Volunteer trying to fix Yakima feral cat problem

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- A Yakima woman named Fred Hammes is trying to reduce the area's population of wild or feral cats.

Hammes is working with a Seattle area nonprofit called Puget Sound Working Cats. Here's how it works: She traps feral cats, takes them to spay and neuter clinics in Lynnwood and then releases them or places them with people who want cats to control mice and rats.

Hammes told the Yakima Herald-Republic (http://is.gd/xbnVaD) she's gotten about 700 cats fixed in the past year.

Finding homes for cats -- even tame ones -- isn't easy. The Humane Society of Central Washington had to euthanize nearly 2,000 cats last year -- a kill rate of about 70 percent.

The shelter automatically euthanizes feral cats.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com