Man Turns His Long Island Home Into Shelter For 300 Cats

Chris Arsenault, known to some on Long Island as “the cat man,” cares for more than 300 cats both inside and outside his Suffolk County home.

He said he created the cat sanctuary to rescue homeless kittens and to honor a son, Eric, who died tragically in a motorcycle crash.

Feeding time at the Happy Cat Sanctuary means hundreds of cats swarm the volunteers who help Arsenault care for them. The 58-year-old retired train conductor turned his entire Medford home into a fenced in animal shelter.

He rescues stray, wounded and abused cats, or those living in filthy, hoarder conditions.

With a $1,000 a week food budget, Arsenault relies on donations to keep his Happy Cat Sanctuary truly purring.