I run a small cat sanctuary in New Mexico. When I needed help in relocating 2 cats, Shadow Cats was right there to help. They are truly dedicated to helping special needs cats. I have personally visited the Shadow Cats Sanctuary. It is a magical place. You can feel the love that surrounds these cats. The volunteers and Kitty Nannies are very dedicated to making the cats's lives comfortable. If I were a cat, I'd want to be at Shadow Cats.
I have had numerous interactions with Shadow Cats! This group walks the walk! They directly provide amazing care to 80+ cats with a variety of health concerns, they maintain teams of trappers and colony managers who manage numerous TNR cat colonies across Austin, TX, and they provide aid in the way of financial pledges and donations to help cats in bad situations everywhere through their OneLife Fund, created specifically for this purpose! Working with the all feline veterinary team at Central Texas Cat Hospital, led by former AAFP President Dr. Roy Smith, Shadow Cats is actually on the leading edge of Feline Leukemia research with 17 adult cats who were able to clear the virus from their bodies, despite multiple previous positive tests and communal living with other positive cats! They also talk the talk! They provide education and outreach both directly in their area and globally through the resources available on their website. I have been to the sanctuary on multiple occasions and can personally attest to the quality of care they provide!!
I discovered Shadow Cats quite a few years ago while doing some research on Feline Leukemia long term care. Shadow Cats provides lifetime care to 80+ cats that would face a death sentence in a traditional shelter environment. These range from FeLV+ kitties to ferals with health concerns. FeLV+ kitties hold a dear place in my heart. As a veterinary technician, I have seen the prejudice against these cats first hand. I have given a permanent home to a few over the years as well. I followed SCR through the Great Kitty Rescue from Best Friends, and when Facebook came along and SCR started their page, I started following them avidly. I signed up to sponsor the minute I saw them announce the program and have added to our sponsorship over the years. My husband and I share a passion for the unwanted cats as well, sharing our home with upwards of 20 cats, and I dreamed of visiting SCR for years. That opportunity came in 2012 when we chose to spend our anniversary visiting the sanctuary. We were welcomed with hugs from Sheila and David both like we were long lost friends, and the joy just escalated from there. The premises are gorgeous, clean and odor free (a difficult task with even 2 cats in a household if the litter commercials are to be believed!) The cats are wonderfully well cared for, and all of the non-feral cats are well socialized, showing that they receive a ton of love and attention from family and volunteers. Even the ferals are obviously accustomed to attention and treats and come around, staying just out of reach, waiting for you to toss treats. The peacefulness of the Outback with the creek gurgling merrily along and the cats lounging about in the rays of the setting sun is an image I will hold dear to my heart forever. We stayed and visited for awhile, took tons of photos, and left feeling privileged to be a part of such an amazing place. I feel a real kinship with Sheila, Dr. Smith and David; the kinship of those gathered in a united front to fight for souls most would deem unworthy. We can't wait to visit again.
Shadow Cats fights the good fight and does it well. They know their limitations, and because they do not allow themselves to stretch beyond those limitations, they are able to provide outstanding care in a loving and nurturing home environment.
SCR is also active in TNR all around their area. They fundraise and provide support for teams of TNR volunteers. This is in addition to caring directly for the cats at the sanctuary.
Shadow Cats is a wonderful organization. They take wonderful care of all the cats there and provide a caring and loving home for special needs, unwanted or abused cats. They recently took a wonderful healthy leukemia positive for our organization. We are so thankful to have found them. Thank you for all you do.
Review from Guidestar
Shadow Cats is a wonderfully run organization. While some places are just a processing center for animals, Shadow Cats makes a real life-quality difference for cats who might never have had a chance otherwise. At the same time, they work to promote efforts that will help reduce future numbers of cats needing homes. You can sponsor specific cats and if your lucky, even catch them live on the Kitty Cam - regardless of where you are in the world. Great sanctuary, every city should have a place set up like this.