Whiskers TNR focuses on spaying and neutering stray cats
Whiskers TNR of Warren County aims to improve the quality of life for the county’s stray, dumped and feral cats. We also help responsible pet owners with expenses related to having their cat spayed or neutered. Whiskers provide educational information to increase public awareness of the need to better care for and prevent cats from becoming homeless. We encourage adoption and help strengthen animal rescue services throughout Warren County.
Whiskers TNR of Warren County supports humane education programs for the public and encourages respect and compassion for all animals. We strive to make a difference in the community, one cat at a time.
Whiskers TNR of Warren County is a corporation in the state of Iowa and is ruled by a board of directors. Whiskers is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity. This means that your donation is deductible on your annual income taxes. Whiskers TNR became organized and tax-exempt in June of 2016.
How we began
In the Fall of 2015 Corissa and her family noticed an adult cat spending time at the school in their neighboring town. That adult cat was soon followed by three younger kitties. After asking a few people in the community if they had any information as to where the cats lived, they were directed to a nearby home. There they met an elderly gentleman who had been feeding the stray cats for years, as he felt he was doing the right thing for them. He welcomed help with the cats, as he had noticed the increasing size of the daily visitors he had to his home. Over the course of the next three months, his nine cat colony were all caught, spayed/neutered and vaccinated. The efforts of this family project did not go unnoticed, and more inquiries for help were brought to Corissa and her family. She and her husband knew that the time, money and effort into helping homeless cats were more than their family could take on alone. That is when the vision for Whiskers was born.
Meet our board members
Corissa – Corissa and her husband, Jeremy, along with their twin boys live on a hobby farm near Martensdale. Together they have 8 chickens, 1 duck, 4 goats, 1 dog as well as a mule and 2 miniature donkeys that were adopted from Lusco Farms Rescue. Fifteen cats make up their outdoor colony and indoor kitty count when combined. Corissa recently made a career change and works full time as an oncology RN case manager with UMR. Prior to that, she had worked as an ICU nurse for 19 years at a Level I Trauma Center. She also is active in her church and is a Bible study leader. She has always been passionate about helping people to be their best and choosing to do the right thing. Through her everyday life, she does her best to create moments of joy, pause long enough to capture teachable moments with her children, and most of all to love God and love others.
Chris – Hi, I am Chris and I sometimes feel like I might have been a cat in another life. I have a great love for animals and have had many different critters in my lifetime but I really do have a special affection for the feline persuasion. I had my first cat when I was 1 year old and have not gone without one in my lifetime. To be able to assist in decreasing the serious pet overpopulation is a wonderful goal that I am happy to assist in any tiny way I can. Currently, I live with my husband, Doug, 4 cats, and one dog. Besides spending time with my furry friends, I like to garden, read, and travel. Hopefully, in the near future, I will be able to retire and dedicate more time to Whiskers TNR of Warren County.
Susan – I am a long term animal advocate. I have worked with dog and cat rescues in California, Nevada and now Iowa. I was given the opportunity to volunteer with exotic animals at the Keepers of the Wild in Las Vegas Nevada. These animals included lions, tigers, monkeys and wolves. I have worked to change laws to protect animals and really feel we are providing a valuable service with Whiskers TNR. My family and I have cared for a miniature horse, goats, a rabbit, fish, pot-bellied pigs and too many cats and dogs to count, both our own and our fosters.
“Fostering an animal isn’t a lifetime commitment, it’s a commitment to saving a life”.
Anne – Anne has been loving animals as long as she can remember. She joined the Humane Society of the U.S. as an 8-year-old and was raised by parents who taught her to love nature and all of the creatures… except mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and spiders that come too close. Having always been a cat owner and admirer, Anne loves that cats have distinct personalities, invoke laughter with their antics, and allow us as humans to share their wildness while imparting purrs and snuggles. Her passion is helping Whiskers reduce the cat population and create better quality of life for kitties. She is often caught photographing Whiskers’ felines for portrait sessions, which you can view online at the Whiskers Facebook Page.