Christmas Celebration: Santa & Pumpkins

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Tiger & PumpkinTiger & Pumpkin

Earlier this month, Santa made a stop in his busy schedule and visited Catty Shack! Kids got the chance to visit with Santa and tell him everything they wanted for Christmas…but the real show-stoppers were our cats and their pumpkins! Every year, we get donated pumpkins that were not bought for Halloween and give them to the big cats as an enrichment activity. While they don’t “eat” the pumpkins like many people believe, they do have a blast chewing on them, hitting them around their enclosures, and dragging them into their pools!

Our animals get various enrichment activities throughout the year, including pumpkins, Christmas trees, birthday “cakes”, blood popsicles, and lots more!

Volunteers of the Year!

Thursday, December 20th, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Volunteers of the Year

Our 1st Annual Volunteer of the Year award goes to Kurt & Maria!

Kurt is often at the ranch during the week, helping clean animal habitats or working on anything that is asked of him…and if you’re lucky, you’ll have him as your tour guide on one of your tours of the ranch! His vast amount of knowledge may amaze you – he makes every tour special, educational, and fun!

Maria is our Volunteer Thrift Store Manager…she makes the thrift store run professionally and smoothly. Maria goes through the items that are donated to the thrift store and helps sort and display everything. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out our Thrift Store on Oceanway Avenue!

Congratulations, Maria & Kurt! It is a pleasure volunteering with both of you!

E-Newsletter Archive: November

Sunday, December 16th, 2012 0 COMMENTS

No TailCheck out last month’s e-newsletter! It includes a resident spotlight, an event spotlight, conservation news, and more!


November Newsletter (featuring No Tail)

If you want to be the first to know about monthly events, specials, and more, make sure to sign up for our newsletter list. We’ll sometimes send out specials and coupons for upcoming events!

We even have our “Birthday Club” – all you have to do is share your birthday month with us and you’ll automatically be sent a birthday gift for your special day. It’s optional – but, hey, who doesn’t want another birthday gift?

You can sign up for our e-mail list in the form on the right-side of this page or through the form below. After signing up, you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail that you must click-through to approve joining our list before you’ll start receiving emails.

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New December Tour Dates Added!

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 0 COMMENTS


We’ve had a lot of requests for more tour dates during the holidays…so we’ve added THREE new weekday tours. All the tours are “daytime events,” which include a guided tour of all our animal (approximately 45 minutes long).

These tours are a fun and educational way to spend some time with your family and friends while you have off work and the kids are out of school! Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-11). The new, additional tour dates are:


Thursday, December 13
12:00 – 4:00 PM, last admittance at 3:00 PM

Tuesday, December 18
12:00 – 4:00 PM, last admittance at 3:00 PM

Thursday, December 20
12:00 – 4:00 PM, last admittance at 3:00 PM


For a full list of our tour dates for the holidays, see our Public Tours page.

“Friends of the Cats” Business Spotlight: A-1 Fence Company

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 0 COMMENTS

A-1 Fence Company
Wayne Lee
10913 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246
Phone: 904-388-6599


Often, fencing is one of the things that goes unnoticed. Yet, without it, we would be unable to provide a safe and loving home for all of our residents! Fencing is taken for granted by many people – however, placing fencing for our animals is a bit more rigorous than “normal” fences. When building our habitats, we use 9-gauge fencing material that is also partially buried underground to create a more stable habitat. You may also notice the newest habitats are enclosed by 16-foot fencing, which takes a little extra effort to put up – but it’s all worth it when we see the residents love their new homes!

Thankfully, Catty Shack has found a great “friend of the cats” in A-1 Fence Company! Wayne Lee and his great group of workers helped us finish Nokia’s new habitat a few months ago – and she loves it! Building a habitat takes a lot of work, and we feel very lucky to have been able to work with A-1 Fence Company. Next time you are out at Catty Shack, you can see this beautiful new habitat near Tal and Nyra!

Thank you, A-1 Fence Company!


When visiting Catty Shack, we hope you get a moment to take a look at our “Friends of the Cats” board, highlighting all the businesses that have helped Catty Shack by donating time, services, and/or materials. Please help us in thanking them by using their services whenever applicable. If you have a business and are interested in becoming a “Friend of the Cats” or a corporate sponsor, please contact us.

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