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OCH offers alternative to euthanization

By JULIE LINFORD Special to the Tribune As we’ve previously noted, last November Outcast Cat Help added a new program to help our community manage the free-roaming cat population – Return to Field (RTF). With RTF, we pull healthy, unadoptable, free-roaming cats turned in at the shelter, get them spayed/neutered, ...

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Outcast rescues kitten at Amtrak

A kitten rescued from the Martinez Amtrak station last week. (OUTCAST CAT HELP / Courtesy)

By JULIE LINFORD Special to the Tribune What do businesses do if they have a free-roaming kitten bouncing off the windows and jumping from the balcony because it’s so freaked out from being trapped inside the building (after walking in on its own accord)? Well, in the case of Amtrak-Martinez ...

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Vacuum effect of removing cats

Outcast Cat

By JULIE LINFORD Special to the Tribune Often when people resort to bringing free-roaming cats to Contra Costa Animal Services, it’s because they are just fed up with the problem. We get it! But there are many reasons why trapping and removing these cats is not the solution, whether with ...

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Outcast Cat Help answers community’s questions

Outcast Cat Help advises people to be patient when finding unattended kittens, and to wait for the mother to return. Raising kittens is a big decision not to be taken lightly. (WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / On File)

By JULIE LINFORD Special to the Tribune Outcast Cat Help is out and about in Martinez and local communities a whole lot, and we meet many well-intentioned citizens who love animals and are trying to help with the free-roaming cats in their neighborhood or even their yard. We thought we’d ...

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Local organization helps keep cat population down

Outcast Cat

By JULIE LINFORD Special to the Tribune As anyone who has worked with or volunteered for a small nonprofit organization knows, it takes a lot of work to be successful! In our first eight years, our organization, Outcast Cat Help, Trapped-Neutered-Returned (TNR) over 1,500 cats in Contra Costa County. TNR ...

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Outcast Cat Help: More purr, less hiss!

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By 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 ...

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