Monday, November 06, 2006

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.

3 Comments:

Blogger calsifer said...

Can we have a copy please. Was planning a get-together for the group, this would definitely bw good to share.

Thanks!

6/11/06 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look into the reasons why a care-giver is looking after the community cats in the neighbourhood. All are equally good reasons.
#1 If it is for the love of the cats, then the care-givers would do the best for the community cats. The cat is the "subject" of her care.
#2 If it is to "do good", then the object of the care is the 'action' which may only involve feeding & if cats are taken away, it is ok. The "action" of feeding could be continued with another new lot of cats, so long the "action" gives merit.
* Sometimes the subject of the care is "I" - the care-giver. I did this and I did that.

If a care-giver talks about the cat exclusively, he/she is in the first category. If he/she talks about what he/she did most of the time, the latter category is probably it.

It does not matter which category a care-giver belongs to so long he/she cares for the feline population. But the approach to encourage the care-givers to help the coummunity cats would be different. For #1, explain the advantages of sterilisation for the good of the cats. For #2 explain that sterilisation helps to prevent culling which in turn gives good merit points. #3 praise achievement one would feel when X no. of the community cats are sterilised due to his/her hard work.

My observation may be all wrong - but some care-givers are putting the community cats into the way of complaints, TC and possible culling.

Perhaps different approach tailored to different care-givers would result in better welfare for the community cats.

7/11/06 12:51 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks Anonymous - and I do try and speak to people with different approaches as certainly one approach cannot fit all.

The problem is that with #2 as you rightly pointed out is that the action only involves feeding. If the cats are taken away, they don't see it as being on their conscience - it is the TC or the complainant who are cruel or mean. They don't see their actions as having a consequence in that sense. When I explain that it will help prevent the cats being killed which is a good thing, they shrug and ask what else they can do since people are mean.

People in #1 are easy to convince. It's usually the #2s who are hard.

7/11/06 5:32 AM  

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