It started innocently enough. A cat lover with four felines at home, Gretchen Byrne would regularly feed stray cats she came across while out on patrol. She also cared for the cats that had moved into her South Florida station.
But when one of the station cats had kittens, she took on the challenge to find them all homes, and a new passion was born.
Gretchen realized that she didn't have to limit herself to feeding stray cats, but could instead find them homes via social media.
Instead of using her breaks to socialize, she rushes back to the kittens, feeding them and playing with them until it's time to return to patrol.
Before sending them home, Gretchen makes sure they're healthy. She even pays for neutering out of her own pocket.
She feels that a home full of cats is nice to return to after a long, stressful night on patrol. "It's almost like therapy — I help them and they help me."
So far, Gretchen has found homes for 63 cats and kittens, but she has no intention of slowing down.
"It's a lot, but if I wasn't doing this, there would be an abundance of cats on the streets," she said, "I will do it for the rest of my life."
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h/t Metro News