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.