous hours with the animals, and the love the humans have for their four legged friends is unreal. Most of the animals are older, and have normal senior-aged health problems, to provide love and support for these animals during their last years is heart warming. I couldn't ask to give back to an organization more deserving.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization and mission! The team at Hunger Fight truly cares about ending hunger in NE Florida and making a difference in the lives of children and families who need a helping hand. They make it easy for you to get involved and be able to play a role in eradicating hunger on the First Coast!

2 Eric92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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.