Kim started trapping and caring for community cats in 2018 when she became aware of a cat overpopulation problem in her St. Pete Beach community. She was connected with the small group caring for the Skyway cats in mid-2020 after she helped with a bird rescue at the South Fishing Pier and noticed a cat there. In addition to helping with the Skyway colony, she manages colonies in St. Pete Beach and St. Petersburg. Kim and her family have five rescue cats. The most recent addition is a tabby from the Skyway. Kim is a retired Verizon executive.
Maria became aware of the Skyway colony when she was fishing one day. Maria and her family recently relocated permanently to Bradenton, Florida, after the Covid-19 pandemic began and they were allowed to work from home. They have three cats that they adopted while fostering for Atlanta Humane Society and one very cute Skyway Cat that they trapped and decided to keep. Maria is one of our master trappers and has no fear of handling the most feral of cats.
The Schroeders’ cat odyssey began with a single kitten picked up 20 years ago on their trip around the country as newlyweds in an RV. Their rescue cat count today stands at 10, including three from the Skyway colony.
Carol is recently retired from a varied career and is a full-time cat mom.
The Skyway colony is healthy and happy today largely because of Gregg, who noticed a bunch of sick, hungry cats there ten years ago and built them shelters, cleaned up the colony grounds, and made sure the cats were fed regularly. Gregg’s work for a pool supply company takes him all over Southwest Florida, and he has developed a sharp eye for recognizing needy outdoor cats.
Gregg and Carol now manage colonies in Tampa, Tarpon Springs, Venice, and Riverview, in addition to helping with the Skyway colony.
Jana found out about the local community cat problems through Skyway Cats Inc and has enjoyed working with the group since 2021. In addition to being our secretary, she fosters cats and kittens and catsits when needed. She and her family have one previous shelter cat at home.
Fifteen-year-old Katie is our youngest volunteer, but one of our most valuable. She is the only one who can recognize all the Skyway Cats at a glance and keeps close track of each one’s habits, characteristics, and health issues. She is a student of cat genetics and can figure out likely relationships among the cats.
In addition to caring for the Skyway cats along with her mother, she helped put together this website.
Katie and her brother, Jaden, have two cats and a dog at home.