When The Shelters Filled Up, This Rescuer Created A “Kitty City” On Her Farm

Written by: Dina Fantegrossi
Dina Fantegrossi is the Assistant Editor and Head Writer for HomeLife Media. Before her career in writing, Dina was a veterinary technician for more than 15 years.Read more
| Published on September 30, 2016

Alison Smith, founder of Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue in Mandan, North Dakota feels that rescuing animals is something she has to do –  a true calling.

That’s why her property is home to a menagerie of cows, goats, mini horses, full sized horses – and now, 13 cats and counting. As in many regions, the shelters in her local area are filled to capacity and unable to provide sanctuary to all of the cats in need.

So Smith decided to expand her rescue efforts to include displaced cats. She had several two-story kitty condos constructed on her farm – each with an entrance ramp, windows, and soft, warm bedding. They are marked with adorable names like Pawlice Station, Fat Cat Bakery and Kitty City Council.

There is also a large, open-front structure with sofas, scratch posts, cat toys and other luxuries for the kitties to enjoy – a little community center if you will.

The 13 feline residents currently residing at Triple H Farm have free access to the beautiful property and are able to go indoors and outdoors as they please. The surrounding area is fenced for their safety.

Smith’s plans for her Kitty City are still underway, but she expects to be able to house 40 or more rescue cats by next Spring.

Smith is humble about the contribution she is making in the world of animal rescue. She is happy to do her part, but hopes that her selfless actions will help educate and inspire others to become part of the solution, rather than the problem. In an interview with NBC Affiliate, KXAN News, Smith said:

“They’re just going to keep coming and coming unless we get some education out there and allow people to come out and learn about cats. And learn how to take care of them. And learn the devastating effects of what happens when we don’t spay and neuter.”

The Facebook groups, Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue Fan Club and Kitty City will be posting frequent updates as the feline rescue community continues to grow. So far the residents seem to have it made.

Even poor Mowgli, an orange tabby who lost his eyes to a severe infection he contracted as a stray. Mowgli will live out his days exclusively inside Smith’s home – no kitty condo for this special boy!

Featured Images via Facebook/Kitty City