By Lisa Meadows

UC DAVIS (CBS13) — Four years ago an initiative was started by UC Davis called the “Million Cat Challenge.”

It was basically a push to save 1 million cats from euthanization in five years. They only needed four years to reach that goal.

A local shelter is also celebrating cat saving success in Yuba County.

Yuba County Animal Care Services previously had an 80 percent kill rate of cats. The not-for-profit group, FieldHaven Feline Center started a major push to get those numbers down.

Among other improvements, they held spay and neuter workshops to help keep the population down.

The shelter now has a lifesaving rate of more than 80 percent, eclipsing the previous kill rate.

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