Wednesday, August 30, 2006

He meowed farewell

Josephine and I went for a meeting with another volunteer last night with the council of her estate who were concerned about the situation with the cats. They were worried about cats attacking people.

Josephine explained the situation and how many cats they had already sterilised and the strict schedule that the caregivers adhere to. Most of the committee members were supportive - some were surprised how much work was being done. One asked how the work was being paid for and Josephine mentioned that she and the other volunteers paid for it themselves. One of the gentlemen there said he would like to thank the volunteers for all their hard work and their help and to say he commended them on their work.

One man however, whom I believe is supposed to be the Chairperson,was rather difficult. He kept asking HOW we could be absolutely sure that no cat would ever attack - this was after Josephine explained that cats only ever attack in self-defence, and rarely at that. Another council member explained that cats generally would run away.

He also claimed that if they were sterilising, he wondered why the cat population was increasing. Two of the council members refuted it. One of the ladies mentioned that she had seen a visible drop in the population since the programme started. She also said that earlier a lot of money had been wasted removing the cats without seeing any improvement.

The man kept saying that IF a cat attacked, then the parents would not care if this was a one-off situation and that the condominium would be blamed. I said that in that case, we should ban cars from the condominium too because of the chance that there MIGHT be an accident. Josephine and I stressed that the condo WAS doing something by having a TNRM programme to cut down the population. He did not say anything at this point. In the end he suggested that there be a booklet or pamphlet to be sent to all residents to explain the situation on cats.

On the way out everyone thanked us. One of the gentlemen asked to borrow the TNR video we have from Alley Cat Allies. When we said our goodbyes, the majority of the council thanked us very nicely. The difficult man though insisted on meowing at us as we left and told the rest that they should not say goodbye but meow their farewells. Some of the council members looked a little embarassed I thought, and one joked that the man had already been neutered.

The gentlemen who borrowed the video called this morning to say he had watched it and found it very informative. He thanked us again for coming down and asked if a public session could be arranged to allow the condo residents who wanted to, to come and view the video. I assured him we would be delighted.


Blogger auntie p said...

What a silly man, and so immature. Good joke about him being neutered. :P

30/8/06 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only it were true! LOL

Anyway, he sounded like he was only interested in covering his @$$ in case smthg happened. Which is fair enough but a good leader is one who has the guts to make a decision, stand by it and not wimp out when smthg goes wrong.

The irritant notwithstanding, it sounds like it was a good, educational session. Great work!

30/8/06 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Geraldine said...

The difficult man had made a distasteful 'cat-call' & had certainly made a FOOL of himself!

30/8/06 2:58 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes Josephine and I were pleased that the majority of the council was supportive. The nice gentleman who called today asked if there was anything else we could do.

Josephine also brought up some issues (like how they have strange feeders in the estate who refuse to work with the group and litter) and I think they have a clearer idea that not everyone who feeds is part of the cat management group. This will help prevent more complaints that the group is causing problems.

30/8/06 3:26 PM  

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