Outcast Cat Help advocates for community cats on all levels. Over the years, we’ve educated local governments about the epidemic nature of cat overpopulation and trap-neuter-return (TNR) as the most effective and humane solution to that problem.
Most recently, we’re doing crisis management for the missing firecats from the NorCal fires. This effort is only successful because of the volunteers in these communities willing to dedicate their time and resources to help fellow community members and their cats.
We’ve advocated for low cost community cat spay/neuter in Contra Costa County that resulted in Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) beginning a Cat Partner program with select rescues in 2010 and Contra Costa County Animal Services (CCAS) sterilizing community cats at their spay/neuter clinic beginning in 2010.
And in 2016, CCAS began performing community cat spay/neuter at no charge to county residents. In February 2017, CCAS took over the return to field (RTF) program that Outcast Cat Help developed and implemented 3 years ago as well as the working cat program that we created and managed. Collectively, the RTF and working cat programs increase the live release rate of cats annually at CCAS by approximately 15%. We train the community, shelter staff and volunteers about all things community cat related. But specialize in mass trapping, targeted trapping, flow management and education on proper colony cat care, because the caretaker is the key to a successful program.