Diane previously worked at a non-profit animal welfare organization, lobbying and advocating for animal issues in Washington State. A growing awareness of feral colonies and the trap/neuter/return solution led to her devotion to disadvantaged cats. It's estimated that 60% - 76% of cats who end up in shelters in this country do not make it out; feral, shy and older felines are almost always amongst those "euthanized." Believing that all cats, whether indoor tame kitties or community cats, deserve to be recognized as individuals is a cornerstone of Diane's philosophy. "Humans carry a burden of duty to not only provide care for domestic animals, but to recognize their innate emotional and psychological needs, and appreciate these as part of the relationship when choosing to share one's life with a dog or cat," she comments. KittyStar became a professional endeavor in January 2001. Diane has a BA in society, ethics and human behavior and an MA in cultural studies from the University of Washington Bothell.