Guidelines for caregivers
I was speaking with Rebecca today and debating whether there might be some way to actually have some guidelines that caregivers need to follow. After all, if it's open to everyone, it is also open to possible huge problems.
For example, if someone refuses to mediate, won't sterilise, and then claims that their cats should not be caught, this is going to negatively affect another caregiver in the same TC who IS sterilising, doing a good job mediating and has managed their area really well.
Ultimately it'll affect the cats - if the cats are not well managed, the TC is going to start trapping because they'll say sterilisation is not working in controlling the population. The absolute worst thing that could happen would be that TCs compare the scenario during trapping, and after there are feeders in an area, and find that the former was preferable because it was better managed and there were less cats around.
So I've drafted up some guidelines for caregivers. Of course it's up to the caregivers in that estate to decide if they want to use it or agree with them, but it's a rough idea of what is expected. Should someone who has signed up to be a caregiver repeatedly flout this guidelines, and should the other caregivers agree, that person can possibly be removed from the programme so it does not adversely affect the existence of the programme.