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Volunteers in Kittitas County Catch Feral Cats

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ELLENSBURG, Wash.--Nancy Hoffman works to reduce the stray and feral cat population in Kittitas County one trap at a time.

"The ideal situation is to be able to return the cats after they're spayed and neutered to where they came from," said Hoffman.

"The trailer courts get overrun, and so we go in and we trap," said Carolyn Melvin. "We trap, we neuter. We sometimes in those cases we'll find new homes for some of those. We can't place a lot of ferals."

These women volunteer for a nonprofit group called Kittitas County Friends Of Animals. Since January of 2013, volunteers have taken over 200 cats to spay and neuter clinics in Yakima and Lynwood to be altered. But since their 10 year history, they've sterilized over 2,000 cats in Kittitas County.

"We do what we can," said Hoffman. "We do make a difference, although I'd like it to be a bigger difference."

"Many female cats will have three litters a year, average of five kittens a litter," said Melvin. "If all of those cats were producing, there'd be a whole lot more then there are."

Currently, the non-profit only has eight people willing to foster. Volunteers said they'd love to change more of these animals lives especially when they realize they were once a family pet.

"Once you catch them, you discover that they're not wild at all," said Melvin. "They'd been somebody's pet that just got thrown out."

Kittitas County Friends Of Animals is hosting a vaccination and micro-chipping clinic at Mt. Stuart Animal Hospital in Ellensburg on Sunday May 19th.

Vaccinations are $5 and micro-chipping is $10. These services are only for Kittitas County pets.

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