Kathryn was promoted to Operations Manager in 2017. She moved to that position after serving as Director of Donor Appreciation. She has been a volunteer at Big Cat Rescue since 2001. She has also held 4 different staff positions: Education Director 2003 to 2005 and Intern Manager/Donations Manager 2008 to 2009. She had to leave in 2009 to follow her husband’s job to Washington DC.
She returned in 2011 and worked her way back up to Senior Keeper. She is often seen convincing cats to take their medication and enjoys working on the Operant Conditioning committee. She is passionate about the benefits this provides the cats and keepers.
Kathryn has a BS in Finance from the University of Florida and is an avid Gator fan!
Kathryn has been involved outside of BCR in helping other sanctuaries. She was a relief keeper at another large big cat sanctuary. She served as interim director in Ethiopia at a big cat sanctuary in 2015. She also regularly visited other sanctuaries in Florida to assist in cage design and building.
My Superpower is patience and persuasion
Patience is always the key to working with the Big Cats, in addition to Persuading them to want to do what I want them to do. The same can be said with people. I have often been able to wait out situations and then persuade animals or people to do what I want. I have always been told I have a way with animals, but it also extends to people. I used it all the time as an IT consultant to bring IT and Business groups to an understanding. I use it now to bring many sides and many purrsonalities to a common goal of helping cats and getting along at the same time. – Kathryn Stapleton
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