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November 24, 2016

Thankful today for our wonderful, talented staff, volunteers, supporters, adopters, veterinary clinics, and for everyone who cares about our fellow creatures.

Thank you for all you do for animals!

Reminder: Tomlinson's Pound4Pound Food Drive starts tomorrow.


September 3, 2016

Our latest newsletter is here.  Read about the rescue of this year's kittens and their mothers, Nena the deaf boxer, and how you can help!


April 19, 2015

Givin' Where I'm Livin'  (GWIL) is a week-long online giving event to support local non-profit organizations in the greater Dripping Springs Area.

Thundering Paws may be entitled to have its donations matched up to $2,500, so please consider donating to us during this fund-raiser. 

It's this week!

GWIL starts at  12:01 a.m., Sunday, April 19th and runs through, 6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2015.  Donating is simple.  Here's how:

  1. Go to, and click on the PayPal site.
  2. Enter Thundering Paws as your non-profit organization choice.
  3. Follow the rest of the prompts.

Remember this is a week-long online giving event.  You can go back and donate to us again and again.  We'd love it if you did!  Thank you.

Give at Dripping Springs Founders' Day Festival

If you  plan on attending the Dripping Springs Founders' Day Festival being held the weekend of April 24 - 26th, you'll be able to make a GWIL donation there, too.  You'll be able to donate by cash, check or credit card at the DSCF Table.  We hope to see you there.

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November 14, 2014

Thanks to Anne and Richard for another great edition of our newsletter! There are stories about our latest rescues, some happy adoption news, and information about other happenings around Thundering Paws. There is even a tip to help you with your holiday shopping! Click this link to read all about it:

Mewsings Volume 11, Issue 1


April 13, 2012

Volume 9, Issue 1 of our Mewsings newsletter has just been published!

Click here to read the latest newsletter.

In this issue you will meet some adorable baby kittens. The newsletter also includes a truly heart-warming story about how one of our oldest residents, Laurel, finally found her forever home.


Beautiful Laurel



December 15, 2011

The latest issue of the Thundering Paws newsletter is available! Click here to read about Lila, some of our new kittens, dogs, and more!

Mewsings kitten

Kitten Sweet Pea


January 6, 2011

Here in central Texas we generally enjoy mild winters but every now and then we get a cold snap. In fact forecasters are predicting several very cold nights and days this winter. We like to be warm and cozy indoors – and some lucky animals get the benefit of our love of the heater or fireplace but not all live such a pampered life. If you have out door cats or dogs please make special arrangements to make sure they stay safe, happy and healthy.


Here are some tips:


·      Provide some shelter for your outdoor pet; ideally you should have a garage or barn where they can sleep. Take caution before you start your car in the morning and make sure your cat  - or your neighbor’s cat - is not sleeping on the engine where they like to curl up to stay warm.

·      Make sure they have lots of fresh water. Even in the winter animals can become dehydrated. Check the water often to make sure it isn’t frozen.

·      Make sure they have plenty of food. Animals burn a lot of extra calories in the winter to stay warm. Consider adding canned food to their regular diet to increase their calories.

·      Provide bedding for your pet to snuggle up in; an old pillow or blankets work well. Consider providing a cat shelter and filling it with bedding. Hay is an excellent insulating bedding and also relatively inexpensive. Alley Cat Allies provides several ideas for either making or buying a cat shelter - click here.


December 20, 2009

Please read our latest newsletter, which can be viewed on the website at this link. We have had another good year of helping animals get rescued, get well, get happy, and get homes. We couldn't possibly have done it without your help. Only together can we continue our mission, so close to our hearts.

I want to tell you about Harold.

Adopted to a family, he lived with them for 10 months and then they asked us to take him back. This is exactly what we want people to do with animals adopted from us who can no longer be in their adoptive homes, and we gladly brought him back into Thundering Paws. There is nothing wrong with Harold: he and his adoptive family simply were not a good fit. He is large, calm, well mannered (unless you have canned food that you aren't giving him), friendly, and one of the most gorgeous cats we have ever seen. There is a kittenish quality about Harold that draws people to him. We know he will find a forever home soon.

I also want to tell you about Blackie.

She was a restaurant cat at the now defunct El Arroyo Cafe on Bee Cave Road. When the restaurant closed, we took her, and found her a home with a family of other long-time El Arroyo patrons. About a week ago, she ran out of the house and into the nearby woods. Thundering Paws volunteers came to the house with traps and suggestions, and we will continue encouraging the family, and working in the neighborhood until we retrieve her.

The reason I am telling you about these two is to demonstrate that our dedication to animals doesn't stop once the animal is adopted.

We will always do whatever we can for any animal we have ever brought in, named, and loved. We want to continue to be here, in perpetuity, for these little beings, and to do that, we need your financial support. Please give us what you can to pay for our overhead, vaccinations, veterinary care, gasoline, salaries, supplies, cat litter, and cat, dog, and bunny food.

Contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 1555, Dripping Springs, TX 78620, or made through our PayPal button on this page.

Thank you for what you do for Thundering Paws, and for everything you do for animals.


September 23, 2008

Check out the latest edition of our newsletter for news about our current activities, stories of rescued kittens and not-so-young cats, and details of upcoming events.

See the newsletter here (pdf).


December 22, 2007

Our wonderful volunteer, Anne "Annie" Stuhr died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 16, 2007, of a pulmonary embolism while recovering from pneumonia. She was only 59.

All of us at Thundering Paws -- cats, dogs, bunnies, and humans, will miss her greatly.

Eulogy for Annie Stuhr

Our wonderful volunteer, Anne "Annie" Stuhr died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 16, 2007, of a pulmonary embolism while recovering from pneumonia. She was only 59.

She was born in Washington, D.C. on May 9, 1948 and, with her husband, William "Bill" Stuhr, she lived all over the world. She was influenced by her time in Japan and was ever after enamored of things Japanese.

Annie held a Masters degree in school administration, a career from which she was retired. That was the only thing from which she was retired!

She married the love of her life, Bill. He survives her, along with numerous "fur" children. Their 35 year marriage was a inspiration of love and respect.

She was a master craftsperson, creating teddy bears dressed in anything from school colors to cowboy outfits. She also made quilts and jewelry, which she sold at craft shows that she organized and invited others to join. All of her craft work was flawless.

Annie had more energy and could produce more work than anyone half her age, twice her size, and twice as healthy. She was tireless and trying to get her to sit down. eat, or even drink water was a useless endeavor. She had her fingers in a dozen pies, and she would make you one, too, if you asked! She cared for the Stuhr home, their animals, and, for that matter, anyone's animals.

She was a volunteer at Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary for the last five years of her life, doing morning chores every day, Monday through Friday. She would always transport an animal to the vet, go on the TV spot, or come to the sanctuary five times a day to nurse the sick. If you wanted to see her smile, you could always hand her a kitten.

Annie was opinionated and you were never in doubt of where she stood on any issue. She was fiercely loyal, honest, and ethical. She loved country music, and could be spotted often on the move, radio blaring, in her black pickup, along the back roads near Dripping Springs. She had a host of friends, who were proud to be among her chosen. She was a good woman, who would go out of her way any time to help someone in need. She gave generously of herself in every way.

Her last illness was the result of smoking, which she stopped seven years before she died. In her last week—when we had no idea that she would not recover--the message she asked me to give people was this: STOP SMOKING NOW! If you need help in this endeavor, please contact the American Cancer Society. They will help you.

A memorial service will be held at Harrell Funeral Chapel on the corner of Hwy. 290 and RR 12 in Dripping Springs at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2008. After the service, there will be a cook-out at the Saddletree clubhouse, about 7 miles north of Dripping Springs on Ranch Road 12, on the west side of the road. Look for the flagpole with an American flag flying. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary or a charity of your choice.

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