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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: Support and neuter activities

Results: Over 3000 cats have been trapped, neutered and returned- potentially representing thousands of kittens that were not born to continue the cycle of overbreeding Over 500 cats adopted into indoor homes Over 200 cats have lived out their lives at the Shadow Cats Sanctuary.  We average of 75 cats at any one time.

Target demographics: We target community wide areas interested in humanely reducing the free roaming cat population through TNR irregardless of social, economic or other issues

Direct beneficiaries per year: The cats benefit. The community also benefits through the humane reduction of community cats, reduction of tax burdens by reducing the cat intake numbers at city shelters. We serve as a humane option and resource for ill and injured cats as we have space available.

Geographic areas served: Central Texas

Programs: We actively support spay and neuter activities by managing feral cat colonies by providing food, water and medical care for these cats. Kittens taken from feral colonies are given medical care including spay and neuter and then socialized and then adopted out. In addition, we provide medical care to any other kittens and cats taken into our care.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not long ago I knew very little about Shadow Cats or Sheila Smith of Round Rock but today it seems like years ago.
I live in a small town called Lampasas and had a dream for years to provide TNR for our community cats that were in danger. I was given a phone number of someone who could possibly help me, that number belonged to Sheila Smith of Shadow Cats.
I was told my dream was possible and it would come and it did with the guidance from this wonderful organization.
Within under two months we had our traps all donated total of 26 brand new Tru Catch Traps, $5,000 grant from Best Friends Animal Society for TNR and $1,000 donation from Shadow Cats also for TNR. Sheila Smith also was instrumental in having TNR legalized in the city of Lampasas.
So far we have TNR 95 cats and provided life saving medical care for cats and kittens that would have otherwise perished.
Shadow Cats and Sheila Smith has given us the tools to achieve a dream to make a difference.
Today we are Lampasas Community Cats-TNR because of this wonderful and giving organization, Shadow Cats.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

In addition to our two "house cats" we sponsor four at Shadow Cats ranging from a senior (Huey) to a shy feral rescue (Mia). Being fortunate enough to live not far from the sanctuary I have visited a couple of times to see my "adopted" family in the fur. Shadow Cats is very transparent about their work and their care and love shows when you meet the cats and their Kitty Nannies as they are known. The daily tasks of keeping the sanctuary running (have you tried feeding 90 cats ?) run with cheerful clockwork. In addition to their residents, SC also regularly assist one off calls for help from other individuals or rescues with advice and or donations from their One Life Fund for emergency situations. It's a tricky balancing act making sure fundraising keeps the lights on and I take my hat off to them. If you want to sponsor a cat, and can visit, you will be sure of a furry welcome...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the great fortune to visit the sanctuary and see first hand the care and attention they lavish on their "guests"....many happy times and sadly a few tearful moments when one of the guests depart. But they keep on doing what they do to improve the quality of life no matter how long...

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I heard about Shadow Cats from a friend a few years ago. Since then, I have done my small part to help their very worthy cause by sponsoring a cat, Chipper. These folks care for cats that are not adoptable and some come to them with major injuries. With loving care, the kitties have a forever home with all the food, shelter, and love they could ever want. What a worthwhile cause!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Found out about the Shadow Cats through Central Texas Cat Hospital who provide their veterinary care - have been fortunate to visit them and meet the Cats who benefit from their care and whose quality of life has been vastly improved even though sadly with some of the residents medical issues that life may not be as long as usual. There are tears of joy and sadness both but SC do their best for every case no matter how the prognosis looks at the start. I sponsor three of the Cats to support the running costs of that love and determination.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

2 Kristine16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2 Heidi U.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their love and dedication are unique. I'm in Florida, but I look to Shadow Cats for inspiration.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

1 Kassy H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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!!

1 Jackie Q.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work they do for animals that would otherwise have no chanch at life is beyond wonderful!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 611Juniper

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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2 Ramona W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just love this Org and what it stand for . Keep up the good work ...:) You guys Rock and thank you for all that you do.

2 Pam_39

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Shadow cats is a awesome place for Feral and unadoptable furr babies. they care and provide for them in a loving enviroment.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a "rescue fanatic" in Tennessee, have a small TNR/ lost kitty rescue group with my friend and through my facebook links I found your site. From all the many many groups I follow, you have taken me off my feet by all your loving posts, the care you give them and the community work you do. You are absolutely tops! I am now your official fan, even if I am so far away. We all need to stick together to make our common goal - no more homeless pets!!

1 Kelly34

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I opened my business doors 3 years ago I did not know about Shadow cats. A customer told me she saw kittens and a mom playing across our parking lot in the flood control. Yep Mom and two adorable kittens. What do I do? Well she told me about Shadow cats. They helped guide me on TNR. I got both kittens in one trap after several attempts. One was social the other not so much. One of the volunteers worked with him but he was not having anything to do with this people thing. The volunteer made a kitty exchange at Shadow cats. She adopted one and they took in Sterling. Sterling lives in the outback with the others. He is happy and flourishing. Thanks to all of the volunteers that take care of him and many others. Keep up the Awesome work.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is a phenomenal organization! They advocate for feral/community cats and take great care of the cats in their care. They use social networking to save cats outside their realm and educate the public.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This little organization really packs a punch when it comes to standing up for the lives of cats. Shadow Cats has done more to improve the lives of cats and cat owners than any organization. They save as many cats as they can and give quality of life back to cats that have no hope of being saved elsewhere. But they don’t stop there. They are an enlightened group that sees the ultimate solution to animal cruelty through education. Their TNR (trap/neuter/return) mantra is the best and most effective way to control the overpopulation problem in any city. It’s in place and working through the endless efforts of their volunteer trappers whose compassion and dedication is also endless. The feral cats are cared for and treated by wonderful veterinarians at the Central Texas Cat Hospital and by the free spay and neuter organizations in their area. They do such wonderful things for their community and that would be enough to make them the benchmark for cat rescue. But that’s not enough for Shadow Cats. No they go well beyond that accomplishment. They help other organizations and pet owners all over the country. I became a true admirer of their work years ago when they helped the most desperate cats left to die in a dessert outside Las Vegas. I live in New Hampshire and was so moved by their efforts that I’ve flown to Texas twice to adopt cats from them. And now these cats, like all my cats, are safe and loved and well cared for, but most of all they have the highest quality of life and they’re truly a gift that we treasure. Shadow cats Rescue transformed me from a cat owner to a cat advocate and I’ll fight anytime anywhere for the lives of the abandoned, abused, most needy cats and their right to life. Shadow Cats Rescue has a light of compassion, education and love that started in little Round Rock Texas and the light now shines all over the country; even here in the woods of New Hampshire. I am proud to say that I’m a Shadow Cats supporter and now I’ve brought that support to my local area where I feed, and care for any homeless cat that comes on my property. I also donate my time, my hands and my money to improve any cats’ life. From this little ray of light in Texas; a bright sun is emerging.