"[Webb] has been my biggest supporter over the years and I just want to help her out now," Martin said.
Martin said Webb and Fletcher bought her a new van, paid her property taxes a few times and donated money for food and veterinary care over the years.
Webb said that money has gotten tighter since Fletcher passed, and the cats are starting to take over the house.
Overlooking the Kanawha River, Webb's home is a cat's playground with tall scratching posts, an outdoor enclosure and lines of string dangling from the ceiling.
She began trapping cats and adopting them out a decade ago, and pretty soon people would leave cats on her doorstep or bring them to her to raise.
Rescuing cats became Webb's labor of love, and she was satisfied knowing that she had saved so many from being put to sleep.
She soon sparred with neighbors over the number of cats she keeps, but she went on to form a nonprofit organization, the West Virginia Feline League.
Martin said her priority is making sure that Webb, her biggest supporter, finds some support herself.
"We need someone to give these cats homes who are going to love and care for them as much as [Webb] has," she said.
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