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June 2, 2013
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June 2, 2013
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My daughter and I were first introduced to Sheila Smith and Shadow Cats Rescue about 6 years ago when we had a very sick kitten, Calcifer, that was dying from FIP. We were at the vets office daily for several weeks with our kitten. Dr. Smith of Central Texas Cat Hospital who also happens to be Sheila's husband was also caring for a litter of kittens that all had upper respiratory infections so bad that many of them had scarring of their eye's and other lifelong eye issues. They were called the "eye" kittens and every one of them was given a name that started with the letter "I". Needless to say, we played with our kitten there and also played and spent time with the "I" kittens. The last two weeks of our Calcifer's life were spent being closely monitored by Dr. Smith and his wonderful staff to ensure he was never in pain right up to the end when there was no hope for a recovery or cure. We were devastated! But it was during these last couple of weeks that we met Sheila as she would come in to check on her "I" kittens also. That is when we learned about Shadow Cats Rescue and all the wonderful things their organization does for cats. We fell in love with her and Dr. Smith!

We went home and thoroughly cleaned and bleached all the surfaces we could to make sure our other two kittens wouldn't come down with FIP. During the two weeks it took us to disinfect our house, my daughter and I kept thinking about those poor "I" kittens and their plight. We didn't think they had much hope of ever being adopted with their lifelong eye issues that they would have due to their illness not being treated properly by the original owners. We decided we would adopt "Iggy". Sheila came to our house to inspect it and our other kittens and to see if we would be good parents to her baby. Then came the day when she approved our adoption and we went to Central Texas Cat Hospital to pick Iggy up and bring him home. We played with all the kitten when we were waiting for Dr. Smith to finish his exam and release Iggy. I happened to be playing and holding Isabeau when she suddenly calmed down, looked up at me, put her paws on either side of my face and pulled me down gently to touch noses. I was a goner! I, who have never owned a cat (all the kittens were my daughters), decided then that Isabeau would be totally "my" cat.

That was our beginning with Shadow Cats Rescue and Sheila. Since then we have adopted several more and fostered several hard down-on-their luck cases for them. Some of the stories about the lives these cats lived before being literally rescued, makes a person wonder about the humanity of mankind. Shadow Cats is a blessing and I hope you will visit their website to learn more about them and their mission. Help support one or two, or more of the cats that live at the Sanctuary by sponsoring or donating food and medical supplies. If you live in the Austin area, consider adopting one or two, or more and be a god-send in their lives. http://shadowcats.net/

Ways to make it better...

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

bring more funding their way to help their mission and support the cats at the Sanctuary and at CTCH.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 2, 2013

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September 26, 2012

It's one thing to provide services, it's another thing to be a mentor to anyone/everyone who needs help. That's what sets Shadow Cats apart. You simply need to look at the explosive success of the W... more

June 2, 2013

As I recall, I wrote a review about Shadow Cats a few years ago. I'm back to tell everyone that Shadow Cats remains just an outstanding organization. It's hard enough to run a good sanctuary for special needs pets, it's another thing to be a mentor and supporter to groups/individuals all across the country. It's another thing to lead the charge for changes in government policies. It's another thing to go to court every day during an animal abuse trial to make certain that there is Justice for Moody. The leaders/volunteers of Shadow Cats do all these things, and they continue to do them at an amazing level of excellence over the years. They are a model for what every public and private organization should be!

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Give them more money ...

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Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 26, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

It's one thing to provide services, it's another thing to be a mentor to anyone/everyone who needs help. That's what sets Shadow Cats apart. You simply need to look at the explosive success of the Western Iowa Feral Cats Program to see the impact that Shadow Cats has. I, for one, learned about/became a great supporter of WIFCap because Shadow Cats let the word know about their launch. The generosity that everyone with Shadow Cats shares, their creativity in programming, their commitment to serve the real outcasts of society (e.g., FIV cats), and the skill they bring to the effort ... well, I am in awe!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 22, 2010

I've been involved in rescue for several years now, and I know of the incredible work that Shadow Cats does in the community. What's most important is that the leaders of the group are always, always, always willing to share their expertise with others. Rescue is an art form. We have to learn by doing and through the experiences and guidance of others, we all grow and become more effective. So it isn't just what Shadow Cats does within the walls of the sanctuary or with the cats in its program, it's the priceless mentoring that makes it such an invaluable organization in the community. The ripple effect of that work, often unheralded, is what helps make all the rest of us better. So I bless Shadow Cats for the leadership, the support, and the patience they offer.

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Recipient of much advice and support

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

Give them more financial resources! And space!

April 9, 2010
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April 9, 2010
2 people found this review helpful

We found two wonderful FIV+ cats thanks to the good folks at SCR. While they primarily perform trap, neuter, and release work, they occasionally come across pets that cannot be returned to the outdoors. A lot of people aren't terribly enlightened about FIV - but SCR is and gave our two a warm, comfortable home for years until we came along. Sheila Smith actually put them into her SUV and drove them 200+ miles to their new home - but only after having someone inspect our house to ensure that it would be a suitable 'forever home' for them. It's five years later (wow), and Bogart and Emily are still healthy and happy thanks to SCR rescuing them in the first place. SCR does an incredible amount of good in the community - they even work with towns in the area to update their archaic policies towards strays. The volunteers are wonderful people and we hope to join their ranks some day.

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

seeing the love they have for all cats.

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

loving and caring people who make sacrifices every day so that cats can have better lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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