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Shadow Cats Rescue

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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

177 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Wanda19

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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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.

1 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

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.

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!

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!!!

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.

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.

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!!!

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.

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.

shelbygwade

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Superior folks doing the hard work for tough cases.

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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1 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..

1 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.

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.

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.