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Shadow Cats Rescue

Rating: 4.97 stars   97 reviews 5,401

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

PO Box 720 Round Rock TX 78681 USA

Mission:

Support and neuter activities

Results:

Over 3000 cats have been trapped, neutered and returned- potentially representing thousands of kittens that were not born to continue the cycle of overbreeding Over 500 cats adopted into indoor homes Over 200 cats have lived out their lives at the Shadow Cats Sanctuary.  We average of 75 cats at any one time.

Target demographics:

We target community wide areas interested in humanely reducing the free roaming cat population through TNR irregardless of social, economic or other issues

Direct beneficiaries per year:

The cats benefit. The community also benefits through the humane reduction of community cats, reduction of tax burdens by reducing the cat intake numbers at city shelters. We serve as a humane option and resource for ill and injured cats as we have space available.

Geographic areas served:

Central Texas

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3 people found this review helpful

This organization does amazing work supporting cats that others would give up on. They have rescued so many cats in high risk situations and saved so many lives that otherwise would have been lost. They do wonderful work and are always very transparent about where the money is going. I cannot say enough good things about Shadow Cats!

 
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We learned about Shadow Cats right after we moved to Austin nine years ago. They do wonderful work. We've toured the sanctuary and love the fact that they continue to grow and reach out to the cats and the community. Shadow Cats continues to find ways to make a positive impact for cats. Their work educates people too. I have no doubt that learning more about cats has saved more feline lives than they know. Shadow Cats helped us find resources and learn what we could do to help the cats, and they always seem to know one more resource that I couldn't find.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Shadow Cats is such a great organization, that always goes above and beyond to save lives. It is truelly an inspiration, from the dedication they provide to the resident cats, community cats, and even those that are at high kill shelters, and will never get to meet, but still help get saved. I love Shadow Cats, and because of this, we support this organization, and sponsor 2 cats there, Joey and Turbo. God Bless

 
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I run a small cat sanctuary in New Mexico. When I needed help in relocating 2 cats, Shadow Cats was right there to help. They are truly dedicated to helping special needs cats. I have personally visited the Shadow Cats Sanctuary. It is a magical place. You can feel the love that surrounds these cats. The volunteers and Kitty Nannies are very dedicated to making the cats's lives comfortable. If I were a cat, I'd want to be at Shadow Cats.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I have had numerous interactions with Shadow Cats! This group walks the walk! They directly provide amazing care to 80+ cats with a variety of health concerns, they maintain teams of trappers and colony managers who manage numerous TNR cat colonies across Austin, TX, and they provide aid in the way of financial pledges and donations to help cats in bad situations everywhere through their OneLife Fund, created specifically for this purpose! Working with the all feline veterinary team at Central Texas Cat Hospital, led by former AAFP President Dr. Roy Smith, Shadow Cats is actually on the leading edge of Feline Leukemia research with 17 adult cats who were able to clear the virus from their bodies, despite multiple previous positive tests and communal living with other positive cats! They also talk the talk! They provide education and outreach both directly in their area and globally through the resources available on their website. I have been to the sanctuary on multiple occasions and can personally attest to the quality of care they provide!!

 
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I discovered Shadow Cats quite a few years ago while doing some research on Feline Leukemia long term care. Shadow Cats provides lifetime care to 80+ cats that would face a death sentence in a traditional shelter environment. These range from FeLV+ kitties to ferals with health concerns. FeLV+ kitties hold a dear place in my heart. As a veterinary technician, I have seen the prejudice against these cats first hand. I have given a permanent home to a few over the years as well. I followed SCR through the Great Kitty Rescue from Best Friends, and when Facebook came along and SCR started their page, I started following them avidly. I signed up to sponsor the minute I saw them announce the program and have added to our sponsorship over the years. My husband and I share a passion for the unwanted cats as well, sharing our home with upwards of 20 cats, and I dreamed of visiting SCR for years. That opportunity came in 2012 when we chose to spend our anniversary visiting the sanctuary. We were welcomed with hugs from Sheila and David both like we were long lost friends, and the joy just escalated from there. The premises are gorgeous, clean and odor free (a difficult task with even 2 cats in a household if the litter commercials are to be believed!) The cats are wonderfully well cared for, and all of the non-feral cats are well socialized, showing that they receive a ton of love and attention from family and volunteers. Even the ferals are obviously accustomed to attention and treats and come around, staying just out of reach, waiting for you to toss treats. The peacefulness of the Outback with the creek gurgling merrily along and the cats lounging about in the rays of the setting sun is an image I will hold dear to my heart forever. We stayed and visited for awhile, took tons of photos, and left feeling privileged to be a part of such an amazing place. I feel a real kinship with Sheila, Dr. Smith and David; the kinship of those gathered in a united front to fight for souls most would deem unworthy. We can't wait to visit again.

Shadow Cats fights the good fight and does it well. They know their limitations, and because they do not allow themselves to stretch beyond those limitations, they are able to provide outstanding care in a loving and nurturing home environment.

SCR is also active in TNR all around their area. They fundraise and provide support for teams of TNR volunteers. This is in addition to caring directly for the cats at the sanctuary.

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I can't think of a thing to change other than helping them continue to raise more funds!

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2 people found this review helpful

Doing phenomenal work with special needs kitties. Everyone has earned their wings. I'm proud to donate to this one!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Shadow Cats is a wonderful organization who helps the kitties that in other animal shelters would be killed due to health issues. They have great dedicated volunteers and I am very proud to support them!

 
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I learned about Shadow Cats through another organization I work with, Western Iowa Feral Cat Program. The work they do is amazing, taking in the cats in the world that no one wants and giving them that loving home that they deserve. Of course, loving these cats as they do also has a down-side, you see, cats with fe-luk don't live long and they face great health issues. I've cried with some of the touching obits they have posted for the cats who have passed. You know these little ones were loved until the end! Shadow Cats have inspired me to get out and make a difference for cats as well, I now serve on the board of our local Humane Society. Behind Shadow Cats is an amazing group of volunteers and I applaud them for all they've done and what they hope to do.

I've also participated virtually in their Strut Your Mutts walk, and raised donations through friends and family. Shadow Cats, Iowa sends love your way!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change a thing about Shadow Cats, other then of course to get them more funds!

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2 people found this review helpful

While I haven't been in personal contact with Shadow Cats I have found them to be exceptionally capable and willing to help in any way they can when someone is dealing with a cat situation that they are unfamiliar with. A recent example is my late orange magical cat named Rebel. Rebel was a throw away cat, just a little over two years old that somehow found his way onto my front porch. So many things wrong with him but with Sheila's help and guidance I was able to give him his last days on this earth the best life he had ever known. No question seemed too trivial and I'll always be grateful to her for her help. Sadly, Rebel had heart worms, the result of being bitten by a mosquito while he was fighting to survive in a situation he didn't have the skills for. Using the information I was given, Rebel left this world a happy, well fed and much loved little house cat.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

With so many cats needing help getting adopted, it's wonderful to see how many success stories that Shadow Cats has been part of over the years. Their constant attention to detail and researching families for cats needing homes keeps their placement rate high. Then there are those cats not quite so adoptable that SC helps, too. They provide an excellent example for other communities to follow in managing lost, feral, and ill cats in a loving, healthful, friendly environment. Give them three cheers and then some more!

 
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I have been following Shadow Cats for years now. Shadow Cats is definitely THE best rescue site for special needs cats. This organization has beyond compassionate people volunteering for them. Everyone at Shadow cats has literally given all their time, love and lives to this wonderful cause to help these cats that are often terminal.
Shadow cats has definitely helped me as they have not only opened my eyes, and educated me on the need of these special needs fur babies that "meow", but also the utter important of TNR. In fact about 3 years ago just after I started to follow Shadow Cats on Facebook, we found a feral cat and her five 3 week old kittens. Shadow Cats came immediately to mind.
One kitten had both eyes glued shut and two others had one glued shut. Terrible shape they were in. Long story short, contacted our vet ( we have 3 strictly indoor fur babies that "meow" ) told him the story, told him I needed antibiotics and eye med's/ointment ASAP. Got me some surgical gloves to wear.
While husband was feeding "Mama Cat" on the other side of garage, I put antibiotics down them and eye medicine in every one of their eyes. Did this twice a day for 10 days. Within 24 hours of starting, everyone of those kittens eyes were wide open and clear.
When Mama Cat was eating I would hold those babies with my surgical gloved hands getting them use to humans. When they were eating Mama Cats food, found homes for them. Then trapped Mama cat and had her TNR'd immediately. She has never left our back yard since. So in a "indirect" way Shadow cats helped me with this feral and her kittens with education. I vote for Shadow Cats.

 
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