Family Donates 19 Bowling Balls!

Saturday, May 31st, 2014 1 COMMENTS

Bowling Balls

Over the Memorial Day weekend, we had the pleasure to see some returning guests visiting from Connecticut! The Lynch family visited us last year during a conference excursion and decided they wanted to do something to help our residents. As a service project for their daughters, they asked people to donate their old bowling balls. They were extremely successful! Last weekend the family brought 19 bowling balls with them to the Ranch! The photo above  shows the girls with their bowling balls and our volunteer, Kurt.

See below for a blurb on how they explained their service project:

“Around this time last year, the kids and I had our first visit to this very special spot, thanks to the Significant Other Track of JS Conf.  While there, I noticed that the tigers had bowling balls to play with.  I asked Kurt if they ever needed more, as Rog and I both bowl in the ESPN league and the alley owner had just told us that people dump old balls in his dumpster. Kurt explained that if a ball cracks they can’t use it anymore because a claw could get stuck.  So, yes, they could always use more. Tonight, Kurt confirmed they were running low on bowling balls, so this came at a good time. The girls are thrilled they did something for the tigers they first met last year.  :)  Totally worth driving 20 hours with a trunk full of bowling balls!”


Thank you so much, Lynch Family! We loved seeing you again this year and our cats love the bowling balls!



Freddy’s Birthday Celebration Today!

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 0 COMMENTS


Come wish Freddy (pictured above) a very happy birthday today! Gates open at 1:00 PM and tours will leave the front tent every 30 minutes. We’ll be open rain or shine…so bring some shoes you don’t mind getting muddy if it’s been raining! Around 2:30 PM Freddy will receive his birthday present and “cake!” Adult tickets are $10 and child (ages 3-11) tickets are $5 (babies, 2 and under, are always free).

See you today!

Thursday, May 29 – Daytime Tours
Freddy’s Birthday Celebration

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Last Admittance at 3:15 PM
Freddy’s Celebration: 2:30 PM
Adults – $10
Children (3-11) – Free
Babies (2 & Under) – Free

Memorial Day Tours

Monday, May 26th, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Memorial Day is observed in many different ways, but traditionally it is a time for a gathering of friends and family. Why not add to your tradition by visiting Catty Shack Ranch!

Monday, May 26
Daytime Tours

– 1:00 – 4:00 PM (last admittance at 3:15 PM)
– Adults: $10, Children (ages 3-11): $5, Babies (2 & Under): Free

Remember, show your military ID and get $2.00 off your admission!

Catty Shack Receives Certificate of Excellence

Saturday, May 24th, 2014 0 COMMENTS

We are excited to announce Catty Shack has received the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. This award is only given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Criteria to receive this certificate include volume and recency of reviews, maintaining an overall four out of five rating, the business’ tenure, and the popularity ranking on the site.

Thank you to everyone who has made this possible! Through your reviews, we have been able to be the Number One Attraction in Jacksonville. By taking a few moments of your time, you have helped us reach local Jacksonville residents who have never head of us before, as well as international visitors!

If you haven’t written a review yet, take a moment and do it here.

June Volunteer Meeting Update

Saturday, May 17th, 2014 0 COMMENTS


New volunteers should meet at the Ranch on Thursday, June 5, at 6:00 PM. The volunteer meeting time will return to normal (7:00 PM) in July.


If you are interested in volunteering with Catty Shack, it is very important for you to join us for a volunteer meeting! During this time we will collect all necessary forms, answer questions, and give you an overview of what you will be doing at the Ranch. Click here to learn more and download the volunteer forms.

Volunteering at Catty Shack is a rewarding experience. During your time at the Ranch, you will be involved in the upkeep of enclosures, landscaping, construction work, guiding tours, and much more. If the Florida sun is a bit too hot, you can also volunteer in our Thrift Store on Oceanway Avenue. At this location, you will help inventory sale items and help customers (and all sales at the Thrift Store go to help the residents at Catty Shack!)

Please note: volunteers do not interact one-on-one with our residents.

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