Dripping Springs

While this Hays County town is fast becoming a bedroom community for Austin, the City  of Dripping Springs was historically an agricultural area.  The older, ranching, economy in this area was Dripping Springs at the edge of the Texas Hill Countybased on cattle, goats and sheep and some exotic animals like fallow deer,  ostriches, llamas, elk, and buffalo.  An exploding population has led to the  establishment of national chain stores including a Home Depot, a McDonald’s, and a new HEB Grocery store.  On opening day at the HEB in July, 2010 residents flocked into the store and stood in the aisles grinning and laughing with total strangers from the pure joy of having a modern,  full-service grocery store.  While the  old country chain store, Super S closed its doors in the face of new competition, they never got everyone’s business anyway since many local shoppers were already making the long haul out of Hays County to Austin once a week for groceries and pet supplies.

Dripping Springs city government does not offer animal services of any sort but redirects to San Marcos and to Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary, a privately operated rescue and adoption service for cats.

Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary

Thundering Paws Logo

Thundering Paws is a no-kill, non-profit animal sanctuary located near Austin in Dripping Springs, Texas. We are home to an ever-changing number of animals, mostly cats, a few dogs and rabbits. We provide our 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.

Why are we working so hard to do this? Due to the overpopulation of companion animals in the United States, many often face unhappy fates. Our aim  is to stop this 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!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Emily
    Aug 23, 2011 @ 11:11:16

    We have a note from Thundering Paws today about a financial need:

    We ask for people receiving this to send us at least $5.00, with the goal of reaching $5,000, to cover our monthly expenses. We also have high vet bills to pay, from taking in animals in dire need of health care. Please contribute if you are able. You may either send it through the PayPal button on our website, http://www.thunderingpaws.org/donate, or through the mail to Thundering Paws, P.O. Box 1555, Dripping Springs, TX 78620.

    If you are a regular contributor, please ignore the above, but not this: Thank you! You are our lifeblood and we could not exist without you.

    If you would like to become a regular contributor through our automatic withdrawal program with Wells Fargo Bank, please fill out the attached, and send it with a voided check to the post office box above.

    If you have received this e-mail before, please forgive me. Our mailing list is being transferred to our database, and it would really help us, and help you not to receive more than one e-mail, if you would send this back with your name and snail address so we could add it to the database.

    Thank you all so much for helping us, and thank you for everything you do for animals.

    Anne Zabolio
    Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary


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Emily S Carter

My two beautiful little girl kitties came from ARF -- a rescue service in Wimberley. Maddie Bell, in the header photo, likes to help me make the bed.

Shelter cats are the best!


Making a difference to pet owners looking for their lost cat [or dog] – this is a place to post information about your animal and to provide contact information -- see the Lost Cat page.

Its also home to cat and dog stories -- see The Literary Cat page.


All text and images © copyright 2011 Emily S. Carter. All rights reserved.
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