El Dorado Hills cat sanctuary scratching for food donations

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EL DORADO HILLS CA - A local nonprofit is working to feed cats, but needs the community’s help through April during their month-long cat food drive.

El Dorado Hills based Fat Kitty City, a nonprofit, no-kill cat sanctuary, has more than doubled its intake of rescued and surrendered cats and kittens in the past year and is running out of food.

“The number of animals left homeless has increased with the economic downturn, and food discounts that were once available are no longer offered,” said volunteer Pam Smit. “Fat Kitty City operates on donations and right now is in grave need of canned and dry cat food. We need the community’s support to help feed these cats.”

Last year the sanctuary served 597 cats and adopted out 401 cats. The sanctuary is operated by volunteers.

Youth volunteers Sydney Hess, 13, and Rachel Hess, 11, both of Folsom, volunteer weekly at the sanctuary to feed and care for the cats.

“We like to socialize with the cats,” Sydney said. “We want to help them.”

Rachel said they even adopted a cat from the sanctuary.

“We know having our cat here first helped her socialize with the other cats and people,” Rachel said. “Then when we took her home, she got along with our other cats.”

Fat Kitty City is holding a cat and kitten food drive throughout the entire month of April in El Dorado Hills and Folsom locations.

El Dorado Hills drop-off locations are the El Dorado Hills Library, Senior Center, Market Place Veterinary and Bark Avenue.

In Folsom, donations can be made at sBarkles, Home Consignment Center, Pet Vets of Folsom and the Broadstone Racquet Club.

People can also help with online donations at

For people interested in adopting, the group showcases their cats at PetSmart and Petco in Folsom on Sundays. Cats up for adoption can be viewed at,

For more information on volunteering, e-mail