Giving reasonable time frames
The town council meeting last night went quite well and they've agreed to allow the caregiver some time to try and get started on the area so that the cats can be sterilised. The officer is familiar with the old Stray Cat Rehabilitation Scheme (SCRS) that used to run before 2003 when it was shut down. Hopefully the caregivers will be able to finish within the time frame, which does seem quite a reasonable one. The important thing to note is to always give a reasonable time frame - don't over extend yourself and then not be able to finish on time. It's better to be conservative in your estimate and be able to finish faster than you anticipated.
I'm out of the country for a few days and will be back at work next Thursday. I am however going to continue to post any interesting cat news - for one thing, I'm trying to plan a meeting to meet with a cat protection group and I'll keep you posted!