Cindy Lauer is the Co-Founder and President of Whisker-N-Paws. After 25 years working in higher education, Cindy retired from her job in 2014 to pursue her passion of helping feral and community cats. She discovered that helping senior citizens and their cats gave her the most joy and found it so fulfilling that she chose to be a full-time volunteer.
Cindy has been involved with animal welfare since 2009 when she started as a cat foster with the Newnan Coweta Humane Society (NCHS). Through the end of 2017, she continued to be actively involved with the organization on many different levels from adoptions to serving as an ex officio member of the board of directors for many years. Lauer’s largest role however was serving as the Director of the Trap-Neuter-Return Program for six years. She is credited for coordinating the trapping of over 1450 cats in Coweta County. Clearly, Cindy is passionate about the health & safety of community cats and is also a strong advocate for the implementation of affordable spay-neuter programs. Knowing that she could do more, this drove her, along with Jennifer Kline, down the path to starting Whiskers-N-Paws, Inc.
Cindy obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training. That background helps her stay fit and agile when it comes to catching those cats. She earned her Master of Science degree in Education from Old Dominion University and that ties in nicely with her joy of teaching others. Cindy also just recently retired her Athletic Training credentials after 30 years because cats rarely need their ankles taped.
In her free time, she enjoys staying abreast of nutrition, working in the yard, educating herself about various topics in animal welfare and of course, spending time with her wonderful feline companions.