Crazy Cat Lady or Rescue Hero?

Photo Courtesy National Geographic

Parlier, CA – Most people who have a home with 700 cats would be considered a little crazy. After all, who could possible care for that many animals?

Lynea Lattanzio can. She runs a ’12-acre no-cage, no-kill cat refuge’ called “Cat House on the Kings” where over 700 rescued cats have taken residence. The facility takes in strays, provides neutering services, and sets up adoptions.

Lynea got her start when her mother banned her from having a cat as a child. After a divorce later in life she dedicated herself to rescuing cats. Two decades later she estimates she has saved more the 19,000 felines.

Her story is now the subject of a documentary on National Geographic, entitled The Lady with 700 Cats, will tell the story of the sanctuary located outside of Fresno, California.

Her sanctuary is no small-potatoes operation, with 25 staff, an intensive-care unit and even a retirement home for older cats it is the largest facility of it’s kind in the world.

However, Lattanzio is not done yet. She has started adopting dogs, and plans to create a sanctuary for the dogs as well. She cannot see herself turning animals away.

‘I’m not crazy, what I do is crazy,’ she said.

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  1. I think you are one of God’s angels. I have 11 cats. Seven outside and three inside. At one point I had about 30. I wish I could get the financing and help to do the same thing where I live. God bless!

  2. I saw the show on Nat Geo and I truly think what you are doing is amazing!!!! I hope you can continue your generous efforts.

  3. That’s so beautiful what you’re doing, and that is such a amazing paradise that you have there for all these cats and kittens, they all are so so lucky to have found you and such a wonderful safe haven to spend the rest of their lives. What you said is right, if I was a kitty this is where I would like to spend the rest of my days, they seem to be so very happy in this magnificent superb refuge. I have 30 of them and I love them and wish I could have the resources to do the same thing that you’re doing for these innocent defenseless creatures.
    God bless you and thank you for what you do for this beautiful animal The Cat.

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