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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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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 !

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!