Lynea Lattanzio lives alone with hundreds of felines on her 12 acre spread in Parlier, California where she runs a huge cat sanctuary. ‘If I were a cat, this is where I’d be,’ she told a US newspaper. We’re a no-cage, no-kill adoption sanctuary.’
Lynea said she wasn’t allowed cats when she was growing up. And she didn’t have any when she was still married.
She began rescuing the animals after her divorce in 1981 and has saved almost 19,000 felines.
But she insists she is not a crazy cat lady. ‘I prefer to say I’m eccentric or masochistic,’
she told the New York Post. ‘It’s the same thing, only nicer.’
The Cat House on the Kings is California’s largest no-cage, no-kill cat sanctuary. Its mission is to to place rescued cats and kittens into permanent homes and to prevent pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering.
There are at least 700 cats in her care, she says – as well as 15 dogs. She survives thanks to donations and grants.
Her story featured on a National Geographic WILD episode, The Lady with 700 Cats, that aired in the U.S on Saturday night. It was narrated by Glee star Jane Lynch.
‘I’m sure there are other places that do what I do. I just don’t know where they are. And obviously they are few and far between,’ Lynea said.
She added: ‘What I say is –
‘if they don’t have a home, at least they have a life.’