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.

Volunteer of the Month – November (Pt. 3)

Sunday, December 9th, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Every month, the Catty Shack Board of Directors decide on a Volunteer of the Month to give an extra special “thank you” to. This past month, we had three awesome volunteers who “tied” for volunteer of the month! Below, read about Ann – one of November’s winners! Laura and Jake’s bios (our two other winners) were previously posted.

Every one of our volunteers is special to us and we are thankful for all of them – without our volunteers, Catty Shack would not be where are today! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, check out our volunteer page.

AnnName: Ann

When did you start volunteering at Catty Shack? I’ve been at Catty Shack since May 2009.

How did you start volunteering at Catty Shack? I’d heard of Catty Shack and wanted an ‘animal involved’ volunteer activity to fill the time previously spent with my mare, Sidra, who’d passed away the year prior. Kim gave me a tour during one of the public events. Of course, I was enamored by the cats – their beauty, their closeness to the public, the cleanliness of their habitats, the love they gave and received from Kim. Then I saw the horses at the Ranch and had to meet them! Lucy greeted Kim and me. When Lucy put her head on my shoulder, I knew I’d found my niche! I could make a difference for the horses as well as help with the cats. Although today I spend much more time with the cats (and honoraries), Lucy knows exactly where she stands in my heart.

What has been your favorite moment(s) at Catty Shack so far? There have been many favorite moments at Catty Shack. Sarah was the first rescued cat received after I joined the Ranch. Spike and Spiderman taught me not to put the hose directly into an enclosure to fill the pool. Tucker and Al impressed me with their agility and speed the first time I saw a feeding. Nyra played like a domestic cat chasing a rake as we cleaned next door. Talking to Hercules makes anyone feel better. The 5 cubs are the first babies I’ve helped raise and been able to watch grow. Leading tours, sharing our animals and building an appreciation for the cats is so rewarding. I still experience a ‘pinch me, this is real moment’ every time we fill a pool and a grateful tiger hops into the tub, looking at you with happy content eyes. I’ve made a tiger happy and he/she is really this close to me (through the fence)!


Thank you, Ann, for everything you do at Catty Shack!

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