W.A.G.S. Member Spotlight – Emily

W.A.G.S. (Women’s Annual Giving Society) Members contribute their time, treasure, and talent to support our homeless pets and wildlife here at SPCA Tampa Bay.


July W.A.G.S. Spotlight feature, Emily Neale.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your pet(s):

“I have had cats as pets all my life! I think of them as best friends. I adopted Abigail from the SPCA about three years ago. She makes me laugh all the time!”


Emily’s cat, Abigail.

Tell us more about Write Start and your photography background!

“I work at Write Start Learning Center preschool in Seminole. It is a center for ages 2 months through pre-k and has after school programs. My family has owned the school since 1993. I love seeing the kids every day! 

I have been interested in photography since I was a child. I took photography classes at Largo High School and went to the University of Miami for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I love photographing people, animals and nature.” 


What’s your favorite pet friendly place to go or activity at home to do with your pet?

“I love taking cat naps with Abigail! She also really likes to play with her catnip mice! We have so much fun!” 


 What inspired you to join WAGS?

“Through volunteering at the SPCA Tampa Bay, I have a great appreciation for the wonderful work that this organization does for our community. I want to give back and meet like-minded women who care as much as I do for animal welfare. I am honored to be a part of this wonderful group!” 


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About the Author: Camille Harkenrider, SPCA Tampa Bay’s Shelter Content Creator, works to bring the stories of our shelter to life with captivating messaging and images. She currently lives in the Tampa Bay area with her husband, four cats, two rabbits, and many fish.