The Cat House on the Kings, a 4,200-square-foot facility east of Fresno, California, is home to approximately 1,000 cats and 30 dogs.
Lynea Lattanzio, a 67-year-old California resident, has volunteered to use her 300-square-meter home to shelter thousands of cats since the organization’s inception.
After her marriage ended, Mrs. Lynea Lattanzio developed a strong affection for cats. She began making friends with cats because she was lonely in a house of more than 300 square meters, and she adored them.
Mrs. Lynea established this sanctuary 24 years ago without considering monetary benefit, even though it did not make any money.
In 1993, Lynea came out of retirement to become a surgical veterinary technician with a local veterinarian. This experience helped increase her medical knowledge and helped pay for the veterinary expenses of her growing feline population, which then numbered 150. Lynea sold her 1973 Mercedes 450 SL, her pride and joy, and her two-karat diamond wedding ring. There would no longer be a need for these with the life she had chosen.
The cost of caring for and raising these cats is prohibitively expensive. Doreen Wallet, a generous donor, has contributed to the reserve’s expansion and growth.
Lattanzio said her budget runs to $1.6 million annually and increasing.
“I am at the top of the list of eccentric cat ladies. I don’t think anyone has lived with 28,000 cats for 24 years. That’s probably a record, “ Mrs. Lynea said.
Cats live in the most natural world possible in the Cat Kingdom on the Kings River, where there are no cages, no leashes, and no killing.
Ms. Lynea said that her goal is to care for and save animals. She wishes for this lovely creature to live in a clean, secure, and stable climate.
With the number of cats adopted, Lattanzio had to move to a larger space to have a stable environment. Currently, Lattanzio shares her home with approximately 1,100 cats.
In this video from the Truly Channel, you can see her friendship with over 1000 cats.
A team of 23 people is currently assisting Mrs. Lynea.
She has spent her whole life advocating for animals and saving as many as she can. She has also influenced many people to support animals, foster, respect, and not mistreat them.