Shirley Ratcliff started out just wanting to help find homes for one litter of kittens and their mother in 2007.
A local veterinarian told Ratcliff the owner had asked for the adult cat and its four kittens to be euthanized. The owner didn’t want them and couldn’t find a shelter that would take them.
“I’d always done it sort of on my own. I live in the country and cats would show up and I would find them homes,” Ratcliff said.
She said the group was adopted within two days after she placed a sign downtown advertising free kittens . Having always been a cat lover, Ratcliff continued trying to help out where possible.
“In the beginning, we did it real slow. Then when the vets found out, it kept getting bigger and bigger,” she said.