New TNRM area
An interesting situation arose yesterday and I was able to speak with the TC officer and volunteer today. A new caregiver has just started sterilising the cats in her area a month ago and has already done a quarter of the cats.
The TC has agreed to leave sterilised cats alone, but they want to remove the unsterilised ones because they say there have been complaints. The caregiver is willing to get them all done, and I think the TC is afraid that there will be 'too many cats'. I just spoke with the caregiver again and she is committed to getting all the cats done, so now I'll just need to speak with the TC again and see if they can give some lead time to handle the area.
Why I said that this is an interesting area is that a new caregiver stepping forward to say that they want to help out and is willing to undertake the project. Now we just need to convince the officer that this will NOT open the floodgate and mean complaints will multiply as well.
I think it's best to be open about this because if the caregiver is able to sterilise all the cats before they deploy pest control, TC may say this is not what they agreed to, and proceed to remove sterilised cats. It is best to be open with each other from the outset so that trust can be built between TC and caregivers.