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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

20 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.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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!

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!

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with The Catty Shack for over a year now working as a volunteer. The opportunities offered for individuals to help is endless. I used to be a designer and in sales...these days I spend my days caring for the ranches residence and building and repairing habitats. The people who run this facility have dedicated their lives to providing a safe and living home for these animals and truly appreciate the volunteers who assist on a daily basis. I hear on a dsily basis how blessed they are by their volunteers and how they couldn't do all they do without us.

3 Joe_36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Never met so many people who care so much for what they do. These animals are in some of the best hands in the world. So much love and such a great team I will be out there as long as they need help. I love going and I look forward to being there all week. I love catty shack and I love every single animal out there. They each have their own personality and the volunteers always have great things going on for the animals, Thank you catty shack you have really made a great impact in my life as well as each and every animal you save.

2 Binky

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at the Catty Shack Ranch for 8 years now and love every minute of it. It is a place where I can go & be with great people and of course, wonderful animals. Being able to help these animals is the best feeling in the world. All our volunteers take their jobs very seriously to make sure all our animals are well taken care of at all times. The cats receive excellent medical care, are feed proper amounts of food, given enrichment activities and are loved. I will always volunteer at the Catty Shack!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for over 9 years now and love every minute of it. Working customer service can put you on edge sometimes. Catty shack is the best therapy ever. The people/volunteers are just the greatest. The big cat appreciate and love you for everything you do for them. Just knowing that there's a wonderful organization like the Catty Shack is my zen.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at the Catty Shack Ranch for four years and am loving every minute. This place has filled a niche in my life that I never knew was missing. What started as a way for me to give back to my community has turned into my 2nd family, and they will never fully realize just how much they have given back to me.
The residence at the ranch aren't just animals. They are Freddy, Sarah, Val, B.J, Sheba, Nollie, Coco and many more. Each have their own personalities and individual needs. It's hard work, but with generous donations and diligent volunteers the ranch is evolving to fill those needs. I feel privileged to be apart of it.

2 Kurtwithak

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here while I was in college, and have stayed ever since. I love it! Catty Shack is filled with wonderful animals and fantastic volunteers. Everyone that volunteers here truly cares about the animals and only wants the best for them. All our residents receive great enrichment activities, have a wonderful diet, and are always happy and relaxed (often, when they take their "cat naps," you'll find them laying on their back with their belly in the air!) And, of course, Catty Shack is a forever home for all the animals - we don't breed, sell, or trade any of them!

As a volunteer, I help with a variety of projects throughout the ranch, including checking visitors in and leading tours. I love being able to educate visitors on these animals, both about their species in captivity and in the wild. Nothing is more gratifying than having visitors tell us how much they learned about our residents.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After looking for something different to do in Jacksonville, I discovered the Catty Shack Ranch which came highly rated by Trip Advisor. My family and I visited the Ranch for a Nightime Feeding and we were thoroughly amazed! From the excitement of the feedings to the cleanliness of the facility, the care and love of the animals and the friendliness of the volunteers, we knew this would be a place that we would return to.....and so we did!

This time, we have returned as new volunteers and are excited to help!

If you haven't considered volunteering here, just take the time to visit and I'm sure you will change your mind. What a wonderful place this is!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Catty Shack for a few months now and I absolutely love it. My brother used to volunteer at the Ranch and I was skeptical about whether it was right for me because I'm not usually the type to do a lot of manual labor. I started volunteering at the events and found there's always something that suites every volunteers' skill set. I lead tours, do concessions, and park cars. I always feel like I make a big difference in the animals' lives even if it's something as simple and telling cars where to park.

1 jordanjoseph

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the Catty Shack Ranch for 6 years and have loved every day! It takes a lot of hard work and dedication and it is certainly a dirty job but it is the most rewarding experience I have ever had. I have witnessed insurmountable progress and it is only the beginning!! We are consistently building new habitats for the animals and our volunteers work tirelessly to make every visitor's experience the best possible! We are open to the public every weekend and provide educated tours for school groups throughout the week. We have also been rated #1 on Jacksonville's TripAdivisor for over a year! Please gather some friends and family and take a day (or night) to come see all of the beautiful animals and get a guided tour by one of our fantastic volunteers! I promise you will love it!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing rescue facility! I have seen first hand abused and neglected animals make complete turn- arounds and be happy, healthy, and well adjusted. The guiding principle here is most definitely the love of the animals. I have been very blessed to be a part of it for the last year.