St. Francis Society Animal Rescue

is honored to welcome

the following special guests to KittyCon Tampa Bay 2019

Master of Ceremonies

Duncan Strauss

Duncan Strauss is the host of “Talking Animals,” a show about animals and animal issues that he launched at a Southern California station in June of 2003, bringing it to WMNF at the end of 2005. It currently airs Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. Past guests include Jane Goodall, Alec Baldwin, Temple Grandin & Triumph The Insult Comic Dog. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including three cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim. More information and other features--including audio archives of every single show--can be found at

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Julie Levy


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 Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DABVP

Fran Marino Endowed Professor

of Shelter Medicine Education

Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida

Dr. Levy’s research and clinical interests center on the health and welfare of animals in shelters, feline infectious diseases, and humane alternatives for cat population control. She is the founder of Operation Catnip, a nonprofit university-based community cat trap-neuter-return program that has spayed, neutered, and vaccinated more than 55,000 cats in Gainesville, Florida since 1998. In 2008, Dr. Levy joined Dr. Cynda Crawford to found Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, an educational and discovery initiative with a global impact on the care of homeless animals. In 2014, she joined Dr. Kate Hurley to launch the Million Cat Challenge, a shelter-based campaign to save a million cats in shelters across North America. For the past two years, Dr. Levy has worked with animal shelters to better understand diagnosis, management, and outcomes in FeLV+ shelter cats. In 2018, Dr. Levy was proud be appointed as the lead researcher for Spayathon for Puerto Rico, an unprecedented campaign to spay and neuter 30,000 cats and dogs on the island.

Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf - Best Friends Society, Vox Felina



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