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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

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have the pleasure of supporting Morris the most handsome red haired cat I have this pleasure because of the work that is done by Shadow Cats Rescue. The cats that no one wants, no one helps or worse no one notices -get a second chance at being wanted, loved and noticed. This is a selfless organization with wonderful results and unconditional accepts of all cats in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have so much respect for Shadow Cats. They are my heroes. Thank you so much for all that you do for the cats in our community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats goes above and beyond to improve the lives of cats who otherwise would not find permanent homes. They do an excellent job of keeping their sponsors up-to-date and provide the cats with a comfortable, loving environment. Keep up the good work! Proud to be a sponsor of Stanley; my only wishes would be: 1) that there were more organizations out there like Shadow Cats, 2) that I lived closer so that I could volunteer, and 3) that we could sponsor or adopt more cats.

4 Pat_77

Donor

Rating: 5

I am not from Texas - actually, I am almost completely across the country in Connecticut, but links to pictures and articles from Shadow Cats kept showing up on my Facebook feed, so I decided to check them out. I read all about their sanctuary and the wonderful work they do in cat rescue, and I was so inspired by their dedication to this cause, that I decided to sponsor one of their cats. I have since added another, and do what I can to help with the One Life Fund, Amplify Austin and other fundraisers. I have gotten invaluable information from them on how to deal with different issues with my cats (I have eleven!), but I think the thing that I value most is their ability to take in FELV kitties knowing that their time may be short, and still give them the best life ever. Their compassion to sick or wounded animals is a continual inspiration. Although I will probably never be able to visit the sanctuary, or the kitties that I sponsor, I will continue to support Shadow Cats and spread the word via social media about this great organization and the love and dedication they show to the cats in their care and the outreach they provide to other organizations with similar purpose. I am thankful everyday for what they do and grateful that I can help in some small way.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I happened upon ShadowCats from someone else's post on Facebook and began following them. Having 12 cats of my own, I always found their posts enlightening and their compassion unlimited. I was so taken by their work that I began to sponsor one of their kitties, and added another soon after. The retesting of the FIV positive cats that turn out negative after years of having the virus is inspiring and gives hope to cat lovers everywhere that kitties affected by this disease will have a better future. Their posts have brought me joy, laughter and tears. I can't possibly express the admiration for all those involved with ShadowCats. God bless them all!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats tirelessly advocates for the cats that most shelters would ignore or euthanize. They have done groundbreaking work in nearby communities (and some not so close) to help hoarding situations, support & manage feral colonies, etc. They are strong in TNR education and community outreach. The shelter is a beautiful haven for any kitty lucky enough to join them. The volunteers are very dedicated and the staff is compassionate for the well-being of the cats to give them their best life ever. My husband and I are proud donors to this top-notch facility, when we can.

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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...

1 Steve187

Donor

Rating: 5

I was told about Shadow Cats and their work by a friend of mine who is a vet med student. When I was adopted by a stray kitty in my neighborhood, Shadow Cats helped me understand that a positive test for Feline Lukemia in an otherwise healthy cat does NOT mean the cat should be "put to sleep." - it only means to keep an eye on kitty's health (as you should with any cat) and try to limit exposure to other cats unless they have been vaccinated against it.

I have yet to visit their facility; however my friend has told me it is one of the best cat sancturies she's ever seen (and she's seen many). My e-mail interactions with one of their volunteers was very positive and I ended up donating several hundred dollars of designer desk accessories and other goodies for their upcoming Holiday Market (and plan to donate more in the future as my finances allow).

It's refreshing to see a charity such as Shadow Cats that belives all cats deserve a long and happy life - even when other shelters are either unwilling or unable to help.

3 Wanda19

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing work to rescue cats with special needs and provide a loving environment. I have sponsored several cats (including the 2 below) and actually visited the facility. Very clean. Very homey. Obvious love of cats. Keep up the great work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Doing phenomenal work with special needs kitties. Everyone has earned their wings. I'm proud to donate to this one!

3 Deborah  aka KatBoxJanitor

Donor

Rating: 4

The loving attention to the needs of kitties who have tested positive for FeLeuk and FIV is impressive. I am blown away by the visibility I have as a supporter from half the country away!

Photos, videos and the use of webcams just make me feel pleased to support Shadow Cats.

As a pet owner with 1-2 cats at any given time, I have learned a LOT from the other portion of their mission...managing community cats and if possible integrating them into someone's family.

Through the information they provide through their Facebook page I gained enough confidence to adopt a former stray kitty from a local neighborhood. 17 months and my former stray is now a pushy love-bug.

Education is a huge part of their advocacy effort and that is not to be taken lightly!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I found Shadow Cats through a friend on Facebook. I've been following them since and am very impressed by their organization. The love and care they show to all the cats at their sanctuary, community cats, and all cats in general is inspiring and awesome. I like their education efforts and support of other rescues. I have 8 kitties of my own and sponsor Ben with Shadow Cats.

3 SKPC

Donor

Rating: 5

We were introduced to Shadow Cats when fiends of ours were employed there as cat nannies. We went to visit Shadow Cats, a 2.5 hour drive, during an open house they had to show the public their newly renovated cat living areas. We were very impressed with the living conditions, the care and concern shown by the folks and their constantly striving to find ways to fund the organization so they could continue to provide for these cats. We were even more impressed with their community services as well. Making and taking donated gift baskets to a local elderly care facility to list just one example. These are great folks in every aspect and you don't have to wonder how much of your money actually goes to the cats - you can see that almost all of it is used for cat or community service causes!

3 Sharon183

Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is a real top notch organization, I found out about it last year. I have seen countless rescues, emergency surgeries and forever homes found only through the hard work of Shadow Cats ' volunteers. I always share their posts both positive and sad. I began donating this year but will continue to support their works for many years to come.

1 Lesley Q.

Donor

Rating: 5

An amazing organization that has won us over with their incredible amount of compassion, love, and dedication to every life. From the resident cats at the sanctuary, to TNR and the cats in their colonies, to even reaching out to help shelters in other cities, including my hometown in Garland TX, their work truely is amazing. God Bless

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Donor

Rating: 5

This sanctuary takes loving cats to a whole new level, by helping their cats at the sanctuary, the cats in the community with TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) and colonies, and cats they never even get to meet but that they reach out to,through the One Life Fund. This fund helps pets at shelters with funds towards their medical care and safety. I am very proud of being part of this organization, by showing support in sponsoring 2 beautiful cats at the sanctuary, Joey and Turbo. God Bless

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Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats Rescue tackles the most difficult job of caring for cats with chronic illnesses and other issues that make such animals unadoptable. Yet each cat has a loving home and the best possible care for its long or short life. Through their social media posts, many of us have come to love the cats and admire the wonderful people who care for them. Please consider a donation. They are unique in caring for the cats that are euthanized in even the most humane shelters allowing them to live happy and often remarkably long lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is an amazing sanctuary for cats that might otherwise be euthanized. They are true to their mission and passionate about it. It's a very special place where cats live their best life in clean, comfortable surroundings.

2 Kelly200

Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow cats does everything it can to help cats in need have the best life possible.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does amazing work supporting cats that others would give up on. They have rescued so many cats in high risk situations and saved so many lives that otherwise would have been lost. They do wonderful work and are always very transparent about where the money is going. I cannot say enough good things about Shadow Cats!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is such a great organization, that always goes above and beyond to save lives. It is truelly an inspiration, from the dedication they provide to the resident cats, community cats, and even those that are at high kill shelters, and will never get to meet, but still help get saved. I love Shadow Cats, and because of this, we support this organization, and sponsor 2 cats there, Joey and Turbo. God Bless

4 Kim_128

Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is a wonderful organization who helps the kitties that in other animal shelters would be killed due to health issues. They have great dedicated volunteers and I am very proud to support them!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about Shadow Cats through another organization I work with, Western Iowa Feral Cat Program. The work they do is amazing, taking in the cats in the world that no one wants and giving them that loving home that they deserve. Of course, loving these cats as they do also has a down-side, you see, cats with fe-luk don't live long and they face great health issues. I've cried with some of the touching obits they have posted for the cats who have passed. You know these little ones were loved until the end! Shadow Cats have inspired me to get out and make a difference for cats as well, I now serve on the board of our local Humane Society. Behind Shadow Cats is an amazing group of volunteers and I applaud them for all they've done and what they hope to do.

I've also participated virtually in their Strut Your Mutts walk, and raised donations through friends and family. Shadow Cats, Iowa sends love your way!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Shadow Cats is an amazing organization! They save and care for cats that would otherwise not have a chance, like cats with FeLV and other special needs cats. They support their local cat community by trapping, neutering, and returning feral cats. Their staff and supporters are wonderful and dedicated. I personally sponsor three cats at Shadow Cats (which means I donate monthly to help with the cost of their food, shelter, and medical expenses), and Shadow Cats often sends me new pictures and updates about the kitties I sponsor to let me know how they are doing (thanks, David!). I only wish that I were local so I could visit all the awesome staff and cats in person! Keep up the great work, Shadow Cats!