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

June 24, 2015

kittensNevermind the rain, the sanctuary is flooded with kittens this season! Just last week, we vaccinated nearly two dozen kittens at Thundering Paws!

Thank goodness for all the volunteers who have been willing to foster these cuties while we search for their forever homes.

Please have a look on our adoption page for adoptable kittens, or click on the links below. Note that we still need to post bios on many of them and that there are more kittens to come!

adopt, cats, fostering

April 19, 2015

Givin' Where I'm Livin'  (GWIL) is a week-long online giving event to support local non-profit organizations in the greater Dripping Springs Area.

Thundering Paws may be entitled to have its donations matched up to $2,500, so please consider donating to us during this fund-raiser. 

It's this week!

GWIL starts at  12:01 a.m., Sunday, April 19th and runs through, 6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2015.  Donating is simple.  Here's how:

  1. Go to, and click on the PayPal site.
  2. Enter Thundering Paws as your non-profit organization choice.
  3. Follow the rest of the prompts.

Remember this is a week-long online giving event.  You can go back and donate to us again and again.  We'd love it if you did!  Thank you.

Give at Dripping Springs Founders' Day Festival

If you  plan on attending the Dripping Springs Founders' Day Festival being held the weekend of April 24 - 26th, you'll be able to make a GWIL donation there, too.  You'll be able to donate by cash, check or credit card at the DSCF Table.  We hope to see you there.

fundraising, news

April 16, 2015

GREAT NEWS! Rufus has playmates!

Last we posted, we were in the dark about FIV transmission between mom cat and kittens.  Having talked to many veterinarians and read much literature on the subject, we have learned that Rufus can be with other kittens and cats safely.  They won't contract FIV.  The virus doesn't pass through mucous membranes, which means that there has to be a penetrating bite to infect another cat.  The danger is nil. 

So, with that happy knowledge--and we still hope Rufus tests negative in a few months--we have found him a family with whom to play.  Meryl and her family--Magus, Gypsy, Tara, Freckles, and Tinkydink--will teach Rufus that it's fun to play with other kitties.

Of course, all those new friends will tire him out, so here he is napping on his foster dad's arm. It was taken in the dark, so the image is a little grainy:

cats, rescue

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