About Us

Our Philosophy


We treat every cat as if it was our own. 


In the words of Dr. Donna Shannon, Veterinarian and Owner:
Why a cat hospital?
While I enjoy the company of many species of animals, the feline is the one that brings a ray of sunshine to me, no matter what else is happening.  Having practiced in both the large animal and small animal field, I saw the neglect of, often from lack of interest and sometimes downright distaste for, the feline patient.  Because cats don't like to leave their environment, it is up to us to provide them with an environment that is as stress-free as possible, and most of all to treat them with understanding and respect.

Because every pet is different, we strive to tailor our care to every pet's individual needs.

Our Mission


Because every pet is different, we strive to tailor our care to every pet's individual needs.

Meet Our Staff


Donna Shannon, DVM: Veterinarian & Owner

Donna F. Shannon, DVM grew up in Asheville, NC, and attended Western Carolina University. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. She worked with mixed and small animal practices before opening her own small animal practice in 1982 in St. Johnsbury, VT.

In 1990, Dr. Shannon decided to move back to the south to pursue her dream of working with cats only, and opened a feline-only practice in Ft. Myers, FL. She relocated to the Tampa Bay area in 2002, and has worked as a small animal clinician and surgeon for several practices in the area.

Dr. Shannon opened The Cat Hospital of Tampa Bay in September, 2008, and is enjoying concentrating on cats again, and providing an environment conducive to recovery and health for her feline patients. Dr. Shannon and her 6 indoor cats live in St. Petersburg. She spends most of her free time volunteering for Pilots n Paws and Angel Flight Southeast.


Diane S: Technician / Office Manager

Diane has been with us since March of 2014. She brings 12 years of experience to the table and graduated from St. Petersburg College.  Her love of felines and dentistry led her to pursue a career with us. Diane is a happy, outgoing person and a joy to have at The Cat Hospital of Tampa Bay. Her calm demeanor is an asset when we have an anxious patient.

Diane and her family moved from Montego Bay, Jamaica to the St. Petersburg area when she was eight years old. She enjoys being outdoors, especially if it involves the beach.    


Diane lives with her two children Olivia and Jackson, plus her four cats: Charlie, K-Lindo, Leibe and Robyn.  The newest addition to Diane's family is Lucy, a rescue dog from the Grand Bahamas Humane Society. 


Allison C: Client Services

Allison joined our team in May 2017.  In April 2018 she moved to the East Coast of Florida, but is still working with us remotely!  Allison is responsible for scheduling as well as keeping you updated via this website, social media, and newsletters.  If you call or Email the clinic, it is likely Allison that you are speaking with.

Allison has around 10 years of professional experience working with animals.  She worked as a veterinary technician for 5 years in Orlando, which included 3 years in emergency.  In 2012, she began raising puppies for non-profit Patriot Service Dogs, who places the trained dogs with disabled U.S. veterans. Allison is also a full-time student at UF, working on her bachelor's degree in Sociology.

While she enjoys working with the dogs, Allison also has a great love and appreciation for cats (and their owners!).