Volunteer of the Month – September

Friday, September 21st, 2012 2 COMMENTS

Every month, the Catty Shack Board of Directors decide on a Volunteer of the Month to give an extra special “thank you” to. 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.

The following is a spotlight on this month’s “Volunteer of the Month”. Enjoy!


SharonName: Sharon

When did you start volunteering at Catty Shack? I started volunteering at Catty Shack about 18 years ago.

How did you start volunteering at Catty Shack? My paralegal, Diana, was a volunteer and she got me hooked. She still volunteers there to this day.

What has been your favorite moment(s) at Catty Shack so far? Of all the wonderful experiences I have had, my favorite moment might seem pretty odd. You see, I met Hercules, the white tiger and his two sisters, just after they were born over ten years ago. And I met the two sisters, the black spotted leopards, over 6 years ago when they were born. And I met Freddy, the sweet lion, 7 years ago when he was born! But my favorite moment was they day the new lion enclosure was finished. I spent that entire Saturday crawling around on my hands and knees and found over ten big knarly nails and screws the workers had dropped on the ground that would have surely ended up in the paws of Tal and Nyra! That day I felt of use! That was my favorite day! Picking a single favorite moment is just not possible. I love all the animals but must confess that the tigers are my favorites. Being able to work in such close proximity to these amazing animals just makes everything right with my world. I have always considered myself a “cat” woman and this experience has just added an unbelievable dimension to that part of me.


Thanks, Sharon, for everything you do at Catty Shack!

Roar N’ Snore Registration Up!

Saturday, September 15th, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Cubs Sleeping The November Roar N’ Snore registration is NOW OPEN! This bi-annual event has a limited number of campsites available, so register for your spot now!

This one-of-a-kind event allows families and friends to camp outside next to our residents. Since our animals are mostly nocturnal, you’re sure to hear tons of roars, growls, and other noises all around you while you sleep (or just enjoy the bonfire!) This year’s Roar N’ Snore will be on Saturday, November 17 to Sunday, November 18. Adults are $75 each, children are $35 each. Tickets prices include your campsite (please bring your own camping equipment), dinner, a night feeding of the animals, s’mores around the bonfire, and breakfast in the morning.

Check out the recap of the last Roar N’ Snore here.

To learn more about the event (including campsite rules) and to register, check out the Roar N’ Snore event page.

Purdue Alumni Volunteer Group

Monday, September 3rd, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Purdue Group
Purdue Group 2
Near the end of August, Eddie Bajek and some Purdue Alumni came out to assist us in some much-needed (and pretty dirty!) jobs around the ranch. These great guys helped with landscaping around the ranch (including planting trees and weed eating) and helped pack meat for all the resident. If you haven’t ever packed pounds upon pounds of meat for the big cats – you’ll never know what a messy job that can be! So, here’s an extra-special “thank you” for all the heavy-lifting and messy jobs you all did!

Do you have a group that is interested in a special work day at the ranch? Make sure to contact us!

E-Newsletter Archive: August

Saturday, September 1st, 2012 0 COMMENTS

ValeriaCheck out last month’s e-newsletter! It includes a resident spotlight, an event spotlight, conservation news, and more!

August Newsletter (featuring Valeria)

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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“Friends of the Cats” Business Spotlight: Fleming Signs and Graphics

Saturday, August 25th, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Fleming Signs

Fleming Signs and Graphics
4182 County Road 218
Middleburg, FL 32068
Phone: 904-214-3265

Dave and Zette Fleming at Fleming Graphics have been a tremendous help to the Catty Shack Ranch! Throughout the years, Fleming Graphics has produced hundreds of signs that have been proudly put on display throughout our property. This team has been constantly supportive of us and our goal to give “forever homes” to our residents…and we couldn’t do it without them!

Most recently, you have probably seen the wonderful signs they made when we rehomed our five baby tigers. The approximately 3’x8′ sign displayed a feisty Cayenne and invited guests to “Come See Our Babies.”

Not only does Fleming Graphics create our huge, eye-catching banners, but they also create the smaller signs that you can find throughout the ranch. While heading back to see our residents. stop at our “Adoption Board,” where you’ll find all the signs Dave has made for our wonderful animal sponsors. What Fleming Graphics does for us seems to have no limits! We are so thankful for Dave and Zette and everything they do for us.


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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