I've been a volunteer with Shadow Cats for only a short time so far, but that time has been great.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Review from Guidestar
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.
Review from Guidestar
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
When I retired in November of 2011, I already had a volunteer job in mind. I'd seen an article about Shadow Cats Rescue in the August 2010 issue of Cat Fancy Magazine, and was so impressed that I couldn't wait to sign up. In the ensuing fifteen months, I've not only had the privilege of loving and caring for well over 100 precious kitties, many with health issues and no prospects of adoption, but I've gained a wonderful extended family of fun, compassionate humans. In the process of doing my little bit to help out at SCR, my own life has changed vastly for the better. You know you have a great volunteer gig when you feel that you've definitely gotten the better part of the deal!
I first found Shadow Cats when I moved to Austin a little over 2 years ago. I was looking for an animal sanctuary to volunteer at, and Shadow Cats was the perfect fit. I still look forward to my weekly visits with the cats, as well as spending time with a great group of people who truly care about what they do.
I started volunteering with ShadowCats in 2004. The organization has grown. However, the group has never lost its focus on saving cats in need and trap/neuter/release. I have seen no back-biting which I have seen in other volunteer organizations. We are family -- to quote our founder's words.