Tuesday, September 19, 2006

"Don't worry CWS will do it"

Today is one of those days where the phone just rings non-stop and I hang up a call just to have someone else call two seconds later (or while I'm still on the last call). One was to arrange a meeting, someone else wanted a reward poster, a third person wanted to check on Spay Day, etc.

One of the caregivers who called me wanted to tell me that unfortunately in Jurong another two cats went missing two days ago. She is quite worried and the cats have not shown up. She said that the feeders there had not informed her until she asked that another of the cats had gone missing a while ago. She is wondering whether the abuser has killed these cats too.

She also told me how frustrated she was at some of the feeders. She said they could not be bothered to keep a good eye out for the cats. In addition, she was telling me that one of the feeders keeps telling her not to bother to do anything - she should get CWS to do it.

She says that she encouraged this person to join as a member but he said that CWS had enough money. Now it's fine if people don't want to join as members, especially if they can use the money directly on the cats instead, but we do need funds - and we're not by any measure well off, though thanks to donations, we're doing okay at the moment (and when I say okay, I mean that the whole amount in the bank is less than what a friend of mine spent on his car recently). If people keep asking us to help, we do need funds in order to help them. I do know some people help in terms of money because they can't help in kind - and that money should be used hopefully to help those with the least means, or who are sterilising large colonies.

She also said, and this is more worrying, that the feeder cannot be bothered to handle complaints now. She said if the cats are caught, he expects CWS to help them get the cats back (and we have done so before). He has found it so easy that she said she was told that he no longer thinks he needs to deal with complaints. Sigh.


Blogger calsifer said...

And of course this is contributor number 4 to the failure of SCRS, as you cited in a previous entry.

It is human nature to become complacent, as this person seem to be devolving into, especially when they see or feel some other is going to come in and patch in any gaps, and even hold up their end of their deal for them.

But without people, how will TNRM work? Sometimes it seems CWS is too effective =)

If only there's a sort of complacency meter - CWS can gauge what can be done without triggering the parasitic complex.

19/9/06 12:33 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The Caregiver asked me to be a bit slower to help next time this person calls so hopefully he'll shape up.

19/9/06 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Fatcat said...

Calsifer is right. I think, specifically, that since CWS helps get low rates and makes a $10 contribution for sterilization of cats in managed colonies if the cat census is kept, the laid back caregivers should be told that they can't be helped/reimbursed until their record-keeping is up to the agreed standard. I suppose the risk with this is that they'll just stop sterilizing, too.

19/9/06 7:10 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

I wish people DO NOT take CWS for granted. They don't realize that the current positive change in attitude is largely due to CWS.
I always make it a point to tell people that it is important that we show support for CWS by picking up that membership. Number is power :)

21/9/06 10:30 AM  

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