Last Updated on: July 26, 2023 by Crystal Uys
The Cat House on the Kings is a feline rescue, sanctuary, and adoption center. This organization prioritizes the safety and well-being of all cats that come into their care, ensuring that they will not be caged or euthanized during their stay. Cats are permitted to spend their lifetime in the sanctuary, so unless adopted, they will be cared for by The Cat House on the Kings for the rest of their nine lives.
The Cat House on the Kings is the largest cat sanctuary and adoption center in the state of California. The grounds sprawl over 12 acres along the Kings River, located in Parlier, CA. If you want to learn more about The Cat House on the Kings’ mission or their facility, keep reading below.
What Is the Mission of The Cat House on The Kings?
The Cat House on the Kings was created by Lynea Lattanzio nearly 30 years ago. Lattanzio’s passion for helping cats in need inspired her to dedicate her home, her land, and her finances to save as many cats as possible. This property became the headquarters of The Cat House on the Kings.
In the United States, around 6.3 million animals enter animal shelters each year.1 Among these surrendered animals, nearly 1 million are euthanized each year. These staggering numbers make it abundantly clear that this is a serious issue.
Therefore, the mission of The Cat House on the Kings is to rescue animals from dangerous situations, care for them, and place them into permanent and loving homes. Likewise, they are interested in caring for unwanted animals at their facility, providing them with plenty of space to roam. Furthermore, The Cat House on the Kings is invested in preventing animal overpopulation and educating pet owners about the responsibilities of animal ownership.
Throughout the decades, Lattanzio and others at The Cat House on the Kings dedicated themselves to rescuing tens of thousands of cats. This mission eventually expanded to include other animals besides cats. Animals have been saved from abandonment, pet shelters, abusive homes, and other dangerous situations. Likewise, The Cat House on the Kings has also helped thousands of animals receive important procedures, such as spaying and neutering.
Since the organization’s establishment, The Cat House on the Kings has saved over 30,000 cats. Over 7,100 dogs have been saved as well. These numbers do not include the 56,000 animals that the organization has spayed and neutered. Currently, The Cat House on the Kings is housing 700 felines and dozens of canines. They are even housing some peacocks!
As mentioned, The Cat House on the Kings is a no-cage, no-kill sanctuary. They are also a non-profit organization, meaning they receive no government or public funding. In order to continue carrying out their good work, they rely on generous donations. If you want to learn how to support The Cat House on the Kings, there will be more on that later.
If you don’t live near The Cat House on the Kings, you may never be able to take a tour of the expansive 12-acre grounds. To satisfy your cat-like curiosity, we have broken down the most notable areas of the facility.
This is where all the magic happens, according to the cats. Twice each day, a mixture of dry and wet cat food is hand-prepared for all of the cats and distributed across all 12 acres. According to The Cat House on the Kings, this task takes 2 hours for a team of 6 people to complete!
The Kitty Garden
This indoor room provides plenty of sunshine for cats to relax and take a cozy nap. It also offers an outdoor view and a loft for cats to enjoy. This room is helpful for adjusting new arrivals to the area, particularly adult cats who had previously spent their entire lives indoors.
The Condo Room
This room serves as a great transitional area for new arrivals. The kitty door allows free access to the outdoors, so cats can choose whether or not they want to be outside or inside of their own free will. It is called the “condo room” due to the many cubbies that line the walls.
Outdoors, there is a large, fully fenced-in enclosure that provides a safe place for cats to enjoy some fresh air. There are sheds, patios, and plenty of trees for cats to entertain themselves with.
How to Adopt from The Cat House on the Kings
If you are interested in adopting from The Cat House on the Kings, you must make an appointment. The adoption center is open from 1:00 PM–4:00 PM. Before visiting the facility, you will need to submit an online application. If your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation email. Only then will you be able to schedule an adoption appointment, allowing you to visit the adoption center.
An off-site adoption center in Fresno is open from 10:30 AM–5:00 PM each day (excluding Wednesdays, when it is open until 6:00 PM).
How You Can Help
If you aren’t looking to adopt but still want to support the mission of The Cat House on the Kings, donating is an excellent way to do just that. They accept donations of food, supplies, and other pet care items. They have wish lists on Amazon and Chewy where you can find and purchase their most needed items for them. To know more about how to support The Cat House on the Kings, you can learn more on their website.
The Cat House on the Kings is dedicated to an admirable cause: rescuing and caring for animals in need. They are a non-profit organization, so if you are interested in supporting them, a monetary donation or a donation of needed items will go a long way. The work done by The Cat House on the Kings has helped to save tens of thousands of cats from perilous situations, almost certainly saving their lives. With support from dedicated individuals, The Cat House on the Kings can continue to save more pets in need.
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Cat mom to Ivy – a feisty little rescue kitten that is her one and only child. For now! Throughout her life, she has been introduced to the special love that can be found in the bond with a cat. Having owned multiple felines, she is more than certain that their love is unmatched, unconditional and unlike any other. With a passion to educate the public about everything, there is to know about felines, their behavior, and their unique personalities, Crystal is devoted to making sure that all cats and their owners know the importance of conscious living – and loving!