Cat lovers know the delightfully serene vibe a napping feline gives off. Imagine that multiplied by about 65, and you have a sense of how a chill Sunday afternoon feels at Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary in Dripping Springs.
Among the dozens of cats at the little house turned no-kill, nonprofit sanctuary, some are waiting for their forever homes. Others are permanent residents: ferals who want little to do with humans, and cats with physical or behavioral problems that make them unadoptable. All find love and safety at Thundering Paws.
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How to adopt: Animals from Thundering Paws are available for adoption daily at PetSmart, 12812 Shops Parkway No. 400 in Bee Cave, and on weekends at PetSmart, 5207 Brodie Lane. You also can adopt at the sanctuary itself; call ahead to get the address. An adoption application is available online. Rabbit adoptions are handled through House Rabbit Resource Network (rabbitresource.org).
Adoption tip: If your new cat hides under the bed for a couple of days, it doesn’t mean your adoption has failed. He just needs a little time to get used to a new home, sanctuary director Anne Zabolio says.
How to volunteer: Thundering Paws needs more people to foster pets to help get them ready for adoption. As Zabolio points out, fostering is a great way to try out living with a pet if you’re trying to decide whether to adopt. Volunteers are always welcome for other jobs as well, including working at Thundering Paws’ adoption centers, transporting animals to and from adoption events and vet appointments and helping with feeding, litter scooping and socializing animals at the sanctuary.
What Thundering Paws needs: The sanctuary’s goal is to have the equivalent of 1,000 donors giving $10 every month. Gift certificates to Healthy Pet (4301 W. William Cannon at Arbor Trails), which gives Thundering Paws a discount, are also appreciated. The cats would enjoy toys that don’t require the help of a human to be fun (like those circular tracks with a ball inside) and catnip-filled toys. Other needs: washable cat beds, Tidy Cat scoopable litter, and other, nonscoopable litters. Find a complete wish list on the Thundering Paws website.
More online: www.thunderingpaws.org, plus a Facebook page
This is part of an occasional series profiling Central Texas shelters and rescue groups. If you have a group to suggest, email email@example.com. For more of our pet coverage, go to statesman.com/pets.