Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. “Our mission is to provide a safe, loving, forever home for endangered big cats, and to educate the public about their plight in the wild and captivity.” Our primary focus is the rescue of cats from serious situations. Once an animal is taken in at Catty Shack Ranch, they have a loving, forever home for life. We do not breed, sell, or trade any of our animals. Our current residents include tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, bobcats, arctic foxes, and coatimundis (the last two are “honorary cats”).

In 2004, we became licensed/accredited to be open to the public. We strongly believe in educating our children and the public about the dangers of owning these beautiful exotic animals as “House Pets”, and their plight in the wild. We give educational school tours year round and we are open on selected weekends to the public. Please visit our link “Upcoming Events” for more information.

We are fortunate to have our own Medical Facility on the property to care for our animals. We have a group of very dedicated veterinarians and dentists that are committed to giving our animals the best care available.

Last but not least, we could not be where we are today if not for all of our volunteers. The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is completely run by volunteers. We have NO paid employees, so 100% of donations goes directly to benefit the animals. We even have a thrift store that is stocked by generous donations from our supporting community. Please visit our link “Volunteer Opportunities” if you are interested in volunteering to help these beautiful animals!

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.

Curt LoGuidice, Executive director of The Catty Shack ranch, talks about his mission to create a “forever home” for big cats. 


Catty Shack Ranch

1860 Starratt Road Jacksonville, FL 32226