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.
I started off by going by the sanctuary to look at adopting a cat. I was overwhelmed by all the great choices of cats looking for a home. So, I decided I would have to come back because I couldn't decide. That went on for 3 months. In that time I came to admire & respect the founder Sheila Smith. It was at that time I became a foster parent for the first time. I brought home 4 cats (6 mths-1yr old)that were timid to humans that needed to be socialized more, to give them a better chance of getting adopted. Two out of four got adopted (I adopted one, Morgan). From there I was sold on what a great & meaningful group Shadow Cats Rescue is to our community. There are sooo many different ways to be a part of Shadow Cats Rescue. I am honored to be part of this non-profit.
I came to Shadow Cats for purely selfish reasons. I am a senior, live in an apt. and can no longer have a cat. So -------- to the Shadow Cat Sanctuary, for a weekly "cat-fix". The only thing I thought I knew about feral cats was they were wild and "scary". After being at SC for a couple of months now, I have learned so much. First, Roy and Sheila Smith are absolutely amazing, to give so much of themselves and their home to this. And the TNR program is so wonderful, I have learned so much about it, at my age, I am not up to being part of it, but it is so heart-warming, to see all of these people who are involved with the program, and taking care of the feral cat communities. And I now know that feral cats can be very dear, and loving and just have had a rough break in their lives. And it takes people like Roy, Sheila and their many, many volunteers to make their lives so much better. It has been a good teaching experience to me too --------- along with my "cat-fix".
4/10/10 I read a newspaper article about a kitten that had lost an eye and through the amazing people at Shadow Cats she found a wonderful home from a former co-worker of mine. I decided I wanted to try to help out the abused or neglected cats that just couldn’t find a regular home, but had found a home at Shadow Cats. I have been a volunteer for a short period of time but I absolutely love it. I am happy to be a part of this group and the wonderful work that they do with the TNR’s. I have learned so much in the time that I have been a volunteer and enjoy it immensely. Sincerely, Kelly Jelson
Many years ago, Amy, a friend of my daughter's introduced us to a woman named Sheila Smith. Amy knew that we were cat people and she thought we might be interested in helping out now and then with bring a colony of feral cats under control. Well, before too long, we became feeders for that colony, parents or foster parents to nearly a dozen of the cats/kittens, and part-time trappers. Sheila is one of the most dedicated people I know and it has been a true joy to see the wonderful work that she and Shadow Cats have done and an honor to be part of it.
After moving to this area almost a year ago, I immediately began finding feral cats and started looking for area organizations that helped them. I was so fortunate to find Shadow Cats Rescue. There I found so many sincerely dedicated and compassionate people. Their sanctuary lovingly houses cats with a variety of medical issues, and some who were simply down on their luck and had no place else to go. These cats will never again have to experience hunger, pain or lonliness. They will always have kind and gentle hands to stroke their fur. These resident kitties are all treated with the love and respect that they deserve. I did TNR in Florida for several years before moving here, and am proud to be a volunteer trapper for Shadow Cats Rescue. They really are like no ther organization I have ever been affiliated with. How fortunate this area is to have them.
I have been a volunteer at Shadow Cats Sanctuary for about 10 months. I help give the cats love and attention and anything else they may need. It has been a joy and privilege to get to know the people involved in this organization. I produce small videos for the Shadow Cats website and recently created a video by following Shadow Cats volunteer trappers as they move community cats through the TNR process. While making this video I came to understand and respect the Trap/Neuter/Return process and the incredibly positive effect it has on the cats and the community they live in. If I had to sum up Shadow Cats in one word it would be "compassion." Shadow Cats is a small organization full of amazing, compassionate people, and just being involved with them (the people and the cats) has changed my life.
It has been almost 1 year since I have been involved with SCR. I started out as a sanctuary volunteer and then the "you name it, I do it" role whenever there's a need. It is absolutely amazing to find like-minded individuals who have a special place in their hearts for these kinds of cats. It has really been a learning experience for me about how involved this group gets, not only with other people, but how it can and has effected various cities and their animal ordinances.
Shadow Cats is a great organization because it does so many things! Not only does Shadow Cats provide a safe haven for homeless cats but they also TNR (trap-neuter-return). Preventing unwanted births is a crucial part and this organization does everything to stop the cycle of suffering. Shadow Cats has a great team of volunteer "trappers" who go out nightly to TNR. There is also many volunteers who come daily to the Sanctuary and given love/attention to the many cats.
While the positive aspects of Shadow Cats as they relate to the care and nurturing of abandoned, unwanted, sick and abused animals is of a profoundly vast nature, there is another more intangible benefit derived from the organization that goes far beyond the realm of animal care and rights. I speak of the process by which Shadow Cats helps develop the inner goodness, compassion and generosity of the people with whom it comes in contact. I am probably the poster child of that which I speak. Long an introvert whose thoughts and concerns were chiefly limited to himself, it was my brief sojourn at Shadow Cats that made me realize the importance in the giving of one’s self to causes and doctrines espousing the greater good; the beauty and satisfaction to be experienced in the helping of those who truly cannot help themselves: it is the doctrine of unconditional love that Shadow Cats develops in those with whom they come in contact. It is the organization’s ability to instill this mindset upon others who in turn propagate this behavior to still others that is truly one of the greatest gifts. When the goodness inherent in this organization and its people touches those on the outside, the benefits are manifold; and the betterment of all walks of life eternal.
I have been a volunteer at Shadow Cats Rescue for over 6 years and it is a wonderful place filled with lots of love and dedication. The cats are just part of what makes it great - the caretakers and volunteers who invest so much of their time loving and caring for these special cats is indeed inspiring. Volunteering for Shadow Cats also exposes one to a wealth of information and education when dealing with cat personalities, behavior, health, illness etc. It is a top notch organization and I am glad to be a part of it!
I have been working with non-profits and volunteer organizations for many years now. Shadowcats rescue is probably one of the smaller, truly local agencies I volunteer with, and it many ways it has been the most emotionally rewarding. Being a part of Shadowcats Rescue has broadened my understanding and appreciation of the impact that feral and "community" cats have on their surroundings, environmentally and socially. I've learned how important these feral cat colonies are to maintaining an environmental balance, and how their reproduction can be managed through TNR (trap, neuter and release)to keep their numbers from increasing. Shadowcats has successfully trapped, neutered and returned hundreds of feral cats to their communities at NO COST to the community, as a service to improve the community environment and improve the lives of the cats. As a volunteer I a, learning political negotiation skills (and tact) that will be useful in dealing with social and environmental issues. What's also exciting to me is the degree to which Shadowcats volunteers are encouraged to take individual responsibility for deciding what needs to be done, and doing it (with encouragement and training from Shadowcats management and related agencies).