Last Friday, we went on a mitzvah trip to a place called The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. The Catty Shack is a non-profit organization that supports itself with donations from friends and visitors. It is a sanctuary for wildcats like cougars and Lion, not for house cats. I appreciated that they gave us a tour, but it was very cold and it would have been much more enjoyable if there was nicer weather. We got to look at different kinds of wild cats and their different stories.
In class, we are learning about a mitzvah called “T’zar Ba’aley Chaim”. This mitzvah had to do with the trip that we went on because it is about saving animals lives. I think the Catty Shack does perform the mitzvah of “T’zar Ba’aley Chaim” because they save wild animals from being captured or hurt. Also they do it for no money and out of the kindness of their heart. They are very nice people to do such a thing and everyone that works their is just volunteering and does not get payed for it.
Friday’s, mitzvah trip was very meaningful to me despite the cold. I loved watching all of the wild cats adapt to their environment and how they lived their life there. It was very interesting and I hope that we can do it again sometime.