Like many children, Katarina Luther had a love of animals starting at a very young age. This led her to a variety of animal-related jobs and experiences over the years and ultimately culminated with her doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin-School of Veterinary Medicine.
For almost two decades, Katarina has provided veterinary care to thousands of dogs, cats, and even occasional exotic animals. Since 2015, much of her focus has been on the management of her veterinary hospitals, Cat Care Clinic and City Dog Vet in Madison, Wisconsin. While these clinics flourish while providing exceptional care for pets and careers for many, a driving passion for Katarina is giving back to the community, near and far.
The Creation of Guardian Whiskers
In 2017, after many years of providing care and building bridges in the community and veterinary world, Katarina chose to use her experience and resources to create the non-profit organization Guardian Whiskers, Inc. Her mission with Guardian Whiskers has been to create community programs and events that harness the power of the human-animal bond to benefit, inspire, and heal people of all ages.
Guardian Whiskers allows those not fortunate to have pets, particularly children, to benefit from the many gifts they bring.
A driving force for Katarina’s programs are her own three children, now teenagers. Her children were fortunate to grow up surrounded with pets and hobby farm animals. Like most kids, they turned to critters for joy, peace, laughter, and non-judgemental companionship when they needed a friend. Katarina believes every child should have the opportunity to cuddle with, read to, or just enjoy the magical presence of a pet.
Katarina encourages students and young adults to follow their passions. She actively mentors students toward their goals, particularly in the veterinary world. She is always looking for her next program or project and welcomes collaboration from even the most far-fetched willing participants.