Outcast Cat Help: More purr, less hiss!

Outcast CatBy JULIE LINFORD
Special to the Tribune

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Outcast Cat Help is a Martinez-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping our community humanely control and care for the free-roaming cat population.

You may have heard the term TNR, which means Trap-Neuter-Return. TNR is the most humane and effective way to control the free-roaming cat population. These cats are trapped, spayed/neutered, rabies vaccinated, eartipped and returned to where they were trapped. Human caretakers provide food and fresh water daily. Those caretakers monitor the cat population for new cats so that they can be spayed/neutered too. Caretakers also monitor the health of the cats in the event that medical attention is required.

Over time, the cat population is reduced because there are fewer litters born, and through natural attrition. TNR is used by animal rescue organizations and individuals in all types of communities across the United States and internationally.

About eight months ago we incorporated a new technique to manage the free-roaming cat population without just heartlessly killing them in our shelters. In Return to Field (RTF) programs, animal organizations such as ours pull healthy, unadoptable cats from the shelter, get them spayed/neutered, rabies vaccinated and return them to their home area; the process is very similar to TNR.

RTF programs reduce euthanasia, free up shelter resources spent on euthanasia for other lifesaving programs, promote a healthier shelter environment, help to identify problem areas in our community and promote culture change.

We are the only Contra Costa County rescue group targeting saving the lives of those free-roaming cats who end up in our kill shelters. Together, we can help you manage your cat problem, provide effective and humane treatment, and save taxpayer dollars.

Outcast Cat Help
(925) 231-0639
facebook.com/outcastcathelp

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