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Jeanelle Skaluba, creator of Yoga4Cats, appears with a cat in this 2016 Herald & Review file photo. 

DECATUR — Yoga4Cats announced that the organization is now a licensed foster-based rescue organization by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

“Officially, we have been licensed since Dec. 15, but we wanted to wait until the new year to announce it,” said Jeanette Skaluba, president of Yoga4Cats.

So far, they have four licensed foster families and would be happy to get more. Prospective fosters must go through an application process, with forms available on the website, www.yoga4cats.com, on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Yoga4Cats, and by email, teamyoga4cats@gmail.com.

Five cats are already in the program, and as the weather improves, Skaluba anticipates more, especially feral kittens that need to be socialized so they can be adopted.

The organization's WeTNR (We Educate, Trap, Neuter, Return) program focuses on reducing the feral cat population in Macon County. With a grant from the Young Philanthropists Giving Circle, Yoga4Cats traps feral or stray cats, provides medical care and alteration through a licensed vet, then assesses each cat for adoptability.

Feral cats are returned to their colony and adoptable cats are placed in the foster homes on their way to adoption.

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