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February 18, 2014
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February 18, 2014
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Shadow Cats Rescue in Round Rock, Texas; is the absolute definition of humanity, care, and dignity!

I have been volunteering with animal rescue groups and shelters for over 10 years; and have never experienced a nonprofit animal welfare group like Shadow Cats.

The time and
attention they give to each of the cats in their care is astounding and so heartfelt! We would be so blessed if all of God's creatures who experience the pain of abandonment, illness, injury; or just the tough-knocks of old age; were able to come to Shadow Cats Rescue.

My admiration continues in the way they run their "business". They are so well organized! Shadow Cats works with an amazing team of volunteers and small staff of workers that make sure everything runs like clockwork. I know that the time and money I give to Shadow Cats is going towards the greatest good!

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

As with every WONDERFUL rescue. I wish they had the financial ability to buy and build a larger sanctuary and hire a staff.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

February 18, 2014
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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2014
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Shadowcats is one of the best pet sanctuaries that I have ever seen. They take in cats that most shelters can't begin to deal with due to illness or injuries and they go above and beyond in trying to make their lives pleasant.

Ways to make it better...

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

Can't think of any changes that I would make. They could always use more money so that they can help more kitties.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

April 17, 2013

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April 17, 2013




When I first moved to Austin, I saw an older kitten and a cat outside of a
Pizza Hut in Cedar Park. They were feral and ran from me. I did not who to call, so I contacted Kelly at the Whiskers N Tails Pet Store. She said
Shadow Cats Rescue (SCR) and gave me Sheila Smith's
phone number and I immediately called. Sheila had me call one of the trappers, Cindy Beyeler, and
eventually through her and Shannon Bayless' persistence, dedication and training me to help, the elusive Pizza Hut cat was Trapped, Neutered and Returned (TNR) through Shadow Cats. (During that time, we provided a small shelter and cat food to the
Pizza Hut and they were happy to leave food for the cat(s) daily. We never saw the older cat again.) After the return of the kitten to the Pizza Hut, we still provided food and learned that eventually either a customer or employee adopted the little guy. Hopefully, he is having a wonderful life.
Since then (2009), I have volunteered with Shadow Cats at the Sanctuary weekly. It is a wonderful, clean and happy home for all the cats who reside there with volunteers who feel privileged to spend time helping with and loving on the cats. The cats receive the best medical care at Central Texas Cat Hospital led by Dr. Roy Smith, veterinarian extraordinaire! I see first hand how well the cats are cared for at Shadow Cats and that donations to SCR are spent on the cats well being. At Shadow Cats, it is always about the cats!! I am honored to be a part of this organization.
C. Ann Hargett

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 9, 2013
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April 9, 2013
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When I retired in November of 2011, I already had a volunteer job in mind. I'd seen an article about Shadow Cats Rescue in the August 2010 issue of Cat Fancy Magazine, and was so impressed that I couldn't wait to sign up. In the ensuing fifteen months, I've not only had the privilege of loving and caring for well over 100 precious kitties, many with health issues and no prospects of adoption, but I've gained a wonderful extended family of fun, compassionate humans. In the process of doing my little bit to help out at SCR, my own life has changed vastly for the better. You know you have a great volunteer gig when you feel that you've definitely gotten the better part of the deal!

Phaedra Kline

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 8, 2013
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April 8, 2013
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I first found Shadow Cats when I moved to Austin a little over 2 years ago. I was looking for an animal sanctuary to volunteer at, and Shadow Cats was the perfect fit. I still look forward to my weekly visits with the cats, as well as spending time with a great group of people who truly care about what they do.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 8, 2013
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April 8, 2013
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I started volunteering with ShadowCats in 2004. The organization has grown. However, the group has never lost its focus on saving cats in need and trap/neuter/release. I have seen no back-biting which I have seen in other volunteer organizations. We are family -- to quote our founder's words.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 8, 2013
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1 previous review
April 8, 2010

Shadow Cats is a wonderful group of dedicated people who are working to improve the lives of community cats in Central Texas. They are very active in TNR - Trap, Neuter, Return - and also operate a s... more

April 8, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

Shadow Cats is one of those rare circumstances where several elements all came together to create something unique and wonderful. Their sanctuary provides lifetime care to cats with serious health and behavioral issues, and is one of a very few places caring for cats with feline leukemia. The sanctuary is a peaceful, home-like environment for the cats who live there. The volunteers are a diverse group of dedicated people united in their love of cats - many have been coming for years and know all 80+ cats as well as their own. The roots of Shadow Cats began in trapping and TNR, and there are trappers and feral colony feeders who have been caring for feral cats for many years. Shadow Cats has the feel of a big family - when I began volunteering five years ago I expected to get to know the cats, but also found a wonderful community of people who have become my friends.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 8, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

Shadow Cats is a wonderful group of dedicated people who are working to improve the lives of community cats in Central Texas. They are very active in TNR - Trap, Neuter, Return - and also operate a sanctuary for rescued cats with medical problems, behavioral issues, and other special needs. I volunteer at the sanctuary helping to provide daily care for the cats there. It's a unique place - since they focus on mostly unadoptable cats, it offers the chance to get to really know the cats and bond with them over a long period. I've never seen any other place that truly provides such a loving, home-like environment to so many special cats. And Shadow Cats is one of a very few places that rescues and provides a home to feline leukemia cats.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

adopting a cat they rescued. You can read about her in "Blossom's World" on their website at www.shadowcats.net

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that everything I do really makes a difference in the lives of the cats. They are a small organization with dedicated and caring volunteers who do everything they can for every cat whose life they touch.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 8, 2012
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May 8, 2012
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I don't think I've ever had or ever could encounter a finer group of people than those who constitute the Shadow Cats Rescue personnel. The level of caring, compassion and commitment to the lives of the cats in their charge is truly remarkable and serves as a moving testimony to the existence of the oft-elusive human compassion. Another aspect of the organization, and one of noteworthy merit, is the way in which the people and organization work in tandem to bring out the best in those that come there to volunteer. The sense of "family" and camaraderie combine to bring out the best in those who come under its wing. Prior to volunteering there I was something of an introvert; withdrawn and caring for little other than myself and my own narrow self-interests. But following prolonged association with the wonderful people and their charges I begin to realize that there was more to this world and my life than just myself. It made me realize the value, goodness and, yes, the rewards inherent in one's association with this fine group and the joy in helping small creatures whose lives have been impacted by events and environments beyond their control. I feel truly blessed to have been awakened by this group's selfless caring and the attendant commitment to the wellbeing of those that cannot speak for themselves. Thank you SCR.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The manner in which I deal with people and animals as a whole. It brought about an enlightenment in myself that I would have thought vertually impossible prior to becoming involved with these people.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It introduced me to a new family. It doesn't get any better than that.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Worthwhile...

April 14, 2010
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April 14, 2010
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I have served as a volunteer trapper for Shadow Cats Rescue for several years. I can honestly say that it has been one of the best experiences of my life. The people involved with Shadow Cats have such a love for cats and do all they can to help those in need. The benefit to the animals of this community is tremendous.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

trapping and sterilizing of feral and free-roaming cats.

Ways to make it better...

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

find more trappers.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting like-minded people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate about helping cats.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world!

Ways to make it better...

we had more volunteers.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

dealing with people's perceptions of free-roamsing cats.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I enjoy being involved with Shadow Cats.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 14, 2010
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April 14, 2010
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I have only been volunteering with Schadow Cats Rescue for a few months, but I sensed right away that the Sanctuary is a magical place. To put it simply, the cats there are allowed to be, well...cats. There is room to jump and play, spaces to hide (and of course, nap), and there are always other warm, furry bodies to snuggle up with. A very dedicated volunteer staff (everyone knows cats have staff...)feeds them, does their laundry, passes out treats, dangles feathers about and gives excellent mani/pedis. The cats even have their very own physician, who is happy to make house calls. One of the best things about Shadow Cats (for me), is knowing that after I've spent a few hours with them I don't feel the overwhelming urge to stuff four or five of them in my oversized purse when I leave, because I know they are happy, content and very safe right where they are. I believe the Sanctuary cats know that they have been given a second (or third, who's counting?) chance at a good life, and they show us how grateful they are by just trusting us and allowing us into their world. Shadow Cats is an incredible organization and I'm so proud to be a part of it. SCR gives hope to cats and to the people who love them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

spending time with the kitties.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide the much-needed medical care to feral cats in need, as well as provide them with a safe habitat in which to live.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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