Thundering Paws

Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary

Thundering Paws is a no-kill, non-profit animal sanctuary located near south Austin in Dripping Springs, Texas (just miles from the Y in Oak Hill). We are home to an ever-changing number of animals, mostly cats, a few dogs and rabbits. We provide our beloved residents shelter, food, water, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, veterinary care, and a lot of love and attention. All cats are tested for FIV and feline leukemia during their time here and prior to adoption.

Why are we working so hard to do this for the pets in our care? Due to the overpopulation of companion animals in the United States, many often face unhappy fates. Our aim is to stop this unnecessary suffering altogether. This is a goal of a lifetime, perhaps several lifetimes, but Thundering Paws is committed to doing all we can about it today!


Recent Blog Entries

March 30, 2015

Rufus!On Thursday, March 19th, a couple found a kitten in the parking lot of Evangeline's, a restaurant in the Brodie/Slaughter area. Because they were in a work truck, the man put a cone behind it when parking. When removing the cone, he found the kitten behind the tire!.

The couple looked all around but could find no mom nor other kittens. They called their veterinarian's office, Sunset Canyon Vet, and were referred to us. A kitten foster mom agreed to take him. Who could have refused him!







At six inches without his tail, Rufus was thought to be about six days old.

Rufus is 6 inches!


He knew how to eat...

Rufus eats!



Rufus sleeps!


and try to clean himself...

Clean Rufus!


While kittens' eyes usually open at about 10 days, Rufus may be a little behind the norm.

Rufus - eyes closed


Rufus is doing great...except those eyes are a mystery! We will give him until Monday, however, before we worry. You can see in the video that his foster mom is having fun playing with him, and he likes it, too.

Rufus is Siamese (and we please!) He is already growing points.

Keep posted for more Rufus pictures and stories.

cats, rescue

March 26, 2015

Isn't it time that Austin joined the ranks of other progressive cities with its own cat cafe?

Blue Cat Cafe wants to make it happen, and they are near the halfway point on their Kickstarter campaign.

Cafe + Adoptable Cats = WIN WIN

The Blue Cat Cafe team believe that true “cat haters” are few and far between and that the bottleneck to putting homeless kittens in loving homes is simply more “face-to-whisker” time. Numerous organizations in Austin like Thundering Paws exist to provide shelter to abandoned kittens. The Blue Cat Cafe aims to foster those cats at the cafe itself, and be an aid to the rescues in adoption!

Please consider donating to their  Kickstarter campaign and attending one of their local fundraising and awareness events. The next one will be this weekend!

Austin Kitty Limits


March 29, 2015: Austin Kitty Limits

Stompin Grounds
3801 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

5:00 - 10:00 PM:  Live music every hour with the following lineup

  • 5-8 PM Live adorable kittens dressed up as punks for pictures and petting
  • 5-6 Free Kittens & Bread
  • 6-6:30 Modern Day Midas
  • 6:30-7 Poppy Fields
  • 7-8 Pickles
  • 8-9 Sweepstakes
  • 9-10 Noiserock Treehouse
events, fostering, fundraising

March 1, 2015

Austin's biggest online giving event starts March 5th at 6:00 p.m.  and ends March 6th at  6:00 p.m.  It's a great way to donate to Thundering Paws  because during this 24-hour period all contributions received will be amplified by corporate sponsors. 

Our goal this year - $30,000 - or even better for the animals we love!   Help us reach that goal.  Here's the link to our Amplify Austin fundraising page:

You can schedule a donation now or go to this link any time during the 24 hour period between 6:00 p.m. March 5th, and 6:00 p.m., March 6th.

Set your alarms for...the POWER HOUR!

We have a Power Hour: March 6th  - 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.

If Thundering Paws' receives the most contributions during this hour, we will win a prize of $1,000! We've won the power hour prize 2 years in a row - let's make it three.   And - if we raise $5,000 during our Power Hour, a generous donor has agreed to match that amount. Let's do this!!

Scheduled donations will not count toward our Power Hour.   So, please get up early on Friday, March 6., and donate, donate, donate!   Thank you very much!


events, fundraising

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