Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Management

I spoke to a caregiver who feeds outside a condominium - there seem to be quite a few such caregivers of late running into problems with condominiums. Unfortunately, residents in the condominium have started complaining about the cats that run in, even though they have all been sterilised and she is caring for them.

The problem with this is that the caregiver says she does not know anyone in the condominium - and the condominium does not need to talk to a third party caregiver or to CWS because they have no reason to. Their own job and duty is to their own residents. To then try and go in and tell them (as the caregiver wants to do) that killing is cruel is just ineffective.

This underscores the point of proper management. Of course it's not possible to envision every contingency, but where it is possible, it is certainly a good idea to try and solve the problems before they arise. For example, in anticipation that there might be complaints, I told this caregiver quite a while ago that it would be a good idea to enlist support from someone in the condominium. I've seen residents' children playing with the cats and I cannot believe not a single person in the entire condo would like the cats to remain. If even one resident can speak up for the cats, the management is certainly more inclined to listen. The caregiver said she did not know anyone - and now we're stuck because the condominium does not want to speak with her or to us.

Before or when starting on a TNRM project, do give some thought to management - try and approach management to let them know what you are doing, and ask for their support not to trap the cats. Of course some people will say that it is better to just sterilise anyway - and it certainly is even if the cats are caught later on because you limit the number of cats born. However, if you can do both, sterilise AND save the cats from being caught, why not?

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