Our mission at St Francis

St. Francis Society Animal Rescue is an all volunteer, non-profit 501-c-3 animal rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of sick, injured, and stray domestic animals as well as spaying/neutering and medical services for those animals. We seek to place animals in a loving foster or permanent home after recovery and we DO NOT euthanize unless terminal illness necessitates such a decision. All of our animals are spayed/neutered, tested for leukemia/FIV, wormed and vaccinated  before they are adopted.

Why We Chose the Name St. Francis

Poorly dressed in rough brown cloth, a little thin man felt compassion for the smallest of God's creatures. He brought safety to worms he found in the middle of the road by gently picking them up and placing them on the side of the road. St. Francis of Assissi chose to live in poverty, while rejoicing in the world's natural beauty. Joyfully praising "Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Brother Fire and Sister Water" thru his poetry. Even more, he loved living creatures; teaching that all should be generous to animals and birds. Throughout his travels, St. Francis spoke of God's great love and care for his companion animals. During a long winter travel, he brought honey to the bees, exchanged his cloak to a butcher in return for two lambs - to save them from slaughter. He urged people to throw out grain for the birds, and was seen throwing freshly caught fish back in the water. He was loved and followed by many pet animals; lambs, rabbits, and pheasants, among them. Today, we celebrate the "Feast of St. Francis" on October 4th. Across the world, a Blessing of the Animals is held on this day.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jim - Vice President

Adoption Center Director, Website Administrator

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Jim works as a software developer/tester. He began “officially” working with animal rescue in the summer of 2005 although he rescued and found homes for several cats prior to his exposure to St Francis. He has a great love for all animals but feels a special connection to cats. Jim also cares for several feral cat groups and hopes to someday establish a sanctuary for feral and stray cats. Jim and his wife share their home with 2 cats and a dog, all are rescues.


Lisa - Treasurer

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Lisa is a life-long animal lover and has never known life without the company of a cat (or several).  After moving from upstate New York to Tampa, she was shocked to learn of the staggering number of homeless cats in the area.  She began helping with TNR efforts and eventually, her passion for animals led to nine years at The Humane Society of Tampa Bay working in administration and grant writing.  After leaving the Humane Society, Lisa was quick to join St. Francis volunteering to help the homeless cats and kittens in our area.  Lisa and her husband share their home with three rescue cats and one rescue dog.
 

Jen - Director

Foster Coordinator

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Jen is a life-long animal lover and rescuer, rescuing animals when she was just a little girl (much to the dismay of her parents). She joined St. Francis in 2010 as a volunteer at the Citrus Park adoption center.  Her volunteer roles advanced to cat foster, then dog handler, then cat foster. Jen is currently the Cat Foster Coordinator for St. Francis, as well as a Board Member. Her rescue volunteer activities also include managing several feral cat colonies in Tampa and TNVRing steadily as new colony members arrive. She also lends her time and energy to taking pictures and videos of the cats at our local shelter to help them find forever homes. 


Patti - Director

Dog Care Coordinator

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I have been fostering multiple Dogs for St. Francis since 2006 and I am now the head of the Dog Foster team. I currently own two (my former foster) dogs Milady & Baron and two feral cats of my own.


Laura - Director

Brandon Adoption Coordinator

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I have always loved animals of all kinds, and I used to bring home all kinds. As an adult, that did not change. It was not a surprise to my friends and family when I moved to a condo and found cats in need. Soon I found myself trapping and having kittys fixed. I found St Francis and loved what the work they did and what thay stood for. I have never looked back. It gives me great satisfaction to take in kttens or a cat, nurse them, love them and watch as a happy family takes home their newest family member. Rescue is not for the faint of heart, but it is all about love of animals. People can take care of themselves, these thrown away and abandoned animals have no recourse unless someone steps up and helps.


Larry - Director

TNR, FOSTER, ADOPTION SPECIALIST, VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR AND TRAINER

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I graduated from the University of South Florida with a Master degree in Rehabilitation Counseling .  I recently retired from a 30 year career where I worked with  individuals who have disabilities and assisted them to return to gainful employment.  This may explain why  I have a soft heart for disabled animals and currently care for a blind cat, several cats with FELV and  FIV and several seniors.   I help the organization by trapping unneutered cats and getting them fixed and when possible socialized to become adoptable.  I am the Volunteer Coordinator and I train the new adoptions  counselors.  As an adoption counselor I am deligent in trying to place the right cat and kitten into the right home.  Since I have been caring for cats that have the FELV virus I am an advocate to help overcome misinformation about this disease.  I am also working to set up an Feral Village for feral cats that need to be moved and housed. 


Heidi - Director

Petco Adoption Coordinator

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To say that felines have been in Heidi's blood since she was a young child would be an under statement. Throughout her life she always had multiple felines, all of them rescued from one bad situation or another. Heidi gives credit to her Mother for instilling in her a great compassion for all living things. Life is so very fragile, says Heidi, and there are so many that need a voice. Moving to Florida in 2002 afforded Heidi to really see what a desperate situation the community felines were facing. That is when her volunteer work really blossomed in the Tampa rescue community. And this is what eventually led her to St Francis Society Animal Rescue, which is one of the premier rescue organizations in the area. Currently Heidi resides with several rescue felines. She'll never own up to the actual number, but they are all deeply loved and cared for. She specializes more in the special needs and senior cats, because she knows that these are the ones that need her the most. Many of the cats that Heidi fosters may never move on to be adopted, but thats ok with her. It's all about the care and the quality of their lives, "they give so much back, and unconditionally so". Heidi also coordinates the Carrollwood Petco adoption center on Sundays of each weekend.


Laura - Director

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ADMINISTRATION


We Need Your Help...

St. Francis starts where others stop. We don't kill animals. We find loving homes for the unwanted, abused, abandoned and sick/injured animals in our community. We can't continue our mission without your help! We desperately need foster homes for cats and dogs and donations to help with vet bills for these animals. Please help today! You can:

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