TNRM programmes in schools?
I went down to meet some students this afternoon who would like to run an adoption programme in Primary Schools. They hope to get students to interact with the cats. I told them that while this is a nice idea, instead of bringing cats INTO the schools, why not start TNRM programmes within the schools? This will help to control the population as well as to encourage interaction of the cats and the children.
I also told them that chances are slim the school is going to want to have pet cats wandering the corridors but packaging it as a way to maintain the existing population would be more convincing. This also means that children who want to see the cats can see them at for example, the cat cafe and those who are scared of them will hopefully get small amounts of exposure without scaring them too much.
I also told them that with Primary school children, it is very unlikely that they can trap and sterilise the cats - and just feeding and petting them is not going to control the population, nor does it really teach them about responsibility. They are going to go back and think a bit about the proposal.