Difficult Property Manager
I spoke to a really difficult town council property manager this afternoon for more than an hour. She kept saying that feeders attract other feeders and that cats attract feeders in the first place. This will lead to the community cat population exploding out of control because then more and more cats and people will move in. She refused to listen to TNRM. She also mentioned she had complaints, but though she said she would, she has never reflected any of the complaints back to us. I asked her how the complaints were to be solved if she just kept quiet about it.
She also said that she did not want to support sterilised cats, because there might be people who don't like the cats and may not want any cats in the estate. After clarifying, it turned out this was not a complaint she actually had, but one she was afraid that she MIGHT have eventually.
She also asked why people didn't spend their money on children or the elderly and why they spent so many money on cats. I told her that with all due respect, I didn't think it was her place to tell people in her constituency what they ought or ought not to be spending their money on.
She said that the people in her estate did not want the cats killed and she felt people did not like animals killed. I explained that cats that were caught would be sent to be killed, and she said she did not know that. I told her to check with the AVA but she then changed the topic and said that not all the cats ended up in the AVA. She said that she did not know how to deal with people who wanted the cats removed - I told her one simple was to tell them that since they didn't want the cats killed, they might consider TNRM. She then said she wanted to retract her statement. She also asked that the cats be taken somewhere else or perhaps shipped out of Singapore.
She also said that people who complained to the MP and higher up authorities would have better chances of getting their complaints listened to. She denied that she had agreed not to remove the volunteer's community cats, then agreed that she had when I read my memo of the meeting back to her.
At the end of the day, it's a good idea to just speak with the General Manager and not to her because she isn't very helpful at all.