July E-Newsletter

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 0 COMMENTS

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

July Newsletter (featuring Lucky)

Don’t forget to join our e-mail list! You’re missing fun resident facts, upcoming events, special offers, conservation news, and lots more – everything a Catty Shack fan needs to know! We’ll sometimes even 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: Express Printing

Friday, July 27th, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Express Printing
9840 Interstate Center Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32218
Phone: 904-765-9696

John Benso and his family at Express Printing have been a constant supporter of Catty Shack over the years. Through their business, they have helped Catty Shack with all of our printing needs – flyers, bookmarks, business cards, calendars, and more! They are able to donate most of these print pieces for little or no cost to Catty Shack, saving us hundreds of dollars over the course of a year.

Many visitors to the sanctuary have come in contact with their product, and even more have learned about Catty Shack from it! One usage of their product is the flyers. We use flyers to help distribute our event calendars and coupons during special community days (such as Riverside Arts Market and the St. Augustine Easter Day Parade). Or, if you’re already visiting Catty Shack for a tour, make sure all the children in your group have taken a free bookmark emblazoned with a picture of their favorite resident before you leave! You can also purchase a 2012 Catty Shack calendar (now half-off!) from our gift shop under the big tent.

We are thankful for all of these products that have been donated or discounted for us, along with the many other pieces not mentioned here, and for all of the time and dedication John, his family, and his team have put forth. Thank you, Express Printing!

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 – July

Wednesday, July 18th, 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. 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!


JulieName: Jaguar Julie

Time Volunteered at Catty Shack: I try to be there at least once or twice a week…not too sure, just not enough!

How did you start volunteering at Catty Shack? I came on a tour with my people from Osprey Village, a Senior Living Community.

What has been your favorite moment(s) at Catty Shack so far? Oh my; I guess the first one would be when I saw our 5 baby girls for the first time, or when Nero recognized me and came over to the fence to talk, or when Tucker reacted to me when I called his name, or maybe when it finally dawned on me the Valeria was in season and just not wanting me to love on her! I have way too many to list and I hope for a whole lot more. I feel in love with the place after our tour with Osprey Village. I have always been an animal lover. I was so impressed at how clean to animals’ areas were. They seemed as happy as they could be, well fed, clean, & sassy. I can’t say enough about my family at the Catty Shack Ranch.


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

Night Feeding Frenzy!

Monday, July 16th, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Our Night Feedings on Fridays and Saturdays have quickly become a fan favorite! At these events, visitors get to see our animals receive their nightly meal up-close – and it’s always an exciting time! Our next night feeding is this Saturday, July 21,  for the Cub’s “Housewarming” Party. Besides the feeding, there will be plenty to do: we’ll have sno cones, drinks, and snacks for sale along with a face painter! Or, check our hours of operation to find another time to come visit our residents!

Here’s a little sneak-peek of Catty Shack from last Friday night. The following picture is a group of our volunteers:



And here’s a peek at some of our visitors getting ready for the feeding!
Night Feeding

Target & Carmax Work Days

Saturday, July 14th, 2012 0 COMMENTS

The end of June was a busy one for the Catty Shack Wildlife Sanctuary…besides all of our day-to-day activities (cleaning, resident enrichment, school tours, and more), we also had two more work days. The first work day brought a volunteer group from Carmax, which worked with us even through the rain! The next work day included workers from the Target on San Jose. These dedicated workers spent their Friday painting cougar enclosures. Thank you to both groups! Your help has made a tremendous impact for our animals, visitors, and volunteers.

As always, if you or someone you know is interested in a volunteer day with Catty Shack, please contact us.

Carmax Workers
Target Workers

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