Shadow Cats Rescue

Rating: 4.96 stars   112 reviews

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I started off by going by the sanctuary to look at adopting a cat. I was overwhelmed by all the great choices of cats looking for a home. So, I decided I would have to come back because I couldn't decide. That went on for 3 months. In that time I came to admire & respect the founder Sheila Smith. It was at that time I became a foster parent for the first time. I brought home 4 cats (6 mths-1yr old)that were timid to humans that needed to be socialized more, to give them a better chance of getting adopted. Two out of four got adopted (I adopted one, Morgan). From there I was sold on what a great & meaningful group Shadow Cats Rescue is to our community. There are sooo many different ways to be a part of Shadow Cats Rescue. I am honored to be part of this non-profit.

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

Fostering & fundraising for the cats.

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

seeing how there are as many people that unselfishly give of themselves to better the lives of cats (mostly unwanted cats).

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

Great people. Very giving and supportive to a great cause, TNR

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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I came to Shadow Cats for purely selfish reasons. I am a senior, live in an apt. and can no longer have a cat. So -------- to the Shadow Cat Sanctuary, for a weekly "cat-fix". The only thing I thought I knew about feral cats was they were wild and "scary". After being at SC for a couple of months now, I have learned so much. First, Roy and Sheila Smith are absolutely amazing, to give so much of themselves and their home to this. And the TNR program is so wonderful, I have learned so much about it, at my age, I am not up to being part of it, but it is so heart-warming, to see all of these people who are involved with the program, and taking care of the feral cat communities. And I now know that feral cats can be very dear, and loving and just have had a rough break in their lives. And it takes people like Roy, Sheila and their many, many volunteers to make their lives so much better. It has been a good teaching experience to me too --------- along with my "cat-fix".

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

The learning process, in so many different directions.

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

Buy more land and build more shelters and even make a bigger mark on our community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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4/10/10 I read a newspaper article about a kitten that had lost an eye and through the amazing people at Shadow Cats she found a wonderful home from a former co-worker of mine. I decided I wanted to try to help out the abused or neglected cats that just couldn’t find a regular home, but had found a home at Shadow Cats. I have been a volunteer for a short period of time but I absolutely love it. I am happy to be a part of this group and the wonderful work that they do with the TNR’s. I have learned so much in the time that I have been a volunteer and enjoy it immensely. Sincerely, Kelly Jelson

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

They taught me about the TNR program and at my house I was able to get a cat in, neutered, gave him shots, fixed his wounds on his face from fighting and took care of an awful case of ear mites.

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

Just seeing all of the cats at the sanctuary and how well cared for they are. It is such a great layout. I am impressed with the cleanliness and the great care that each cat is given.

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

Everyone is wonderful!

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

Save a lot more cats and hopefully help educate the general public about TNR's and Spaying and neutering in general of all cats!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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Many years ago, Amy, a friend of my daughter's introduced us to a woman named Sheila Smith. Amy knew that we were cat people and she thought we might be interested in helping out now and then with bring a colony of feral cats under control. Well, before too long, we became feeders for that colony, parents or foster parents to nearly a dozen of the cats/kittens, and part-time trappers. Sheila is one of the most dedicated people I know and it has been a true joy to see the wonderful work that she and Shadow Cats have done and an honor to be part of it.

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

knowing so many wonderful people and being part of helping to save/care for all the beautiful, sweet cats.

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

staff a full time mobile TNR clinic that could go to the areas that need help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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After moving to this area almost a year ago, I immediately began finding feral cats and started looking for area organizations that helped them. I was so fortunate to find Shadow Cats Rescue. There I found so many sincerely dedicated and compassionate people. Their sanctuary lovingly houses cats with a variety of medical issues, and some who were simply down on their luck and had no place else to go. These cats will never again have to experience hunger, pain or lonliness. They will always have kind and gentle hands to stroke their fur. These resident kitties are all treated with the love and respect that they deserve. I did TNR in Florida for several years before moving here, and am proud to be a volunteer trapper for Shadow Cats Rescue. They really are like no ther organization I have ever been affiliated with. How fortunate this area is to have them.

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

Sincere, compassionate and so hard working.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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I have been a volunteer at Shadow Cats Sanctuary for about 10 months. I help give the cats love and attention and anything else they may need. It has been a joy and privilege to get to know the people involved in this organization. I produce small videos for the Shadow Cats website and recently created a video by following Shadow Cats volunteer trappers as they move community cats through the TNR process. While making this video I came to understand and respect the Trap/Neuter/Return process and the incredibly positive effect it has on the cats and the community they live in. If I had to sum up Shadow Cats in one word it would be "compassion." Shadow Cats is a small organization full of amazing, compassionate people, and just being involved with them (the people and the cats) has changed my life.

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

I have been lucky enough to adopt two cats from Shadow Cats that, when they were rescued, were one day away from euthanasia. I also feel great love for and connection to all the cats who live at the Sanctuary.

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

Getting to know the wonderful people who are drawn to this organization and the wonderful cats that are saved by it. Also, getting to tell their stories through video has been a great creative blessing.

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

Giving, compassionate, loving and hard-working. People who give their time and talents to charities also tend to care about the world around them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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It has been almost 1 year since I have been involved with SCR. I started out as a sanctuary volunteer and then the "you name it, I do it" role whenever there's a need. It is absolutely amazing to find like-minded individuals who have a special place in their hearts for these kinds of cats. It has really been a learning experience for me about how involved this group gets, not only with other people, but how it can and has effected various cities and their animal ordinances.

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

Trap Neuter Return, Hospice care for several cats that would have otherwise been euthanized.

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

Contact the Board of Directors directly and offer my suggestions.

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

Spending time not only with the cats, but knowing there are other people out there like me. New friendships within this organization has been wonderful.

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

Like-minded, compassionate, steadfast in the TNR philosophy.

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

TNR more cats. Provide more shelter for FELV+ cats. Ensure every cat's medical bills could be paid. Make Central Texas a better place for community cats.

Ways to make it better...

Not Applicable

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

Realistically I think the biggest challenge facing all non profits is having the funds needed to ensure their mission succeeds to its full potential.

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

Im glad, and very proud to be a member of this organization and ensure progress is being made to further its mission.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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Shadow Cats is a great organization because it does so many things! Not only does Shadow Cats provide a safe haven for homeless cats but they also TNR (trap-neuter-return). Preventing unwanted births is a crucial part and this organization does everything to stop the cycle of suffering. Shadow Cats has a great team of volunteer "trappers" who go out nightly to TNR. There is also many volunteers who come daily to the Sanctuary and given love/attention to the many cats.

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

compassionate, pro-active, progressive people!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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While the positive aspects of Shadow Cats as they relate to the care and nurturing of abandoned, unwanted, sick and abused animals is of a profoundly vast nature, there is another more intangible benefit derived from the organization that goes far beyond the realm of animal care and rights. I speak of the process by which Shadow Cats helps develop the inner goodness, compassion and generosity of the people with whom it comes in contact. I am probably the poster child of that which I speak. Long an introvert whose thoughts and concerns were chiefly limited to himself, it was my brief sojourn at Shadow Cats that made me realize the importance in the giving of one’s self to causes and doctrines espousing the greater good; the beauty and satisfaction to be experienced in the helping of those who truly cannot help themselves: it is the doctrine of unconditional love that Shadow Cats develops in those with whom they come in contact. It is the organization’s ability to instill this mindset upon others who in turn propagate this behavior to still others that is truly one of the greatest gifts. When the goodness inherent in this organization and its people touches those on the outside, the benefits are manifold; and the betterment of all walks of life eternal.

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

the development of myself as a person of compassion and an advocate of achieving the greater good in all of us.

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

increase its scope and capacity.

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

finally understanding and embracing the existence of the greater good.

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

the warmest, kindest individuals I have ever know and possibly ever will know.

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

educate so many and end the suffering and mindless killing throughout a vast area of the southwestern U.S. Its potential would be almost limitless.

Ways to make it better...

I had reached out sooner.

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

financial and space limitations.

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

it has been an honor and privledge to help this wonderful organization and I am a better person for it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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I have been a volunteer at Shadow Cats Rescue for over 6 years and it is a wonderful place filled with lots of love and dedication. The cats are just part of what makes it great - the caretakers and volunteers who invest so much of their time loving and caring for these special cats is indeed inspiring. Volunteering for Shadow Cats also exposes one to a wealth of information and education when dealing with cat personalities, behavior, health, illness etc. It is a top notch organization and I am glad to be a part of it!

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

learning about cats and being able to share this information with others who are like-minded.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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