Welcome! Better known as WIFCaP, we are a group of cat lovers that want to care for the feral and free roaming cats in Western, Iowa by trapping, neutering, vaccinating and returning outdoor cats. We are NOT a rescue or a shelter and cannot physically remove or take cats. Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can find us on facebook at Western Iowa Feral and Homeless Cat Program.
For assistance with outdoor or feral cats email email@example.com
Western Iowa's Feral and Homeless Cat Program, Inc. is a corporation in the state of Iowa and ruled by a board of directors. WIFCaP holds a 501c3 Tax status, which means your cash donation is deductible on your annual income taxes. We are licensed in the state if Iowa through Iowa Department of Agricultural Development as an Animal Welfare Agency. WIFCaP was organized in August of 2011 and now a Network Partner with Best Friends Animal Society.
Our Board of Directors:
President/Treasurer: Lois Hartje
Vice President: Kathy Humann
Secretary: Becky Hantsbarger
Director: Molly Barnes
Don Marsh - Computer Geek
How we began:
In the early 2000's , a scraggly old tabby feral cat began to show up on Kathy's back porch. For 3 years or more, Kathy fed him every morning. Named Toby, this guy remained loyal to the household even tho he never allowed a human to touch him. He stole Kathy's heart. He passed away several years ago but is still one of the feline loves of Kathy's heart. Then Mrs. Gray and six babies came into the picture. With no one to help them and no resources to provide any good outcome, Kathy decided to do something about it. With the urging of friends, Western Iowa's Feral Cat Program was born.
Lois Hartje came to us as a volunteer several years ago, then was elected to our board and is now serving as President/Treasurer. In her words:
" I was raised on a farm and have always loved being around animals. We always had a dog and plenty of cats. At that time, I envisioned living on a ranch filled with every animal imaginable. My reality is a house with several cats.
I have worked in rescue, but have found that TNR is where my passion lies. I enjoy going to one location, helping the cats, then moving on to the next location. I have met so many nice people, who love the cats and want them to have a healthier life. I also love to work with other groups to find solutions to help improve the lives of the animals that cross our paths.
I found out about WIFCaP from a friend who needed help with a cat issue. I did some research and was impressed with the way this organization was run and wanted to help in some way. I feel very blessed to be involved with such a great group of people!"
We are so happy and blessed to have Lois on the team. She is a trapping guru and a hard worker!
Lois - hard at the work she loves!
Kathy Humann currently owns 2 house cats ( or do they own her?). Lucy is a sweet girl that came from our Avoca Vet Clinic and had been found in an abandoned trailer full of fleas and starving. Jasper is the newest member of the family and was found with his mama and brother in a barn outside of Walnut. Several years ago, original WIFCAP kitty, Mrs. Gray and her daughter, Zeva migrated to Kathy's porch. they are loved by all who follow our Facebook Page. Kathy is married to Larry,and a mom of four, grandmother of eight and recently a great grandmother to a sweet little girl! She has "retired" from bookkeeping positions, professional quilting and Bed and Breakfast hosting! Kathy is Founder, Vice President of Western Iowa's Feral and Homeless Cat Program. Her main duties these days is social media and fundraising.
Kathy explains why she is involved with WIFCaP: " I have to admit that I feel like I was a bit
coerced into starting Western Iowa’s Feral and Homeless Cat Program. When I saw the need and had the time, a
great friend of mine and I began talking (and she never let up!) about how a
TNR program was needed in our area.
Knowing that taking on a nonprofit would be like a full time job, but that
she would be moral, financial and physical support helped me to take the
plunge! Thanks Pam!!! Helping these animals is like a dream come
true for me. I am able to spend the
needed time and energy to make a difference for them and to help our
communities manage what might be an uncontrollable problem. I truly believe that God puts us on earth to
glorify Him in the things we do and say.
Each time I pick up an orphaned kitten, a stray cat or feed our feral
colonies I am reminded that "His eye is on the Sparrow and I know he watches me" and feel fulfilled and gratified. Also gratifying is the connection to the
people WIFCaP serves. What a great
avenue to show the love of Christ to others in a very meaningful way. Offering assistance and education to others to do the right thing makes my day go very quickly and my sleep extremely peaceful!" Email Kathy
Kathy and Gibby, a stray that stole Kathy's Heart!
Becky Hantsbarger is a Walnut resident and a kitty lover from way back. She lives with several kitties and a parrot! She is also an adamant outdoor kitty feeder. She has helped to feed and shelter several outdoor kitties and she is loved by all outside cats on the north end of Walnut! Becky also cares for Zeva when Kathy is out of town. She works at an attorney's office in Omaha, so she was the purrfect fit as Secretary to the WIFCaP Board!
Don Marsh: Becky's husband has recently joined WIFCaP in a web administration capacity. I don't even know what that means, other than when I have a computer issue he is there! He has gotten our emails addresses all set up and is working on some other nonprofit goodies for WIFCaP through Google. Its good to have a hardware, software guru at the ready! Email Don
Becky, hubby Don and Grandbaby
Molly Barnes: Previously a DJ KS95.7 in Atlantic, IA, Molly afforded Kathy and WIFCaP the opportunity to have a short "Cat Chat" weekly on her radio show for over 2 years! So fun to give information and educate folks about TNR and the care of kitties! Molly was elected to our board of directors in January 2014! A great fit and a wonderful supporter! She and her husband, Tyler are both a great help to us! PS - Molly and Tyler are BART's parents!
Molly and Tyler
We Are blessed to have two Vet Partners that help us do our "spa treatments" at a price that makes the best of your donations! To connect to these two wonderful veterinarians see:
Western Iowa's Feral and Homeless Cat Program's mission statement is as follows...
To trap, neuter and return(TNR)back into the community, stray and feral cats in Western Iowa. After spay or neutering, vaccinate against rabies and to supply food and shelter to our colony of kitties. To educate people on the importance of spay or neutering pets.