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The YAPS Cattery is simply Meowvulous

Imagine sitting down under the shade of a 50-year-old oak tree, tea in hand, felines at your feet and mentally getting whisked away by a cool breeze to serenity. Sounds like a great afternoon escape, doesn’t it? You can have this experience when you visit the new cage free cattery at YAPS. Ten years in the making, the new cattery consists of 1644 square feet. Felines are placed in one of three rooms based on their stage of life: kitten, teen, or adult. Each room has seating for human visitors and plenty of cat trees for the felines to lounge on, climb or take a cat nap. The enclosed outdoor “catio” is where you can relax amongst the adoptable cats and find a moment of peace or maybe even inspiration.

For people who are used to animal shelters, this experience may sound different from the typical shelter environment. That’s because the cattery at YAPS is unique. At YAPS, the cats are allowed to roam free with access to fresh air. This environment allows the cats to be themselves, and their personalities to shine through. Each room in the cattery has large viewing windows which serve as a way for the cats to observe humans and vice versa. “Seeing people come in, feel comfortable and seeing the cats interact is wonderful. I’m amazingly proud to be part of the Pet Care Team, and I am filled with admiration for how the community and staff at YAPS made this idea become a reality,” said YAPS Cattery Specialist Valerie Casanova.

The cattery is the temporary home for up to 50 felines of various ages while they await their forever home. The much needed cattery upgrade has allowed YAPS to double our life saving efforts for felines. The old cattery was not only showing signs of wear and tear but had a maximum capacity of 25 – and that was pushing it. The one thing that hasn’t changed is that the cattery has a waiting list full of felines that need our help.

YAPS is proud to offer a cage free cattery experience for the felines under our care.

Keep on Improving

Renovations Resume at YAPS

When we started construction on the Canine Holding Area in 2019, we had no idea that the project would be put on hold due to a world-wide pandemic. We saved the donations received towards the purchase of new kennels in a separate bank account until we were ready to begin construction again. We have been successful at purchasing and installing an equestrian arena roof that is 35’ wide by 90’ long. We are now ready to start construction once again.


We had planned for this area to be the Canine Holding Area for dogs that are awaiting health screenings and medical procedures before they are placed up for adoption. In late December 2020, it was announced that YAPS would be the recipient of a $50,000.00 grant designated for kennel construction from the City of Yucaipa. We are planning to further renovations and make this the new adoptable kennel area.

The new goal is to install a level concrete pad the length of the overhead structure which will include proper drainage and individual curbed 5’x9’ sections for 18 kennels. The City of Yucaipa released the grant funding to YAPS at the end of May 2021. Construction on this project is scheduled to resume in 2022.

Once the concrete slab is poured and utilities are installed, new kennels will be purchased and we can start using the area. Placards will be attached to each kennel which will identify the donors that have made this project possible. This will remain a work in progress as we need to raise funds to enclose the structure which we will become adoptable kennels.

Once the area is enclosed, then the current adoptable kennels will be used as the holding kennels. We are currently accepting donations to fund this project.  If you would like more information, please call or email YAPS.

Save a Life

Why Adopt?

How does YAPS get its animals for adoption?

Our animals come from two different sources. First, we take animals whose current owners can no longer care for them for a variety of reasons including finances, time constraints, health issues, or relocation. Finally, we transfer animals from municipal shelters throughout the region to relieve overcrowding and save the animals from the possibility of euthanasia.

What types of animals does YAPS adopt?

We adopt out a variety of breeds of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.

How long does YAPS keep its animals at the facility?

We are a no kill facility, we keep the dogs and cats admitted into our program until they are adopted as long as they are physically and mentally well.

How does the adoption process work?

Our animals can be viewed either on our website under the adoptions tab, in person at our facility located at 11937 13th Street in Yucaipa, or you can call us for more information. If you choose to come and visit, feel free to wander through the kennels and cattery. If you find an animal that you like, please come to the office for more information. After that we ask that you fill out a questionnaire which will be reviewed by our staff, and you will have the opportunity to interact with the animal and learn more about its history and background. If after the meet and greet you decide that you would like to adopt the animal and our experience leads us to believe that it is a good fit, you can pay the adoption fee and begin life with your new best friend.