All posts tagged Animal Coalition of Tampa

Rachel McCrystal, executive director of Woodstock Farm Santuary

Rachel McCrystal—executive director of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, which rescues farmed animals and provides refuge for them, now housing around 400 animals—recalls a childhood marked by a houseful of animals, featuring a preponderance of rattlesnakes and other reptiles (her biologist dad was a herpetologist). Read more…

Kathy Finelli, director of Gainesville Rabbit Rescue

Kathy Finelli—the director of Gainesville Rabbit Rescue, a nonprofit founded by two university of Florida students nearly 20 years ago—recalls her first rabbit: someone’s pet bunny that somehow ended up in her backyard; she contacted Gainesville Rabbit Rescue (whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and adopt out rabbit, as well as to educate current and potential rabbit owners), and she ended up fostering him for three months, naming her temporary roomie Mr. Bunny. Read more…

Frank Hamilton & Ken Donofrio, of Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT)

Frank Hamilton and Ken Donofrio—co-founder and president of Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT) and ACT’s marketing and events coordinator, respectively–discuss ACT’s history and evolution, the multiple challenges posed by its building being set on fire by an arsonist, as well as various aspects of its then-forthcoming major fundraiser, Stride For Strays. Read more…

Donald Tardy & Heather Wienker, the Metal Meowlisha

Donald Tardy–drummer of pioneering death metal band Obituary, and a longtime, devoted rescuer and caretaker of feral cats in the Tampa area and his girlfriend, Heather Wienker, who together head up the Metal Meowlisha discuss how they began rescuing feral cats. Read more…

Linda Hamilton–Executive Director of the Animal Coalition of Tampa

Linda Hamilton–Executive Director of the Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT), which offers low-cost spay/neuter services at its clinic and out in the community through its Neuter Scooter and other means– discusses the history and evolution of ACT, Read more…