Shadow Cats is an awesome organization that does great work in the local community with their TNR program, as well as providing homes to cats that are difficult to rehome due to behavioral and /or medical issues. However, I'd advise against giving them your mailing address, or donating to them on any website that doesn't provide an automatic receipt, like Amazon.com does, as Shadow Cats seems to be having increasing difficulties meeting the small administrative responsibilities to their benefactors.
I've made at least 6 requests over 3 years to be removed from their mailing list, using the kindest possible terms (I'd prefer you use the postage money to help the furbabies, etc.) and issued that request in every possible method of communication: email, phone message, Facebook message, handwritten notes, and requests sent via their associate vet hospital, Central Texas Cat Hospital. All have been ignored.
Now they seem to be having difficulties meeting their legal obligations to provide receipts for donations. In October and very early November this year I provided them about $300 in food and medical supplies after my cat with Feline Chronic Kidney Disease finally passed. I was told I'd receive an email receipt, so provided my email on both detailed lists of donations. I've yet to receive any documentation as of this date, and was told to email them a follow up request. Considering how ineffective that's been in the past, I'm deigning to forego that extra effort. Being an avid Consumer Advocate, I feel it's my responsibility to share my experiences with them.
Being someone who does love cats, I'll probably begin donating to a comparable organization in the area: Street Cat Rescue. http://www.streetcatrescue.com/content/help
I've only recently found Shadow Cats and adopted them as one of my favorite 501(c)3's after my brother and sister-in-law told me about them.
Shadow Cats takes in cats with Feline Leukemia, cats who test as Feline HIV positive, and cats who are healthy, but have behavioral problems. Shadow Cats in also active in the local TNR program for Austin, and Austin's surrounding areas.
In addition to providing a loving home for, feeding, administering meds to about 100 cats for the duration of their cats' lives Shadow Cats also works closely with other Shelters in the area find appropriate, loving forever homes for their charges.
It's worthwhile to mention the "loving home" does not have cages, but several open spaces for the cats to live a communal life with the other felines who share their illness; they have separate spaces for those with Leukemia, HIV and behavioral problems. Each space also provides multiple secluded areas for their shy pets. They've also enclosed a patio so some of the cats can go outside and enjoy our beautiful Texas weather, while watching the birds at the bird feeders.
Here's a link to their kittycam site for those who are interested in getting a better idea of how Shadow Cats makes the arrangement work: http://www.shadowcats.net/kitty-cam.php
Shadow Cats is a wonderful organization because they fill a critical need for at risk cats who would probably be euthanized, instead Shadow Cats provides a loving home for them. I'm so happy and proud to be a volunteer for this organization.
Not long ago I knew very little about Shadow Cats or Sheila Smith of Round Rock but today it seems like years ago.
I live in a small town called Lampasas and had a dream for years to provide TNR for our community cats that were in danger. I was given a phone number of someone who could possibly help me, that number belonged to Sheila Smith of Shadow Cats.
I was told my dream was possible and it would come and it did with the guidance from this wonderful organization.
Within under two months we had our traps all donated total of 26 brand new Tru Catch Traps, $5,000 grant from Best Friends Animal Society for TNR and $1,000 donation from Shadow Cats also for TNR. Sheila Smith also was instrumental in having TNR legalized in the city of Lampasas.
So far we have TNR 95 cats and provided life saving medical care for cats and kittens that would have otherwise perished.
Shadow Cats and Sheila Smith has given us the tools to achieve a dream to make a difference.
Today we are Lampasas Community Cats-TNR because of this wonderful and giving organization, Shadow Cats.
Shadow Cats provides a refuge of love and compassion for cats that otherwise would be forgotten, neglected, ignored, or even put to death. It fills an important role in the world of animal rescue and welfare, and does so efficiently and effectively on a shoestring budget. In almost two decades of serving its community, this organization deserves the attention and the accolades it has gathered!
I have been volunteering with Shadow Cats Rescue for many years. During this time, I have come to appreciate the incredible job this organization does for both its sanctuary cats, and the cats in the surrounding communities. Many other rescue organizations also do a fine job, but the dedication of this group, in providing loving care and support to its own and other community cats goes above and beyond.
Internally, Shadow Cats maintains a sanctuary for more than 80 cats with special needs, with a team of staff and volunteers to ensure that the cats receive medical care, grooming, love and other services as needed. In addition, Shadow Cats supports TNR (trap, neuter and return) in the community to reduce the number of kittens born and improve the health of the adult cats. Shadow Cats has taken an active role in community well-being; members work with community leaders and politicians to create and support rational, productive animal control laws and services within surrounding communities. Several local municipalities have changed to more enlightened ways of managing feral animal populations because of the education Shadow Cats provided.
I also feel strongly that Shadow Cats is a good example of money well spent. The funds raised go directly to services and cat care. Donors can come and see exactly what their donations are used for.
I am sure there are many other animal rescue groups that do an excellent job, but I can say that through the years Shadow Cats has been a constant source of good for the community.
The best non-profit around! No one works harder at saving the lives of vulnerable cats and those at risk that are unowned and feral. Their mission of TNR helps reduce the population and improves the lives of so many feral cats. I would never be able to find a better and more fulfilling place to volunteer!
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.
Shadow Cats does amazing things and moves mountains to take care of at-risk cats! From TNR to taking care of sick cats, Shadow Cats does whatever they can to help.
I have the pleasure of supporting Morris the most handsome red haired cat I have this pleasure because of the work that is done by Shadow Cats Rescue. The cats that no one wants, no one helps or worse no one notices -get a second chance at being wanted, loved and noticed. This is a selfless organization with wonderful results and unconditional accepts of all cats in need.
Over a decade ago, we adopted two rescue cats from ShadowCats, and these two remain the furry loves of our lives. Since then, we have stayed engaged with ShadowCats as donors, and we follow their efforts regularly. They fill a wonderful niche, and they do it beautifully.
I have so much respect for Shadow Cats. They are my heroes. Thank you so much for all that you do for the cats in our community.
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.
Shadow Cats goes above and beyond to improve the lives of cats who otherwise would not find permanent homes. They do an excellent job of keeping their sponsors up-to-date and provide the cats with a comfortable, loving environment. Keep up the good work! Proud to be a sponsor of Stanley; my only wishes would be: 1) that there were more organizations out there like Shadow Cats, 2) that I lived closer so that I could volunteer, and 3) that we could sponsor or adopt more cats.
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.
I happened upon ShadowCats from someone else's post on Facebook and began following them. Having 12 cats of my own, I always found their posts enlightening and their compassion unlimited. I was so taken by their work that I began to sponsor one of their kitties, and added another soon after. The retesting of the FIV positive cats that turn out negative after years of having the virus is inspiring and gives hope to cat lovers everywhere that kitties affected by this disease will have a better future. Their posts have brought me joy, laughter and tears. I can't possibly express the admiration for all those involved with ShadowCats. God bless them all!
Shadow Cats tirelessly advocates for the cats that most shelters would ignore or euthanize. They have done groundbreaking work in nearby communities (and some not so close) to help hoarding situations, support & manage feral colonies, etc. They are strong in TNR education and community outreach. The shelter is a beautiful haven for any kitty lucky enough to join them. The volunteers are very dedicated and the staff is compassionate for the well-being of the cats to give them their best life ever. My husband and I are proud donors to this top-notch facility, when we can.
In addition to our two "house cats" we sponsor four at Shadow Cats ranging from a senior (Huey) to a shy feral rescue (Mia). Being fortunate enough to live not far from the sanctuary I have visited a couple of times to see my "adopted" family in the fur. Shadow Cats is very transparent about their work and their care and love shows when you meet the cats and their Kitty Nannies as they are known. The daily tasks of keeping the sanctuary running (have you tried feeding 90 cats ?) run with cheerful clockwork. In addition to their residents, SC also regularly assist one off calls for help from other individuals or rescues with advice and or donations from their One Life Fund for emergency situations. It's a tricky balancing act making sure fundraising keeps the lights on and I take my hat off to them. If you want to sponsor a cat, and can visit, you will be sure of a furry welcome...
I had the great fortune to visit the sanctuary and see first hand the care and attention they lavish on their "guests"....many happy times and sadly a few tearful moments when one of the guests depart. But they keep on doing what they do to improve the quality of life no matter how long...
I was told about Shadow Cats and their work by a friend of mine who is a vet med student. When I was adopted by a stray kitty in my neighborhood, Shadow Cats helped me understand that a positive test for Feline Lukemia in an otherwise healthy cat does NOT mean the cat should be "put to sleep." - it only means to keep an eye on kitty's health (as you should with any cat) and try to limit exposure to other cats unless they have been vaccinated against it.
I have yet to visit their facility; however my friend has told me it is one of the best cat sancturies she's ever seen (and she's seen many). My e-mail interactions with one of their volunteers was very positive and I ended up donating several hundred dollars of designer desk accessories and other goodies for their upcoming Holiday Market (and plan to donate more in the future as my finances allow).
It's refreshing to see a charity such as Shadow Cats that belives all cats deserve a long and happy life - even when other shelters are either unwilling or unable to help.
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!
Amazing work to rescue cats with special needs and provide a loving environment. I have sponsored several cats (including the 2 below) and actually visited the facility. Very clean. Very homey. Obvious love of cats. Keep up the great work!
Doing phenomenal work with special needs kitties. Everyone has earned their wings. I'm proud to donate to this one!
The loving attention to the needs of kitties who have tested positive for FeLeuk and FIV is impressive. I am blown away by the visibility I have as a supporter from half the country away!
Photos, videos and the use of webcams just make me feel pleased to support Shadow Cats.
As a pet owner with 1-2 cats at any given time, I have learned a LOT from the other portion of their mission...managing community cats and if possible integrating them into someone's family.
Through the information they provide through their Facebook page I gained enough confidence to adopt a former stray kitty from a local neighborhood. 17 months and my former stray is now a pushy love-bug.
Education is a huge part of their advocacy effort and that is not to be taken lightly!