Animal rescue groups seeing more stray cats, kittens

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Local pet rescue groups are seeing more stray cats and kittens than usual. Yakima Valley Pet Rescue says it has taken in 450 cats and kittens since January 1st. The organization gets about twice the number of cats in a week than it does in dogs.

A coordinator said mating season has become year round for cats in Yakima since many animals have not been spayed or neutered.

"If everybody would just spay and neuter one, one a year, you would be amazed at how many cats we can save and how many litters that would cut back each year," said Tambra Shuler, the YVPR cat coordinator and board member.

The Central Washington Humane Society also offers low-cost spay and neutering options.