At The Cat House, our mission is to:
- provide a no-cage, no-kill sanctuary for feral and abandoned cats and kittens for the State of California, primarily serving the Central Valley;
- facilitate the adoption of cats (primarily), dogs and other rescued animals into safe, loving, healthy and permanent homes;
- educate the public on how to become directly involved in improving the quality of animal welfare;
- offer low cost spay and neuter referrals.
After a difficult divorce in 1981, Lynea Lattanzio, our founder, wanted to move to the quiet afforded by a place on a river. She settled on this 6 acre parcel in 1983. She often mused, "What was I thinking, single woman with no children living in a big house on 6 acres?" Nine years later, Lynea's father asked for her help to replace his 2 Manx cats who had died of old age. In her quest to locate Manx kittens, Lynea visited a local animal shelter, and carried home a box of 15 abandoned kittens (none of them Manx!). By the end of the year, she had rescued and placed 96 homeless cats. Lynea had found her calling, and the rest, as they say, is history.
In 1993, Lynea came out of retirement to become a surgical veterinary technician with a local veterinarian. This experience helped increase her medical knowledge, and helped pay for the veterinary expenses of her growing feline population, which now numbered 150. Lynea sold her 1973 Mercedes 450 SL, her pride and joy, and her two-karat diamond wedding ring. There would no longer be a need for these with the life she had chosen.
In 1997, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors approved a zoning variance for Lynea's property. This variance pushed The Cat House into the public spotlight, and brought much-needed volunteers and financial support; in 2002 The Cat House on the Kings achieved non-profit status. In 2003, Lynea, with more volunteers and money, continued to expand The Cat House, and added an area for long-term boarding, and an area dedicated to the care of FIV positive cats.
By 2004, The Cat House population had grown to over 500 cats and kittens. The Cat House was well known, but donations had not kept pace with expenses. A very generous donor, Doreen Wallet, left much of her estate to The Cat House on the Kings. This money was used to purchase the neighboring six acres and install cat-proof fencing around the entire 12 acre perimeter.
Today, more than 700 cats and kittens and several dogs enjoy life at The Cat House on the Kings, a no-cage, no-kill shelter. Take a tour of our facility!
The Cat House on the Kings offers a variety of services:
Advice and Education
We offer assistance and education in behavioral problems with cats and assist people in finding new homes for their cats. We also advise thousands of people from around the world who contact us through our web site (we have sponsors as far away as Denmark and Australia) and at our local, public events about all manner of cat issues.
All of our cats are available for adoption. We do our utmost to find the best possible homes for our cats; none are euthanized except to relieve suffering. The cats live out their lives in our sanctuary until they are either adopted or die of old age — however long that may be. Every year, The Cat House adopts out approximately 500 cats (and some dogs).
We are best known for our sanctuary, where we care for over 700 unwanted cats and kittens. Individuals surrender their cats to us and, for a fee of $5000 per cat we provide lifetime support and care. As a courtesy, payments towards the fee may be made monthly at a minimum rate of about $2.00 per cat per day. Upon arrival at The Cat House, every cat is given any necessary medical care, and is spayed/neutered and vaccinated. They are then placed in cottages where they can become familiar with their surroundings. Once they're comfortable with their new digs, they are released onto the sanctuary grounds, and can roam about at will. The grounds are fully fenced and secure.
Several sections of our facility are reserved for both short and long-term boarding. Our basic boarding fee is $8/cat/day.
Low cost spay/neuter
The Cat House works with local veterinary clinics to provide affordable rates for spay/neuter surgery. We also provide transport between The Cat House and the surgery clinic. Please contact us for rates and to schedule spay/neuter surgery for your animals.
A Special Plea for Help
From Our Founder
To Our Valued Friends and Supporters:
When the economy is questionable and foreclosures are becoming more and more prevalent, it's not uncommon for two things to occur: beloved pets are often left behind, and individuals who would normally reach deep into their pockets may have to think twice about where their money is going.
Unfortunately, abandoned animals are helpless to fend for themselves, and all too often become a casualty of an economic downturn. What this means is that your support is more crucial than ever.
For more than 21 years we have been optimistic, believing that someway, somehow, no matter how great the need, our devotion and hard work would have a positive outcome. We desperately need your help to continue our mission.
Whether you can send us $25, $250, or $2,500, your generous contribution will enable us to continue caring for these needy animals.
Need to surrender a cat?
If you need to surrender an unadoptable or otherwise unwanted cat, please contact Lynea at (559) 638-8696 to obtain permission (6am-11am / 1pm-4pm Pacific, Thu-Sun only). Then you can complete our online surrender form. The form also explains the fee we charge to help defray the cost of lifetime care for each surrendered cat.
Need to board a cat?
If you would like to board one or more cats with us, please contact us to make arrangements.