Lynea Lattanzio lives with 700 furry felines and is dubbed the crazy cat lady but she has insisted: ‘I’m not mad!’
Ms Lattanzio, who was banned by her mother from having cats as a child, started to take in rescue animals and strays after her divorce in 1981.
In the following 30 years she has welcomed a staggering 19,000 moggies onto her 12 acre estate in Parlier, California.
The Cat House also offers low-cost spaying and neutering referrals and facilitates pet adoptions.
Costing her a hefty $40,260 (£26,000) per week – or $5729.31 (£3,714) per day – to maintain, she relies on donations and a dedicated team of volunteers to help her carry out the work.
|A team of dedicated volunteers chip in with much-needed work around the estate|
|It costs almost $40,260 per month to buy the cat food and medical supplies|
|An hours-old kitten is brought into the facility for medical attention at The Cat House|
She said: ‘We’re a no-cage, no-kill adoption sanctuary. I’m not crazy, what I do is crazy. I prefer to say I’m eccentric or masochistic. It’s the same thing, only nicer.
‘I’m sure there are other places that do what I do. I just don’t know where they are. And obviously they are few and far between. What I say is – if they don’t have a home, at least they have a life.’
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