We are so proud to call Phyllis Siskel family here at Ashton Animal Clinic!! She was awarded the 2015 National Philanthropy Day High Impact Award at Michael’s on East November 10, 2015. Phyllis is truly the most selfless person we have ever met, always giving to help the greater good with her many volunteer organizations and being the sole underwriting donor for Buddy’s Feral Cat Day. Congratulations to a very well deserving, amazing woman!

Dr. Laurie Walmsley is passionate and dedicated to improving the lives of animals and their owners. She is a warrior for the forgotten, homeless and abused animals in our community. Tirelessly, she gives back and nurtures all animals that cross her path. Dr. Walmsley focuses on the following animal care organizations along with these Professional Community Service Donations:

  • Shelter Veterinarian – Sarasota County Animal Services 2003-present
  • Kennel Management
  • Animal Cruelty Cases
  • Takes in all injured animals picked up by Animal Services
  • Sponsor of Buddy’s Feral Cat Program 2003-present
  • Animal Rescue Coalition Feral Cat Program Medical Director 2003-2011
  • Animal Rescue Coalition Medical Director 2006-2011
  • Animal Rescue Coalition Board of Directors 2002-2011

Buddy’s Feral Cat Program

Buddy’s feral cat program is the most humane way to keep the feral/free-roaming cat population in our communities under control. It is St. Francis’ humane solution to an inhumane problem. This program is a free service to the community and follows the national model of trap-spay/neuter-release. To-date nearly 3,500 feral cats have been altered through Buddy’s feral cat program. The conservative estimate of feral cats in our community is 60,000. An unaltered female cat and her offspring can potentially produce as many as 420,000 kittens in seven years.

If you would like to volunteer or have any questions regarding feral cat colonies, please call (941) 342- 1575.