House Cat - Boots.8993 Star.8994 Kobe.8992 Rico.9003Fake Cat

Why This Page? Simple, cats are cute. Also, cats are peaceful. Well sort of, aside from a tendency to hunt, kill, and eat mice, they have never built a nuclear weapon or invaded anything, except our hearts.



Cody R.I.P. was the official cat of the community, originally brought into the community by Eric DeBode, but then abandoned as he began pursuing an end to the death penalty. Despite his size, or due to it, he spent most of the day sleeping

Martha's cat

Bella R.I.P. Was the oldest cat in our community and was brought here by Martha Scarbrough when she joined the community. Bella enjoyed jumping on the couch during Bible Study, sleeping under the sunlight in the stairway and long walks on the beach.

Elanor was a feral kitten born in our community garden when Clare Bellefeuille-Rice decided to bring her home. I think Elanor is named after some sort of character in the Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I am not sure. Maybe a dwarf or something. Anyway, Elanor enjoyed ping-pong balls, kicking sand, toy mice made of twine, and shoes. She has since been adopted by Clare’s friend before Clare moved out.

Baby R.I.P., then a small very skittish kitten, showed up at the back door one day and wormed her way into people’s hearts by virtue of her extreme cuteness. While still easily frightened, she did enjoy a good head rub and neck scratch. Many names were tried and considered, but none fit and she ended up with a permanent nickname.

House Cat - Boots.8993

Boots, another wandering stray, spent his first few months at the Catholic Worker running from all who approached. One day he decided to join Benny during his morning exercises (he must have a fondness for yoga) and has since become our most affectionate cat. His favorite pastime is rubbing his head on people while being petted.


Star Of Bethlehem, showed up yowling at the front door two days before Christmas 2010. Quickly adopted by Martha, she won our affection with a very loud purr. Her favorite activities include exploring in cobwebby corners and pouncing on Boots.



Rico, came to the LACW as a very small kitten that someone dumped in our yard just  over one year ago. David and Rebecca cared for him until he was old enough to eat on his own. He likes staying in the back house and getting into the basement. Very loving, but also independent, cat.



Kobe, came in late 2012 when Barbara inherited him from a friend who was too sick to care for him any longer. Not sure how Catherine (and the other cats) would react to yet another cat in the house, Kobe spent a few weeks in Barbara’s room. After easing his way out and about, Kobe was accepted by all, including Catherine, who at first thought Kobe was Star, whose hair suddenly grew longer. Kobe is a very cuddly cat who likes to roam around the property and be petted.


Fake CatOur latest addition (bottom photo) is this amazing fake cat that actually looks real, even up close, and actually appears to be breathing as the stomach moves up and down. This cat is a permanent fixture in our memorial garden at our hospitality kitchen.

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    • Steve Leffler on May 14, 2005 at 8:40 pm
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    What wonderful kitty pictures. Yes, I know who I am…

  1. Antonio, what is that a Bhuddist chant?

    • gramma on June 25, 2005 at 2:14 pm
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    Sorry to read that Cody was abandoned when he started working for the
    abolition of the death penalty, and that Eric sleeps all day, due to his
    size. 🙂 Joyce

    • Meredith on July 12, 2005 at 7:09 pm
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    Remember Roan(Meredith’s cat?) A true “first cat!”

    • Mark Dixon on October 19, 2006 at 2:43 pm
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    If Cody rolls over on his back and acts like he wants his tummy petted, don’t do it! He’ll try to grab your hand and bite it. Other than that, he’s a great housecat, and a great House cat.

    • Tom Acquistapace on November 12, 2006 at 2:05 am
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    My wife volunteered at the LA catholic worker in the late 1980’s. I went
    down there once with her and spent the day making salads for perhaps 200 men.

    This was one of the best days I have ever had. After growing up in LA for more than 28 years,
    I was confronted for the first time, by these people ranging from ‘just between jobs’ to people
    suffering from severe untreated mental illness, absolutley destitute, I was reminded how incredibly
    rich we are.

    I’m sure the problems are even more intense now.

    I would recommend spending a day there if for no other reason than for the feelings of rejuvenation
    you will encounter when you are confronted with the true violent reality of our existence as compared
    with theirs. We are so blessed. This said, we should be doing this work for more than that reason alone
    for sure. There are countless other reasons to do this type of work. For me, it was one of the more intense
    experiences I have had. So far.


  2. Lovely cat pictures. In my lifetime (Iam now 64)I have been owned my 10 cats, not to mention numerous kittens along the way. They are great friends.

    I wish you well with your work.

  3. Beautiful cats. I love Eleanor! I also love to hear about helping animals in need. Good job.

    • Elanor on September 13, 2007 at 5:26 pm
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    Elanor was a flower in the Lord of the Rings book here’s the quote from the page:
    “Here ever bloom the winter flowers in the unfading grass: the yellow elanor, and the pale niphredil. Here we will stay awhile, and come to the city of the Galadhrim at dusk.”
    Quite beautiful I think and a fantasic name for such a pretty cat!

  4. I love cats so so much! I think it’s great that you have cats at Hennesy House, and the pictures are so cute. I volunteered at the Casa de Clara in San Jose, and they didn’t have any pets. I hope I can meet these guys soon!

  5. Great Pictures. I love them.

    Melina Benninghoff

    • m-a-r-t-i-n on February 1, 2010 at 7:33 pm
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    I have a cat that looks just like Boots. Her name is Suzy.

    • constance on April 20, 2010 at 11:44 am
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    Mark Dixon’s comment about Cody reminds me of the photo of a kitty sweetly lying on its back, featured on and captioned “Venus Hand Trap looks inviting until it springs.”

    • Anna Lewandowski on April 22, 2010 at 10:59 pm
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    Sadly I had a cat who recently passed who looked almost just like Boots…. Well… Cute pictures!

    • Rory on October 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm
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    Just introduced to your newsletter today and found the cats!!! I LOVE them. They are the most amazing creatures and the BEST thing for stress release despite the scratches and bites. My cat Jasmine, is similar to Boots’ coloring and temperament.I will need to tell her of your fun page! Thank you.

    • Cath Robson on May 14, 2011 at 5:00 am
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    Hi all, Just found the cat page. When did poor old Cody join the cloud?????
    Love Cath Robson,

    • Lorraine on April 27, 2012 at 10:58 am
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    Love love love them! Does RIP indicate their feline spirits have moved on? Keep ’em coming (as I assume the word in cat land has gotten out!)

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