About US!

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: Molly Barnes
Secretary: Becky Hantsbarger
Director: Roxanna White

Also notable:
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!

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!  
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

Roxanna White: Roxanna White has been “owned” by cats the majority of her life.  On average Roxanna and her husband, John have been allowed to live with a minimum of three cats.  A small colony of cats reside outside their home in rural Council Bluffs.  Both feel it is an honor to serve the Kitty Overlords.  Roxanna works for a law firm and John buys and sells antiques and collectibles.   Roxanna was elected to the Board in February 2018. 

Roxanna White

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:


Harlan Veterinary Associates Crew!

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.

Please see "All about Donations" page to see how you can help!
WIFCaP is a 501c3 !  Your donations are tax deductible!