This organization does amazing work supporting cats that others would give up on. They have rescued so many cats in high risk situations and saved so many lives that otherwise would have been lost. They do wonderful work and are always very transparent about where the money is going. I cannot say enough good things about Shadow Cats!
We learned about Shadow Cats right after we moved to Austin nine years ago. They do wonderful work. We've toured the sanctuary and love the fact that they continue to grow and reach out to the cats and the community. Shadow Cats continues to find ways to make a positive impact for cats. Their work educates people too. I have no doubt that learning more about cats has saved more feline lives than they know. Shadow Cats helped us find resources and learn what we could do to help the cats, and they always seem to know one more resource that I couldn't find.
I run a small cat sanctuary in New Mexico. When I needed help in relocating 2 cats, Shadow Cats was right there to help. They are truly dedicated to helping special needs cats. I have personally visited the Shadow Cats Sanctuary. It is a magical place. You can feel the love that surrounds these cats. The volunteers and Kitty Nannies are very dedicated to making the cats's lives comfortable. If I were a cat, I'd want to be at Shadow Cats.
I have had numerous interactions with Shadow Cats! This group walks the walk! They directly provide amazing care to 80+ cats with a variety of health concerns, they maintain teams of trappers and colony managers who manage numerous TNR cat colonies across Austin, TX, and they provide aid in the way of financial pledges and donations to help cats in bad situations everywhere through their OneLife Fund, created specifically for this purpose! Working with the all feline veterinary team at Central Texas Cat Hospital, led by former AAFP President Dr. Roy Smith, Shadow Cats is actually on the leading edge of Feline Leukemia research with 17 adult cats who were able to clear the virus from their bodies, despite multiple previous positive tests and communal living with other positive cats! They also talk the talk! They provide education and outreach both directly in their area and globally through the resources available on their website. I have been to the sanctuary on multiple occasions and can personally attest to the quality of care they provide!!
I discovered Shadow Cats quite a few years ago while doing some research on Feline Leukemia long term care. Shadow Cats provides lifetime care to 80+ cats that would face a death sentence in a traditional shelter environment. These range from FeLV+ kitties to ferals with health concerns. FeLV+ kitties hold a dear place in my heart. As a veterinary technician, I have seen the prejudice against these cats first hand. I have given a permanent home to a few over the years as well. I followed SCR through the Great Kitty Rescue from Best Friends, and when Facebook came along and SCR started their page, I started following them avidly. I signed up to sponsor the minute I saw them announce the program and have added to our sponsorship over the years. My husband and I share a passion for the unwanted cats as well, sharing our home with upwards of 20 cats, and I dreamed of visiting SCR for years. That opportunity came in 2012 when we chose to spend our anniversary visiting the sanctuary. We were welcomed with hugs from Sheila and David both like we were long lost friends, and the joy just escalated from there. The premises are gorgeous, clean and odor free (a difficult task with even 2 cats in a household if the litter commercials are to be believed!) The cats are wonderfully well cared for, and all of the non-feral cats are well socialized, showing that they receive a ton of love and attention from family and volunteers. Even the ferals are obviously accustomed to attention and treats and come around, staying just out of reach, waiting for you to toss treats. The peacefulness of the Outback with the creek gurgling merrily along and the cats lounging about in the rays of the setting sun is an image I will hold dear to my heart forever. We stayed and visited for awhile, took tons of photos, and left feeling privileged to be a part of such an amazing place. I feel a real kinship with Sheila, Dr. Smith and David; the kinship of those gathered in a united front to fight for souls most would deem unworthy. We can't wait to visit again.
Shadow Cats fights the good fight and does it well. They know their limitations, and because they do not allow themselves to stretch beyond those limitations, they are able to provide outstanding care in a loving and nurturing home environment.
SCR is also active in TNR all around their area. They fundraise and provide support for teams of TNR volunteers. This is in addition to caring directly for the cats at the sanctuary.
Shadow Cats is a wonderful organization who helps the kitties that in other animal shelters would be killed due to health issues. They have great dedicated volunteers and I am very proud to support them!
I learned about Shadow Cats through another organization I work with, Western Iowa Feral Cat Program. The work they do is amazing, taking in the cats in the world that no one wants and giving them that loving home that they deserve. Of course, loving these cats as they do also has a down-side, you see, cats with fe-luk don't live long and they face great health issues. I've cried with some of the touching obits they have posted for the cats who have passed. You know these little ones were loved until the end! Shadow Cats have inspired me to get out and make a difference for cats as well, I now serve on the board of our local Humane Society. Behind Shadow Cats is an amazing group of volunteers and I applaud them for all they've done and what they hope to do.
I've also participated virtually in their Strut Your Mutts walk, and raised donations through friends and family. Shadow Cats, Iowa sends love your way!!
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While I haven't been in personal contact with Shadow Cats I have found them to be exceptionally capable and willing to help in any way they can when someone is dealing with a cat situation that they are unfamiliar with. A recent example is my late orange magical cat named Rebel. Rebel was a throw away cat, just a little over two years old that somehow found his way onto my front porch. So many things wrong with him but with Sheila's help and guidance I was able to give him his last days on this earth the best life he had ever known. No question seemed too trivial and I'll always be grateful to her for her help. Sadly, Rebel had heart worms, the result of being bitten by a mosquito while he was fighting to survive in a situation he didn't have the skills for. Using the information I was given, Rebel left this world a happy, well fed and much loved little house cat.
With so many cats needing help getting adopted, it's wonderful to see how many success stories that Shadow Cats has been part of over the years. Their constant attention to detail and researching families for cats needing homes keeps their placement rate high. Then there are those cats not quite so adoptable that SC helps, too. They provide an excellent example for other communities to follow in managing lost, feral, and ill cats in a loving, healthful, friendly environment. Give them three cheers and then some more!
I have been following Shadow Cats for years now. Shadow Cats is definitely THE best rescue site for special needs cats. This organization has beyond compassionate people volunteering for them. Everyone at Shadow cats has literally given all their time, love and lives to this wonderful cause to help these cats that are often terminal.
Shadow cats has definitely helped me as they have not only opened my eyes, and educated me on the need of these special needs fur babies that "meow", but also the utter important of TNR. In fact about 3 years ago just after I started to follow Shadow Cats on Facebook, we found a feral cat and her five 3 week old kittens. Shadow Cats came immediately to mind.
One kitten had both eyes glued shut and two others had one glued shut. Terrible shape they were in. Long story short, contacted our vet ( we have 3 strictly indoor fur babies that "meow" ) told him the story, told him I needed antibiotics and eye med's/ointment ASAP. Got me some surgical gloves to wear.
While husband was feeding "Mama Cat" on the other side of garage, I put antibiotics down them and eye medicine in every one of their eyes. Did this twice a day for 10 days. Within 24 hours of starting, everyone of those kittens eyes were wide open and clear.
When Mama Cat was eating I would hold those babies with my surgical gloved hands getting them use to humans. When they were eating Mama Cats food, found homes for them. Then trapped Mama cat and had her TNR'd immediately. She has never left our back yard since. So in a "indirect" way Shadow cats helped me with this feral and her kittens with education. I vote for Shadow Cats.
Their love and dedication are unique. I'm in Florida, but I look to Shadow Cats for inspiration.
I'm amazed every day at the wonderful work and care Shadow Cats does for the kitties in their care, feral cats, and other cats in need\ crisis. Thanks for all that they do!
Shadow Cats is amazing. One time we were helping a cat that had been attacked and mauled by a neighbors dog. The owner couldn't afford the emergency vet cost's and was in danger of having to put their cat down to end her pain because they couldn't afford the surgeries she needed. We put the word out, asking for donations to help cover the expenses....Shadow Cats saw our post and without hesitation, stepped in to help. They literally came to our rescue and raised enough funding, quickly enough to where we were able to pay the vet to perform the needed surgeries to save Sissy's life. They are an awesome Organization and beyond any doubt, deserve a five star rating.
Shadow Cats is a wonderful organization. They take wonderful care of all the cats there and provide a caring and loving home for special needs, unwanted or abused cats. They recently took a wonderful healthy leukemia positive for our organization. We are so thankful to have found them. Thank you for all you do.
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Shadow Cats is an amazing organization! They save and care for cats that would otherwise not have a chance, like cats with FeLV and other special needs cats. They support their local cat community by trapping, neutering, and returning feral cats. Their staff and supporters are wonderful and dedicated. I personally sponsor three cats at Shadow Cats (which means I donate monthly to help with the cost of their food, shelter, and medical expenses), and Shadow Cats often sends me new pictures and updates about the kitties I sponsor to let me know how they are doing (thanks, David!). I only wish that I were local so I could visit all the awesome staff and cats in person! Keep up the great work, Shadow Cats!
I have been sponsor tuxie, a cat at their rescue for about 6 months and am very pleased with their kindness and genuine cars for,those they are a guardian for! I get photo updates of tuxie nd follow,their website all the time! Shadow cats is a genuine rescue with only the best intentions for their cats!
Shadowcats is a wonderful organization constantly caring for cats with special needs and rescuing them from high kill shelters and the streets. They share information on tnr and the cats they care for, find furreverr homes for those that they can adopt out and more, they share information on other rescue organizations to help them get what they need to care for those rescue cats as well. Very very helpful hand and caring souls and individuals each one of them at shadow cats
I was first referred to this amazing rescue sanctuary when a stray cat who came to our back yard turned out to be feline leukemia positive. I knew I could not bring him into our household of five cats (including one who is FIV positive). For most of a year, he led a lonely, isolated existence in our upstairs bathroom, where he rested and gained strength. When I contacted the sanctuary, they had just suffered two sad losses, and fortuitously, had an opening for this kitty, whose opportunities for a normal life were slim and none. He has been there since June 6, 2014, and is thriving! Upon touring the facility and getting to know the workers and volunteers, I have spread the word far and wide: Shadow Cats Rescue does the work of the angels for cats who are feral (Trap-Neuter-Release), disabled, have severe behavior issues, and those on death row in kill shelters all across the country. Each one is named, given personal and loving care, medical care and watched over by an army of caring volunteers and professionals. I am very proud to be a regular contributor, because I know every dollar is multiplied in benefits to these who would be throw-aways if left to fend for themselves. I cannot recommend them more highly - they deserve 10 stars! Please join me in contributing to Shadow Cats Rescue in Round Rock, Texas!
Shadow Cats cares for the unwanted, the often ignored and gives sanctuary and care to the least amongst us: the feral FLV positive cats. I was first introduced to them when reaching out for information about helping the feral and semi-feral cats who often turn up on my porch in the country. They were a fountain of information and help. Most critically, they taught me how to best trap a feral cat and where to take them so that I could at least get them fixed so there were not more cats to care for.
Since then we have adopted them as our number one charity for donations and promotion. They are a shining example to us all.
The mission of this amazing organization is twofold. It educates the public about population controll. It's not about bringing an unwanted cat or kitten to a shelter and hope it's adopted before it's killed. It's about TNR spaying and neutering feral cats and returning them to their environment. It's about doing the same for your own cat. Finally they give a home to cats the public would deem not adoptable. FIV+, FLiv cats, cats missing a leg or eye, etc.
They work with other sanctuaries and adoption agencies to provide a unified network to improve the lives of many felines.
Truly an amazing and unique non-profit.
Thank you Shadow Cats for all you do for our little Angel kitties. The love and respect you all give them is awesome. Keep up the good work!
I've been a fan of this organization for about a little over 2 yrs when somehow I stumbled onto their Facebook page. I fell in love with the way the care for their kitties and the constant updates and posts that kept making me feel I am also a part of their community. Because of that, I have sponsored 2 cats and have sent a few donated items to them happily.
They truly care for their furry ones and it shows in the way the share info and keep us all in close contact with their activities, updates on kitties, and even heart breaking news when they crossed over and passed...keep up the wonderful work and thank you to everyone there!!
I heard about Shadow Cats through my brother and sister-in-law years ago. They had adopted 2 of their cats. I listened to them tell me about the experiences that they had with this organization and how dedicated they were to their cause. As a long time animal lover, especially cats, I felt like I would check them out even though I don't live very close. I added them to my Facebook page and saw the many posts. I could tell pretty quick that their heart was totally dedicated to helping sick and ill cats that most of us would not want much less could afford in medical bills. The expense in taking care of a cat that has medical issues like the ones they take in is quite a bit. Anytime there is a call concerning a cat in need whether it be a feral cat(s) that need to be neutered, a cat that was going to be euthanized or a hoarding situation where all are in life and death situations, these wonderful people are right on it. I cannot say enough about the people or the organization. I had the pleasure of going to Shadow Cats for their annual donor Christmas get together last year. I got to meet many of the people and of course some of the cats. The Smith's, who started this organization, have redone most of their home inside and out. I was at awe on how much they have done. Lots of love in this organization. I was truly speechless at the accommodations they have made for the many cats that they take care of. A lot of loving and caring people. I currently sponsor a few cats, and donate regularly and do as much as I can financially. Hoping you can visit them and see what a deserving group this is.
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!
Shadow Cats Rescue in Round Rock, Texas; is the absolute definition of humanity, care, and dignity!
I have been volunteering with animal rescue groups and shelters for over 10 years; and have never experienced a nonprofit animal welfare group like Shadow Cats.
The time and attention they give to each of the cats in their care is astounding and so heartfelt! We would be so blessed if all of God's creatures who experience the pain of abandonment, illness, injury; or just the tough-knocks of old age; were able to come to Shadow Cats Rescue.
My admiration continues in the way they run their "business". They are so well organized! Shadow Cats works with an amazing team of volunteers and small staff of workers that make sure everything runs like clockwork. I know that the time and money I give to Shadow Cats is going towards the greatest good!
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Shadowcats is one of the best pet sanctuaries that I have ever seen. They take in cats that most shelters can't begin to deal with due to illness or injuries and they go above and beyond in trying to make their lives pleasant.
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Shadow Cats provides so many things back to the area. Caring for those that have been discarded, helping ensure humane care for the sick, educating the public of the problem of overpopulation of cats, and providing assistance for those who are trying to care for cats in the community. They were very instrumental in helping me handle a small feral population. Educating me on tools for capture of feral cats, helping me find economical sources for sterilization services, and helping me keep up with a group of 9--from two cats to 9 in the space of a year. Those cats all survived for several years and 8 years later one survives and is no longer truly feral. Using TNR we have managed to keep the little critter population at a minimum, instead of being overrun with cats.
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Shadow Cats supports trap, neuter, return of stray cats and rescues cats who test positive for FeLV from their trapping locations and local shelters, as well as feral and semi-feral cats who cannot safely be returned to where they were trapped. They have a large group of well organized volunteers who take wonderful care of the cats, including the very best of veterinary care. The cats live indoors with protected outdoor access to a massive enclosure. Cats with FeLV are isolated from the larger group of semi-ferals. Most cats have multiple sponsors who donate every month to help support the something like $7,000/month budget. I sponsor two cats and get photos of them almost every month. I have been to their holiday party and toured the facility twice. They are a charity that other charities aspire to emulate, including our own.
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I love Shadow Cats. First they help a very underserved group of cats (FeLV+ and those behaviorally challenged) by providing sanctuary for these felines where before they faced a certain death sentence. But they go beyond a mere place to live and these cats live full, loved, pampered and play filled lives. They welcome donors to come and visit anytime and they provide streaming web cams that show the daily activities of the shelter and its residents. I cannot say enough positive things about this place. The volunteers, many who come every day, know each cat, their likes and dislikes, their health needs and even their favorite toy. If I come back in a second life I would be happy to be a SC cat.
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I have a special place in my heart for feral cats and cats that others don't want. It is these very cats that Shadow Cats takes in and gives a loving, forever home to - be they FeLV+, feral or have behavioral problems that make adoption difficult, Shadow Cats welcomes them. The absolute transparency with which they operate should be a model to other sanctuaries and rescue groups. They operate a Kitty Cam that lets you tune in live to the kitty antics, every donation is acknowledged and appreciated and you are made aware of everything that goes on at the sanctuary. With the benefit of social media they post updates, photographs and sanctuary resident information online. The volunteers are dedicated, devoted and clearly love the animals they tend to. if I come back as a cat I want to live at Shadow Cats - there is simply no better place on earth.
Shadow Cats provides a service to cats who without them would have no chance at life. They go above and beyond for EVERY animal in their care and reach out to help many more. Their dedication and care to any animal who comes their way is amazing.
The work they do for animals that would otherwise have no chanch at life is beyond wonderful!!
I have so much love for Shadow Cats! The wonderful sanctuary they provide for cats that would not be here if it wasn't for them. I love sponsoring one of the residents and they are so gracious to give me updates on her and send me pictures. I had very sick cat with a condition they were familiar with, and between the personal emails and all the information they gave me, it helped me so much to understand what was going on with my cat. They make you feel like family and to watch the kitty cam and actually see the cats......wonderful. The staff and volunteers are always sharing what is going on at Shadow Cats and when the time comes that one of the furry resident's time crosses Rainbow Bridge, they post such loving memorials. I look forward everyday to looking at Shadow Cats and all the pictures they continue to post on Facebook. This is truly a heaven on earth place.
The care for the cats here is beyond normal. They show true care for all of the cats and kittens. I learned all about Shadow Cats Rescue from there Facebook page and couldn't believe how much tender loving care is put into their jobs.
I actually learned of Shadow Cats via social media. Over time I realized how truly wonderful Shadow Cats is; their devotion to cats that would otherwise languish in shelters, or worse is truly amazing. I started sponsoring a cat there, Cecil, who had no sponsor at the time. He was eventually adopted out, but before he moved out became ill and passed. I felt so strongly about Shadow Cats that I transferred my sponsorship to another cat, Riley.
Shadow Cats provides the very best of care and love to these cats. They are also very active in the TNR (trap, neuter, release) programs in the area. They take their role as caretaker to cats who have no place else to go.
As I recall, I wrote a review about Shadow Cats a few years ago. I'm back to tell everyone that Shadow Cats remains just an outstanding organization. It's hard enough to run a good sanctuary for special needs pets, it's another thing to be a mentor and supporter to groups/individuals all across the country. It's another thing to lead the charge for changes in government policies. It's another thing to go to court every day during an animal abuse trial to make certain that there is Justice for Moody. The leaders/volunteers of Shadow Cats do all these things, and they continue to do them at an amazing level of excellence over the years. They are a model for what every public and private organization should be!
It's one thing to provide services, it's another thing to be a mentor to anyone/everyone who needs help. That's what sets Shadow Cats apart. You simply need to look at the explosive success of the Western Iowa Feral Cats Program to see the impact that Shadow Cats has. I, for one, learned about/became a great supporter of WIFCap because Shadow Cats let the word know about their launch. The generosity that everyone with Shadow Cats shares, their creativity in programming, their commitment to serve the real outcasts of society (e.g., FIV cats), and the skill they bring to the effort ... well, I am in awe!
My daughter and I were first introduced to Sheila Smith and Shadow Cats Rescue about 6 years ago when we had a very sick kitten, Calcifer, that was dying from FIP. We were at the vets office daily for several weeks with our kitten. Dr. Smith of Central Texas Cat Hospital who also happens to be Sheila's husband was also caring for a litter of kittens that all had upper respiratory infections so bad that many of them had scarring of their eye's and other lifelong eye issues. They were called the "eye" kittens and every one of them was given a name that started with the letter "I". Needless to say, we played with our kitten there and also played and spent time with the "I" kittens. The last two weeks of our Calcifer's life were spent being closely monitored by Dr. Smith and his wonderful staff to ensure he was never in pain right up to the end when there was no hope for a recovery or cure. We were devastated! But it was during these last couple of weeks that we met Sheila as she would come in to check on her "I" kittens also. That is when we learned about Shadow Cats Rescue and all the wonderful things their organization does for cats. We fell in love with her and Dr. Smith!
We went home and thoroughly cleaned and bleached all the surfaces we could to make sure our other two kittens wouldn't come down with FIP. During the two weeks it took us to disinfect our house, my daughter and I kept thinking about those poor "I" kittens and their plight. We didn't think they had much hope of ever being adopted with their lifelong eye issues that they would have due to their illness not being treated properly by the original owners. We decided we would adopt "Iggy". Sheila came to our house to inspect it and our other kittens and to see if we would be good parents to her baby. Then came the day when she approved our adoption and we went to Central Texas Cat Hospital to pick Iggy up and bring him home. We played with all the kitten when we were waiting for Dr. Smith to finish his exam and release Iggy. I happened to be playing and holding Isabeau when she suddenly calmed down, looked up at me, put her paws on either side of my face and pulled me down gently to touch noses. I was a goner! I, who have never owned a cat (all the kittens were my daughters), decided then that Isabeau would be totally "my" cat.
That was our beginning with Shadow Cats Rescue and Sheila. Since then we have adopted several more and fostered several hard down-on-their luck cases for them. Some of the stories about the lives these cats lived before being literally rescued, makes a person wonder about the humanity of mankind. Shadow Cats is a blessing and I hope you will visit their website to learn more about them and their mission. Help support one or two, or more of the cats that live at the Sanctuary by sponsoring or donating food and medical supplies. If you live in the Austin area, consider adopting one or two, or more and be a god-send in their lives. http://shadowcats.net/
When I first moved to Austin, I saw an older kitten and a cat outside of a
Pizza Hut in Cedar Park. They were feral and ran from me. I did not who to call, so I contacted Kelly at the Whiskers N Tails Pet Store. She said
Shadow Cats Rescue (SCR) and gave me Sheila Smith's phone number and I immediately called. Sheila had me call one of the trappers, Cindy Beyeler, and
eventually through her and Shannon Bayless' persistence, dedication and training me to help, the elusive Pizza Hut cat was Trapped, Neutered and Returned (TNR) through Shadow Cats. (During that time, we provided a small shelter and cat food to the
Pizza Hut and they were happy to leave food for the cat(s) daily. We never saw the older cat again.) After the return of the kitten to the Pizza Hut, we still provided food and learned that eventually either a customer or employee adopted the little guy. Hopefully, he is having a wonderful life.
Since then (2009), I have volunteered with Shadow Cats at the Sanctuary weekly. It is a wonderful, clean and happy home for all the cats who reside there with volunteers who feel privileged to spend time helping with and loving on the cats. The cats receive the best medical care at Central Texas Cat Hospital led by Dr. Roy Smith, veterinarian extraordinaire! I see first hand how well the cats are cared for at Shadow Cats and that donations to SCR are spent on the cats well being. At Shadow Cats, it is always about the cats!! I am honored to be a part of this organization.
C. Ann Hargett
I found Shadow Cats on Facebook through a coworker that also sponsors a cat. The compassion that they show for each and everyone of their lifelong residence is amazing. I couldn't help but want to sponsor one of their cats myself. They do so much for these animals that more than likely would have been put down because they were unfortunate to be born with a horrible disease that many wouldn't want to deal with or that many couldn't afford. They truly give these animals a chance to know what real love and care is no matter if it's for just a short time (for the babies that aren't strong enough to fight off the illness), or a lifetime (for those that are lucky enough). They keep all their sponsors informed on the activities and health of the cats they sponsor and even though they do suffer the loss of these wonderful cats they fight so hard to save, they do it with dignity and recover to try to help save the next one. I would recommend and encourage everyone to visit their web page and Facebook page and help sponsor one of the cats at the sanctuary. They use the money they earn to save as many cats lives as they possibly can and so much more.
This is a wonderful Rescue. They are truly amazing caring for so many cats that would normally be homeless or put down just because they are sick. They love each and everyone of their many residence (cats) that they have taken in and tend to all their needs. They give these cats their forever home no matter how short or long that may be. They are extremely thankful to all that help wether it be volunteers, donations, or sponsors. Many people would not be able to handle the constant medical issues or losses due to illness that they see but they mourn those lost and continue saving lives.