Jessica Vigos – Founder

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Jessica has a true passion for those most in need. As a Utah native she has always had a passion for helping animals. Growing up she always had animals in the home, her mother was a foster for animal rescue and from a very young age a home just was not a home without a cat. Jessica started volunteering in animal shelters in 2012. That summer she also TNR’d (trap-neuter-return) her first colony of under socialized cats. This really opened her eyes to truly how many cats in the community & shelters needed help. Learning that cats were the number one euthanized animal in the world was devastating. In 2013, Jessica was able to become a volunteer at the kitten nursery for SL County. Volunteering over two hundred hours that season helping save tiny lives, learning to care for under socialized moms and babies was a crash course in obtaining a position with Best Friends as a Community Cat Coordinator.

During her time at Best Friends she was able to be a public advocate for community cats, educating the public and assisting hundreds of caregivers in providing a better life for the cats they cared for. Trapping in the community for the first four years had a huge impact spaying and neutering over 2,800 cats! Jessica worked with Davis County Animal Care & Control during this time and helped implement the life saving TNR program they have today. Being able to assist a shelter that originally had below a 30% save rate for cats to over 90% in just over two years was incredible.During this time the plight of older, less adoptable cats became very apparent. Jessica gained a great deal of skills during her time with Best Friends and was a warrior for the cats!

In 2015, Jessica became heavily involved with Pet Samaritan Fund. Through Pet Samaritan she was able to provide the care many of these cats needed, save lives primarily from Davis County and begin to expand that care to seniors, declawed cats with botched declaw jobs and kittens. From 2015 to 2018 the volunteers were able to save over 300 lives at risk for euthanasia. As the Lead Adoption Specialist for the north end of the valley she was able to take over the Petco in Bountiful building a volunteer & foster base. Pet Samaritan was extremely good to Jessica and she still holds strong bonds with the group today. Jessica learned valuable skills during this time to help manage a rescue.

In 2018, in order to further build on the passion for rescuing those cats truly in need of medical, special needs, declaw issues & special needs Whiskers was founded. The Whiskers volunteers, fosters, adopters, donors & community help this tiny but mighty group do amazing transformations on cats that would otherwise be euthanized due to lack of resources or adoptive homes.

Jessica works a full time job,and dedicates her life to running Whiskers & saving the cats. She holds a Bachelors in Business Management & continues to use that education in running her non-profit. Jessica has three cats, one dog and a few rescued fish! Jessica is also one of the first stops for many of the cats that come into Whiskers & is a dedicated foster.

 

 

 

 

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