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Aug 28, 2008

"All I ever wanted was a kitten."

And now she has not just one but SEVEN HUNDRED OF THEM!

Wait, wait, before you think 'crazy cat lady' get a load of this awesome story.

And dogs too, Emma S. Visit this amazing place online at Cat House on the Kings.com

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This is what I want to do.

nd
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Awesome. What a wonderful woman.

Chrissie
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:23 AM

OK! this lady actually DOES herd cats! She actually has a herd!

Katrina
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:23 AM

OMG...Kitties!! Love, love, love this place. Cats and Dogs living free in harmony, what could be better.

I'd love to visit this place, but....*achoo*...cat allergies. One at home is ok but this many and I'd just keel over. Although, what a way to go!!!

Noelle
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:29 AM

What an amazing work! If i had the space and the money i would make many sanctuaries like this.

It's lovely too see so many cats living together and so free, as well as the cute dogs!

Thanks for sharing ^^

ku-ki-shop.com
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Oh joy! What lovely, happy kitties and doggies! Bless this good lady.

Theresa
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:31 AM

ahhhh I wanna roll in kitties! But then I'll start sneezing ;_;

Terrie
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Apologies, but all I can really work out here is
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Seren
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:34 AM

When can I move in?

Aoife
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Ahn. How sweet! I still think she's a crazy cat lady, though.

Bluemenro
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:36 AM

ohhhh my goodness, I keep telling my husband that someday we will have a wonderful cat farm, this woman is living my dream!!!!!

Emily
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Gosh, this is awesome. Organic, cage-free kitties.

I'm not disagreeing with the lady, but I wonder tho, if there are so many cats, and they wander free, would that shape their behavior into wild/feral behavior, with all sorts of territorial mentality?

And those trees and the freedom to climb them! Curious to know if she has to climb up daily to get kitties who couldn't climb back down. :-D

nycat
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:41 AM

I have dreamed of doing this for as long as I can remember. This lady is amazing!

Jules
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:41 AM

What an amazing story! That's MY life-long dream too! Hopefully I'll get to fulfill it some day as well. Love the tabby that just sort of splayed across the sun like he owns the place...kitties rule!

Jessica
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:41 AM

it's a cat ranch! she is a cat rancher! my dream job!

what i want to know is: HOW is it kept so clean and non-cat-smelling? and is that where this woman actually LIVES? and how does one keep track of 700 cats?

yay for her and the cat ranch paradise!

kb
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:41 AM

I can now say that I've seen Heaven, and that wonderful lady lives there!

Then again, there *are* ponies in Heaven, are there not? And bunnies, and ferrets and hammies and guinea pigs and birds of many colors, and squirrels and otters and plump baby seals... So maybe not Heaven, but as close to it as possible while still earth-bound...

MadameX
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:43 AM

If good deeds yield good karma, this woman has a never ending surplus of good karma.
It's a great thing to find your purpose in life + make the world --or just your own 6 acres of it-- a better place.
Well done lady!
I hope exposure on CO will help to keep funding her endeavour.

biscuithead
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:49 AM

....want to go live there. NOW.

Jana
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 11:56 AM

omg this place is so cool! This lady is awesome.. but I wonder how many litterboxes are in her house and how many times a day she has to clean them? Also, there must be lots of poop outside o.o;

My favorite part is the dog rolling in the grass in the background while she is talking right around 3:06 he's all "oh man something stinky!!" Those dogs are seriously outnumbered! If they started something with the cats they'd beat down.

I would love to have a place like this with dogs someday, I'd have cats too, but i'm partial to dogs, especially those that have bad images, like pitts.

Kat
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:01 PM

Wow. I used to know a lady who lived on a farm who had about twenty cats, and they were all diseased and sickly looking. This lady is amazing...her cats all look so healthy and happy! Hats off to her!! :D

Meia
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:01 PM

"I was doing all those superficial things...and deep down in my heart I knew there was something more I should do."

-Now that is inspiring.


tracyFlick
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:04 PM

What a fantastic lady! I love the way those cats and dogs were all so happy together. I noticed a few cats lying on their backs, which means that they feel safe and happy. And all those tails, straight up in the air. I'd guess that the cats have decided that it's neutral ground, so there are no territorial disputes. (My cats have designated my daughter's room as neutral and never squabble when they're in there.)

Seren
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:04 PM

wow, total awesomeness. seriously. i am in awe of this woman and her dedication and vision. i wonder if ellen degeneres knows about this cool place?

cheryl
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:06 PM

All I can say is "wow".

arbed
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:08 PM

::blink blink:: So much love on those acres. What a happy, lovely place!

Beth
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:09 PM

This is truly incredible.

Jen
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Don't think I would personally let all the kitties inside my house, but that's pretty heart warming.

I wonder how the kitties behave socially when they're allowed to roam like that. Because in the first few scenes it kind of looked like they were forming prides, but then later on it looked very much (like someone else said) that the place is neutral territory.

Fegli
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:17 PM

What a lovely caring person. I am writing my donation check right now!

The Cat House on the Kings
7120 S. Kings River Rd.
Parlier, CA 93648

Wendy
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:18 PM

Free-range kitties? Seriously, I think I'm about 698 cats from becoming this woman. I sooo need to live there and live her lifestyle.

Loved the pan across the beds of the many kitties sitting on it, and they ALL had that same stare/look at the camera. Did anyone else also notice a kitty on its back at about 1:24 or so (panning across a porch of some sort), but you only saw this hind leg sticking up? Anyone have a flashback to the dead donkey in the elevator scene in Bachelor Party?

chanpon
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Wow...that's like cat paradise! I totally want to give them some money (since I'm too far away to do anything else).

peachfish
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:19 PM

There's not a mouse or a baby bird for miles.

Joe
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:24 PM

As soon as the guy narrating starting talking I cried. What a great place. The world needs more people like her.

Jesi
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Lady is totally awesome!
I saw her on another website and dropped her a quick email...she dropped back (or maybe one of her volunteers)! Either way it was AWESOME!!

Katrina, you mention she herds the kittehs! LOL!! I just love how she hollers to them and they come bounding toward her!

It's wonderful to see that the cats are climbing trees and running around and not being afraid of anybody, and how clean everything and everybody is. I WANNA LIVE THERE, TOO!!!

Oh and @ 0:48...LI'L BOUNDING BLACK PUPPEH!!! SQUEEEEEE!!! :D

Juniper Jupiter
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:31 PM

I wonder if they are actually confined to her property in any way. It's a great place, don't get me wrong but I can't help but think of the decimated local wildlife populations.

Still... good on 'er. :)

Arachnophile
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:33 PM

WOW! I watched this and I was thinking, "Yes, this lady lives in Wisconsin or something" but holy crap! She's so close to where I live! I think I'll take some friends who are considering adopting. I'll ferry CO's best wishes if I do!

Mary W.
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:35 PM

I wonder how she keeps them from roaming beyond the edge of her property.

And this is CA, we have predators -- I'm sure she doesn't bring them all in at night. Perhaps there are so many, it dissuades the coyotes, etc? Curious.

Awesome woman.

warrior rabbit
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:35 PM

incredible!

raymi
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:37 PM

It's Heaven.That's brilliant.

I love the tails up everywhere thing. And how the dogs were so happy and everything was peaceful.

That woman's blood pressure must be so low...

Alex F
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Also, I liked the head bonk at 1:19.

warrior rabbit
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:38 PM

There is a place in heaven (or whatever you believe in) for people like her....I sincerely hope that after her time on Earth is through someone continues her work at that Paradise on Earth.

freetomato
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Wow - after checking out the site, my question was answered. They've got 12 acres surrounded by a "cat proof fence." I'm impressed.

Their medical set up is pretty amazing too with a FIV quarantine area. *WOW*

arachnophile
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:38 PM

this is my dream job. if i ever win the lottery this is what i'm going to do.

LC
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Yip! Yip! Sniff! Sniff! Yip! Yip! This is so super wonderfully awesome!! Yay!

RR
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Lazy Cat foot stuck up in the air at 1:22 = priceless.

D.H.
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:46 PM

yes! at 2:26 he says something to the effect that "the vibe there is so positive. they know they're absolutely safe and totally loved."
that's how I try to explain my house! I have 13 cats that get along mostly peacefully, in a small house. I always say it's because they know they're loved...
but omg, I can't imagine 700+...

ceejoe
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Wow. Just wow. And in a good way.

Kris
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:47 PM

Hey, just wanted everyone to know I set up a monthly gift the the shelter of $10 through my online banking. If everyone did, they would be able to care for more animals. Thanks for posting this vid!

Jean
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:54 PM

Wow, how inspiring, they all looked so peaceful. That is my dream, to have a happy farm :)

Hello Kitty
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:54 PM

Fantastic! Me too, if I ever could afford it, I have a dream of running a cat rescue/sanctuary...although my dream is actually to do black cat rescue. with an educational component for the misguided public.

And she's so close, too! I live in California, not nearby where she is but still...I think the next time I want to adopt a cat I may just make the drive down there just to support what she's doing. Her cats all look healthy and happy. How marvelous.

Mitsu
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Just... wow.
And I love the squawky meow right at the end; it sounds like our Spot.

Theo
 |  Aug 28, 2008 at 01:00 PM

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