'The Cat Man' helps save thousands of feline lives around the Valley

PHOENIX - Some say he's "the feline phenom." Others simply call him "The Cat Man." But most people know him as 82-year-old Bob Snow of Sun Lakes.

For more than 13 years, he's donated countless hours to helping the Valley with its stray cat struggle, one of the worst in the nation according to officials with the Arizona Animal Welfare League. 

"Cats will only have litters when it's warm and unfortunately that's 10-11 months out of the year in Arizona," explains Michael Morefield.

That's where Snow comes in, donating his own time and money; the man sometimes goes out trapping five days a week. He then brings the cats and kittens to area shelters where they are fixed, well fed, and nursed back to health. 

From there, many of them are placed into foster homes. Some of the cats are also returned back to where they were found once they are spayed or neutered. 

"It's a lot of work but it's very satisfying actually because you're helping the community," Snow explains.

And all that work is paying off.

Snow estimates that he's helped thousands of cats over the years, and not just helped them, but saved their lives according to AAWL.

"These are cats that didn't have a chance without some sort of intervention," explains Morefield.

Snow will never truly know the impact he's made across the Valley, but these cats do. And right now, they don't have to use up any of their nine lives, and that's all thanks to "The Cat Man."

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