Man Turns Grief Into Hope by Sheltering Hundreds of Cats

After losing his son in a tragic accident, this man turned to saving the cats that nobody wants

By Catalina Barrios

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Credit: Facebook / Happy Cat Sanctuary

In how many wonderful ways has your pet changed your life?  My life has definitely been happier and more fulfilled since I met my dog.  Even through my childhood we were blessed with pets – 2 budgies, a parrot, and two dogs.  The joy a pet brings to your life is indescribable. Some would say they can even save a life.


Credit: Happy Cat Sanctuary

Chris Arsenault is a man who would agree with my former statement. He has found his way out from a deep, consuming grief by saving hundreds of cats. It was 2006 when Chris lost his son, Eric, to a motorcycle accident. A point at which he felt as if his own life was going to end.

A few months after the accident, Chris, already a cat lover, found a group of 30 sick kittens on the side of a railway track.  He took them home and provided them with the care they needed to get better. In the process, Chris realized that the cats were giving him back his purpose, along with comfort and love.


Credit: Facebook / Happy Cat Sanctuary

Chris wanted to keep helping cats after the colony got better. He contacted local charities and shelters to reach out with his mission. Soon he had 10, 50, then 100 more cats. And it didn’t stop there! The current population of Chris’ “Happy Cat Sanctuary” is 300 felines!


Credit: Facebook / Happy Cat Sanctuary

To accommodate all of these animals, Chris gave his home a complete renovation into a cat sanctuary. There are lots of special spaces for cats including hammocks, heated perches, as well as a gardens in which they can roam. The only area he saved for himself is an 8-by-12 foot bedroom where he sleeps and eats. Chris says that every morning, when he opens his bedroom door, he is greeted by at least 40 cats.

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