Big Cat Rescue receives most

Jacksonville Big Cat Sanctuary


Several Northeast Florida businesses and nonprofits remain closed because of Hurricane Matthew. One nonprofit, Catty Shack Ranch, a big-cat sanctuary, had its welcome tent destroyed by the hurricane.

Listen to this story airing on 89.9 WJCT-FM


It served as an information center where guests would come in, congregate and watch videos before taking tours through the ranch. It also served as their gift shop.

Most of the animals enjoyed the change of weather the hurricane brought. Adoption coordinator Kurt Lessenthien said some of the tigers were even trying to splash him as he walked around the ranch.

But despite the playfulness of the animals, the tent’s condition reminded Lessenthien of the seriousness of the situation.

“I came out here and I saw the sides all in, the tent actually down, ” he said. “I stopped when I came through the gate and really I wanted to cry. It was a huge, huge loss.”

Executive Director Curt LoGiudice witnessed the destruction of the welcome tent. “The winds were so tough and moving it from side to side that the stakes would come right out of the ground of course because of the wetness already, ” he said.

But Lessenthien said Catty Shack Ranch won’t give up on its mission. In fact, the nonprofit wants to turn the bad luck around by building a new, more permanent welcome center to replace the tent.



Share this article





Related Posts


Ulster County Animal Control
Ulster County Animal Control
Central Florida SPCA
Central Florida SPCA

Latest Posts
Augusta Dog Adoptions
Augusta Dog Adoptions
All dogs are spayed/neutered and vaccinated…
West Hartford Dog Pound
West Hartford…
On a daily basis, officers in the Animal…
Orange County CA Animal Rescue
Orange County…
Cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a cat…
Adoption a Pet in Florida
Adoption a Pet…
Despite the fact that hundreds of thousands…
Dog Shelters in Orange County
Dog Shelters…
OCHS MISSION STATEMENT The Orange County…
Search
Featured posts
  • Ulster County Animal Control
  • Animal Shelters in Nassau County
  • Central Florida SPCA
  • Tampa Animal Services
  • Puppies adoption Orlando
  • Bichon Puppies Rescue
  • West Hartford Dog Pound
  • Orange County CA Animal Rescue
  • Animal Shelters in Miami, Florida
Copyright © 2017 l www.starsofamelia.org. All rights reserved.