Shadow Cats Rescue

Organizational Overview

Shadow Cats Rescue
PO Box 720
Round Rock, 78680

Mission Statement

Shadow Cats will respect and show compassion to all animals. We will improve the lives of abused, abandoned, feral, stray, and injured cats. We will promote spay and neuter programs, promote Trap, Neuter and Return as the most humane method of effecting positive change in feral cat populations, provide educational and informational assistance to the public, re-home socialized cats and kittens and provide medical care to those cats under Shadow Cats guardianship.

To improve the lives of cats in Austin and surrounding areas by promoting and facilitating TNR (trap, neuter and return) and spay and neuter programs as well as providing a life-long home in a limited-space sanctuary environment for cats that require on-going care due to age, injury or illness.

Shadow Cats has been serving the Austin and surrounding areas since 1997. We are as passionate about our work today as the day we first opened our doors to cats in need. Our immediate work is directed towards the special needs cats currently in our care and our Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) program.

In 2015 we renovated and expanded the existing Sanctuary structure so that all cats are housed in climate controlled areas along with outdoor, screened spaces. With this expansion, we have been able to increase our community outreach and give safe haven to more cats that are ill or injured and have few options. We continue our high level of quality veterinary care for each cat. .
The need for our services is tremendous. We are often the last stop- the safety net- for many cats. With your support, our doors will open to many more feline leukemia, injured or ill cats in need.

Our Sponsorship Program continues strong. Sponsorship of any of our cats at $25 per month helps us sustain our budget for veterinary needs. As the number of cats we care for increases, veterinary costs also increase. We anticipate $90K in veterinary expenses in 2017.
To join our Sponsor family, read more here.

Shadow Cats' "One Life Fund" was established in 2014. This fund enables our organization to 'give back' by reaching out and assisting other rescues or individuals in acute situations with designated funds. These are cats that Shadow Cats can help financially but that are not under our umbrella. In 2016, we dispersed $10,267 to other rescues and good Sams to help cats in need. Since 2014 we have distributed over $25,000 in donor designated contributions and impacted over 350 cats in critical need.

In 2016 we established the Shadow Cats Emergency Community Cat Fund. This fund directly helps injured and ill cats that fall under Shadow Cats umbrella and that we directly impact in our outreach programs. These are cats that our trappers encounter during their Trap-Neuter- Return (TNR) work or that our come into Shadow Cats fin a variety of ways and are our responsibility. To date,, we have been able to impact over 25 critically ill or injured cats along with caring for the needs of cats with more generalized and less severe illnesses and injuries.

Shadow Cats Future Fund was established in 2014 and grows each month. Our long term goal is to create a permanent facility and we are on track to make that goal a reality with our Future Fund growing each month. We currently are at 15% of our one million dollar goal. We may be years away, but a dream is only a dream if you don't have goals and each month we get a little closer to that goal.

We currently maintain over 90 special cats at the Sanctuary- with medical issues ranging from feline leukemia to inappropriate behaviors to special diets to end of life management. We also feed hundreds of community cats every day- rain or shine- by either direct management of colonies or by providing food to individuals that care for sterilized colonies. We also provide food to individuals that have difficulty providing food to their own pets. In whatever way we can assist cats, we do our best to make a significant difference in their lives,

Shadow Cats strives to be transparent in all areas of all we do. We have live cameras to allow you to view the Sanctuary and all its residents. Visit our website and watch the kitty cams and your favorite cats!

Watch our video tour here

Impact Statement

Shadow Cats Rescue is committed to improving the lives of abused, abandoned, feral, homeless, ill, aged and injured cats in Austin and surrounding areas. Annually, we TNR (trap, neuter and return) approximately 500 cats and provide a home in our sanctuary to over 90+ cats that have an extremely low chance of being adopted. We have placed over 500 cats into adoptive homes and we feed or provide food for over 400 community cats every day. We have TNR'd over 8,000 cats since our inception. In addition, we provide treatment, education and intervention for countless families and community cats and work hand-in-hand with local and national rescue organizations to improve the lives of all cats. Shadow Cats has been instrumental in several local communities in amending ordinances to support the legalization of TNR programs and in assisting with several cat hoarding situations. We were also instrumental in working with the city of Taylor, Tx to abolish the gas chamber. We partner with several organizations to take in cats, such as those diagnosed with feline leukemia, as space allows.

Our 3000 SF sanctuary has both indoor and outdoor areas and includes upper and lower levels, decks, heated beds, climate controlled areas, custom "houses" and plenty of enclosed outdoor space, all connected by cat doors. Over 25 of the sanctuary cats had an incoming diagnoses of feline leukemia (FeLV) and these cats reside in a separate area with their own indoor and enclosed outdoor areas.

Needs Statement

Your donations enable us to spay and neuter cats and to provide veterinary treatment for cats that are TNR'd or living in a feral colony and are injured as well as for the cats residing in the sanctuary. A significant percentage of our resident cats require ongoing veterinary care at any given time because of their age, prior injury, or chronic illnesses. Even though the majority of our veterinary services are provided at a greatly reduced rate, this is still a significant expense. Your donations will also provide food for community and sanctuary cats as well as helping with facility maintenance.

Many of our donors choose to sponsor a particular cat with a monthly donation of $25 or more. Payment can be made through monthly installments or an annual donation of $300 or more. Please email us if you would like your Amplify donation of $300 or more to be applied to sponsorship of a cat or an area listed on our website.

Every $25 provides food each month and basic veterinary care. Combined with other sponsors and donors we are able to provide full veterinary care to each of our cats and fund all of our programs. We would like to exceed what we've been able to do in 2016 and increase our services in 2017.

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.
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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.
Wanda Bishop

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! SKPC 11/2016

I've always been very cautious about where to donate money, which organizations actually use the most towards the goal of helping. Shadow Cats Rescue impressed me immediately first with their compassion and determination to help cats most would disregard or euthanize. At any time I can go online and SEE their environment, their health, their happiness in being safe and cared for. This level of transparency leaves me no doubt at all where my money is going and how it is helping. I support Shadow Cats Rescue and I strive to be more like them in my own life. Terri Morris, Deer Park, NL

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!
Phaedra Kline
Austin, Texas

Shadow Cats is a truly amazing organization. All of the people I have encountered within this organization are so dedicated to creating a better life for cats. This includes helping individuals in the community who had no idea of where to go for help with a stray cat to assisting local communities in changing the way feral cats are dealt with as well as caring for community and sanctuary cats. Giving my support to this organization is easy because I see the results of where the money goes, I see how little overhead there is, and I see the outcomes. Cats that have had an incredibly hard life or were on the euthanasia list now have a home with so much love and feral cats can live in a safe place with daily meals and medical care. Because of the commitment to TNR, Shadow Cats greatly reduces the number of cats to be born that will die in shelters or of starvation living on the streets. My particular passion is for the cats diagnosed with feline leukemia or that are old - both of which are usually put down right away in shelters. Here they experience a wonderful life, for whatever time they have left. I am so proud and honored to be able to be part of this organization and the tremendous work that is being done.
Pat Dames
Round Rock, TX
Shadow Cats has volunteer opportunities in different areas. We just ask two hours of your time each week. Volunteer at the Sanctuary caring for 90 special needs cats. Or maybe TNR, transporting, recovery or release is more your cup of tea? How about admin, fundraising, marketing or PR? We've got it all and we'd love to have you share your expertise with us! We are a unique rescue- the little engine that could!
Must be over 18.
Amount: $17000
Sponsored By: The Juried Foundation, Dr. R. Brenton Smith, Central Texas Cat Hospital, Margaret and Kevin Hollembeak and Anonymous Donors

Shadow Cats has matching funds. .

Shadow Cats, the cause of my heart.

by Pat Brown

Everyone should have at least one cause that owns their hearts. For me, that cause is supporting Shadow Cats, and the wonderful and diverse work they do in the Austin area - and far beyond. You see, Shadow Cats is more than a sanctuary, although it is a safe and loving home to more than 90 cats. They embrace and care for the injured and the sick, including a special part of the sanctuary especially for cats with feline leukemia, a diagnosis which is typically a death sentence for a cat in typical shelter. Many of the cats with Feleuk that they take in are kittens, and the mortality rate for these tiny ones is very high. Yet the staff and volunteers give their hearts and love to these little ones even though they know their time could be short. But Shadow Cats is about more than the sanctuary, it's about community cats, the feral felines that live their lives largely hidden from human view - the true Shadow Cats. From TNR (trap, neuter, return), to feeding and providing housing, to trapping and treating the injured and sick, Shadow Cats is about helping as many cats as they can live their best lives. They even have a fund to reach out and help cats all over the state and country whose lives are threatened in shelters and elsewhere, helping other rescues have the money to tag these souls and pull them to safety.

Okay, enough. I guess you can tell how much Shadow Cats means to me. And because of our ranch, we've even been able to help them pull three ferals to safety - two recovering from injuries and unable to be returned to where they were rescued, and one who was in danger from predators and was losing her protector. We help however we can, and now with Amplify Austin, their biggest fund raiser of the year, we want to help more. Any amount you can donate goes to help this wonderful cause. I hope you will find it in your heart to help what means so much to mine.

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Goal: $750.00