Friday, May 19, 2006

"Feeding Blindly"

I just spoke to a very frustrated caregiver. While I was away, there was a complaint about an area in the newspapers and it was supposedly very dirty. Both this caregiver and I know the feeder there, but the feeder has always been rather difficult. She asked to be taken off the list of TNRM caregivers, saying it was too much trouble. She's also the woman who keeps threatening to stop feeding every time I speak with her.

The caregiver called her up while I was away and she denied it was her, but the caregiver is quite sure she is the one leaving food out. The feeder claimed it is because they have new conservancy workers in the area who are not cleaning up properly - though why there would be food in the area in the first place she never addressed.

I called her two days ago and this feeder reiterated again that the workers were not cleaning up properly. She said that she was very clean. I told her that we had to take this very seriously as the town council was likely to act on this as it had appeared in the newspapers. She told me that there was nothing she could do. She told me that though she had told me she wanted to stop feeding, she was still feeding.

The caregiver just called me and said that they had just come by and rounded cats up in the area with the un-co-operative feeder. The caregiver said that as her block is just next to this area, her own community cats were almost caught. She also said that she had sterilised the feeders' cats for her.

She was understandably very upset and said that now people are coming forward to claim the cats back, but when she asked if anyone wanted to help by being in charge of the blocks, no one did.

The caregiver says that she is very upset with people like this feeder, whom in her words, are feeding blindly and are jeopardising the other cats in the area.


Blogger vegancat said...

I wonder if responsible feeders can identify these irresponsible feeders either by their names/addresses or photographs and send them to the town council to take action against in response to complaints, rather than take it out on the cats again by killing them?

19/5/06 1:14 PM  
Blogger calsifer said...

Good idea. Even if it doesn't pan out, it's still evidence of the culprits in action.

19/5/06 1:23 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes this caregiver is planning to do that.

20/5/06 1:37 AM  

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