Born from a deep love for animals and a shared desire to enhance animal welfare in our community, Como Critters was founded on Memorial Day weekend in 2022 by a group of compassionate neighbors. Faced with the plight of the community cats roaming our yards and streets, affectionately known as Como Critters, we came together with a mission to make a difference.
Over the past twenty months, our organization has grown and flourished, fueled by our unwavering dedication to our cause. In that time, we've had the privilege of extending a helping hand to over 2800 cats and counting, making a profound impact on the lives of both our furry friends and our community.
Our success is a testament to the tireless efforts of our officers, board members, and dedicated volunteers, who hail from diverse backgrounds and bring a wealth of experience and passion to our organization. Some are newcomers to our community, drawn by a shared vision of creating positive change, while others are lifelong residents with deep roots in the area.
Together, our voices form a powerful chorus, representing a significant portion of our local community united in our quest to address the community cat overpopulation crisis with humane, ethical, science backed solutions. With a steadfast commitment to innovation and progress, we strive to implement effective change through our progressive programs focused on community outreach, engagement, and long-term commitment.
As we reflect on our journey thus far, we are filled with gratitude for the unwavering support of our members, volunteers, and community partners. Together, we will continue to work tirelessly to create a brighter future for our beloved community and its cherished critters.
Como Critters Officers
President: William V. Shages III
Vice President: Sherri Miller
Secretary: Heather Hunter
Treasurer: Angeline Gregory
Como Critters Board of Directors
Executive Director: Joan Shages
Finance Director- Jane Smith
Fundraising Director- Heather Hunter.
Clinic Services Director- Tamara Nellessen
TNVR Services Director- Matt Barany
Volunteer Services Director- Patricia Nielsen
Director Critter Crafts- Jeanne McDonald
Purchasing Director- Sherri Miller
Billing Services Director- Angie Gregory
Web & Social Services Director- Mariah Nelson
Director Property Management- Danyel Gritzner
Director Educational Services- Jacqulyn Rose Romando
Director of Animal Services- NEEDED
Oversees all animal services programs including fostering, community outreach, rescue & financial aid assistance.
At Como Critters, our mission is to provide compassionate care and support for animals of all species in need, while also addressing the urgent issue of community cat overpopulation through Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) programs.
We are committed to rescuing and rehabilitating animals in crisis, regardless of species, breed, or circumstance we will find the appropriate assistance. From dogs and cats to wildlife and farm animals, we strive to provide sanctuary, medical treatment, and loving care for those in need.
In addition to our rescue efforts, we are dedicated to alleviating the financial burden of emergency and unexpected veterinary expenses for low- or restricted-income pet owners in our community. We believe that no animal should go without necessary medical care due to financial constraints, and we work tirelessly to ensure that all animals have access to the care they deserve.
Furthermore, we are passionate about preventing future animal suffering through proactive measures. Our low-cost clinics and services, including spaying, neutering, and vaccination programs, aim to empower pet owners and promote responsible pet ownership.
Central to our mission is our commitment to community cat overpopulation control through TNVR initiatives. By implementing humane and effective methods to manage free-roaming cat populations, we aim to reduce the number of homeless cats while improving their quality of life.
At Como Critters, we believe that every animal deserves a chance at a happy and healthy life. Through our comprehensive approach to animal welfare, we strive to create a more compassionate and sustainable future for animals and humans alike.