Winn Board Secretary Janet Wolf has early memories of a black kitten with a red bow around her neck. That was the start of her love of all things feline — domestic and wild, small and large, pedigreed and random bred. While she had few cats growing up, Ms. Wolf adopted a cat as soon as she left home for college. Over the course of six years, two different cats kept her company as she completed her studies and began her career at the National Park Service.
Ms. Wolf soon discovered how much she enjoyed raising litters of kittens and became a pedigreed cat breeder while also rescuing un-owned cats and their litters. Word spread, and she and her husband, Otto, became known for providing additional help neutering, socializing and placing un-owned litters. Today, they continue to rescue and breed Birmans.
Breeding and rescuing cats has led to Ms. Wolf’s increasing interest in feline health issues. Several years after she started breeding cats, there was a devastating outbreak of FIP in her cattery. She was already volunteering as a writer for Winn, and ended up co-chairing the first International FIP/FECV Conference.
Ms. Wolf previously served as the Winn board’s first executive director and now serves as secretary. She considers her time with Winn rewarding, watching the improvements in feline care and the discovery of new therapies, genetic tests, drugs and so much more.