Whiskers and Tails
185 West Broadway
Peculiar MO 64078
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 974-0442
Fax 816- 974-0119
Mission Statement
The mission of Whiskers and Tails is to save the lives of animals by helping the humans who care for them. 
Whiskers and Tails provides aid, assistance, and resources to humans and that allows them to keep their animals at home with them instead of the animals being released to an overcrowded animal shelter or given away in one of the dangerous free to good home ads where they end up in anything but a good home. The main purpose of our organization being created was to make a difference in the lives of animals and to end abandonment, abuse, dumping, and overpopulation and increase owner retention.  
"We save the lives of animals by helping the humans who care for them."  
CEO/Executive Director ReGina Edmondson
Board Chair Ms. ReGina Edmondson
Board Chair Company Affiliation founder
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2001
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Whiskers and Tails offers a variety of ways that you make a donation. You can mail a check to our PO Box. You can use our safe, convenient Pay-Pal donation button on our website and you can also remember us in your will. Become a sponsor to a dog or cat or one of our low - no income companion animal families. You can donate items such as dog and cat food, cat litter, non-perishable food items for humans, gift cards from retails businesses such as Wal-mart, Hy-vee, Home Depot or Lowes and many other places that would allow us to purchase basic life needs items for both humans and animals. 
You can also give your time and talents, special skills and resources to help us to meet our biggest goals. Another way to help us is to virtually volunteer  GO to our facebook page and like the page and share our posts. Get your friends and family to do the same. 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The mission of Whiskers and Tails is to save the lives of animals by helping the humans who care for them. 
Whiskers and Tails provides aid, assistance, and resources to humans and that allows them to keep their animals at home with them instead of the animals being released to an overcrowded animal shelter or given away in one of the dangerous free to good home ads where they end up in anything but a good home. The main purpose of our organization being created was to make a difference in the lives of animals and to end abandonment, abuse, dumping, and overpopulation and increase owner retention.  
"We save the lives of animals by helping the humans who care for them."  
Background Statement Whiskers and Tails began out of the need to fill a huge void in humane assistance in our community. The hundreds of sick and pregnant and dying ferals and strays were too horrific to watch. As time went on we started seeing a much larger picture of “need” in our community. We rolled up our sleeves and went to work. Rescuing the young, the sick and the pregnant dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. We worked hard to find sources for food, litter, care items and more. We started building relationships with other rescue and humane groups so that we could learn as much as we could and find as many resources as we could to meet all of the goals that we had created this organization for. Helping people, helping animals and most importantly saving lives.
Impact Statement
From 1999 to date Whiskers and Tails has saved and changed the lives of just over 4,123 animals and just under 3,200 humans. 
We have extended our aid and assistance programs to include teaching folks how to plan past a meal for today so that they can make their food and other supplies last. We have helped over 327 individuals get back into the work force and we have helped over 150 seniors get connected with life saving programs as well as social programs. We have made a huge difference in our community on very little by way of financial or physical support. Our current goals are working on creating an event space for our group, opening our thrift store and helping more humans and animals.  
Needs Statement
Because we are a very small, grass roots organizations our greatest needs are always funding and man power. Our monthly funding is 300 % less than what it should actually be. We find ourselves with a handful of volunteers when we really need a room full. We find ourselves with empty shelves when we need all of the shelves in our pantry full. It takes close to $3.200 per month for all of our projects and programs but, we have to operate on much less and create a plan to make every penny of the close to $800 per month that we actually receive stretch as far as it will go. 
At the moment our top 5 most pressing needs would be funding in the thousands of dollars, large group(s) of volunteers, donations of items by the truck load, building supplies and materials for five buildings and enough support to put it all together by the end of the year to accomplish our biggest goal yet of creating a space to benefit not only the humans and animals that we work with but, the community as well.  
Service Categories
Animal Protection & Welfare
Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Rural Economic Development
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Cass County
Geographic Area Served Narrative Whiskers and Tails delivers animal care supplies & items as well as human food & basic life needs items to Vernon, Bates, Jackson & Cass County residents in Missouri. Many of the folks that we provide assistance to are extremely low income. Most do not have transportation because they either cannot afford the costs of vehicle maintenance or they cannot afford to pay someone to take them to food pantries or other organizations that might offer assistance.  
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
We consider the successes of this organization to be the lives that we have saved. Either through altering an animal or rescuing an animal from an inhumane or dangerous situation. We also consider the many times we have appeared on the news to be a success as well. These times have offered us the opportunity to get one more person involved or to let one more person know what is going on in the world of animals and why it is going on.
Other successes would include the relationships that have built with companies such as Del Monte or Purina. With local Wal-Mart stores or other business that donate items to us. Our relationship with PETCO who has awarded many grants to help us to save lives. Those are successes that larger organizations might over look.
The biggest challenge that organizations like ours must face is the fact that animals are always at the bottom of the list and sadly most of the time they are not even on the list to help at all.
Even though we also help humans, it is hard to gain supporters when so many feel that animals are just not important enough to spend money on. In trying to raise the capital to build a facility we have learned the hard way that animals do not seem to have a value. That is where our next challenge comes in. It is our goal to teach people that they are important enough. Life itself is important. Whether that life has two feet or four. We often sit down and discuss creative ways to show people the importance of life. When we hold fundraising events or if we speak in public or at private groups we share stories of the wonderful things that animals have done for humans from saving people from fires to taking the bullet for a police officer. It is simply a part of what we do.
Challenges make up the biggest part of our daily operations. We work hard to meet them head on and keep going.
Description Hope for the holidays is an annual program with the express focus on low - no income companion animal families and unwanted, feral and stray animals. Starting in January of each new calendar year we begin gathering donated items such as canned food, clothing, bedding, winter items, heaters, holiday decorating and gift items, animal care supplies and items as well as gas and gift cards. As November rolls around we began to gather holiday meal items and during the week of Christmas we begin delivering all of these items to our families. For the unwanted, feral and stray animals - we update our feral feeding and wellness stations by adding straw, enclosing the stations for warmth and we gather donations of both canned and dry dog and cat food. We humanely trap and transport any stray or feral animal who is in need if medical care to our participating vet. We strongly encourage our community and outlying areas to support, participate, volunteer and donate in this program because the long, cold winter months are the hardest for both humans and animals that are in need.
Category Human Services, General/Other Holiday Assistance
Population Served Families
Short-Term Success

With just over 300 families in need our numbers usually come in at 80% of this total being served directly through Whiskers and Tails and being offered resources to find assistance through other organizations in the area. The success of this program lies in the numbers of families that receive assistance through this program.

Long-Term Success
Each year the numbers of low-no income companion animal families served by Whiskers and Tails seems to go up. There are so many that are in need. This year our numbers look to exceed 300 total families. In the past we have managed to provide some type of aid to at least 80% of our families and offered resources for them to find assistance in areas where we did not have enough donations to go around. 
We provide aid, resources and direct them to employment, adult education and other strategies that will get them back on their feet and looking forward to a brighter future.
Program Success Monitored By Because we are a very small organization and because the same three volunteers hand deliver the donated items to our families - we know that this program is working because we can see the results for ourselves. The tool that I use is just looking directly into the faces of the families that we are helping. The tears of joy and surprise say it all. Far too many families go without during the holidays and during the long winter months that follow. We make sure that our families have winter clothing, holiday meal and gift and decorating items as well as heat, animal care supplies and items and of course the basic needs items that so many people just cannot afford to buy. One particular family that we served last year told us how they spent their holidays the year before by sitting on the floor snuggled together. No tree, no gifts, no food and no heat. They had lost everything when they lost their house. Their rental place hardly had any furniture and when we came two nights before Christmas with a few wicker baskets filled with clothes and blankets and heater and all kinds of goodies - was the best holiday that they had had in years. That is how I measure the success of this program. Through the reaction of families that are truly and desperately in need.
Examples of Program Success
Two samples of the success of this program includes a family with a mom and dad and six children and a senior woman that was conned into buying an unlivable mobile home. The first family had lost literally everything because of a lack of employment from health issues. They were living with the dad's parents and through our project they were able to find employment, get assistance with a home, get their bills in order and get back on their feet. They now have food, lights, gas and water and furniture. They have a working plan to make their future brighter.
The senior woman has now sold the trailer and will be moving in with her son. She no longer has stress or anxiety issues and knows that she will have the ongoing physical and emotional help that she needs to live a normal life in a place that she can call home.
CEO Comments As with any nonprofit project, the biggest challenges that we face are the lack of donations and trying to meet the ever-growing needs of the community. Finding sponsors, donors or grantors is one of the hardest things to do. We just roll up our sleeves and work with what we have hoping that someday our little organization will find some great people that want to help us to reach even more people and animals. We find that facing some of the challenges of getting the items that we need can turn into somewhat of a treasure hunt and it is one that we look forward to every single year. For instance, we start gathering items as soon as the holidays are over. Finding low priced yard sales, after Christmas sales, thrift stores and just about anywhere that there might be a really good sale going is time-consuming but rewarding. We purchase all that our small budget will allow and often make donation requests for items that we cannot afford to buy. We continue this process all the way up to December 20 just to make sure that the families and the animals that we are working with get all of the items that they need. It is an ongoing process but one that we are happy to put forth the effort for. When you see the reaction of the families and know that the animals are safe and warm and then discover that someone that you have worked with day in and day out and taught them every single thing that you know got that new job - you just know that your efforts have not been in vain.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director ReGina Edmondson
Term Start Jan 2001
Experience Mrs. ReGina Edmondson is a retired HR Exec., Freelance Writer and Home School Parent. Her goals are to help animals by opening a Forever Home Sanctuary where there are no time limits and where they will be loved. Her training in business and accounting will help keep the Thrift Shop up and running to create an ongoing income flow to help support the programs of health care, spay/neuter and rehabilitation.
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 2
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments Whiskers and Tails is a very small all-volunteer organization.  We work hard for no pay, no days off and absolutely no type of rewards or accreditations. One of the hardest things that we are facing is the fact that so many of our long-time donors have either lost their jobs or businesses or they have gotten sick, elderly or passed away.  We simply do not have enough donors and sponsors, resources or man-power to accomplish many goals that we have set for our small group. While we help so many with so little, we are hoping that our new social media campaigns will get our messages out and that we will find caring business both small and large and caring folks who would like to support our efforts as we go into the new year. We need your help so that we can continue to help others. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. ReGina Edmondson
Company Affiliation founder
Term Jan 2002 to Dec 2024
Email whiskersandtails2@gmail.com
Board Members
ReGina EdmondsonRetired HR Exec. & Freelance Writer
Tommy G. Edmondson Sr.Direct board member
Tommy G. Edmondson Jr.Direct Board member
Ersie S. WitmerDirect Board Member
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Capital Campaign
CEO Comments At this point, I wish that we had more board members. We are so very small and with only three people that leave quite a bit for each of us to do. My thoughts are that if there were more people planning and implementing would be so much easier. In each newsletter that we send out and often on most of the humane related groups that I belong we make sure to mention that we are looking for caring people that want to be involved in making a difference. Another way that we address this huge challenge is to invite various members of the community to bi-monthly luncheons. We let them know our mission and goals and inquire about their interest in getting involved. So far we have had no luck as most are running businesses or are involved in several other activities. We will continue to try at future events and functions.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $15,000
Projected Expenses $12,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2019, 2018, 2017:  Financial data reported using internal financial documents provided by the organization.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201920182017
Program Expense$20,552$8,679$8,000
Administration Expense$194$194$3,000
Fundraising Expense$0$0$1,000
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.001.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%98%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201920182017
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201920182017
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201920182017
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201920182017
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To raise the funds to build an all inclusive animal and human assistance facility. The funds raised will purchase land, building the facility and its associated buildings, cover set and general operating expenses as well.
Goal $25,000,000.00
Dates Dec 2018 to Dec 2023
Amount Raised to Date $0.00 as of Jan 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
As the economy keeps taking a turn for the worse we have noticed a decrease in monetary donations and grants being awarded. Often times it is ten times harder to gain funding for any projects or programs that might involve animals. Too many individuals and businesses feel that there are so many other things that are far more important. For us, life, whether it is attached to two legs or four legs is important. It is our hope to gain the support of corporate sponsors in this new year. Together there are so many wonderful things that we could accomplish.
Other Documents
Organization Name Whiskers and Tails
Address 185 West Broadway
Peculiar, MO 64078
Primary Phone (816) 974-0442
CEO/Executive Director ReGina Edmondson
Board Chair Ms. ReGina Edmondson
Board Chair Company Affiliation founder
Year of Incorporation 2001