Lynea Lattanzio is currently caring for over 1,100 cats
Lynea Lattanzio’s 4,200 square foot home doesn’t have a top dog — it has top cats. More than 1,100 top cats to be precise.
The 67-year-old animal lover lives in a trailer on her six-acre property, allowing over 800 cats and 300 kittens to live and rule over her five bedroom home in California, reports Barcroft.
Lattanzio was not always the keeper of hundreds of kitties. In 1992, she started fostering cats. Lattanzio took in 96 furry boarders that year and ended up finding homes for all of them. The following year, she took it a step further, becoming a veterinary technician to keep her kitty costs down. More money, more cats.
“Back then I was single, had no kids and bought this 4,200 square foot home and thought, ‘What am I thinking?’ ” Lattanzio told Barcroft.
Now Lattanzio’s initial efforts to help felines find forever familys has transformed into Cat House On The Kings, the largest no-kill animal sanctuary for abandoned and feral cats.
“I’m at the top of the list of eccentric cat ladies — I don’t think there has been anyone who has lived with 28,000 cats in 24 years. That’s probably a record,” the queen of the Cat House said.
“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,” she added, also admitting that she has several kittens living in her trailer as well.
When she first started, Lattanzio was running the sanctuary by herself, with her own finances. She sold her car and wedding ring to help cover the cost of her growing cat commitment. Today, Cat House On The King is operated by a team of volunteers, who arrive on the grounds at 4 a.m. to starting feeding and caring for the cats. The felines also receive a weekly check-in from a vet, who stops by the sanctuary to make sure everyone is in good health.
While Lattanzio adores all the kitty company, her main goal is to find all her fluffy flatmates new homes where they can be showered with personal attention.
“If you’re interested in adopting, go to our website and fill out the adoption form — there are 500 for adoption that are friendly and ready to go,” she said.