Over 25 years ago, Lynea Lattanzio dedicated her home, her property,
her finances and her entire life to create The Cat House on the Kings,
a no-kill, nonprofit sanctuary, rescue and adoption center for cats.
Lynea has rescued tens of thousands of animals from shelters, abusive homes, and abandonment... and has helped get thousands more spayed and neutered.
It takes lots of (wo)manpower and time to take care of The Cat House.
Assistant Shelter Director/Petco Adoption Mgr/Board of Directors
One of our most valuable and multi-tasking staff members is Tammy Barker, who currently serves as the Assistant Shelter Director, the Petco Adoption Facility Manager (and she's also President of the Board of Directors!). She does off-site adoptions at our Fresno Petco adoption center, facilitates hundreds of spays/neuters for the community, coordinates TNR efforts, fosters a multitude of kittens, transports to other rescues out of town, co-chairs the Fundraising Committee, and leaps tall buildings in a single bound! (Not really, but she IS the force behind our twice-a-year Open House fundraisers!)
Kitten Quarters Supervisor
Karla Cortez has been with the Cat House since 2004. Karla is the supervisor of our Kitten Quarters 1 and 2. Kitten Quarters 2 is where the kittens with medical issues go. Karla’s duties include, but are not limited to, answering the always-ringing phones, setting up appointments for spaying, neutering, potential adoptions and assisting with cat surrenders. Karla gives visitor tours, manages the online adoptable cats, as well as tending to the daily tasks of cleaning up after, feeding and caring for our many residents. If that isn’t enough work, Karla also takes home foster kittens. Karla runs the Kitten Quarters with a calm, efficient hand.
Adoption Coordinator Assistant Supervisor
Kristen Shepherd is an Adoption Coordinator and a caretaker of both Kitten Quarters 1 and 2. Kristen joined our family in 2015 and she performs many of the same duties as Karla. Kristen is a dedicated foster mommy. She has a penchant for the bottle babies, frequently bringing them to work with her so they don’t miss any feedings. A true-blue animal lover, Kristen’s gentle, caring demeanor makes her a perfect fit for the Kitten Quarters family.
Accountant & Spoiler of Cats
Lisa Boyajian is The Cat House on the Kings Accountant, and Official Spoiler of our office cats. She's been known to bring in a buffet of treats and cat food from home (yes, even tuna) to "make friends" with the multiple office cats who (of course) think she's the cats meow. Lisa is also a devoted and diligent Cat House foster mom and is quite active in the community with various TNR (Trap/Neuter/Release) projects around her neighborhood.
Herlinda has been with The Cat House on the Kings for three years doing double-duty as the Housekeeping Supervisor (managing 6-10 employees) and also as the CareTaker/Cleaner in our super Senior Center. How does she get it all done? Her days start at 3:30am with feedings in the Main House and moving on to FIV ward and elsewhere! We're not sure, but we suspect she may be superwoman! Needless to say, the cats recognize and follow her EVERYWHERE!
Facebook & Fundraising Coordinator
A lifelong cat lover, Harvie has been formally involved in animal rescue for more than a decade ~ and has fostered more than 50 dogs and 150 cats for various local animal rescues. She joined The Cat House on the Kings full-time in 2011 after being with us part-time since 2010. She has fostered multiple litters of kittens for us, in addition to her primary duties of serving as the Facebook Page Administrator and Fundraising Coordinator for The Cat House on the Kings. She assists with writing projects, works with our college interns, helps staff the Fresno Petco Adoption Center as an Adoption Counselor, and coordinates Silent Auction Donations for Open Houses. During her time with The Cat House on the Kings, she has grown The Cat House on the Kings Facebook page from 2,000 fans to almost 1.3 MILLION fans!
Beth has admired The Cat House on the Kings since she learned about their organization while working for an animal control shelter. She is thrilled to share all of the hard work that everyone does here to make the Central Valley (and the world) a better place for all animals. Her goal is to network The Cat House on the Kings Mission, through media, public speaking/presentations, education, social media outreach, volunteers, donor support, adoption promotion, and any means possible! "It has always been all about children and animals for me, they give us all that is truly meaningful in life, we should give back more in return! I feel that after being in the animal welfare profession for more than 15 years, this is the place that I can do the most good."
Supervises the maintenance crew.
Christine Cordova has loved cats since childhood, and she especially loves feral cats, as they really are just misunderstood. As a child she would bring them home and try to tame them. "It is heartwarming when a feral cat trusts you and allows you to pet it."
Christine loves helping to make a difference, along with her co-workers, in medical & supportive care for the cats. "I love working for Lynea, who has devoted her all to the rescue of cats, kittens, & even dogs, she is truly an inspiration."
Christine achieved a major goal when she became an RVT. She would like to take her career further by specializing in veterinary dentistry. She also hopes forensics in veterinary medicine will be in her future, as well.
Working at The Cat House on the Kings has fulfilled a lifelong dream of mine to be a part of the animal rescue process. I come from a long line of animal lovers. My father used to rescue strays and re-home them. He taught me early in life that animals are unique pieces of our universe and should be protected and nurtured, always. Every day I get to love on furry little angels who return my affection ten-fold. I’m excited to come to work and see what new opportunities have presented themselves for the cats. I’ve always been a strong believer in the age-old adage, “it takes a village,” and here at The Cat House, the importance of getting everyone involved in becoming a part of the solution has never been more emphatic. I work with some of the most selfless and giving human beings who inspire me to do and give more than I thought possible. I have a front row seat to watch all the magic happen. The magic of generosity, kindness, compassion and humor. I’m blessed to be here and very grateful. Besides animals, I’m addicted to my family, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and cake…
Adoption Coordinator Satellite Adoption Center
Tara Boyd has loved animals for as long as she can remember. When she's not playing mom to a toddler, 2 dogs and 4 cats, she helps staff our Petco Adoption Center as an Adoption Coordinator. She initially came to work at The Cat House on the Kings soon after she completed her vet tech training and externship in 2016, and recently returned on a part time basis where she loves to organize, clean, and enjoy the cats at our Petco Adoption Center. Her interests include caring for animals, enjoying time with her son, aromatherapy and cooking.
Jairo Medina is one of our dedicated office staff members who helps keep things running and organized behind the scenes. His sister is a vet tech and his first real experience with cats was helping her with kittens she was fostering. Since coming to work for The Cat House on the Kings, he's become totally hooked on cats! He loves how The Cat House on the Kings is really making a difference in our community and for the cats, and appreciates getting to spend time with cats while helping to fulfill our goals. In addition to being a lover of coffee, he's also quite musical and plays bass and drums!
Anjanette loves the fast-paced environment of The Cat House on the Kings Kitten Quarters. She really feels like she is using her vet tech education, skills and experience when she is caring for and medicating some of our smallest residents. One of her important to her heart issues is educating people about the importance of spaying and neutering! Her hobbies include baking and art, and she's certain her future will always include working with animals in some way!
Adoption Coordinator Satellite Adoption Center
Nicole Stirling grew up around cats on her family's cattle ranch, where she also helped take care of cows, horses, goats, dogs and cats! She has started her vet tech training, and enjoys the opportunity to gain more experience and to take care of the cats and kittens at our Petco Adoption Center where she works part time as an Adoption Coordinator. She hopes one day to become a veterinarian, and in the meantime enjoys ranch life, riding horses, and participating in rodeos!
Volunteers are critical to our survival. We cherish our group, and would love to have you join us!
Board of Directors, Petco adoption center volunteer & foster mom
Christine has been volunteering with animal rescue groups for the past nine years. She has six cats of her own and currently helps out at Cat House adoption events because she thinks every companion animal should have a safe and happy home.
Foster Mom, Transporter, Story Writer
Professional photographer Jess Lessard has been volunteering at The Cat House on the Kings for almost two years. She discovered The Cat House on the Kings when she was kayaking up the Kings River from her home in Reedley and saw all of the cats lounging about in the sunshine and knew it was a place she wanted to check out. As a faithful and dedicated volunteer, she spends time cleaning as well as socializing the cats and dogs. She typically works in the kitten quarters alongside staff members every Tuesday. She also spends a lot of time photographing new adoptables or things being built on the property. Many of the photos you see on our website, our Facebook page, and in our calendar were taken by Jess!
Jess Lessard is “owned” by three dogs (two rhodesian ridgebacks and one terrier mix ~ who is a rescue) and two cats, a lovely sweet calico and a crazy tuxedo cat with a mustache. Her photography page can be found (and LIKED!) on Facebook.
Adoption coordinator, foster mom, all-round volunteer
Kathy Scheer first became involved with The Cat House in 2002, when she retired from nursing, she began to dedicate a great deal of her spare time to the Cat House. Tireless and deeply caring, Kathy has donated her time, energy, and financial resources to the plight of abandoned cats and kittens.
Kathy's work for The Cat House is far-reaching.She spends her time rescuing cats and kittens from the community, hosting off-site adoptions at local Petco stores, helping at fundraisers, fostering kittens at her home, and coordinating transportation from the Valley to other rescue organizations throughout California. Kathy’s level of commitment is incredible, and The Cat House is very fortunate to have her as a volunteer.
Adoption Center Photographer
Val is a mother, wife, works as a School Psychologist and Rodan + Fields Skincare consultant and has always had a love for cats, dogs, and animals of all kinds! She has a passion for photography and has found a way to use her skills to give back by helping to capture the personalities of the adoptable kitties at the adoption center at Petco. It is her hope that someone will fall in love with a photo, come to the adoption center and give a forever home to a much deserving kitty.
Terry Noell has been volunteering for The Cat House for a little over 13 years. It all started when his wife Tammy got involved with The Cat House and she was always asking for his help.
Terry is never in the spotlight (until now), but always in the background supporting and helping Tammy and The Cat House however he can. He has made several trips to the Bay area to transport kitties to other rescues and made a trip to Redding to deliver two fosters to their forever home. Terry also helps with off site adoptions at Petco.
He built a special room in their home just so Tammy could foster kittens, enabling them to foster and adopt out several hundred felines in the past several years. He is always loading and unloading food, paperwork and kitties. It was through The Cat House that he learned of the overpopulation problem in Fresno, so he proceeded to trap, neuter and return over 18 cats at his worksite so they would not continue the cycle of unwanted kittens.
Terry continues to help Tammy with TNR by transporting cats to The Cat House for spays and neuters, stops at the SPCA to pick up a cat that is on its last day and has learned how to help Tammy with blood testing and medicating their foster kittens. He always supports her in her efforts to foster, house and love as many kitties as their house and hearts can hold.
Terry is better known as the DJ at all of our open house events or the guy with the poodles.
Thank you Terry, for the time and energy you have devoted to our cause. The Cat House on the Kings would not exist without loyal supporters like you!
Eileen used to work for us. During that time, she absolutely loved her job swearing it was the best job ever because it combines the 2 things she loves - helping and kitties! She was sad to leave us because she loves the Cat House so much, but took her office cat Lt. Fuzzy to live with her. She still volunteers doing what she can online and she (and her hubby too!) still come up twice a year for the open house and man the front gate. Eileen says, “There’s no place like The Cat House! This place is as close to heaven as I’ve found! If you haven’t ever come and visited, you’re sure missing a treat! The staff, volunteers, sponsors and supporters are the best. It takes a lot to run this place. It’s absolutely amazing!”
Meet our volunteer extraordinaire, Charles Schaeffer! Charles has been retired from teaching for 20 years but he has been anything but idle. Mr. Schaeffer has volunteered his time with CASA, (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Habitat For Humanity, and tutoring homeless children. He says he is most happy volunteering his time at The Cat House on the Kings. Charles doesn’t watch TV much, preferring to read and listen to classical music in his down time. He does like to build things though. He has a complete shop with all the equipment needed for an expert carpenter to do the amazing job he is doing for the Cat House.
Charles noticed that the kitchen in the main house was in need of some help. “I saw that while it is a favorite hangout for many of the cats, time and the cats had caused some serious deterioration of the cabinets and the linoleum floors”, said Charles. Charles also wanted potential adopters to enter into a bright, inviting adoption area.
Charles is about halfway through refinishing the kitchen cabinets. He removes the doors and drawers and refinishes them in his workshop. The cabinets are being double varnished to make them moisture resistant. He then reinstalls them complete with updated hardware. Charles has contributed countless hours towards this immense project.
Charles has said that he intends to be around for a while. We were truly blessed the day Charles Schaeffer decided to come to the Cat House on the Kings. The Cat House is eternally grateful to be graced with the time and talents of such an extraordinary man.
Volunteer Satelite Adoption Center Fresno
Daniel has been volunteering at our Petco Adoption Center in Fresno for a few years now and he makes the day go much more smoothly by taking such great care of the kitties there. He came to volunteer at the Adoption Center when it was recommended by a foster parent family friend and now we can't imagine not having him there several days a week. The cats and kittens look forward to his gentle, consistent, and complete care. "I help out at the Petco Adoption Center because they need person power for cleaning and lifting supplies; I now have a rescued black cat named Lucky so I'm familiar with feeding routines and cleaning litter boxes. Thank you," Daniel says about volunteering. We know from his compassionate care that his cat is purrfectly named! We are very grateful to have Daniel, he certainly puts a smile on our staff's face as soon as he walks through the door. The kittens prance around when they see their friend Daniel because they look forward to his attention and care!
We Need YOU!
It's easy! We need folks with all sorts of talents. A good deal of our work isn't glamorous; in fact, our greatest need is for people to help us scrub the facility and keep it in tip-top shape!
We also need people to foster kittens and cats, and help us medicate and tend to those cats and kittens that need extra TLC. To get started, just fill out a volunteer application, shoot us an email, or give us a call.
Lynea Through the Looking Glass
Beth Wilson of Bristol, UK, a self-confessed "Crazy Cat Lady" and artist, created this lovely drawing of Lynea, which she has kindly allowed us to show you here. You can click on the picture for a larger version.