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June 11, 2014

Amanda is a beautiful tortoiseshell kitty.

Amanda came to us as a very shy kitten with her brother Tucker. She's still a very quiet girl, but is comfortable with the other cats in her area. She loves to lounge around the shelter with her kitty friends.

Can you sponsor Amanda to help with her expenses? To sponsor her, start at:

and make a Paypal donation at the $25 per month level. Then send an email to telling us that you want your money to "Sponsor Amanda." If you prefer to send monthly checks or set up an automatic credit card or bank draft, just give us a call at 512-402-9725 and we will help get you all set up.


June 5, 2014

Aloysius is a shy guy with very handsome tabby markings.

He was one of a litter of eight kittens born under a neighbor's house. He doesn't care much for humans, but that's OK with us. He's one of our cat run cats who will live out his life in the comfort of our indoor/outdoor run.

Can you sponsor Aloysius to help with the expenses of keeping him happy and healthy? To sponsor him, start at:

and make a Paypal donation at the $25 per month level. Then send an email to telling us that you want your money to "Sponsor Aloysius." If you prefer to send monthly checks or set up an automatic credit card or bank draft, just give us a call at 512-402-9725 and we will help get you all set up.


March 19, 2007

Last September we featured an article on July, a cat who came to Thundering Paws feral, emaciated, and obviously quite ill. She had a wonderful sponsor, Jennifer Pospisil, who paid all her expenses until we could find out what was wrong with her: a glob of plastic in her stomach which interfered with her digestion to the point that she was literally starving to death while eating tons of food. Once it was removed, she gained 11 ounces in three days, and became the gorgeous, healthy -- and still feral -- creature that we all knew she could be. She lives here because we don't want her to do any more dumpster diving and ingesting plastic wrap!

July remembers
July relaxing on the cat run

Jennifer alerted Thundering Paws to July, and we went and trapped her to start this process. But the woman who used to feed her, and who told Jennifer about this pathetic cat, is Gloria Colvin, who came over here to volunteer on a recent Sunday. We pointed out July to Gloria who, after the initial denial -- "That can't be July! That cat looks great!" -- talked to July while she was working outside the screened porch where July often suns herself.

July was completely focused on Gloria, watching her work. Gloria began talking the baby talk that she used when she was the caretaker for July's feral colony. And July, who never talks to us, began meowing in response to Gloria's baby talk. July remembered. We trapped her on the first of July, 2004, hence her name, and July still remembers Gloria. Hardened cat trappers burst into tears when told this sweet story.

happy tails, sponsor

September 25, 2006

In the articles on July and Sweet Pea, I mentioned that these two animals had "sponsors," who, in their cases, are kindly donors who pay all their medical expenses. July's were considerable, between $1500 and $2000, and we would have been in debt up to our choke collars if July had not had Jennifer Pospisil footing her bills. Sweet Pea promises to take up quite a few financial resources also. Thanks to Annie Stuhr, who happened to be the poor sucker with me when Sweet Pea was found, this dog's expenses will be donated to Thundering Paws.

Sweet Pea will eventually be adopted, and her sponsorship will be taken on by her new human. July is feral and will remain here for life (unless she has some sort of spiritual experience or converts to Stepford-like domesticity.) Therefore, July's expenses will be ongoing, and Jennifer will continue to support her.

There are other cats here who are permanent residents. Many can be seen on our website. Angel, Zachary, and Woody are feral, along with not yet pictured Puffin, Percy, Towanda, and Arnica. Georgia, Neal, Alex, and Vangie are old or sick kitties who we will not ask to adapt to another situation, but will be allowed to live out their lives in a place where they know what to expect. Hank, Mercedes, Tuvak, and Abe either don't like any people or they like a few people who come here and spend time with them. I'd tell you which for each of these cats, but they are cats and it changes daily. And then there is Laurel. A gorgeous cat with Maine-Coon qualities, she has already been surrendered by one set of humans. She could theoretically be adopted, but only to just exactly the right person, one with no other cats, no children and probably no personality of her own. Laurel... well, you just have to meet her to understand.

These animals need sponsors. We'd certainly send you a picture of your sponsored kitty. And an e-mail update whenever you want it. (Realize that I am the director and all the office personnel, plus other hats too numerous to be listed.) What we would want in return is a pledge to support your animal via a monthly donation of at least $10, and to be available to help with or pay for vet bills when necessary. It would be like having a cat but without the hair, litter box, or inevitable barf on your bed. And, of course, without the love, softness, and purring of your own cat. But you'll know that you are caring for an animal who, with your help, can live his or her life in a safe and happy environment.


September 20, 2006

On June 14, 2005, Excellent Volunteer Annie Stuhr and I were cleaning the room at the end of the hall where the floor needed to be replaced. We had just begun this task which had been put off again and again in favor of more crucial items on the to-do list: trapping feral cats before they get pregnant; driving animals to and from veterinarians; buying cat litter; scooping litter boxes. A call came in from Annie's husband, Bill. A hysterical neighbor had come barreling down their driveway yelling that there was a hurt puppy a few streets over from their house. Annie and I snatched up tools we might need, a board in case of an injured spine, rope, cloth to staunch bleeding, a leash, heavy gloves, and dashed off in her pickup truck.

When we arrived at our destination, we found a small black pit bull mix sitting quietly under a realtor's sign, no bleeding, no dangling limb, no lolling tongue nor rolling eye. She looked petrified and we had enough sense not to approach her. Someone, probably the hysterical neighbor, had left a plastic container of for the dog and it appeared untouched, which led me to wonder if the dog could walk.

Sweet Pea

Being mostly a cat rescue person, I called dog rescue people on my cell phone and got pretty much the same advice from everyone: either call animal control, which would probably result in the dog's demise, or wait and see what develops. I found a tiny bit of shade and sat down to wait. Annie went to her house for a large kennel and some dog food.

By the time Annie returned, the dog and I had worked out at least one thing: I was to obey the suggestions of the people to whom I had spoken, and I would wait. It was hot. We waited. Annie had brought me water (but no restroom, alas) and we waited. We took down the kennel from the back of her truck and set it in the ditch. Each human movement was met with a wary look, if not an outright growl, from the dog. I speak fluent cat but only un poquito dog. My dogs don't expect fluency from me: they speak cat, English and my halting Spanish just fine. But I understand "growl." We waited.

When she had settled down from the kennel placing incident, I opened the door. She glowered. We waited. She grew bored and looked away. I tied a rope to the door. She grimaced. We waited. She looked off in the distance. I opened a can of Iams kitten food (it was all we could find) and put it in a dish in the kennel. Absolutely NO ONE likes Iams kitten food, not cats, not kittens, not dogs, probably not flies. We waited without much hope.

In the end, I don't think she wanted the Iams kitten food (no one does), but she understood "kennel." and she walked in and waited for me to close the door, which I did with the rope I had tied to it. She's a small dog, 35 pounds, and Annie and I easily lifted the kennel into her truck bed and secured it with bungee cords. The waiting was over. We drove the dog to Hyde Park Animal Clinic.

When we arrived, the dog growled at everyone and bit Anne Pierce, the vet tech. They had another emergency that morning and suggested we call Animal Trustees of Austin (ATA), who are used to handling, examining and anesthetizing problem animals. Dr. Amy at ATA placed a call to see if they could examine this dog the next day at the Spay/Neuter Clinic, and we took her to Thundering Paws.

Fortunately, it was Tuesday, when dog-person volunteer Sarah Wolf comes over. Sarah was the first new person at whom the dog, now named Sweet Pea, didn’t growl. Sarah offered to take her for a walk and I agreed. At this point, the plan was to take her to ATA the next day for anesthesia and examination to determine if she had any injuries.

By the time Sarah and Sweet Pea had returned, it was apparent that if Sweet Pea had ever been hurt, her injuries were extremely minor. She walked fine and seemed happy and spirited with Sarah. We caged her, fed and watered her, gave her a rug to sleep on and told her good night. I called ATA and left a message that we would wait. It seems the theme for this dog.

Calene Summers made us an appointment for Friday at Emancipet to get Sweet Pea spayed. I took her in and it was my first visit to their new facility off Airport and East Seventh Street. What a wonderful experience! The staff was helpful, kind and well educated about their work. The surgery was well done and Sweet Pea has recovered nicely. We were charged $101: $36 for a 35 lb. dog spay, $6 for a rabies shot, $20 for pre-anesthetic blood work, $15 for a heartworm test, $11 for a first DHLPP, $10 for a Bordatella shot, and $3 for dissolvable sutures. We had all this work done because we have a sponsor for Sweet Pea: it is Excellent Volunteer Annie Stuhr. We could have gotten out for $42 for the spay and the rabies vaccination.

Sadly, Sweet Pea was heartworm positive. She has been treated and has made a full recovery. She is lucky that she had a place with a large cage in air conditioning to go through her treatment, and people who love her to help her through.

I am often asked why we don't rescue more dogs. Sweet Pea is the embodiment of one of the reasons. She is a little too interested in the cats here. When we walk, I am careful to clear cats out of her route through of the house. We have kitties in large cages outside and I am fearful of the look in Sweet Pea's eye when she sees them. We have two outside cats, who just showed up (and are now speutered, but refuse to come inside), and Sweet Pea lunged at Gonzo a few times when we were walking. There are only two cats outside and free, but there are many free cats inside and I cannot trust Sweet Pea around them. My dog, Maggie (a 5 year old playful but sweet Corgi mix), loves her kitty friends and knows that every cat here is a member of her pack. If we rescued dogs, sooner or later we would get a cat killer. Only when we have a new facility and can separate the species can we begin to rescue more dogs.

While I could not leave Sweet Pea unspayed and perhaps hurt on the road, I am also looking for a foster person for her, someone without cats, to foster her until we find her a new home.

And, while we do the best we can with what we have here: a 2139 sq. ft. house plus a 700 sq. ft. "cat run" which is a screened porch, I am constantly on the lookout for new and bigger digs, and the money with which to purchase these digs.

dogs, sponsor

September 18, 2006

As you know from the last two newsletters, Georgia is blind and, from what we can tell, has lost her sense of smell, therefore, she cannot find food. We feed her twice a day. She eats a special diet made up of Hill's Science Diet c/d, Nutracal, a dollop of corn oil, and water, blended up and given to her orally with a syringe. Her job is to swallow, and to let us know she is happy to be alive. She does the latter by purring when petted, rolling on her head and following us around to be loved on.

Despite her condition, she has never made a litter box mistake and is a very good kitty. We've had her three years and will keep her as long as she wants to be kept. She is a Siamese/tabby mix with white feet, quite a pretty girl. Georgia's food is very expensive, so any help you can give is appreciated!