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 based 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 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!