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Woman's non-profit organization helps feral, stray cats in Murray

Posted at 12:16 PM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 14:16:42-05

MURRAY, Utah — A Murray woman with a passion for caring for animals is doing her part to feed and house feral cats.

What started out as a project to feed a few feral cats in her neighborhood has now developed into a non-profit organization.

It’s something Katrina Morales, the founder of Murray Community Kats, says she hopes to continue and even expand in the future.

“Once I pull up here in my car when I come to feed they’ll just run to the car and that’s just priceless to me,” Morales said.

Morales moved to Murray two years ago and she began to notice feral and stray cats roaming the streets and fields, with no one looking after them.

That’s when she decided to start feeding them, trapping them to be spayed or neutered, and giving them little houses to live in.

“ I just couldn’t help seeing them outside throughout cold and heat and nobody seemed to be doing anything about it and so I thought ‘well, why not start caring for them’,” Morales told FOX 13.

Morales’ small project quickly grew. She now feeds about 150-180 cats across the city each night.

“It takes me about two hours,” Morales said of the nightly feedings.

Although it’s time-consuming, Morales says she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It just makes me very happy to know that they are having a good quality of life while living outside, you know they get fed every day, they have winter shelters and they strive while living outdoors, the most important thing is to get them fixed so that they don’t continue to reproduce,” Morales said.

Morales hopes to care for more cats in the future but needs help to do so.

If you’d like to donate or volunteer with Murray Community Kats, visit them on Facebook or Instagram.