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April 10, 2010
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April 10, 2010
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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.

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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

April 10, 2010
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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.

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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.

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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

April 9, 2010
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April 9, 2010
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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.

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

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

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

Contact the Board of Directors directly and offer my suggestions.

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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...

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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

April 9, 2010
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April 9, 2010
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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.

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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

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April 9, 2010
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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.

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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.

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

increase its scope and capacity.

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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

April 9, 2010
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April 9, 2010
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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!

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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

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I have been working with non-profits and volunteer organizations for many years now. Shadowcats rescue is probably one of the smaller, truly local agencies I volunteer with, and it many ways it has been the most emotionally rewarding. Being a part of Shadowcats Rescue has broadened my understanding and appreciation of the impact that feral and "community" cats have on their surroundings, environmentally and socially. I've learned how important these feral cat colonies are to maintaining an environmental balance, and how their reproduction can be managed through TNR (trap, neuter and release)to keep their numbers from increasing. Shadowcats has successfully trapped, neutered and returned hundreds of feral cats to their communities at NO COST to the community, as a service to improve the community environment and improve the lives of the cats. As a volunteer I a, learning political negotiation skills (and tact) that will be useful in dealing with social and environmental issues. What's also exciting to me is the degree to which Shadowcats volunteers are encouraged to take individual responsibility for deciding what needs to be done, and doing it (with encouragement and training from Shadowcats management and related agencies).

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

seeing community expenses reduced and the lives of hundreds of cats improved through trap, neuter, return of feral cats to their colonies. And I've seen advocacy demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of TNR to local lawmakers, winning their support.

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

the fact that my individual actions have made a difference in my local community.

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

an exceptional group of people: young and old, professional, unemployed, students, retirees...all committed and compassionate animal lovers wanting to make a difference to their community. I am humbled and privileged to work with them.

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

That would go far! We could do a major area-wide public information/educational campaign; advocate for humane, cost-effective management of feral cat colonies, establish/support local efforts to have "no-kill" shelters.

Ways to make it better...

there were enough in-house resources to address all the Sanctuary needs, and enough other community resources (for example, no/low cost spay/neuter services)available to meet community needs.

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

1) not enough program resources (financial), 2) community misinformation about cost-effective, humane ways to address feral animal issues.

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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