Fresno-Area's The Cat House on the Kings: "The Lady with 700 Cats"
Tammy Barker, The Cat House's Assistant Shelter Director, and her sweet pets.
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So many people have come to The Cat House to find their pets. In fact, Central California Life Magazine's publisher, Karen Smith-Maroot, found her sweet cat Alex there. "I had a cat years ago but always considered myself a dog person. Alex has changed all of that. He has each member of our family around his little paws! He fetches his mouse when he wants attention and gives us all love - we are nuts about him."
It started 25 years ago. Director and founder, Lynea Lattanzio, was looking for a kitten for her father at the local pound. She ended up bottle feeding a litter of kittens. She also helped these kittens find homes, afterwards realizing that there was more that she wanted to do.
The Cat House began out of Lynea's home (see the video below with the whole story) and since then, over 24,000 cats and 7,000 dogs (not counting the 40,000 animals they have spayed and neutered!) and currently care for more than 700 cats and kittens, a dozen or so dogs and a handful of peacocks.
Lynea's mission to help animals has inspired many to follow in her path. Tammy Barker, their Assistant Shelter Director, started by fostering and volunteering in 2002 and found herself inspired by the organization, "I quit my job to work for The Cat House on the Kings and help Lynea, the founder." She also manages Fresno Petco Adoption Center and is on the Board of Directors.
Despite its business name, The Cat House also accepts dogs and other animals. "We have rescued over 6,000 dogs and truly love them, also," Tammy told us. She also noted that most people have a misperception of their facilities. "The grounds are beautifully kept, the cats are healthy, happy and clean. We have 40 employees who work hard to keep it that way."
The Cat House also spends hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own funds to help the public with spay/neuter, as well as help treat injured animals. They are a staple in the area and have provided so many with happy pets.
One of Tammy's favorite moments working at The Cat House so far was filming the Lady with 700 Cats. "It was so much fun and we were very hopeful that we might get a series about us. It really helped people to understand what we really do and how hard we work to make a difference in the lives of so many cats and dogs every day."
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