Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Cat House on the Kings....

biped....."We've just passed Ollie's Gotcha day (again) and it made us think back to when we adopted him from the Cat House on the Kings. The cat house was started in 1992 and has grown to be the biggest no kill cat shelter in California. Its 700 residents have free reign of 12 fenced acres including what used to be the owners' 4,000 square foot house. She moved out of the house last year into a small residense when it became close to impossible to sleep with her 70 roomates.

Its about 20 miles south of Fresno. It is a santuary for feral and domesticated cats of all sizes and ages. It has 22 employees plus many volenteers. Its founder, Lynea works endlessly fund raising and improving the cat house for all the cats. She has a seperate clinic for new arrivals and those that need care. She has her original house which is open for anycat that wants to drop by. She has separate housing for senior kitties who prefer a quieter life. Last year she was given a construction trailer which has been adapted just for babies so they would have a better start on life. All of the adult cats are fixed, and tested for diseases before they are put up for adoption. If they prove to be FIV or FIP positive thats ok too cuz she has seperate housing for the positive kitties along with kitty volenteers to pet and comb them. If you're a cat and don't care for humans thats ok too because she has shelters (mini barns) that have heaters in them during the winter months. She's had a book written about the Cat House by Jill Rappaport and recently a music video was shot at the cat house. The video is about a young man thats looking for shelter."


Scott Ryan - "Vanishing"



biped...."In the video it shows a group of cats running after the young man. It makes me laugh because Ollie did the same thing. I picked him up in the front yard of the house and put him down. I left him in the yard and dropped off some cat food in the house. At this point Lynea invited me to go out to see the newly built FIV enclosure and on the way back to the car here came Ollie, and I swear he was screaming."

Ollie...."Lady! Lady! Wait! Don't forget to take me home!"

8 comments:

Fisher and Staff said...

It is always so heart-warming to see a wonderful place for cats. They look so healthy and happy!

Random Felines said...

That is awesome. We saw this place on "must love cats" on animal planet. YEAH for people like this!!! And we are glad Ollie called your name so you didn't forget him....

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Cat House on the Kings is several hours from my home - not too many - and my human wants to make a trip up there one day in the not-too distant future.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Wow that sounds like such an amazing place! This lady really is a hero, that is for sure!

Angel and Kirby said...

That is a wonderful place! Ollie was one lucky kitty when you walked into his life!

OKcats said...

What a neat place!! We're so happy that these kinds of places exist. And what a cute story about Ollie!!!!

Lin said...

Oh, cool!! I'm glad you took Ollie home too. :)

OKcats said...

We wanted to check in with you all. What happened in Joplin sounds just horrifying. We hope you all are ok. Sending purrs.