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Feral and Stray Resouces

Cats and dogs give birth all year round, if not properly spayed. Rescue groups and shelters nationwide become overrun with litters of unwanted kittens and puppies who are often euthanized due to lack of space and not nearly enough people to foster and adopt them.

If you find kittens or puppies:

Watch them closely and see if mamma comes back. Contact us by messaging us via Facebook for the fastest response and keep us updated if momma comes back or babies are in an unsafe place. Please note that babies need to be fed every 3 hours and have the best chance if they are left with their mother.

If you see a pregnant cat or dog:

Please contact us and be prepared to let us know if the momma is friendly and can be picked up.

If you find a friendly stray:

Please keep in mind that Contra Costa County Animal Services is not taking stay cats at this time.

EBARR cannot take possession of strays:

We can only take possession of an animal if the owner surrenders it or it has been abandoned. If you know the owner, have them contact us for further assistance. If you believe the animal has been abandoned, please contact us for more information. Understand that we are foster-based and do not have the facility or room to house animals during their required "stray hold."

If you find a lost pet, you have two options:

(1) Bring the pet directly to one of the Contra Costa County shelters in Martinez or Pinole, since many pet owners contact them first to inquire about their lost animal. For animals found in Antioch, please go to Antioch Animal Services.

(2) You can keep the lost pet in your home. If no owner is found after a certain number of days (their required "stray hold"), you can become the legal owner. To get started, please call (925)608-8430 and file a found pet report with the volunteers. As an additional measure in trying to find the pet's owner, you can also post a no-cost found pet notice at

Low-cost spay and neuter services:

  • Spay/Neuter Referral Line for EAST Contra Costa County Cats: (925)473-5001
  • Animal Fix Clinic (offer essential services all year for a minimal fee with an appointment): make an appointment on their website.
  • Spay Neuter Impact Program - SNIP (hold special clinics for free-roaming cats four times per year with a minimal fee): (925)473-5027 or visit their website.
  • Contra Costa County Spay/Neuter Clinic (accepts free-roaming cats if handleable): (925)335-8320.