Keeping your word to TCs
With all the rush of the last few days, I forgot to mention that the GM of the town council with the rude Property Manager called to say that he would meet us tomorrow. I spoke with the feeders in the area. One of them did not want to meet the town council the last time when the caregiver and I went to meet them last, so the town council had no idea she was in charge there.
At the same time, she mentioned she had sterilised less than half the cats she is looking after, though she has been feeding them for two years. She mentioned that it was too tiring to carry a cat trap down among other things. They trapped one of her unsterilised cats last week and she got angry understandably, but I told her there was much more she could do.
The thing is this - the town council cannot contact you or work with you if they don't know whom you are! You may be doing the best job in terms of sterilisations, but there may still be complaints, and the town council may not know whom to contact.
They also need to know that you are able to help with mediations and sterilisations.
Some people get complacent and think that since their area is now 'registered', they can stop sterilising. Just as you want your TC officer to keep their word, you have to keep yours. Make sure you sterilise all the cats there. This was one problem we spotted in some areas - the volunteers decided their cats were safe as the TC didn't come and trap and so they just stopped sterilising the cats.
The main component in ANY relationship is trust - and the same has to work with the TC and you. If the TC for some reason goes back on their word, then you can show that you kept your end of the bargain, and there's no reason they should have done that.