Losing somebody you care about is always rough and it can be hard to fill that void. When Chris Arsenault of Coram, New York, lost his 24-year-old son in a motorcycle accident, he wasn’t sure what to do. Yet a few months later, Arsenault got his answer in the most adorable form.
One day in 2006, while working his job as a train conductor, he saw something by the side of the track.
It was a group of abandoned kittens.
“There were 30 little kittens and I could tell they were sick,” Arsenault told SWNS. “I knew if I left them there they would die so I brought them home with me.”
Little did he know that those cats would be the ticket to his recovery.
“I am a real animal lover,” Arsenault said. “After my son died, those cats gave me something to do.”
Once the cats were nursed back to health, Arsenault felt really good about himself. He realized how much joy he gets from helping look after animals, so he reached out to nearby charities and shelters to find more cats in need.
His house received a makeover to better accommodate the cats.
He added in hammocks as well as heated perches, cubby holes and outdoor shelters. He cleared up space around the house and the garden so that his felines would have plenty of room to walk around and play.
He called this new and improved home the Happy Cat Sanctuary.
The only room Arsenault kept to himself was an 8-by-12-foot bedroom where he sleeps and eats. Otherwise, it’s all cats all day long! (And some cats manage to get into his bedroom too, no matter what he tries.)
Arsenault now wakes up bright and early every day at 7 a.m. to take care of his many pets. He feeds them, cleans their litter boxes, tends to their health, and even makes them roast chicken for dinner.
Taking care of all these cats is a lot of work and costs a pretty penny. In 2016, it cost Arsenault over $100,000 to keep the place operational, much of it going on medical expenses.
“Every day I have to treat the sick cats too,” he said. ‘To keep control of this, I use colored paper collars. Depending on their illness, I treat them with different medications, and if it’s something I can’t fix, I make sure the cat gets to the vet.”
$100,000 might seem like a lot of money but it all makes sense when you realize how many cats he takes care of now: over 300!
Still, Arsenault makes sure each cat who comes in gets spayed or neutered, ensuring that there aren’t any accidental new additions to his posse. Cats are also available for adoption. Many, though, have been rescued from tough situations, so don’t make good family pets.
“Most of these cats were abused or abandoned when they came to the sanctuary, so it’s been really a really rewarding thing to be able to give them a home and a place they feel safe,” he said.
“I don’t find it overwhelming even though there are 300 cats now,” he said. “I truly believe that if you are passionate about something you can handle anything. I really love what I do.”
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