We are on track in meeting our projected goals to establish a larger facility that will help us impact even more special needs and community cats. We renovated the existing structure so that all cats have access to climate controlled areas. This is a five year expansion. With this expansion, we will be able to increase our community outreach and give safe haven to even more cats that are ill or injured and have few options. The high level of quality veterinary care we currently provide will continue on a much larger scale. Our long term goal is to purchase land and a building on acreage to create a permanent facility and we are on track to make that goal a reality with our Future Fund growing each month.
The need for our services is tremendous. We are often the last stop- the safety net- for many cats. With a new facility and 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 $20 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 2016.
To join our Sponsor family, read more here. http://www.shadowcats.net/sponsor-a-cat.php
Shadow Cats' "One Life Fund" enables our organization to reach out and assist other rescues or individuals in acute situations where a cats' safety is compromised. The One Life Fund is a way to give back to other cats beyond Shadow Cats scope of care with designated funds. In 2013 we distributed over $2,000, in 2014 we were able to assist with over $4500 and again last year in 2015 we were able to distribute over $10,000 in donor designated contributions to help cats with critical needs ranging from post operative surgery complications to emergency cat food purchases to helping rescues save cats from high kill shelters. Over 200 cats from high kill shelters or in critical situations have been impacted outside of Shadow Cats direct care. https://www.facebook.com/notes/shadow-cats/shadow-cats-one-life-fund/883967448300722
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 80 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 6,500 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, misters for hot days, custom "houses" and plenty of enclosed outdoor space, all connected by cat doors. Over 20 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.
Additional funding will allow Shadow Cats to expand to a larger facility so that we can open our doors to more cats that have a low probability of being adopted or are scheduled for euthanasia at local shelters due to age, injury or illness and are in need of safe haven. Our new facility will also enable us to hold adoption events for those seeking a feline companion with special needs and increase our community outreach.
Your donations will enable us to spay and neuter cats when no-cost community resources are not accessible 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 $20 or more. Payment can be made through monthly installments or an annual donation of $240 or more. Please email us if you would like your Amplify donation of $240 or more to be applied to sponsorship of a cat listed on our website.
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!
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.
Round Rock, TX
Annie came to the sanctuary with Daisy in the fall of 2010. She was rescued from a hoarding situation and was destined for a barn placement, but got sick and came to stay at the sanctuary to recover. Winter set in, and it seemed too harsh to release her into unfamiliar surroundings during the cold weather. By spring she was very settled into the Outback, and seemed so shy and timid that we were concerned about her ability to get along on her own in a feral cat colony, so we decided to let her stay at the sanctuary.
Annie is a GORGEOUS girl and she's been slowly becoming more comfortable when people are around. She's not ready to let herself be touched just yet...but when that day comes, our laps will be ready for her! She roams all over the Outback now, and you can see what a difference having a safe and loving environment has made for her. In the Outback she'll be able to live the life she deserves, on her own terms, and we'll cherish her whether she's eventually in our lap or we're just admiring her lustrous beauty from afar. And we've got lots of patience....but we hope that one day soon we'll get to find out if Annie is as soft as she looks ;o)
Gary and Yolanda McAninch
Would you like to sponsor me, too? Visit the Shadow Cats website to learn more about sponsoring any cat you choose: http://shadowcats.net/sponsor-a-cat.php
In a world of so much hurt, Shadow Cats is truly a port in the storm for so many cats which would otherwise be forgotten. Community cats, injured strays, behavioral issues, medical issues -- No matter what the issue, Shadow Cats is committed to helping the cats which no one else seems to want. There is no reason to ignore these cats. They deserve to live their best lives too and that's what Shadow Cats provides.
Shadow Cats Sanctuary is one of the few places providing long-term & hospice care to cats diagnosed with feline leukemia. A positive FeLV test is an almost certain death sentence for most cats but it doesn't have to be that way. We have found that with proper care, diet and lots of love, FeLV+ cats can have an excellent quality of life during their shortened life span. In some cases, they can even shed the virus. They just have to be given a chance to live.
At Shadow Cats, we have been fortunate enough to see 17 of our FeLV+ cats shed the virus within the last 3 years. *** SEVENTEEN CATS IN THREE YEARS!!! *** A few of those cats have gone on to find their own forever homes while others remain at the sanctuary. We retest all of these cats every 6 months and they continue to show negative for the virus. Pretty amazing, if you ask me.
I have been with Shadow Cats for 3 1/2 years and looking forward to what the future holds for us. Will you join us on that journey by making a donation to show your support?
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