• April 10, 2024

Meet this real life cat lady: Lynea Lattanzio relief and care more than 1000 cats abandoned

Yes, Lynea Lattanzio is a well-known cat lover and animal welfare advocate who founded the Cat House on the Kings, a no-kill cat sanctuary in California.

She started taking in cats in 1992, and since then, her organization has rescued and placed thousands of cats and kittens in loving homes. As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, she had around 800 cats living on the sanctuary’s premises, but it’s possible that the number has since increased.

This woman loves cats. She loves them so much she lives with over 1000 of them. Whaaaat?

It is true that Lynea Lattanzio lives on the Cat House on the Kings property, which is a 12-acre land with a house and several outbuildings.

However, it is not accurate to say that she lives in a trailer. She resides in a house on the property, which has been modified to accommodate her and the cats. The house has multiple bedrooms, a kitchen, and other living areas, and it is designed to provide a safe and comfortable environment for the cats under her care.

While the cats at the sanctuary are not confined to cages, the house and the property are designed to keep them safe and secure.

She started fostering cats in 1992 and had acquired 96 by the end of that year and successfully rehomed all of them.

In 1993 she became a veterinary technician to help keep the animals’ medical costs down and the number of cats continued to grow.

Today she runs Cat House On The Kings which is California’s largest no-cage, no kill, sanctuary for feral and abandoned cats.

“I’m at the top of the list of eccentric cat ladies,” Lynea said.

“I don’t think there has been anyone who has lived with 28,000 cats in 24 years. That’s probably a record.

“Back then I was single, had no kids and bought this 4,200 square foot home and thought ‘what am I thinking?’

“I started taking in cats but it wasn’t my intention to have 1,000 plus cats — but it’s happened one step at a time.

“I went from my five bedroom home with a swimming pool, bar and a view of the river to a 1,600 square foot mobile home with rusty metal.

 

“When I moved to the trailer I swore it would be a cat-free zone, but I currently have 20 kittens and four puppies in there.

“You can take the woman out of the shelter but you can’t take the shelter out of the woman.”

It is true that Lynea Lattanzio started the Cat House on the Kings sanctuary herself, and that she did not receive any outside financial assistance when she first began. She initially used her own resources and funding to care for the cats that came into her care.

Over time, as the sanctuary grew and gained more attention, she was able to secure some donations and sponsorships to help with the cost of running the sanctuary. However, it is still largely funded by Lynea and her team of volunteers, and they continue to rely heavily on donations to support the care of the cats.

“When I first started this endeavour, it was out of my own pocket for seven years,” she added.

“I sold my car, I sold my wedding ring.”

In 2022, the Cat House on the Kings website stated that they care for “over 700 cats and kittens”. However, it is possible that the number of cats in their care has changed since then. Regardless, it is clear that Lynea Lattanzio and her team of volunteers care for a large number of cats and kittens, and they work tirelessly to ensure that each one receives the care and attention they need.

The team starts feedings at the shelter at 4am and they also give medical attention to critically ill cats.

“We have an ICU and a vet that comes once a week to check our animals.”

It is true that Lynea Lattanzio’s aim is to find permanent, loving homes for the cats at the Cat House on the Kings. While she has a deep love and affection for the cats under her care, she recognizes that they deserve individual attention and care in a loving home environment.

The sanctuary provides a temporary safe haven for the cats while they await adoption, and Lynea and her team work tirelessly to match each cat with the right family. Additionally, the Cat House on the Kings offers spay and neuter services to help reduce the population of homeless cats in the area, and they also provide educational programs and resources to help people better care for their pets.

“I love cats because they’re independent, they’re beautiful and graceful.

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