Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Wear and Tear?

I spoke to the man from the building management. He said he understood about TNRM as he used to work in a town council until December and he mentioned a caregiver I know. He did however want to move the cats out as they are having a hotel event next week and there will be a lot of food around. He said that he wanted to know if the cats can be relocated somewhere else and asked if they could trap the cats and give them to us. He asked about relocation after the cats were sterilised. I told him this was rarely successful. He asked if they could be relocated without sterilisation. I told him that was even worse as the cat population would continue to grow somewhere else.

He told me that he understood the cats would be back, but that he had to remove the cats. He said that removing the cats would be a bit like normal maintenance or wear and tear. So slap on a new coat of paint, remove a few cats?

I told him whatever it is, we're not loaning the traps out unless we have an assurance the cats will be sterilised and returned back to the same area. We've agreed to meet tomorrow morning to see if anything can be done.


Blogger calsifer said...

Normal maintenance? Wear and tear? So that's why town councils round up cats to be killed when they spruce up the towns for MP/VIP visits. Nothing personal, just town council maintance SOP. Right.

Is there an avenue to request MP/VIP to NOT visit? I can live with not seeing the bigwigs if it save some lives.

19/4/06 5:11 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Why don't "wear and tear" refers to human who are totally non functioning in some institutions?

19/4/06 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trust someone who had worked in town council NOT to realize that the logical solution is to dispose of the food properly, by staff and guests, VIPs included!

19/4/06 5:20 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I think the Convention is supposed to be some food related one - I suggested that since it is only two or three days, this is the perfect time to sterilise them and board them. By the time the convention is over, the cats are done and can be returned - and then we'll set up a proper cat cafe on the premises. We'll have to see how that goes tomorrow.

19/4/06 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heyyy! good for you that you are thinking logically. try to persuade that guy to sterilise the strays and to let them continue living in that estate. afterall, he sounds like a reasonable person, and most reasonable person would feel obliged to help you if you are do him the favour and lend him the cage! go girl with your powers of persuasion! - auntie tom

19/4/06 6:32 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

haha - well I'm meeting him tomorrow, let's hope he's agreeable.

19/4/06 6:35 PM  
Blogger auntie p said...

Very strange indeed!
- strange request (borrow traps from CWS for non-cat welfare purpose),
- strange concept (got food so must remove all stray cats?) and
- strange solution (to their strange concept).

Guess it can only come from strange folks.

20/4/06 9:31 AM  
Anonymous yskat said...

Dawn: I think your suggestion is a very good one. If not for the food convention, the estate management will feel no urgency with regard to managing the cat population. This is indeed a good opportunity to put a TRNM program in place. Good luck.

20/4/06 11:03 AM  

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