About the Cat Lady

My Kind of Crazy. My cat craze started as a toddler. I grew up with cats and dogs, and revere all animals, yet I have always had an affinity for felines.  I became known as the “Cat Lady” in my Laguna Beach neighborhood upon moving in with two cats, Punkie and Lexington, and later joined by Topper. After Punkie lived out her almost 20 years, Bella joined our clan, and a few years later passed then Bobcat came into my life. Lexington, Topper and Bobcat have all joined Punkie and my first cat, Frankie in “Kitty Heaven.” I wasn’t without cats for too long.  Two months after Bobcat passed away, I adopted Samantha Jo on April 2, 2021, from the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter who I was crazy about from the moment we met.

Cat Lady to the Rescue. I have rescued all my cats from either shelters or the streets, from Frankie, who was abandoned in an alley at six weeks old to Lexington, who was one day away from being euthanized. Get acquainted with my clowder–read their bios under “Meet the Cats.”

Cat Lady the Writer. Like cats, I have had a passion for writing and storytelling since I was a kid. My short stories and essays have been featured in several publications including the Los Angeles Times, Orange Coast Magazine, and The Maine Review.  And my childhood dream of making a book finally happened with the recent release of Two Cats, a Mermaid and the Disappearing Moon.  Learn more under “My Children’s Book“.

Crazy About the Cat Cottage. I volunteer at The Blue Bell Foundation for Cats, a nonprofit organization that operates a cat sanctuary in Laguna Beach, which provides permanent housing in a vintage cottage for senior cats whose companions can no longer care for them, usually because of passing, illness or other life altering event. For those in need of such service or who would like to make a tax-deductible charitable donation, please visit www.bluebellcats.org.

11 Responses to About the Cat Lady

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  2. Herman says:

    Hi Pamela. Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated!

  3. Emmy says:

    Hello! I’m the girl in the “I wish I was a cat.” tank top at Sawdust today! Thank you for connecting me with your blog. I’m looking forward to catching up!

    • Hi Emmy! I had fun meeting you at Sawdust and talking about our cats! I hope to find that same t-shirt! Thank you very much for checking-out my blog. I do hope you find it entertaining and educational! Cheers!

  4. Tami says:

    Do you take in cats? I have a cat, my roommate moved out and left his cat. I can’t afford the apartment on my own and have to move to Riverside and my parents are allergic. Can you you help me? She is very sweet. I move this Friday!!!

    • Hi Tami, I cannot expand my feline family at this moment–3 is quite enough! 🙂 The cat sanctuary for which I volunteer only takes cats from people who’ve passed away or have become ill an can no longer care for their cat. You might try placing the cat with NatCat in Newport Beach, http://www.natcat.org, which is a shelter/adoption agency or New Beginnings for Animals, http://greatpets.org, another rescue/adoption agency for cats and dogs. It’s a shame that the poor kitty was left behind. You may also want to try advertising on social media. Good luck to you and the kitty!

  5. Gloria Monroe says:

    I volunteered here 20+ years ago, when I lived in Laguna Beach, I now live out of state and volunteer with a group that manages feral colonies through TNR. We rescued a colony and had a cattery built for them, they’re in my estate planning if anything ever happens to me or my husband.

  6. Gloria Monroe says:

    this is the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. There’s nothing like seeing a terrified thrown away cat that’s become feral to learn to trust you and even love you….

  7. Hi Gloria, how wonderful that you are a Blue Bell volunteer alumni! And it sounds like you are doing wonderful work with TNR. Bravo to you! Thank you for visiting me and the kitties here at Cat Lady in the Canyon. 🙂

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