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 Prior to volunteering there I was something of an introvert; withdrawn and caring for little other than myself and my own narrow self-interests.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.
I have only been volunteering with Schadow Cats Rescue for a few months, but I sensed right away that the Sanctuary is a magical place. To put it simply, the cats there are allowed to be, well...cats. There is room to jump and play, spaces to hide (and of course, nap), and there are always other warm, furry bodies to snuggle up with. A very dedicated volunteer staff (everyone knows cats have staff...)feeds them, does their laundry, passes out treats, dangles feathers about and gives excellent mani/pedis. The cats even have their very own physician, who is happy to make house calls. One of the best things about Shadow Cats (for me), is knowing that after I've spent a few hours with them I don't feel the overwhelming urge to stuff four or five of them in my oversized purse when I leave, because I know they are happy, content and very safe right where they are. I believe the Sanctuary cats know that they have been given a second (or third, who's counting?) chance at a good life, and they show us how grateful they are by just trusting us and allowing us into their world. Shadow Cats is an incredible organization and I'm so proud to be a part of it. SCR gives hope to cats and to the people who love them.
Shadow Cats is the most generous group of volunteers in terms of their time and resources. Although the mission is primarily TNR...which is huge! They are always ready to try and help cats that are in danger or injured. Shadow Cats, with the leadership of Sheila Smith, has been instrumental in helping to change community attitudes towards free-roaming cats!
I've been a Shadow Cats volunteer for several years now and have found that the work they do in the community is critical. They are a great bunch of people who are very passionate about what they do for the community cats. In my opinion, there isn't a better organization out there and one that I'm proud to be associated with.
I have never seen such a small organization have such an impact. This is one orgainzation that can and will get the job done. I believe that this organization has such an impact because all of it's volunteers are passionate about what we do. I have never been involved with people who are so willing to just jump in and help a fellow volunteer out with whatever they may have going. I believe that is the secret to our sucess. You simply can not find a better group of people.
I have had nothing but positive experiences with the activities and people who are involved with ShadowCats. Though I have limited time to dedicate, I always feel that my efforts are worthwhile and that anything that can be done for the cat community in our area is welcomed and appreciated.
Shadowcats is an amazing group that does wonderful work in the community by addressing the plight of feral cats. Shadowcats benefits the community by trapping and spaying/neutering feral cats in order to help control the feral cat populations. Shadowcats also works endlessly to care for and provide better lives for these often forgotten about animals! Shadowcats feeds feral cat colonies in order to sustain the already established colonies that have been spayed/neutered. The founders of the organization have developed an amazing cat hospice where terminally ill cats can spend their last days experiencing love and comfort.
I've been a Shadow Cat volunteer for almost 2 years. The sanctuary is a wonderful place for ferals to live in, but there are also many, many kitties who live there because of serious health issues. It is heartbreaking to bond and care for these kitties only to have way too many of them leave us way too soon, but it also so rewarding to know that we give them not only great medical care in their time here, but that each of their too few days are filled with love.