TNR workshop at condo
Jolanda and I conducted a workshop at one of the condominiums last night. Jolanda got there first and SMSed to say that they were expecting us and were really welcoming. The guards ushered us in, and even showed us where to park - she joked that she said, we're Cat WELFARE Society you know? They even offered to help with her traps. It was a really nice change to have people pleased to see us.
The residents were quite enthusiastic and we showed them the Alley Cat Allies video, and Jolanda did her demonstration. Jolanda is really good - she shows you all the little tricks of the trade, like how to get the last difficult cat, how to always wait till the cat is deep in the trap, and a lot of things she's learned through hard-earned experience. We're trying to see if we can film Jolanda's demonstration cheaply somehow - someone may be able to do it.
We also spoke to them about cat management and the cat cafe concept. They've already started sterilising the cats, but there is a group they cannot really get near, so the cat trap is coming into play there. They asked how to stop new cats from coming in, and we explained that sterilisation will do that naturally to maintain the population. One of the people there exclaimed that now he understood why no new cats were coming in from one side of the estate - the cats there were all done. They were only coming in from the other side where the cats were not sterilised yet!
They bought a trap and looked eager to start. We wish them all the best of luck!