My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Shadow Cats Rescue, Round Rock, TX, USA
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).
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.
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
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