Volunteer of the Month – June

Saturday, June 30th, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Sorry, everyone – it’s a bit late this month, but here’s the most recent Volunteer of the Month!

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!


BillyName: Billy

Time Volunteered at Catty Shack: Just over one year now, and I’ve loved every minute of it.

How did you start volunteering at Catty Shack?  I first came to Catty Shack as a visitor, then signed up to volunteer shortly after. I’ve always had a passion for conservation, the environment and wildlife, especially big cats. I have an affinity for cats in general, so I wanted to contribute right away.

What has been your favorite moment(s) at Catty Shack so far? I enjoy all my time at Catty Shack, so choosing a favorite moment is difficult. I guess it’s the first time I saw our tiger cubs when they were a few weeks old. Not many people have seen five Siberian tiger cubs in person. It’s such a privilege. I also like seeing the looks of appreciation on visitors’ faces when they first walk in and see the animals.


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

Haskell Company Donates $500

Monday, June 18th, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Thank You!

Thank you to the Haskell Company, a business design and build firm based right here in Jacksonville, who recently raised $500 for the Catty Shack through their Denim Day on May 18! To get ready for their Denim Day, Haskell employees joined us for a night feeding to meet all the residents.

Thank you again to everyone at the Haskell Company for helping us!

If you are a part of a company that would be interested in fundraising or donating to Catty Shack, contact us!

Final Two Cub Names Announced

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 0 COMMENTS


After much deliberation, “yellow” and “orange” cubs have their forever names! These two girls are sisters and are growing up with our three other cubs – Jade, Cayenne, and Nikki. All five baby girls were re-homed on New Year’s Eve day and just turned 6 months old!

“Yellow” cub’s name is Amara. From Indian origin, the name means “eternal.”

“Orange” cub’s name is Misha, from Russian origin. The name means “like God.”

Again, we would like to thank everyone who participated in the naming contest. The proceeds from the contest have helped with the costs of raising five rambunctious cubs and building their new habitat (a new habitat costs about $10,000!) The girls are now out for public viewing during all tours, so make sure to check out our hours of operation, and come see the girls grow up.

Below, you can see a picture of the girls’ new Kitty Kabin.

Cubs' House

Jacksonville Jaycees & Impact JAX Work Day

Thursday, June 7th, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Jacksonville JayceesWorking
Jacksonville JayceesOn May 18, the Jacksonville Jaycees and Impact Jax came out for a Catty Shack Work Day! We are so lucky to have great groups of people like these, willing to spend their time helping us work around the ranch. During the Work Day, we got a lot done – the groups helped with everything from weeding to painting to working on the new enclosures (which are now done!)

The Jacksonville Jaycees is a group of young adults that work together on community service project (like this!), helping to provide business leadership training through these projects. The Jacksonville Jaycees were founded in 1922 and Jaycee chapters can now be found in every state of the country.

Impact Jax is the young professionals program of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce. The group provides a place for young professionals to network, engage in the Chamber, and actively help make Jacksonville an attractive prospect for young professionals.

Thank you to both groups for spending the day with us. If you are interested in setting up a work day with us, please contact us.

Catty Shack Wins 2nd Round of Investing in You!

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 0 COMMENTS

Investing in You
Community First Credit Union of Florida awarded Catty Shack $1,000 for winning the second round of their Investing in You contest. We would like to extend a huge “thank you” to Community First and to everyone who took the time to vote for us. The $1,000 will help buy construction materials to build new kitty kabins for our cats.

Community First recently came out to the ranch, awarded Curt and Kim the $1,000 check and created a quick video highlighting what our project will focus on. Interested in learning more? View the video!

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