I was speaking with Aminah yesterday about pest control personnel. While some cats go mysteriously missing between the time they are rounded up by the pest control companies and the AVA, at least some of those cats may have been released by pest control companies.
Just this morning I got a call from someone who works from pest control. This man had been asked to remove them by a certain management, but when they found there was a cost, they decided to call someone else. His wife had emailed yesterday to ask if we took some cats. Apparently they wanted to adopt the kittens but were told that they were taken away by CWS. Now the management says it was SPCA. The man and his wife asked to just take the kittens in to adopt, but were told this was not possible.
We've also heard from one town council that for the entire year they did not pay for a single cat removed - the pest control company refused to trap cats. At the end of the year, the company gave up the contract.
If you speak with some of the pest controllers, some of them do feel bad. Releasing the cats it their way of not killing them, but of course this causes other problems too. Also some caregivers can never find their cats this way. Maybe pest control companies can help to trap cats for sterilisation for people willing to pay and then release them back into the area - that would be the best of both worlds. It's such a waste of money, time and the lives of these cats that they are removed to be killed. We need a whole change of mindset to get around to this, but it's one we should aim towards.