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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Support and neuter activities

Results: Over 3000 cats have been trapped, neutered and returned- potentially representing thousands of kittens that were not born to continue the cycle of overbreeding Over 500 cats adopted into indoor homes Over 200 cats have lived out their lives at the Shadow Cats Sanctuary.  We average of 75 cats at any one time.

Target demographics: We target community wide areas interested in humanely reducing the free roaming cat population through TNR irregardless of social, economic or other issues

Direct beneficiaries per year: The cats benefit. The community also benefits through the humane reduction of community cats, reduction of tax burdens by reducing the cat intake numbers at city shelters. We serve as a humane option and resource for ill and injured cats as we have space available.

Geographic areas served: Central Texas

Programs: We actively support spay and neuter activities by managing feral cat colonies by providing food, water and medical care for these cats. Kittens taken from feral colonies are given medical care including spay and neuter and then socialized and then adopted out. In addition, we provide medical care to any other kittens and cats taken into our care.

Community Stories

153 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jerry S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My neighborhood had a sick cat and it really was Shadow Cats that brought us together and real got us organized to pull together and save his life. The organization has some strong leadership to get us going in the right direction and make us better able to help our neighborhood cat. I can’t say enough about how great this organization is and helped us to help our cat.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was very worried when I first saw the mom cat and the 3 kittens! I needed help and advice so I reached out to Shadow Cats. They were very informative and helpful! They worked out a plan to trap and neuter the kitties and the mom and found people to foster them. Their volunteers are very caring and great communicators. Shadow cats provides a very important service to these animals and to the community. Thank you Shadow Cats!

Maria Chinovsky

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is the best! This is a multi-faceted non-profit focused on feline care, including education about cats, Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR), helping to feed ferals in colonies, and providing funds for rescues who need assistance with medical expenses for cats.
The Shadow Cats' Sanctuary is a free roaming safe setting for cats with feline leukemia, FIV, undesirable behaviors, and injured cats who have limited options for homing. At the Sanctuary, cats receive the best medical care, food, a safe and comfortable home, and lots of love. Feral cats have a safe place to live where have minimal interaction with people, if that is their choice.
Shadow Cats is dedicated to providing compassionate care to cats, and as a volunteer, I am honored to be a part of this organization. I see how the cats are treated and cared for, and it is a privilege to work directly with the cats and to help with their care, and to share updates about the cats and their welfare. The cats at the Sanctuary are cats who may have no where else to go because of their issues, but Shadow Cats gives these kits a chance to live their life with dignity and love.
I am very grateful for the research Shadow Cats is doing with feline leukemia and FIV cats, and that they are sharing this information with other rescue groups and the public. Shadow Cats is a very caring and special organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new volunteer with Shadow Cats, though I have years of rescue and TNR experience. I look forward to each visit to the Sanctuary and the opportunity to meet with the cats and kittens who are there. There are so many different personalities, from the very feral to the sweetest and most loving felines. All of them receive the best medical care, attention, food and a clean, safe and sanitary living situation in a beautiful environment.
The cats and kittens at Shadow Cats have a wide and varied history. There is a special area for cats with feline leukemia who would be euthanized if Shadow Cats did not provide them a home. Through years of care and research, Shadow Cats has found that some of the cats and kittens shed the leukemia virus and appear to be leading normal healthy lives. Much more research will be done in this area and hopefully this research will help save the lives of many more cats and kittens in the future. But all the leukemia positive cats and kittens are cared for and loved as long as they are Shadow Cats.
Shadow Cats says that once a Shadow Cat, always a Shadow Cat. There are healthy cats living at Shadow Cats who may not be adoptable because they have personality traits or habits that may not be suitable in a private home. Now they have a home and caring partners to keep them safe and comfortable for the rest of their lives. Some of the resident cats are cats who were adopted out to very good families and years later they are returned to the Sanctuary because the adopter cannot care for them. Shadow Cats opens their door and those cats are living out their lives in the Sanctuary with other cats.
The people involved with Shadow Cats are incredibly kind and dynamic people with a true passion for cats and kittens, whether at the Sanctuary or in the community. Shadow Cats volunteers are involved in TNR in Round Rock and surrounding communities. They go the extra mile, literally, to help cats and kittens in need in the central Texas area and throughout the United States, if needed.
Shadow Cats helps cats and kittens in need through their One Life Fund, their Emergency Fund and Feed the Ferals funding. These funds help individuals and other organizations who need funds to care for a cat or kitten in need, which may be providing food or assisting with medical costs. And, Shadow Cats reaches out to senior residents in retirement homes. Baskets are prepared and then paid for by donors. The baskets are then delivered to senior citizens in our community by volunteers. The senior residents enjoy the baskets and the visit and volunteers really enjoy the opportunity to visit with them.
The Shadow Cat volunteers are quite active in fund raising events. These fund raisers help raise the funds necessary to care for so many cats, and so many with medical issues. And Shadow Cat cat/kitten sponsors contribute so very much to the welfare of their sponsored fur baby or babies. Shadow Cats try to provide personal updates about their sponsored pet, and they posting information about the cats and kittens on Facebook and on their website.
I love being a volunteer at Shadow Cats. I love the cats and kittens at the Sanctuary, and I appreciate the dedication and cheerfulness of the volunteers and everyone working with Shadow Cats. Everyone works very hard to care for cats and kittens who have no where else to go, and to provide them with a safe, healthy and comfortable home for the rest of their lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats not only helps cats that would normally be overlooked and forgotten with the sanctuary and medical treatment. They do a wonderful job in educating the community about Trap Neuter and Return of community/feral cats and the value of special needs cats as well as helping other rescues and individuals to find the information and resources to help cats in need wherever they may be.

Jaye H.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats has been uplifting and inspiring since they day I learned about them several years ago. I've sponsored several kitties that they take care of, and I am so happy that I have a way to give back through the cats I love. Their work saves not only local cats, but with the One Life Fund they can give to so many other worthy causes and save so many more lives. I hope that they are going to be around for many, many years. Bless everyone at Shadow Cats - thank you!

1 Pat_77

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned of Shadow Cats through a Facebook post, and decided to check them out since I am a devout cat lover with 11 of my own. Although I live on the east coast, I was so taken with their dedication to the cats and their TNR programs and how hard they work to make good lives for cats that are either sick or unadoptable, I decided to sponsor not one, but two cats and I will continue to do as long as I have the means to do it. There are no better advocates for the feline community than all those associated with Shadow Cats. They have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of cats and I am proud to be a sponsor associated with this wonderful organization. Keep up the good work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am not from Texas - actually, I am almost completely across the country in Connecticut, but links to pictures and articles from Shadow Cats kept showing up on my Facebook feed, so I decided to check them out. I read all about their sanctuary and the wonderful work they do in cat rescue, and I was so inspired by their dedication to this cause, that I decided to sponsor one of their cats. I have since added another, and do what I can to help with the One Life Fund, Amplify Austin and other fundraisers. I have gotten invaluable information from them on how to deal with different issues with my cats (I have eleven!), but I think the thing that I value most is their ability to take in FELV kitties knowing that their time may be short, and still give them the best life ever. Their compassion to sick or wounded animals is a continual inspiration. Although I will probably never be able to visit the sanctuary, or the kitties that I sponsor, I will continue to support Shadow Cats and spread the word via social media about this great organization and the love and dedication they show to the cats in their care and the outreach they provide to other organizations with similar purpose. I am thankful everyday for what they do and grateful that I can help in some small way.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started out as a volunteer at Shadow Cats a year ago, and am now on staff. I love working these incredible cats, and am constantly amazed by so many people who selflessly give their time, money, and energy to keep this organization going. The bar has been set high, and we are constantly looking for ways keep getting better as a rescue and sanctuary, and to ensure these felines get our very best. They deserve nothing less. I’m honored to be a part of it.

1 Angel R.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Their hearts are as big as Texas full of love & caring for each & every lil kitty. All you need do is look at the babies on the web site to see for yourself. The have my utmost respect.

1 Koda P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This rescue not only saves lives but also educates on how important it is to spay your animals. Countless lives are being put down in shelters and this rescue is trying its hardest to save them from that fate by pulling them from those shelters. It also teaches you to never put an unwanted animal in a shelter because they are likely to be there in a small cage for years or be put down. A rescue is not a shelter and they are no kill. They keep all their animals until a proper home or foster is available . They love each and everyone and Shadow Cats Rescue is rescuing one furry life at a time.

2 Bill F.3

Donor

Rating: 5

One compelling story after another comes to mind in thinking about the amazing people at Shadow Cats. Near the top would be the rescue of Freya, who was caught in a leg trap, which she had dragged, chain attached, under a house, probably to die. We will never forget the image of the caregivers from Shadow Cats on their hands and knees going into the dark and damp crawl space of that house to rescue Freya, free her from the trap and get her the medical care she needed. Freya now lives at Shadow Cats and is one of the thousands of lives saved by these wonderful people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A loving environment for cats who would otherwise have no chance. Kind and loving.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This year, I have been in Chicago, so I follow & support Shadow Cats from afar. I miss the hands-on volunteer work and camaraderie, but it's an honor to support this special place by whatever means I'm able to. Thanks to Shadow Cats, cats who would not otherwise get a chance get to live happy lives with affection, medical care, and cat friends. I look forward to returning to the sanctuary and caring directly for the cats.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned of Shadow Cats from a friend, and then became a sponsor of one feleuk cat. After about a year of supporting Shadow Cats, I decided to volunteer. It's a wonderful place, where a lot of hard-luck cats who wouldn't have a chance elsewhere get to live out their best lives. I find it very fulfilling to help care for these cats with a wonderful group of directors, vet techs, and fellow volunteers.

1 Writer

Donor

Rating: 5

I lived in Austin years ago, but only became acquainted over Facebook. Shadow Cats is the model Rescue and Sanctuary for cats who would not be adoptable due to health conditions and/or behavior. Yet, each cat is loved and cared for according to its needs. Some beat the odds and live long, happy lives. Others live a very short time, but each has the best quality of life possible. I can’t really explain why we should continue to support cats when so many humans are suffering . It is not only for these innocent animals, but also for how they and the Shadow Cats people make our lives better. They are a lesson to all of us in compassion, humor, and making the best of every life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats Rescue tackles the most difficult job of caring for cats with chronic illnesses and other issues that make such animals unadoptable. Yet each cat has a loving home and the best possible care for its long or short life. Through their social media posts, many of us have come to love the cats and admire the wonderful people who care for them. Please consider a donation. They are unique in caring for the cats that are euthanized in even the most humane shelters allowing them to live happy and often remarkably long lives.

1 Jen E.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization and one that I am pleased to support. They are transparent about where donations go; creative in their fundraising; and do so much to help the most vulnerable cats in Central TX and beyond.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I retired and moved to the Austin area about a year ago. I have a love/passion for animals particularly cats. while I've always wanted to donate "time" in addition to "dollars", I found I could not volunteer at shelters or other facilities because it just "broke my heart". I read about Shadow cats and decided to take a chance. I've been volunteering there for about 5 months now. All I can say is WOW. This sanctuary is so well taken care of, as are the animals. Daily thorough cleaning, paid staff for health care of the animals and volunteers to provide help in cleaning and lots of loves to keep the cats social and happy. This is a HAPPY place. In my own home my cats "go at it" once in while. I am amazed every week when I go there not only how loving the cats are to people, but to each other. We have handicapped cats that are looked after by other cats. This is the most amazing sanctuary I've ever seen. For donors, watch for notices of open house and come visit, you will be amazed, and you will get fur on you!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been contributing to Shadow Cats for several years. I value the care they give to the cats in there care and the love they provide. They are performing a most necessary service for the area. It has to be very difficult to provide this level of care to special needs cats, and in my opinion, they are top of the line.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I heard about Shadow Cats from a friend a few years ago. Since then, I have done my small part to help their very worthy cause by sponsoring a cat, Chipper. These folks care for cats that are not adoptable and some come to them with major injuries. With loving care, the kitties have a forever home with all the food, shelter, and love they could ever want. What a worthwhile cause!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats Rescue is a nonprofit organization with a remarkable mission and even more remarkable management. Its ability to serve the needs of the most severely disabled felines, many abandoned or homeless cats, are due entirely to the tireless, generous efforts of a small team of volunteers who have managed the nonprofit for decades. The heroic efforts of Shadow Cats leaders, to serve the most desperately ill cats in the most loving and compassionate manner are an inspiration to us all.
Laura Fowler Austin Texas

1 Adele W.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I don't remember how I found out about Shadow Cats, I do live about an hour away. I do know that I absolutely LOVE this organization! Sheila Smith and Dr. Smith are the BEST people. They have turned their home into this beautiful sanctuary for cats that had a death sentence do to know fault of their own. I love the work they do promoting TNR and reaching out to help other organizations. They have a great group that is totally dedicated and full of love for these animals. I know that they are saving to buy a place so that Shadow Cats will be able to continue their mission well into the future. I really hope they can get it set up in the near future and know that many more lives will be able to be saved.

One of the things that separates Shadow Cats from other organizations is how they treat their sponsors. If you sponsor a cat or group of cats, or are updated on their well being and always welcomed to visit. Every year, the Smith's host a Christmas party for their sponsors, staff and donors. This is the one event I look forward to every year. Meeting the nicest people and of course, all the wonderful cats. Anytime there is a fundraising event, (Black Panther, Amplify Austin) I share with all my family and friends and hope that they will donate. There are only 2 nonprofits I support monetarily (limited income) and Shadow Cats is #1. My husband even looks forward to the raffle every year and he doesn't like cats!

Anyone who wants to support animals and make a difference in an animals life, area communities, and be a part of changing how people view and treat cats, this is THE BEST organization to support! Thank you all at Shadow Cats for all you do and continue to do.

1 Margaret M K.

Donor

Rating: 5

Three of my rescues came through Shadow Cats. Their amazing work in the community in terms of care, advice, rescue, etc. extends beyond their own mission in that they often assist other organizations, too. It’s a better world because of these dedicated people.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats does so much to help cats that would otherwise be overlooked and abandoned. It's run by truly caring and dedicated staff and volunteers.