Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Helping people help cats

I just spoke to a caregiver who has been sterilising cats in a certain area. She mentioned that some of the cats were caught, but that no one who was feeding the cats was particularly bothered. She does not actually live in this area.

I often come across this disconnect - some people are very kind hearted and try and help in areas where there are people feeding the cats. However they often do not live there. When there is a problem with the cats and they are caught, the feeders in the area do not want the cat back. They say it's too much trouble, or that it's fated, or that they can't do anything.

What I told the caregiver was this - why not concentrate on the areas where there ARE caregivers who are responsible but need help first? There are so many people who I know would dearly need and appreciate the help. That way the cats there are protected.

What often happens is that these people help out, find all the cats are caught and then are disheartened and give up. So if any of you feel that you want to help trap, let me know? I would be delighted to hook you up with people whom I know need help with trapping!

It's really about helping responsible caregivers so that they in turn help the cats, and these cats are saved. If not, it's often a waste of money, time and resources when the cats are caught and killed anyway.

3 Comments:

Anonymous yskat said...

Even if the tipped ear cats disappear, this caregiver's efforts are not wasted. S/he has helped prevent innocent kittens from being born into this terribly unfriendly environment. To paraphrase Sophocles: "not to be born is...best". :)

If s/he wants to help trap cats and pay for sterilisation, please have him/her contact me.

23/3/06 9:58 AM  
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23/3/06 10:43 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I agree Yskat, but I think you have to be clear why you are doing it. I do know of several caregivers who sterilise the cats, and are of course understandably sad when they are trapped but have the same attitude you do.

If however, the idea is, for want of a better term, to save the cats from being trapped, as in this lady's case, it leads to a lot of disappointment. She is disheartened, has taken a lot of cats off the street, and has told me she no longer wishes to sterilise. In that case, it might be better to work in an area where she can be more confident the cats are a bit more safe because responsible caregivers look after them. It might for example, be better to have hooked her up with you :)

23/3/06 10:45 AM  

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