Heartwarming Story Of Man Who Turned His House Into Sanctuary For 300 Cats

Hilary Gowan

Journalist

Love cats? Probably not as much as Chris Arsenault. He transformed his house into Happy Cat Sanctuary, where 300 kitties currently reside. In 2006, Chris lost his son Eric in an accident caused by motorcycle malfunction. Grieving, he found a colony of 30 sick cats and kittens living in Long Island, New York.

Christ took the homeless cats into his home and nursed them back to health. In return, he receives love and comfort (and purrs, can't forget the purrs). “I knew there were many others out there like them who needed help too,” Chris told the press. “I bought a piece of property in 2007 and went into it full-time.” This retired train conductor converted the home into a cat shelter and the new Happy Cat Sanctuary started receiving calls from concerned locals who had spotted an ailing kitty. “Most were saved from the streets or brought in from hoarding situations,” Chris said. “A very small percentage of our cats are owner surrenders, but it does happen.”

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An anonymous patron donated $200,000 to the sanctuary two years ago, which allowed Chris to do some expansion and renovation. The shelter now has a large indoor cat house, several smaller heated or air conditioned huts and a large, cat safe, fenced yard that has trees and hammocks!

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