Why don't you stop AVA from killing the cats that I send to them?
I just spoke with a guy who trapped a community cat in the area. It turns out he runs a child care centre and some of the cats come in at night. He says they have been defecating in the area.
He said he has a large garden and that he cannot keep them out with strings. I suggested using the Scarecrow, but he has no hose in the area he says. He also said he did not want to worry about the water bill.
I suggested using a spray, but he said they had used sprays on the monkeys. No idea what sprays, but he didn't want to try it.
Then I suggested that the caregiver would be more than happy to come over and pick up the defecation. He said that he cannot do that because it might be inconvenient for him. There might be safety issues or she might forget to close the gate. I told him that she lived just a few houses down, and that of course she could come by whenever is convenient for him. I said I suggested he be there to let her in but that she could come by whenever he called to ensure the place is clean.
He said that he did not want to inconvenience her because he wasn't paying her. I told him that he should put that out of his mind as she was happy to do it. Furthermore, trapping her cats was inconveniencing her far more than that.
Then he mentioned that it might be inconvenient for him. I told him that considering he can call her whenever he comes in and she'll be right over, I didn't think it would be too much trouble. Plus, she lived just a few houses down.
Then he went into a long rant about training the cats. He said that like children, they must be trained, so they don't take drugs (!). I told him there was a big difference between home cats and community cats, and that these were not owned cats. He kept insisting they were owned cats because they looked well fed.
My favourite moment was when he said he could keep sending the cats to the AVA. I told him the cats were being killed without a solution in sight as there would still be defecation. He said however that AVA should not be allowed to kill cats. He said that animal welfare groups should stop AVA from killing cats. I said that as long as he keeps sending cats in, they'll kill them!
I told him that since of course, he said he liked animals in a way, that he should look at alternatives that stop the defecation but still allowed the animals not to be killed.
Then at the end, he said he would think about it and get back to me. He said possiblty the manual cleaning would be the best option.