The Sacred Mission to Save Protect and Relocate Abandoned & Homeless Pets


Growing up in an alcoholic family, Cindy Yee Kong experienced first-hand what it is like to be abused and neglected. She struggled to stay positive in this environment, especially because she was also fighting a genetic, rare, and debilitating disease: dopa-responsive dystonia. That’s why she has always felt a strong connection to abandoned and unwanted animals and had an overwhelming desire to do something for them.


It began when Cindy saw a colony of cats scrounging for food in her neighbor’s dumpster. She reported it to the local animal shelter, but they did nothing, and the kittens began dying before her eyes.


She stepped in to save these helpless animals and placed them in a private shelter. But that shelter reprimanded her for rescuing them and kicked her off the waiting list. Angry and saddened by this, she wanted nothing more than to start her own nonprofit but was hesitant because of her disability. In the end, the overwhelming need to rehome these animals pushed her forward and Grace Animal Rehabilitation Center, Inc. became a reality.


You can read more about Cindy’s story below:


The Eyes of the Lion


The amazing memoir about a young child growing up in an abusive family while struggling with a rare debilitating disease.

A Touching Memoir of a Brave and Resilient Personality


The Eyes of the Lion is an autobiographical book by author Cindy Yee Kong who candidly reflects on her difficult upbringing in an abusive, alcoholic family while struggling to understand a mysterious debilitating disease that would take decades before being properly diagnosed as dopa-responsive dystonia.


Throughout it all, Cindy stays true to herself and somehow manages to find the willpower to pursue her happiness with poise and positivity. This is an inspirational memoir that will empower all readers to keep striving and have hope whenever something seems hopeless.

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