Lynea Lattanzio sold her car and her wedding ring to look after feral cats, of which she has a thousand of them. Currently she is living in a trailer on the grounds of her property simply to lend her cats some more space- the five bedroom house she owns is actually for the cats to roam about. She has got a six acre property and a 4200 square foot house to allow those cats to run freely. The Cat house on the Kings, which she calls it now, is one of the California’s largest no-cage and no-kill sanctuary for the abandoned, untamed and homeless cats.
She started the process of fostering cats back in 1992 and had 96 six cats by the end of the same year. Her love and care for those cats helped her re-home and resettle all of them successfully. After her decision to continue to foster cats and look after them, she went a step ahead and became a veterinary technician herself, which not only helped her to look after them in a more befitting manner but also reduced the medical cost for the treatment of the cats. The number of fostered cats kept growing as her fascination with them was multiplied over some period of time. She is sixty seven years old now and has lived with over 28, 000 cats over the period of 24 years and happily calls herself the most eccentric cat-lady that has ever existed.
When she bought that 4200 square foot house a few years back she was single and had no kids, but, perhaps, she knew the way she was going to use the house: to turn it into a heaven for abandoned, stray cats. When she started taking in cats, her intention, she said, was not to take more than a thousand cats in her home, but with the passage of times things happened and she just kept on stretching the limit and the number is well over a thousand now. And even in her trailer, which she swore will not have any cats, there are 20 kittens and four puppies now. Her justification for altering and, according to her, improving her decision was: “You can take the woman out of the shelter but you can’t take the shelter out of the woman.”
Well, it took Lynea some great sacrifice and passion to turn her home into a cat-sanctuary. When she started the process of transformation she had barely any external financial aid, and in times of crisis, had to sell her car and wedding ring as well. For nearly seven years she kept the endeavor alive by selling out such precious things, whenever needed. Now, Lynea and her team of volunteers she deservedly attracted, take care of 800 adult cats and 300 small kittens. Not only the cats get food and shelter, they are also provided with medical care in case of serious illness. The sanctuary has got an ICU of itself and there is a vet who makes weekly visits and examines the cats for any signs of illness etc.
Her love for cats however, does not make her too possessive about them, she has launched an adoption procedure for those cats and does not intend to keep them in the sanctuary forever. At the moment she has got 500 cats which are prepared and ready for adoption and anyone who is interested in adopting them can go Lynea’s website and fill the form for adoption. She says that she loves cats because they are beautiful and graceful but she does not want to keep them bound to her sanctuary. The only purpose of her sanctuary is to take care of those cats which are left unattended and homeless and help them resettle. Whoever thinks they can adopt some cats has to follow a simple procedure of adoption in order to own one of these cats