This Woman Lives With 1100 Feral and Abandoned Cats

Anna Green

Lynea Lattanzio is a self-proclaimed “ultimate cat lady.” The Parlier, California, resident runs the Golden State's largest no-cage cat sanctuary, Cat House on The Kings, which currently houses around 800 adult cats and 300 kittens. 

Lattanzio founded Cat House on The Kings in 1992, and ran it solo for years, even selling her wedding ring to keep it going. Now, the sanctuary has outside funding (it currently costs $1.6 million a year to run) and employs seven veterinary technicians as well as an army of cat-loving volunteers. 

In the short documentary above from Barcroft TV, Lattanzio talks about the joys and challenges of sharing her life with 1100 feline friends. Though she’s since moved out of her main house to make more space for the animals, Lattanzio—who now lives in a trailer on her sprawling property—spends nearly all of her time caring for her cats and trying to find them homes.

You can learn more about Lattanzio and her work in the short documentary above. And, if you’re looking to adopt a cat in California, take a look at the Cat House on the Kings website for more information.

Banner Image Credit: Barcroft TV, YouTube