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 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".
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!