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Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary

P.O. Box 1555
Dripping Springs, TX, 78620
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Phone: (512) 402-9725
Contact Email: info@thunderingpaws.org
Website: www.thunderingpaws.org/
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Thundering Paws is a no-kill, non-profit animal sanctuary located just outside of Austin in Dripping Springs, TX. 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!











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Looking For a Furry Friend?

We can help find the right animal for you. We ask for a $100 adoption donation, which includes spay/neuter, current vaccinations, FIV and feline leukemia testing for cats, heartworm testing for dogs, and all veterinary records. 

If for any reason an adoption does not work out, we take the animal back at any time during his or her life. Until the adopter and Thundering Paws decide together that the adoption is final, we will refund the adoption donation. Our goal is happy animals and for that, we must have happy adopters.

To begin the adoption process, fill out our online adoption form. To meet some of our animals in person, visit one of our adoption events, or visit the Cat Adoption Center at the Petsmart on Bee Cave and Highway 71.

PetSmart Cat Adoption Center

During open store hours, Thundering Paws has several cats and kittens up for adoption at the PetSmart near the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave.

Shops at the Galleria (across from the Hill Country Galleria, off Hwy 71)
12812 Shops Parkway #400
Bee Cave, TX


Foster An Animal

 Have you ever considered becoming a foster parent to an animal in need? If so, Thundering Paws would love to talk with you. Foster parents enable us to save more pets, and allow an animal to live in a home environment while it awaits adoption by its forever family.

As a foster parent, you will learn the animal’s personality and help Thundering Paws find a family that is a good match for the pet. You can trust that our experienced Adoption Coordinators will screen the applicant to make sure your foster pet goes to a safe loving home.

Some things to consider before you volunteer to foster:

  1. What can you handle? One cat, a pair of kittens, or a litter of kittens? Kittens that need to be bottle-fed? Underage kittens that are still with their mom? A shy kitten or cat that needs socialization to become more adoptable? A pet that needs medication? A senior cat that is too stressed in a shelter environment?
  2. Do you have the time it takes to socialize the pet? Some kitties require patience and a calm environment while others adjust quickly and are ready to play.
  3. Are you willing to clean up after them? Kittens, especially those that are 4 - 8 weeks old, can be messy.
  4. Are you willing to transport your foster cat (or kittens) to and from adoption events? These usually take place on Saturday afternoons at PetSmart in Bee Cave, where Hwy 71 intersects with Bee Cave Road. (The PetSmart is located across from Lowe's.) You’re welcome to stay with your fosters, but it’s fine if you prefer to drop them off at noon and pick them up at the end of the event.
  5. What accommodations do you have for foster pets? Do you have a spare bathroom or bedroom so that they can be kept separate from your other pets for at least the first two weeks?
  6. Do you already have pets? Are their vaccinations up-to-date? How will they feel about other animals coming into the house? Foster pets can often provide good companionship for your own pets, as long as they are introduced properly.
  7. Last but not least, are you prepared to send your foster pet to its new home? Sometimes it’s difficult to say goodbye to your foster kitty (we’ve all shed a few tears), but the void can be filled by fostering another kitty that is in dire need of your love and attention... another kitty that needs a second chance.

As a foster parent, you provide food, water, shelter and, most of all, lots of love. Thundering Paws provides vet care, medications and support. If you are interested in volunteering as a foster parent please contact Anne via the online form or via phone at 512 402 9725. You’ll find it to be a very fun and rewarding experience.

Can't Take In New Animals?

If you don't have room in your home to adopt an animal, we hope you will have room in your heart to sponsor one! We house several animals who cannot be adopted due to their feral nature or for medical reasons. These animals need a lot of love and care, and your support will ensure them a happy life at Thundering Paws.  

Here's what your donation can buy:

  • $10 buys food for a bunny for one month
  • $20 buys food and litter for a cat for one month
  • $50 buys yearly shots for one animal
  • $150 buys monthly flea preventative
  • $250 provides weekly supplies for everyone
  • $450 pays our rent, utilities, and trash collection for a week

Our Organization

We are a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations to Thundering Paws are tax deductible. We rely on our volunteers and generous donors to keep us going, and appreciate any help you can give. 

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