Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Caregivers and Town Councils

I just got back from the Seminar - which I had to run out of a few times because (1) some cats were trapped (and have since been released) and (ii) one of the feeders was calling to say some of her cats had been caught. This feeder came from the same town council as the one I went to this morning, and there couldn't be more of a contrast with the caregiver who went with me to the meeting. The feeder firstly, had lured the cat upstairs to feed it, which led to complaints. I advised her to feed the cat downstairs and that it would take time, which she said she would do. Secondly the other complaint was that the cat population was increasing and the feeder mentioned she could not afford to pay for slots, and got free slots from the SPCA. It turns out though, that yesterday she sent the cat she was feeding upstairs into boarding for $50 a month. She could sterilise two males for the same price.

She complained that the other feeders did not want to help her. I KNOW this can be very frustrating and annoying, but the point is - either you care enough to do something, or you don't or can't. In that case, complaining about it won't help. Yes the other feeders should be responsible, and of course they should help, but if they're not going to do it, someone has to. And that person is going to be you.

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