If you have ever wondered how the cat heaven look like, well, now you have a chance to see one. The Cat House on the Kings is the world’s biggest cat rescue center, which located in California.
No-cage, no-kill, lifetime cat sanctuary was founded in 1992 by an amazing woman Lynea Lattanzio, who runs the sanctuary on a 12-acre acreage. And there are lots, and lots of cats. Actually, about 700 of fluffy feline friends have found their home at Cat House on the Kings.
It all started with 15 cute kittens, but more and more cats found their way to the Cat House, where they were looked after and loved. And now the Cat House has saved over 24,000 cats and 7,000 dogs.
“I’ve always felt that, if they don’t have a home, at least they have a life,” said Lynea Lattanzio in an introductory video about the sanctuary. “To me, it’s not a life if they’re in a cage. They need to be able to run full speed and climb a tree. That’s a cat.”
It’s a non-profit organization, which mission is to place rescued cats and kittens into caring and loving homes, to prevent pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering; and to educate the public about responsible pet ownership, as it is said on the sanctuary’s website.
Photographer Christina Gandolfo paid the sanctuary a visit in the Spring of 2013, documenting the shelter as part of a personal project.
In her email to Huff Post, the photographer shared: “Literally within seconds of kneeling down to take out my camera I had cats on my back, climbing around my hair and up my legs. It was so clear that they associated people with love, care and attention. And they just couldn’t get enough.”
“It takes a lot of manpower and volunteers to keep the sanctuary going,” Gandolfo added. “While on one hand it’s cat utopia, you see animals with medical needs (that are being treated) and that truly are craving attention … I want everyone to know that the cats are all available for adoption!”