(WWBT) - When the owner of a Chesterfield Animal Rescue and Shelter suddenly died over summer, it raised a lot of concern.
In addition to mourning his passing, volunteers worried about what would happen to the dozens of cats who'd been given refuge and the colonies of feral cats he'd been feeding.
There was relief when one volunteer stepped in to take over operation of the shelter. Lynne Layton has given Smitty's Cat Rescue Shelter a makeover, bringing the building up to code.
She's been taking in more cats, getting them healthy, spayed and neutered and getting them adopted into forever homes.
Right now, the shelter is housing 19 adult cats and four kittens Lynn says running a shelter is her dream come true.
Longtime local animal rescuers say Lynn is constantly giving them support and never turns anyone away.
They're so impressed with her dedication, they nominated Lynne for our Act of Kindness recognition.
Lynne plans to use the $300 cash prize to have more rescued cats spayed and neutered.
She says the shelter can always use more donations, especially cat food.
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