Michelle and Rebecca meet the TC
Michelle and Rebecca went to meet the TC in this case today. They were pleased to hear the TC reiterate that they wanted to work with the caregivers. The problem is that they have a very difficult complainant and an elusive feeder who has not turned up (even a week after the cats were caught).
The TC has agreed to help the caregivers find the feeder within a week. In return, they are asking that the caregivers will persuade the woman to start a TNRM programme. If she does so, any sterilised cats already caught would be released back into the area. If not, they cannot be returned back into the area but will be returned to any caregiver who wants them.
Michelle tried to tell them that these were essentially baseless claims but the TC said they had to act on them because the complainant was getting increasingly irritated and about to see the MP.
Strangely, one of the officers mentioned the 'pregnant sterilised cats' again. Michelle and Rebecca corrected him but he claimed that I had said some caregivers had cut the cats' ears to save them!
I just dropped him an email to say there must have been a misunderstanding. I said that it was likely he might have heard me say that many TCs think this because I am often asked this. However, I don't believe it to be at all true. Firstly, because a cat would struggle, scratch and bite if ear tipping was not done under anesthesia. Secondly, a caregiver who really cared for the cat would not cut off their ear without anesthesia.
Hopefully this will put the programme in the estate back on track. Rebecca is now contacting all the caregivers to ask for their help to find this feeder. Good work ladies and good luck to the caregivers!