School cats kicked out
One of our members works in a school and she set up a cat cafe project - they sterilised the two cats on the school premises and had them fed away from the canteens. The cats were looked after by the staff and the children really liked them. I'm sure most people remember having one or two school cats when they were in school - they add a nice touch and most of the kids really love them (the one I had in school was called Oreo, Brownie or Kitty by different people - poor cat must have had a personality disorder).
Unfortunately, a parent wrote in anonymously to say that a cat had stolen food from her child and had scratched her child when the child was in the canteen. Our member looked into it and could not find any evidence that this had happened. However, the Principal has now told her to get rid of the two cats because the Principal is worried she'll get into trouble with the MOE.
This is a most unfortunate saga. The Principal has stopped speaking with our member and the member says it would not be a good time for us to speak to the Principal. The children have gone up to ask not to have the cats removed but the Principal is adamant. It's a most disturbing trend that because of one anonymous complaint, a humane method of implementing community cat management has been overturned.
This reminds me of another school that got a pest controller to remove their cat (which had been there for years) because a new manager came into the school. The children were so upset, the school called us and we traced down the pest controllers within the company who took the cat. They said that while they were having a coffee break, someone came up and asked to adopt the cat. Why they took the cat out of the van for a coffee break and why they just handed the cat out to someone just all seemed very fishy.
The children actually went to the area but could not find a cat. Eventually of course, another cat moved into the school and it remains there to this day as far as I know.