Whiskers TNR focuses on improving the quality of life for cats.


Mission Statement Whiskers TNR aims to improve the quality of life for cats in Warren County by working directly with the caregiver of the cat to coordinate spay/neuter and vaccinations.

Vision Statement Striving towards a future in Warren County where the plight of homeless cats is eradicated, Whiskers TNR envisions a community where every cat has a loving home, achieved through proactive spaying/neutering initiatives, humane education, and compassionate care.

About Us


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.

The Whiskers TNR Team



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, 2 dogs, and 2 miniature donkeys. 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 RN case manager with UMR/United Healthcare. 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.



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Dr. Loni

Whiskers TNR - Dr. Loni Ellsworth

I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska with an array of animals including many sled dogs, pet dogs, horses, and a cat. The only thing I ever wanted to do was to become a veterinarian when I grew up. I moved to Iowa when I was 18 to attend college and eventually vet school. During college I found a passion for TNR work and worked at a low cost spay neuter clinic. Once I became a veterinarian, I started working with Whiskers TNR to help provide services to the TNR cats in my community in Warren County. I now live in Marion, Iowa, but still help support Whiskers and their mission as much as I can from afar!



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.



Lacey spends most of her time gardening and loving on her animals.

Lacey lives in Milo with her husband 3 kids, 3 dogs, 11 sheep, 7 goats, a mini donkey, and countless chickens, ducks, turkeys, and Guinea fowl.