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Legacy of helping cats in need lives on

Volunteers hope to continue the work of a shelter in Corinth, Texas, that has been saving cats since 1998. The shelter, Texas Siamese Rescue, has a shaky future ahead after its founder, Tonja Pfister passed away recently, but volunteers say they will do their best, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.

Pfister's husband, John, said he never expected his wife to turn into the heroic cat saver that she became. The couple adopted a cat in 1996 from a local rescue organization, which inspired Pfister to open her own shelter to address the needs of abandoned animals. Texas Siamese Rescue has placed cats in 49 states and overseas, and offers a free-roaming environment for cats to play, rest and socialize with volunteers.

Alisa Lee, former volunteer who is now serving as the shelter's interim director, told the news source that the organization has lasted as long as it has because of the love and care of the people who supported it.

"There has been a lot of good that has come out of this place," she said. "We'd like to see it continue."
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