Fat Kitty City
A Place to Meow Home
Photos by Dante Fontana
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Scottish author Stuart McMillan sums up the cat in one simple thought: “A meow massages the heart.”
There is no better place to get that feeling than Fat Kitty City. Seeing the happy and well-cared-for cats living their lives to the fullest is heartwarming. The 70 or so felines housed within the fenced and secured acre of the compound are now safe. However, their lives did not start that way; the majority of the cats now living “the good life” were tortured, abused or simply thrown away.
In 2007, Cindy and Ed Minghelli founded Fat Kitty City – a sanctuary in El Dorado Hills for neglected, damaged and abandoned cats – with a mission to end the needless suffering of all animals using various means, including: spaying, neutering, socializing and adopting out cats. If a cat is not healthy enough or able to live in a home, Fat Kitty City provides lifetime care. “We are the best-kept secret in El Dorado County,” Ed explains. “We need to change that.” As a nonprofit with no federal and state funding, they rely on the generosity of their patrons for much-needed donations.
They were successful in rescuing 73 feral cats that were going to be crushed when bulldozers razed the shuttered Pollardville Chicken Kitchen near Stockton. After rehabilitation at Fat Kitty City, 60 of the original 73 were adopted by loving families – the rest live safely on sanctuary grounds.