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 provides 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 was 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 along with their twin boys live on a hobby farm near Martensdale. Together they have 11 chickens, 2 ducks, 5 goats, 1 dog as well as a mule and two miniature donkeys that were adopted from Lusco Farms Rescue. Ten cats make up their outdoor colony and indoor kitty count when combined. Corissa recently made a career change and is now a community based case manager with United Healthcare. Prior to that, she had worked as an ICU nurse for 18 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.
Stacy – Stacey lives in Indianola, IA with her husband and two kids. They have 1 dog, 8 cats, 7 chickens, 2 rats, and a fish. Stacey has a degree in Environmental Science/Animal Care and Management. She was an Animal Care Specialist at the Mirage Hotel & Casino and a Wildlife Biologist in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is very passionate about the importance of spay and neutering of animals and hopes she can make a difference in Warren County!