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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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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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.
Shadow Cats is one of those rare circumstances where several elements all came together to create something unique and wonderful. Their sanctuary provides lifetime care to cats with serious health and behavioral issues, and is one of a very few places caring for cats with feline leukemia. The sanctuary is a peaceful, home-like environment for the cats who live there. The volunteers are a diverse group of dedicated people united in their love of cats - many have been coming for years and know all 80+ cats as well as their own. The roots of Shadow Cats began in trapping and TNR, and there are trappers and feral colony feeders who have been caring for feral cats for many years. Shadow Cats has the feel of a big family - when I began volunteering five years ago I expected to get to know the cats, but also found a wonderful community of people who have become my friends.
Shadow Cats is a wonderful group of dedicated people who are working to improve the lives of community cats in Central Texas. They are very active in TNR - Trap, Neuter, Return - and also operate a sanctuary for rescued cats with medical problems, behavioral issues, and other special needs. I volunteer at the sanctuary helping to provide daily care for the cats there. It's a unique place - since they focus on mostly unadoptable cats, it offers the chance to get to really know the cats and bond with them over a long period. I've never seen any other place that truly provides such a loving, home-like environment to so many special cats. And Shadow Cats is one of a very few places that rescues and provides a home to feline leukemia cats.
I don't think I've ever had or ever could encounter a finer group of people than those who constitute the Shadow Cats Rescue personnel. The level of caring, compassion and commitment to the lives of the cats in their charge is truly remarkable and serves as a moving testimony to the existence of the oft-elusive human compassion. Another aspect of the organization, and one of noteworthy merit, is the way in which the people and organization work in tandem to bring out the best in those that come there to volunteer. The sense of "family" and camaraderie combine to bring out the best in those who come under its wing. Prior to volunteering there I was something of an introvert; withdrawn and caring for little other than myself and my own narrow self-interests. But following prolonged association with the wonderful people and their charges I begin to realize that there was more to this world and my life than just myself. It made me realize the value, goodness and, yes, the rewards inherent in one's association with this fine group and the joy in helping small creatures whose lives have been impacted by events and environments beyond their control. I feel truly blessed to have been awakened by this group's selfless caring and the attendant commitment to the wellbeing of those that cannot speak for themselves. Thank you SCR.
I have served as a volunteer trapper for Shadow Cats Rescue for several years. I can honestly say that it has been one of the best experiences of my life. The people involved with Shadow Cats have such a love for cats and do all they can to help those in need. The benefit to the animals of this community is tremendous.