People Power: Kerry Bartoletti & Lori Ratchelous
How they met:Kerry Bartoletti was six when she rescued her first kitten. Years later, she volunteered at the Essie Dabrusin Cat Sanctuary in Beacon, N.Y. Lori Ratchelous was a longtime cat lover who worked for Forgotten Felines, a cat shelter in Clinton, Conn.
Fate brought the pair together in a parking lot in 2006. Since moving to Cheshire, Conn., in 1997, Bartoletti had been working on trap-neuter-return (TNR) projects that included a colony of cats on a restaurant property, while Ratchelous had trapped many cats at the hospital where she worked, finding homes for the friendly strays.