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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

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

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.

2 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.

2 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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is an amazing organization. They are soulfully dedicated to providing safe harbor and medical assistance to at-risk cats. I donate to the organization monthly, as well as to various emergency situations, and I have NEVER had a problem getting the proper receipts. Shadow Cats takes their organization's financial transparency very seriously. As seriously as their dedication to helping hundreds of kitties per year. Thank you for all you do!

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Donor

Rating: 5

After adopting Cassie and Cindy from Shadow Cats a number of years ago, I learned more about Shadow Cats amazing work in caring for their Sanctuary cats and helping other cats be they abused, feral, stray etc. These folks are walking the walk and I am so thankful for all they do for our feline friends. A worthy cause indeed, and I’m proud to support them.

1 Connie22

Donor

Rating: 2

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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...

1 Steve187

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3 Deborah  aka KatBoxJanitor

Donor

Rating: 4

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found Shadow Cats through a friend on Facebook. I've been following them since and am very impressed by their organization. The love and care they show to all the cats at their sanctuary, community cats, and all cats in general is inspiring and awesome. I like their education efforts and support of other rescues. I have 8 kitties of my own and sponsor Ben with Shadow Cats.

3 SKPC

Donor

Rating: 5

We were introduced to Shadow Cats when fiends of ours were employed there as cat nannies. We went to visit Shadow Cats, a 2.5 hour drive, during an open house they had to show the public their newly renovated cat living areas. We were very impressed with the living conditions, the care and concern shown by the folks and their constantly striving to find ways to fund the organization so they could continue to provide for these cats. We were even more impressed with their community services as well. Making and taking donated gift baskets to a local elderly care facility to list just one example. These are great folks in every aspect and you don't have to wonder how much of your money actually goes to the cats - you can see that almost all of it is used for cat or community service causes!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Found out about the Shadow Cats through Central Texas Cat Hospital who provide their veterinary care - have been fortunate to visit them and meet the Cats who benefit from their care and whose quality of life has been vastly improved even though sadly with some of the residents medical issues that life may not be as long as usual. There are tears of joy and sadness both but SC do their best for every case no matter how the prognosis looks at the start. I sponsor three of the Cats to support the running costs of that love and determination.

3 Sharon183

Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is a real top notch organization, I found out about it last year. I have seen countless rescues, emergency surgeries and forever homes found only through the hard work of Shadow Cats ' volunteers. I always share their posts both positive and sad. I began donating this year but will continue to support their works for many years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with Shadow Cats for only a short time so far, but that time has been great.

2 pdames

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Shadow Cats for over three years and have had the opportunity to work with feral cats living in a colony maintained by the organization as well as with the sanctuary cats. I have also been able to provide assistance with some grants and administrative work. Although each aspect of this work is incredibly fulfilling, my #1 commitment is for the cats living in the sanctuary that have been diagnosed with feline leukemia (FeLV). These cats truly would not have had a chance without Shadow Cats. Their medical needs tend to be greater but they are worth it!

This is an organization that is truly heart-centered. The caring of each person involved for the cats is clear to anyone who visits or follows the organization. Each cat who enters is family and has a home here for however long it is needed. I am aware of how fiscally responsible this group is and I know that my gifts are utilized only for the well-being of the cats and in the most responsible way possible. I am proud to be part of the Shadow Cats family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about Shadow Cats while researching about community cats. Their work was so compelling that I am now a volunteer in the organization. I've never seen a group of people work so tirelessly without an expectation of a return.

1 Lesley Q.

Donor

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that has won us over with their incredible amount of compassion, love, and dedication to every life. From the resident cats at the sanctuary, to TNR and the cats in their colonies, to even reaching out to help shelters in other cities, including my hometown in Garland TX, their work truely is amazing. God Bless

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Donor

Rating: 5

This sanctuary takes loving cats to a whole new level, by helping their cats at the sanctuary, the cats in the community with TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) and colonies, and cats they never even get to meet but that they reach out to,through the One Life Fund. This fund helps pets at shelters with funds towards their medical care and safety. I am very proud of being part of this organization, by showing support in sponsoring 2 beautiful cats at the sanctuary, Joey and Turbo. God Bless

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Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is an amazing sanctuary for cats that might otherwise be euthanized. They are true to their mission and passionate about it. It's a very special place where cats live their best life in clean, comfortable surroundings.

2 Kelly200

Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow cats does everything it can to help cats in need have the best life possible.