Founder Lynea Lattanzio with dozens of cats inside the main living room at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA, on May 11, 2012.  The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.

The Lady with 700 Cats

Lynea Lattanzio loves cats. She loves them so much that she now has over 700 cats. They have taken over her entire house and 12-acre property in Parlier, California, 200 miles south-east of San Francisco.

Read More...

Lattanzio, 63, started rescuing cats shortly after her divorce over 30 years ago. A few years later, their ever growing numbers forced her to move out of her home, that she later renamed “The Cat House on the Kings” because of the nearby Kings River. Today, she lives in a trailer on the property and runs California's largest cat sanctuary and adoption center. Cats and kittens are fed and cared for while roaming free on her property. There are feeding stations and water everywhere on the facility.

All the cats live in the sanctuary until they are either adopted or die of old age. No animal is ever put to sleep except to relieve suffering. This is why they call it a “No Kill, No Cage” Cat Sanctuary. Every year, The Cat House welcomes over 1000 animals. They are either brought to the property, found on the side of the street or rescued from local animal shelters.

Lattanzio is not a cat hoarder. Every single cat is up for adoption. Those who wish to adopt can do so through her website, or come to the sanctuary to choose the animal they want. They fill out a form, pay a small adoption fee to cover costs, and are helped by the adoption coordinators in the process. All adoptable animals are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, micro- chipped and treated for fleas.

Upon arrival at the refuge, every cat is given any necessary medical care, vaccinated and spayed or neutered. They are then placed in cottages where they can become familiar with their surroundings. Once they get used to their new situation, they are released onto the property where they are free to go where they please. Some remain segregated due to age, illness or sociability.

Since its founding, The Cat House on the Kings has saved over 20,000 cats. It is a non-profit corporation that relies on donations from the public to carry out its mission. The operating costs of the sanctuary exceed US$800,000 per year. It also runs a program that has neutered and spayed over 40,000 animals.

The sanctuary has 25 employees who stay very busy with administrative tasks, and cleaning and feeding the animals. Despite the number of cats, the house and property are very clean and almost smell free, thanks to a daily routine of sweeping, changing soiled litters and disinfecting.

Food and litter are either donated or purchased in large quantities at a discounted price. The sanctuary also offers temporary boarding services and spay/neuter surgery for outside cats. They work with local veterinary clinics to provide affordable health care. Lynea Lattanzio is very active in promoting spaying and neutering to prevent overpopulation and in educating the public about responsible pet ownership.

For someone whose mother did not allow her to have a cat when she was a child, Lynea Lattanzio is now in Cat Heaven.

The website of The Cats On The Kings is at http://www.cathouseonthekings.com

Text by Frederic Neema
© 2012 Frederic Neema



Thumbnail options:
Page number:
Lin Faurie, a Cat House board member, watches schoolchildren petting "Jasper" the cat which had one of its legs amputated because of cancer. Schoolchildren often come to the sanctuary to visit and help for a day.  The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 11, 2012
Filename:
25-2505-0964
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
The sale of T-Shirts at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA, on May 11, 2012. It is one of the ways for the foundation to raise money to pay for the operating costs. The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 11, 2012
Filename:
26-2505-1017
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Cats on top of boxes of litter at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA, on May 10, 2012. The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 10, 2012
Filename:
27-2505-0038
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
A cat on top of boxes of canned food at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA, on May 10, 2012.  The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 10, 2012
Filename:
28-2505-0087
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Two employees prepare the cat food for the day at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA, on May 11, 2012.  The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 11, 2012
Filename:
29-2505-0735
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Employee Deanna Salamanca cleans up the kitchen after preparing the food at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA, on May 11, 2012.  The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 11, 2012
Filename:
30-2505-0755
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Founder Lynea Lattanzio with some of her cats inside the kitchen at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA, on May 10, 2012.  The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 10, 2012
Filename:
31-2505-0651
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Founder Lynea Lattanzio at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA, on May 11, 2012.  The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 11, 2012
Filename:
32-2505-1235
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Amanda Bristow, an adoption counselor, putting some young cats into cages so they can be taken to the veterinarian on May 10, 2012.  The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 10, 2012
Filename:
33-2505-0133
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Young cats waiting into cages to be taken to the veterinarian on May 10, 2012.  The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 10, 2012
Filename:
34-2505-0161
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Adoption counselor Amanda Bristow (R) and founder Lynea Lattanzio loading a cart with cages of young cats ready to be taken to the veterinarian at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA, on May 10, 2012.  The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 10, 2012
Filename:
35-2505-0176
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Adoption coordinator Karla Cortez examines a kitten that has recently arrived at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA, on May 11, 2012. The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 11, 2012
Filename:
36-2505-0936
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Adoption coordinator Karla Cortez gives some medicine to a kitten that has recently arrived at  The Cat House on the Kings, a sanctuary for hundreds of cats in Parlier, CA, on May 11, 2012. The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 11, 2012
Filename:
37-2505-0941
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Adoption coordinator Karla Cortez applies some eye drops to a kitten that has recently arrived at  The Cat House on the Kings, a sanctuary for hundreds of cats in Parlier, CA, on May 11, 2012. The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 11, 2012
Filename:
38-2505-0955
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
A young cat who has just arrived and kept in quarantine at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA, on May 10, 2012. The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 10, 2012
Filename:
39-2505-0353
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the cages is done every single day at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA. The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 11, 2012
Filename:
40-2505-1009
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Thorough cleaning and disinfecting is done every single day at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA. The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 11, 2012
Filename:
41-2505-0786
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Thorough cleaning and disinfecting is done every single day at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA. The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 11, 2012
Filename:
42-2505-0766
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Thorough cleaning and changing the pad covers is done every single day at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA. The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 11, 2012
Filename:
43-2505-0877
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Founder Lynea Lattanzio among dozens of cats at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA, on May 10, 2012.  The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 10, 2012
Filename:
44-2505-0661
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Founder Lynea Lattanzio among dozens of cats at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA, on May 10, 2012.  The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 10, 2012
Filename:
45-2505-0656
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
A Siamese cat sits happily on the lap of founder Lynea Lattanzio at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA, on May 10, 2012.  The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 10, 2012
Filename:
46-2505-0315
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Cats are free to go where they please inside The Cat House on the Kings, a sanctuary for hundreds of cats in Parlier, CA, on May 11, 2012. The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 11, 2012
Filename:
47-2505-1395
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
Cats and dogs live in peace at at The Cat House on the Kings in Parlier, CA, on May 10, 2012.  The Cat House on The Kings is a sanctuary for cats that was started by Lynea Lattanzio in her own house. There are now over 700 cats on the 12-acre property.
Title:
The Lady With 700 Cats
Date:
May 10, 2012
Filename:
48-2505-0214
Actions:
Simple slideshow
 
 
arrow_right_large
Page number: