Tuesday, December 06, 2005

A tale of two caregivers

Caregiver No 1 : The lady I went to the town council with this morning. She's sterilised all the cats, she walks around cleaning up litter, teaching people how to feed responsibly and setting a good example. The first thing she did when the RC and TC people walked in was that she thanked both of them and said what a help both had been. She mentioned the good work she had done (which the RC and TC both agreed on) and said that she would not have been able to do it without their help. By the end, the RC person was agreeing to a pilot cat cafe scheme. The mood was polite and co-operative. Fortunately the town council was also open to suggestions - they liked the cat management posters we had and wanted to put them up. At the same time, you can see much of this is due to the good work this lady has put in.

Feeder No 2 : Same town council, different feeder. She does not want to come forward. She says that there is nothing she can do if the cats cauterwaul at night. She says the cats are missing but does not want to call the town council and says that when she calls, the operator speaks English. Now the language barrier CAN be a problem, but most town council officers are effectively bilingual - whether it be in Mandarin, Malay or Tamil. You can ask to speak to a town council officer who can speak your language but you need to ASK. If you do have a problem, let us know.

However, what do you think the town council will think of someone who is (i) not interested in working with them and does not want to be responsible for the area, (ii) does not want to speak with them, and (iii) denies that there are any problems without looking into them. We accuse town councils of blaming cats without looking into the situation, but maybe we should look into the situation as well without saying that a cat would never do that. It might be the one fluke case - and your credibility is shot. Most caregivers are wonderful, and unfortunately the town council may not be very helpful even with good caregivers. However, in this case, the TC is willing to be supportive, but the feeder does not want to work with them, and that's a huge shame. If there's an opportunity to work with TC, grab it.

6 Comments:

Blogger kuro.shiro.neko said...

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6/12/05 7:58 PM  
Blogger kuro.shiro.neko said...

yes, the human factor is a tricky one. it's good to identify open communication as a key success factor when dealing (or more appropriately, working) with TCs.

we need to have the success story feeder to come forward to preach what she do! to other feeders i mean...

6/12/05 7:58 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes she's offered - she can we can bring anyone we want down and she'll show them how to feed responsibly! She's not very comfortable using a trap (has never used one) but she says she really wants to learn.

6/12/05 10:26 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

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6/12/05 11:39 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Perhaps soon we can have a list of cat-friendly town councils so that cat lovers can decide where to buy their flats!

6/12/05 11:40 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

At the moment, that's a VERY short list Vegancat!

7/12/05 12:09 AM  

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