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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Shadow Cats provides long term care to special needs cats in a cage free Sanctuary environment while also providing compassionate and humane resources to effect positive change in community cat populations through Trap, Neuter and Return program and spay/neuter programs. Shadow Cats Vision: Shadow Cats will respect and show compassion to all animals. We will improve the lives of abused, abandoned, feral, stray, and injured cats. We will promote spay and neuter programs, promote Trap, Neuter and Return as the most humane method of effecting positive change in feral cat populations, provide educational and informational assistance to the public, re-home socialized cats and kittens and provide medical care to those cats under Shadow Cats guardianship. Shadow Cats will further our mission by expanding our reach beyond our immediate community through designated fund programs and through motivational and inspirational leadership.

Results: Over 10,000 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 and 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

197 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Deborah  aka KatBoxJanitor

Donor

Rating: 4

I am proud to support Shadow Cats. I have followed them for several years and seen their careful planning for their facility, the amazing spaces they provide for the cats in their care.

The endless loving attention to the needs of kitties who have tested positive for FeLeuk and FIV is impressive.

Photos, videos, and the use of webcams help make me feel proud to support Shadow Cats. And I remain comfortable supporting them from a half-country away from them.

I have learned a LOT from the other portion of their mission...managing community cats and if possible integrating them into someone's family. And the networking which is often needed to give a chance to a cat in need.

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!

1 Lori H.7

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been huge supporters of Shadow Cats for several years. We sponsored one of their cats, Bobbi Hope, until she passed. The love and devotion that goes to the care of these cats is amazing. We were able to visit the sanctuary on certain days and see all of the wonderful cats there. With regards to Bobbi Hope, I would receive updates on her, videos in my email of her playing, and even received a condolence email from the caregivers when they were going through their own pain when she passed. Because of Shadow Cats, we have made several great friends and have started doing TNR in our neighborhood. Shadow Cats has helped us with this endeavor through their One Life Fund where they helped pay for neutering for one of the cats we trapped. They have now rescued a pretty little black house panther that is blind that we have now started sponsoring. Stevie, like Bobbi Hope, will know here best life for her remaining years and we are so grateful.

1 Laurie F.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats has worked with our group to save many many community cats from a life of being a kitten factory. They are always there to help cats in need. Great charity!

1 Phyllis A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve been a Veterinary Technician for 33 years and in the rescue field for 16 of those. I’ve seen a lot. I currently work at a pretty darn nice facility myself. I can say with the utmost assurance that there is no finer organization than Shadow Cats. They take in and provide state of the art Veterinary care for some of the toughest cases there are. Their facility is awe inspiring. The level of love and care EACH and every cat receives warms the heart. I simply cannot say enough positive things about Shadow Cats. They are truly a shinning star in the world of rescue!

1 Margaret M K.

Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is an amazing, dedicated mission focused organization. They rescued three of my adoptees who are all now healthy and safe because Shadow Cats stepped in to help. When you donate to them, you money is spent wisely and in care of our most at risk, furry felines. And they donate to others, too!

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Shadow cats is an amazing group. They personally contributed to another rescue group in support if a mama cat and her litter that helped me be able to foster and save 6 lives. I still have one of the babies from that litter. He is a couple of years old now. I wouldn't have him in my life, if not for the generosity of shadow cats. Its amazing that they go out of their way to help out other recsue when they themselves already do so much.

1 Carrie A V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the story of Barney. Barney was found hanging by one of his back legs from a 6ft wooden fence. Shadow Cats immediately came to the rescue when we were unable to find the owners. They did all the work and covered all the cost of his recovery. Sadly, he lost his leg-but don’t tell him that-i don’t think he knows! I knew right away from his story that I wanted to adopt him. When I came to pick him up, I was just blow away by the amazing care he had received.
About a year after I adopted Barney. He was diagnosed with another condition that is very expensive to treat. He ended up having to have all but his canine teeth removed. Again, don’t tell him-he really doesn’t know anything except that he feels better! When this happened I reached out to Shadow Cats to let them know. I didn’t expect help from them, but knew they loved him so much and thought they should know. But, of course, they stepped up to help again. I was researching lower cost options and having trouble pulling enough money together for his procedure. They graciously donated a portion of the cost so I was able to get him the help he needed as quickly as possible. As he recovered from this procedure, we found an even more amazing cat underneath the cat we had already grown to love so dearly. Obviously his pain had been extreme.
We feel so luck every day that this kitty got a chance at life. He is so happy, so playful, so affectionate. I can’t imagine life without him.

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Donor

Rating: 5

In my opinion, there are not enough superlatives that adequately describe Shadow Cats Rescue! I and my family have known and supported Shadow Cats for 18 years beginning with Sheila Smith teaching my mother and I how to humanely TNR community cats in our neighborhood. From that experience my family's support and love grew for Shadow Cats.

From a donor's perspective, Shadow Cats is not only well organized and genuine in their compassion and caregiving of the cats but they are extremely transparent with sharing how your financial support is utilized. They are very responsible with how funds are spent. Not only does Shadow Cats care for the Sanctuary cats but they also do a lot of outreach to neighboring counties to help other cat rescues and organizations most of which are small and, while they do good work, need help to fulfill their missions. We are all in this together!

I have absolutely no reservations in recommending Shadow Cats Rescue!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is a forever sanctuary for cats otherwise unadoptable whether they be FIV+, elderly or with behavioural issues. Everyone there is so very kind and compassionate and truly cares for each kitty and their well-being. Shadow Cats also educates and advocates for TNR to help put an end to pet overpopulation. Sheila Smith helped me and my mother learn how to humanely trap our little feral cat community and then have them neutured and returned (well, I adopted several of the kittens!). I wholeheartedly endorse Shadow Cats!

1 Calene S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is an awesome cat rescue group who helps many sick and injured cats in TX. They pull FELV cats from kill shelters in TX that would not be alive today without their dedication. They also feed many feral/community cats in the area and provide cat food to colony cat feeders. They also have an awesome One Life Fund to provide up to ?$ to help with medical bills for injured community cats that need help. Without this group many cats would suffer. I love them.

1 Jennifer J.10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The first time I became aware of Shadow Cats was in 2007. I was working for Best Friends Animal Society in Utah, and we had become involved in a rescue of a HORRIFIC hoarding situation in Pahrump Nevada. A supposed cat rescue, FLOCK, was discovered to have hundreds of cats living in brutal heat, with little to no water or food and no medical care. I went out there several times, either volunteering my time, or being sent to work via Best Friends. I still cannot think about those cats without wanting to break down.
We discovered that there were some cats who tested positive for FeLV+ - which is highly contagious amongst cats. Shadow Cats came to the rescue, and offered to take the FeLV+ kitties. From that first introduction to Shadow Cats, they have done nothing but grow in my esteem. I have had the honour of meeting Sheila, and at some point I truly hope to be able to go and see the facility for myself.

1 Jennifer H.18

Donor

Rating: 5

Whether it’s providing a safe haven for cats that have nowhere else or providing resources to other groups, communities and individuals to educate or force multiply TNR and rescue efforts - Shadow Cats is an organization that sets a high bar others should try to match. They are known and recognized as a top-notch organization. I visited their facility once and was so impressed by how well-organized and clean it was, and the people are genuinely nice. You feel the love and passion they have for cats!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Shadow Cats for years and just can’t say enough good things about the work they do! A lot of so-called “Rescues” change hands, change missions, change direction, as well as make comments and judgements about people in the animal community. Shadow Cats is ALWAYS spot on and consistent with their message and their mission, always working tirelessly in a non-sectarian way, always honest and above-board with their advocacy for cats. The proof is in the pudding when you can look back at years and years of the same loving, caring success!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife has volunteered with Shadow Cats over ten years, and I am just amazed at the stories of how so many cats have been saved and cared for by this incredible non-profit. As my wife has said, Shadow Cats really puts its money where their mouth is. It’s all about the cats- whether it’s the best care for the cats in the sanctuary, the community cats, or cat welfare in general, Shadow Cats has been there. I too have seen first hand what a difference Shadow Cats makes.
Dave Hargett

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a sponsor of Shadow Cats for many years. I am a super-fan of what they do, the miracles they perform, the love they generate, and the day-in day-out care that takes place within their walls. We, as a community, celebrate kitty birthdays, welcome newcomers to the fold, find some extra dollars for the inevitable medical emergencies, and mourn the loss of each of the precious cats while celebrating the time they've been with Shadow Cats. When they pass we know that at Shadow Cats they have experienced respect, love (from a distance if that's what they prefer), chicken, toys, full bellies, sunlight to bask in, clean beds & furniture to sleep on alone or with a friend, medical attention as needed, and did I mention love?
No one does it better than Shadow Cats!
I say their name every day. My life is infinitely better because Shadow Cats exists.

2 Bonnie D.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer here for over 5 years and this is truly the best cat sanctuary ever. The work they do is amazing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats helps the cats that others think are throw aways. I am amazed at their dedication to making sure all their kitties have as much love as they want and comfort and care through their lives, no matter how long or short that is. It is a special place staffed with very special people.

2 Beth L.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this group of people and all the wonderful work they do to care for cats that most likely would not have survived without their love and care. When I came across their page I was so deeply moved that I changed my Amazon Smile charity to make donations to them with my many purchases every week.
I am proud to support them and they have my gratitude and respect. I love cats and want to make sure everyone knows about the great work Shadow Cats is doing. I know I wouldn't have the strength to do what they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Among their many other programs for cats, Shadow Cats has done so much to not only take care of, but teach us about, kitties with Feline Leukemia. Their love and devotion to those who come to stay has made a major difference in their lives, no matter how long they will survive. I have the greatest respect for the wonderful work that Shadow Cats does in this community.

2 Holly Edwards P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit goes the extra mile with regard to helping cats live out their lives that might not otherwise get the chance. They provide a loving home and sanctuary for cats that have diseases, may have been injured/subjected to trauma, or were born with a deformity; which makes them less likely to be adopted. Every animal deserves the right to be treated with dignity and respect while on this earth, and I’m so pleased to support this one!

2 Wanda19

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a sponsor & frequent donor for over 5 years. I even visited the old location during a trip to Austin.
I am totally impressed with the compassionate care given to cats who would otherwise be on the street or killed by a shelter because of illness.
I can't say enough positive things about the organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing the work they do with TNR, ill cats, and other non-profits to address needs of at-risk cats everywhere. My favorite charity these days.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a member of a rescue group in NC and happened to come across a post about a cat that was in terrible shape. Her name is Lottie. I followed her from her intake at Arlington Cats Alive and her transfer to Shadow cats. Her turn around has been wonderful. The care given to all of the cats in their care is something that I have not encountered. They see vets, have human intersection and have the support they need for their individual medical conditions. I support them financially when possible and am proud to follow them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is not just another local kitty rescue. And not just a sanctuary for felv positive kitties. Shadow Cats is so much more.
This compassionate rescue has impacted the lives of animals and humans across Texas and out of state.
The One Life Fund has reached into the lives of desperately sick and injured cats and kittens in shelters across Texas. Their pledge of help has saved countless lives. Badly injured kittens in my little rural hometown shelter of Mineral Wells have been saved by the support of Shadow Cats.
All of this extends well beyond their mission to ease and extend the lives of leukemia positive cats that are doomed by general society.
I don’t believe there is an organization anywhere that practices so closely the mission of compassion. They truly cherish the lives of all creatures honor the Bible’s commandment to be stewards of His creation.

3 Thumper J Z.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I transport cats all over the country, making sure they have the necessary paperwork to cross state lines and they are going to safe, secure and wonderful homes. I have taken several felv cats to SC from various parts of the country. These cats are among the many lucky ones that Sheila and Jacki, along with Dr Roy take into their amazing sanctuary. I could elucidate effusively about the awesome
love, exceptional veterinarian care and pristine premises supported by staff, volunteers and the benevolence of kind donations from across the country.
Instead I will just say that if Sheila, Jacki or Dr Roy ask me to help by traveling 100 miles or 4000 miles or more to pick up a cat to take to SC, they already know the answer... the only questions I ask are , where and when

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Donor

Rating: 5

I learned of Shadow Cats as part of a major rescue mission. SC stepped up and took in 20+ FeLuk cats and gave them a loving home, great care and a quality of life they would never have achieved.

When I first visited the Sanctuary, I was very impressed by the facility. It is designed to provide the cats the space for their individual needs. I still like watching the cats on the “Kitty-Cam!”

The heart of Shadow Cats has to be Shelia Smith, it’s founder, and Jackie Quayle, co-president. These women volunteer more than 40+ hours a week, all for the cause. Their belief in and commitment to the animals is inspiring. In addition, SC has a large pool of volunteers, that are just as committed, and regularly offer their services scooping, cleaning and given the cats the love and attention they deserve.

2 Pat_77

Donor

Rating: 5

I first encountered Shadow Cats and their wonderful organization through Facebook. Their work with cats is admirable, and although I live completely across the country, I was inspired by their dedication to the cats in their care to sponsor two of the kitties at their Sanctuary. I continue to be amazed by how hard they work to take care of less fortunate cats who would be hard to place or worse, euthanized, and how they strive to educate communities and other rescues in the positive outcomes gained by TNR. Their One Life Fund to help other rescues is another in a long line of ways they help the "community of cats" live better and safer lives.

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats was responsible for our city (Taylor, Texas) getting rid of its gas chamber and becoming no kill in 2009, then helped the city council get our ordinances changed to benefit our community cats by embracing TNR. Since then they have provided trapping assistance, support, advice, encouragement and generous grants for our TNR efforts, as well as taking in some of our worst medical cases. I just can’t say enough good things about this organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is a phenomenal organization!! I had 2 feral kitties that I fed on my porch for about a year. They were 2 sister tabbies...unfortunately one contacted poison (unknown until SC stepped in when I called) and was getting weaker by the day, they took her and tried to save her but unfortunately she did not make it long.
4 weeks later the sister arrived back on my porch after being gone for a week with an injury to her face. SC came immediately the following day and took her in....found out that someone had injured her by kicking her in her poor little face....had 11 teeth removed, resp infection etc costs $2K but have kept in touch with me to let me know she was safe and finally eating slowly etc. If it wasn't for them and all their compassionate people who donate she would not be here as well. She is so very sweet just needs a beautiful person to adopt her in the future! I am so grateful to SC and all they do! I am unable to afford for their care and am so so thankful they could step in to save all this precious kitties and give them all the love they truly deserve! Thank you so so much for all you do and all your kindness, hope, and love for these poor babies!!!

1 Cheryl Lester W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats rescue do all they possibly can to save, protect, heal, and neuter cats so they can lead healthy lives. Their dedication and love for cats is boundless. Shadow cats is a model rescue organization that helps cats heal mentally as well as physically from abuse, and abandonment. I wish we had more organizations like Shadow Cats. Bless them! I pray for their continued success.

1 Martha W.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m one of the lucky folks who adopted a Shadow Cat. He’d been there twice long term, as they took him back with open arms when his first adopter had to return him. He’s FIV+ and likely would have been euthanized if SC hadn’t taken him initially from the shelter. Beau has been my best mate for 5 years now, very happy indoors as king of the castle.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome organization!!! I am so grateful for the work they do. I live in NC and have had the opportunity to tour their impressive organization. Keep up the great work!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats Rescue is one of the first non-profits I started donating to, many years ago. I found out about them through a friend and the more I learned the more I loved about them. Everyone who works for/with them has a huge heart, puts their whole self into helping these cats and make such a huge difference in their community. The cats at Shadow Cats Rescue are so lucky to be taken care of by such an amazing organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was about 15 years ago that I adopted my sweet baby from Shadow Cats. Luckily I was living at Round Rock at the time and somehow found out about their organization. I already had one cat that I had gotten from the humane society, but I wanted her to have a friend. Shadow cats socializes the cats by letting them experience a real living experience, not just caged. I could not love my little furball any more and I appreciate not only what Shadow Cats does to save and rescue adoptable cats, but the tremendous work they and their volunteers do to help support, but also reduce the feral cat population by tirelessly working to end the cycle.

Wesley B.2

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been a supporter of Shadow cats for several years. The work they do with cats that would otherwise have no place to go is remarkable. Their work with TNR education and practice is amazing.

1 shelbygwade

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Superior folks doing the hard work for tough cases.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is an incredible organization. They work with the community, veterinarians, vet hospitals, TNR groups, and anyone they can find who is willing and able to help in their causes. I have been dealing with them for years from afar and I really appreciate how they operate.

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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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2 Michele R.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Love this rescue and what they do for the cats... I am a sponsor for one, Brooke...I live in Florida but came across this rescue while doing volunteer work with another feral rescue group here.. fell in love with how they take care of these cats and help others save as many as possible.. this rescue works real hard in getting the word out to others and all their volunteers love working there.. I'm looking forward to many years of helping them as long as I can..

2 Krista L.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization, amazing people................................

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Shadow Cats. You will not find a more caring group of folks anywhere. They go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that special-needs cats get to live their best lives while being surrounded by love. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family and I have been involved with Shadow Cats through donations and sponsorships for years; They are a credible, trustworthy, genuine, well-run organization. The medical care is top notch and volunteers/staff genuinely care. In short, Shadow Cats makes the world a better place. I thank them, and Otis does too.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best place ever to volunteer and give back to our community by caring for some special needs, non-adoptable cats. Shadow Cats provides a safe, caring place for them, off the streets and out of fear for the first time in their lives. The well-trained and amazingly patient staff are always welcoming and appreciative of the extra hands we volunteers can provide. I, and other volunteers, often say that we get back so much more than we give, here. Shadow Cats also assists other animal rescues in our community, and supports trap, neuter and release to reduce the feral community cat population in a humane way. I've been volunteering here for 10 years, and only wish I had known about Shadow Cats sooner so it might have been 20 years by now.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Shelby R.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I continue to support and volunteer with Shadow Cats because of the amazing work that they do so well! The Shadow Cats team puts so much effort and hard work into living their mission daily. It's a really difficult task to balance the needs of the Sanctuary cats along with TNR programs, feeding community cat colonies, fighting for positive changes to animal welfare legislature, and aiding smaller organizations- but it's a task that Shadow Cats pulls off well through their hard work and dedication. I am proud to be a volunteer with them.

1 Susan Bellonzi

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is best known for their remarkable work with chronically ill, injured, and often unadoptable cats. But they also provide a critical secondary service - one that benefits those of us doing rescue work, TNR, and homeless cats colony management all over Texas and the rest of the nation.
Simply put, they are the "go to" free advisors for the rest of us. There is virtually nothing cat related they haven't encountered and dealt with. Whether it's questions about medical issues, advocacy with governmental entities, resources for emergency situations, or special trapping techniques for a specific animal, Shadow Cats consistently is there for us.
Their work with special needs cats is reason enough to support them. (Yes, I'm a donor, as well as a service recipient.) But understand that through their willingness to help the rest of us, they benefit the lives of many hundreds (and probably thousands) of other cats that never show up at their sanctuary. I have worked in the nonprofit world, and with animals throughout my life. I have never seen as dedicated, helpful, and effective a nonprofit as Shadow Cats.

2 Pamela M.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If I could I’d give Shadow Cats 100 gold stars. I’ve been involved with rescue work for a while and have dealt with lots of rescue groups and Shadow Cats is the BEST!! The cats they take in are very well cared for and loved. They’re just wonderful! ❤️

2 Mohan J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We've been missing our dear cat Misty for 3 months now and recently met one of the Shadow Cats volunteers, Phaedra Kline. Phaedra has been helping us catch a cat that looks a lot like our Misty and could be her. She has been of tremendous help, dedicated, caring, meticulous and has selflessly given us so much of her time, and that too in this stifling Texas heat! Both my wife have been greatly impressed with her as a wonderful human being and real animal lover! Shadow Cats is a wonderful organization.

2 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!

1 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.

1 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!

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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.

3 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.

2 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.

3 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.

2 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

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

2 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.

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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.

3 Lesley Quiroga

Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is My Favorite Rescue Organization. My husband and I have known them for 4 years now and met some of the cats at their open house. They're all so Kind, look out for the wellbeing of all cats, in their care and afar through the One Life Fund. They teach the community about TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return), and lend a helping hand to others get started with lifesaving work in their own communities. They also take care of cat colonies and advocate for better laws that protect animals. They just do a bit of everything with one Goal in Mind... To Save Cats Lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A couple of years ago I came upon a few kittens in an impoverished area in my city. It turned out to be 32 unaltered cats—adults and kittens—and a few had medical issues. The help received from Shadow Cats was invaluable. They provided funds from their One Life funds, connected me with volunteers who helped transport and foster kitties and paved the way for a generous discount at their partner vet office. This is only one of many ways Shadow Cats has helped individuals who TNR as I do and the small no-kill shelter where I volunteer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I give to Shadow Cats because I have seen first hand the amazing facility they provide to special needs cats that may otherwise be euthanized or left to try to survive in feral colonies. The cats have safety, room to roam, mental stimulation, compassionate caretakers, and the vet care that we would provide for our beloved pets. All this is done by a primarily volunteer organization and I'm confident that my donations are going directly to care for the cats. And my life has been enriched by one of the cats they saved--a 6 week old kitten found near death on a country road. They provided the vet care he needed--including the unfortunate need to remove one of his eyes destroyed by infection--nursed him back to health and allowed me to adopt him so we can live happily ever after together.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer at Shadow Cats, I get to see from the inside how much work everyone puts into ensuring that all aspects of their mission are being fulfilled and exceeded. From caring for the Sanctuary cats, feeding community cats, helping out smaller organizations, educating people about programs like TNR- they do it all! One might worry that an organization doing so many things would be spread too thin, but that's definitely not the case here. All that they do is driven by a love for and a passion to help cats!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.