She started fostering cats in 1992 after a divorce and acquired 96 by the end of the year – successfully rehoming all of them.
In 1993 she became a veterinary technician to help keep the animals’ medical costs down and the number of cats continued to grow.
Lynea Lattanzio in her kitchen at the Cat House on the Kings.
‘Back then I was single, had no kids and bought this 4,200 square foot home and thought what am I thinking.
The team starts feedings at the shelter at 4am and they also give medical attention to critically ill cats.
‘We have an ICU and a vet that comes once a week to check our animals.’
And as much as Lynea loves the cats her aim is to find them new homes, not to keep them for herself.
‘I love cats because they’re independent, they’re beautiful and graceful.