Why Sterilise ? One caregiver's response
I was speaking with a caregiver this morning. She said that people moved out of a block of flats because it was to be pulled down and many left all their cats when they moved. She was advised not to get them sterilised by a friend because they said that with the sheer number of cats, they were going to get caught anyway so she might as well save her money.
What this caregiver(who is the most hardworking, amazing caregiver I know) said is that she would handle complaints, she would try as hard as she could to make sure that they would not get caught, but she was not going to stop sterilising the cats even if they were eventually caught. Her logic is that while these cats may get caught, she is preventing all the future generations of kittens from being born who would have been born and then been caught and killed too. Hopefully by controlling the population they will not get caught she said, but even if they do, if say 10 sterilised cats are caught, at least it's not the 50 or 60 that would have been caught and killed if they WEREN'T.
She also said that shelters weren't an option. She knew friends who were running out of money and could not maintain the cats any longer in shelters and now could not be returned. She said that some she had seen had been appallingly dirty. Others offered to send the cats somewhere else for a few thousand dollars - she warned her friends against them.