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

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.

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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:

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April 8, 2015

We're looking for a cat-free household to foster sweet little Rufus!

Rufus has just tested positive for FIV, an immunodeficiency virus in cats. The test only measures antibodies in the cat's blood, which means only that he has been exposed to FIV, not necessarily that he is ill with FIV.  The exposure would have had to have been through his mother's milk, his being so tiny.  She may or may not have FIV. She may only have been exposed, too.  Since we don't know her, and have no way of finding her, we can't know.  We will re-test him in three months and, if he is still positive, again in six months.

However, since we have already agreed to take a family for Rufus, and, because of his FIV status, he cannot join that family, we need another place for him.  Our ideal foster would have no cats at this time, but a cat-friendly dog or puppy, someone for him to play with but who could not contract the virus.

If Rufus were an adult cat, we would have no problem.  Adult cats with FIV can safely mix with adult cats without FIV.  FIV is passed not through saliva, feces, or urine, like feline leukemia, but only in an anaerobic atmosphere--airless--like through sex (from which all animals here are retired), a deep bite (except in rare cases only associated with sex), or dirty needles (none of the kitties here have an IV drug problem, only catnip. :-) )  However, kittens cannot safely mix with adult cats regardless of their FIV status, because of other issues.  We were willing to take that risk with one mom and her kittens, but not with multiple cats.

If anyone has a wonderful canine who would LOVE a feline playmate, has no other cats, and is willing to foster Rufus, please contact the sanctuary.

I warn you, however, that Rufus is CUTE!  It's spring and love is in the air, and a foster person could easily fall prey to Rufus's charms.  Just ask his current foster mom, who is devastated at the thought of giving him up.

Thank you so much.

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