(above), closely supervising Shauna as she cleans.
Desi (above) hitching a ride on Ranie's shoulder.
Shauna (above) mopping in Uptown Sun Room.
spare time, Ranie is also a Shadow Cats volunteer.
Shauna (above) cleaning Outback with power sprayer.
at the sanctuary
Have you ever felt a little overwhelmed by all the work
it takes to care for your cats at home – scooping,
cleaning, feeding, and all the other things you have to
keep up with every day? Well, multiply that by a whole
bunch and you can imagine what’s involved in doing that
for the Shadow Cats Sanctuary.
Every day the entire sanctuary is cleaned from top to
bottom – swept, vacuumed, mopped, and scrubbed. And it’s
probably a little messier here than in your home, since
a number of our residents have…well…less than perfect
litter box manners. We buy litter a thousand pounds at a
time, which translates into a lot of scooping. All the
food and water bowls in each room have to be cleaned and
refilled, and the kitty beds and blankets washed. If
this sounds like an awful lot of work, you’re right.
What’s amazing is that most days it’s done by just one
We have a position at the sanctuary
called “Kitty Nanny” that’s a much tougher job than the
name implies, and is in fact the only paid staff
position at Shadow Cats. Over the years we’ve had a
number of wonderful Kitty Nannies whose hard work and
dedication has kept the sanctuary running and ensured
that our kitties have a clean and safe environment.
Shauna is our current fulltime Kitty Nanny, and on her
day off and for special extra cleaning projects Ranie
fills in. How in the world does one person get all this
done? If you’ve ever watched the KittyCam early in the
morning you’ve probably seen Shauna in Cookie’s Place
cleaning--- it’s the first stop on her daily rounds. And
if so, you’ve probably noticed that on the Kitty Cam
she’s always kind of a blur of motion because she NEVER
STOPS…she hardly ever slows down from the moment she
arrives until she leaves in the afternoon.
With so many cats, and quite a few with health issues,
there are always a number of cats who need daily
medications. That’s yet another one of Shauna’s many
responsibilities. And when a kitty looks ill and needs
to go to the vet, Shauna is usually the one to notice
and take them to Central Texas Cat Hospital.
You might think that the most important qualification
for Shauna and Ranie would be that they are hard
workers. But what matters most, and is the reason they
would both tell you that they work at the sanctuary, is
that they really, really love the kitties. With all the
work they have to get done, they still manage to notice
when someone’s not looking quite right, or isn’t eating
well, and find the time to give an extra treat or
special feeding to an ailing cat who really needs it.
And after all that work, you’d think Shauna and Ranie
would be worn out…but they often stay extra hours and
volunteer in order to spend even more time with the
So, Shauna and Ranie, from all of us at Shadow Cats…and
especially from all the kitties…THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!!!
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