Millionaires and caregivers and millionaire caregivers?
I just received a call and follow-up email from a magazine for of all things, millionaires, wanting to do a feature on the Society's volunteers and on me and my pets. I quickly told them I'm far, far away from being close to millionaire status and I don't really want do an article with me sitting there smiling with my cats. No one is interested in seeing that - most of all me!
What I think would be good and what I've proposed to them instead is to concentrate on the community cats and the volunteers who look after them. They sounded quite agreeable, but said they want a 'high-flying' volunteer. Also now they've just emailed to say they'd prefer a millionaire. I've just written back to say it's going to be very difficult to find a millionaire caregiver - for one thing, we don't ask people for their financial status (background check before you sign up as a TNRM volunteer :- do your cash and assets add up to more than a million dollars? No? Then NO TNRM for you!!). Is anyone here a millionaire caregiver who is just keeping the information from me? :) I won't ask you for THAT much money for the Society, I promise!
It just seems that quite a lot of magazines want to feature pets and people with animals, but I actually think a story about TNRM caregivers might be interesting precisely because it's so unlike the usual stories that are run of people with their pets. Millionaires may not want to do TNRM but it may interest them to know that activities like that exist.
It's quite funny but twice this last week I was asked why we want to focus on Sterilisation because it would mean less cats in Singapore and obviously, being CWS we LIKE cats right? Today I was asked again by this magazine person about my 'passion for cats'. So I have to explain that yes we like cats, but more importantly we see a community problem that needs to be solved. Killing is not working. It's about wanting to find an effective and humane solution and that is - you guessed it! - sterilisation. Somehow I think people tend to think caregivers really enjoy standing out there night after night, getting abused verbally, getting cold and wet, or hot and sweaty, and spending literally hours out there.