I am originally from Illinois where I was a Veterinary Technician and surgical tech for a large five doctor clinic. While working for the veterinarian my husband and I started fostering the kittens that were regularly dumped on the steps of the clinic. Over the years we have fostered numerous litters of kittens and have helped rehome many adult stray and feral cats as well.
We moved to Colorado in 1994 and I spent 22 years being a stay-at-home mom and homeschool teacher for our two children. We put fostering kittens on hold as we raised our kids. I fell back on my sewing skills so I could stay home with our kids and have run my own professional tailoring business for over 30 years now. My youngest son got me involved in Civil Air Patrol in 2013 and I’m currently the squadron commander for the Colorado Springs Cadet Squadron.
I learnt about Wild Blue Cats in Feb 2022 when we needed to get some feral cats we were feeding spayed and neutered. Two of the cats we trapped were female and were pregnant which led to us becoming TNR fosters for their litters. That first foster litter reignited the passion for helping cats and I joined Wild Blue to work with the TNR team. My family has continued to foster other litters including those with feral kitty mamas since we’re comfortable working with feral cats. As Wild Blue Cats has expanded the working cats program- to include Kaylene’s Kradle (catios for feral mama’s and their kittens), Maya’s Village (an enclosure for feral kitties to live out their lives), Bilbo’s Barn Buddies (catios for feral cats needing to move to new barn homes), and the TNR program -I was offered the new position of Director of Working Cats to help oversee the movement of cats through all 4 working cat programs. I look forward to helping Wild Blue Cats build these programs to continue to serve feral cats in our communities.