SANTA MARIA, Calif. -

Spring is also time for feral cats to breed local organizations in Santa Barbara County are asking for your help to spay and neuter as many of them as possible; they are asking volunteers to learn how to use a cat trap.

In the last few years the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society and Cat Catalyst have stepped up their efforts to control our growing feral cat population.

This weekend, they will hold a workshop to teach volunteers how to use a cat trap at an assigned area in Santa Barbara County.

“They need people to help go out to these sites and set these traps up in the evenings and put the delicious food bits in there and try to get these ferals to get in the traps so they can be safely be transported to affordable spay neuter clinics,” says executive director Jill Tucker.

The SMV Humane Society says this is the best way to reduce the number of stray cats and keep the existing population healthy.

If you want to volunteer, the workshop starts at 1 p.m. this Saturday afternoon at their shelter on Stowell Road.

The Humane Society is also holding their Catnips program through next month, where you can spay or neuter your own cat for just $20.