Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

When Homeless Man Passes Away, Neighbors Step Up To Care For His Beloved Cat Colony.

Lots Of Love To Give

It's no secret that people who are homeless don't have too much, but today we're going to talk about a man who cared for 20 stray cats up until the moment he died. That part of the story is absolutely incredible, but what the community did to help out the orphaned cats after he passed away is something you would never expect to see happen.

Lots Of Love To Give

People / Janet O'Brian

For a good portion of his life, Antonio Garcia lived in an alley in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. But he didn't live alone. Antonio had the pleasure of living with approximately 40 stray cats. They all called the alley their home, and Garcia spent many years taking care of this colony of cats. He even looked at them as his own. But what did the neighbors think? Was it a nuisance to them?

Don't Need A Home To Be Happy

Don't Need A Home To Be Happy

People / Jasmine Dulay

Garcia may not have had a home to live in, but he frequently told neighbors that as long as his cats had food, he was happy. The cats loved him right back, too. They often spent time curled up in his lap, or hanging out in his shack made of wood scraps. During the day, they would all soak up the sun together. But what did the community think of this man and his 40 cats?

A Little Help

A Little Help

People / Jasmine Dulay

While Cynthia Doepke was walking home from work one day, she noticed a couple of stray cats in the alley. She attempted to get close to them, but they were too skittish. For the next few weeks, Cynthia brought the stray cats food to eat. Soon enough, she realized the cats belonged to Garcia, and a friendship began to blossom. But what did the community think about it?

Controlling The Population

Doepke knew she needed to do something about the number of cats in the alleyway. She got in contact with a local animal rescue and set up a trap, neuter, and release program for the cats. They raised enough money to neuter or spay all but a few of the cats, and eventually, the population was controlled. The cats were even able to get microchipped, treated for injuries or illnesses, and vaccinated. Sadly, things changed drastically for the cats.

Sharing Is Caring

Sharing Is Caring

People / Jasmine Dulay

Now that the most of the cats were spayed or neutered, it was time to figure out how to make sure all of the cats had food. Garcia didn't like to see any of his cats go hungry, so he would end up sharing his own food so that the cats. Doepke reached out to find some help again, but tragedy was about to strike and change lives forever.

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