Alison Buckley (center)
has been working with cats and dogs for 30 years, helping outdoor strays and
working on animal rights issues. She is always there to help any animal in need,
but is especially fond of cats.
In 2009, due to the
economic downturn, Alison lost her home. She started the painful process of
placing all of her rescued cats in new homes. It was a full time job for over a
year, posting ads and visiting veterinarian offices in four counties. She was
the lone cat lady at many dog adoption events. She refused to send her cats to
In the process, she
reached out to others in the same situation, to help them find new homes for
their pets. It was in the midst of this desperation that she met so many
wonderful people and decided this was the direction her life was meant to take.
In Dec. 2010, she founded the Tampabay Cat Alliance Inc., and by July 2011 had
obtained non-profit 501(c)3 status.
As President of the
Tampabay Cat Alliance, Inc., she set strict adoption policies, screening
applicants carefully to match them with the right cat, and personally
delivering the cat to its new home to assure it is a safe haven. The result is
a high success rate with only a few cats returned over 2 years and almost 200
adoptions. Anyone that needs to re-home an adopted cat, for any reason, is assured
that their cat will never be taken to a shelter or animal services, and will
NEVER be euthanized. She and her volunteer staff work hard for the cats and
she relies on foster homes for these cats. Her goal is to establish her own facility
to house and care for them.