Last Friday for our mitzvah trip, we went to a place that is called Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary. The Catty Shack is a non-profit organization that gets all its donations from friends, family, and volenteers. Catty Shack is a sanctuary for wildcats such as cougars and Lion, not for house cats. I appreciated that they gave us a tour of the place, but it was very cold,and muddy. It would have been much more enjoyable if it had been nicer weather that day. For our tour, we got to look at all different kinds of wild cats they have and hear the animals backround story.
In Morah Eta’s class, we are started 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 and the ethical treatment of animals. That is what the mitzvah means. 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 cost at all. They do it 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 even though I was freezing in the cold and muddy. I loved watching all of the wild cats adapting to their environment and how I got to observe how the wildcats live there lives. It was very interesting and I hope that we can do it again sometime. Also, you should make sure to visit Catty Shack.