It all started about 30 years ago with our Executive Director/Curator Curt LoGiudice. Curt actually started out training police dogs and began working with exotic animals in 1982. He acquired his state license in 1984 and his federal license in 1992. In 1994 “The Florida Panther project” asked him to be their representative in Jacksonville for educational presentations about endangered panthers. His rescue mission had begun. Curt has continued to learn from veterinarians caring for his animals and attends conferences in The Exotic Animal Industry and attends meetings with the Fish and Game Commission in Florida. Curt works with the USDA and state officials when accepting animals from private owners who can longer care for their animals. Most importantly, he has earned the respect of the animals in his care and the mutual respect is obvious to anyone watching!
In 2000, the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary was granted its nonprofit 501(c)3 status. A board of directors was established and has taken many steps to help ensure the best care possible for the animals in need. The board adopted a no breeding, no selling, no trading and no buying policy to help ensure every animal that is given refuge here will not be jeopardized by irresponsible growth. Some of the cats were born here in the past but they have stayed here and we have never sold, traded or bought any animals in the past. All of the animals taken in at the Catty Shack Ranch have a permanent home for life.
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 have to keep track of a hectic schedule for our volunteers not only to help the animals but to schedule fundraisers, special events, school tours and our Thrift Store. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful group of veterinarians and dentists that donate their time to help our sanctuary residents. While many of these people live in the area, some fly in from as far away as California for our animals.
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– Kimberly Kyle – The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
Our previous scheduling system consisted of paper and pen.
The work scheduler has helped us to keep track of our valuable hours spent helping the animals. We would recommend Humanity and their team.
This system has helped us… – Kimberly Kyle – The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary
I use the message board to leave comments and instructions to volunteers and they can leave me notes if they see anything that needs attention while they are at the ranch!
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