Her "family," as Kristin Kierig calls her
115 cats, includes strays, victims of
divorced families, and even a cat
abandoned when his owner, a police
officer, was killed in the line of duty.

Kierig started adopting strays to save
them from death at animal shelters.
Now she has devoted her home and
her life to dozens of cats. Unlike most
such "cat ladies," many of whom are
routinely arrested on cruelty charges
by animal control officers, Kierig
truly cares for her cats – not only
materially, but also emotionally.

Every morning she rises at 1:30 a.m.
from her tarp-covered bed, where she
sleeps surrounded by sighing,
snoozing cats. She has to get up that
early to finish her morning chores –
cleaning litter boxes, filling the food
bowls and generally attending to the
roiling mass of cats and kittens –
before heading to work.