Microchipping and Minutes
Going through the Minutes of the meeting we had with the AVA again and making changes. As much as we love the whole programme, the glitch is the microchipping of the cats that they are considering as a form of identity and which we really do not think will work.
In addition, as Michelle pointed out the other day, it's antithetical to the whole concept of getting people to sterilise. For example if they reach the number of cats agreed upon, say someone dumps another two cats - then what happens? The caregivers aren't going to call the TC and turn over the cats. At the same time, in the past they probably would have gotten those cats sterilised. Now assuming that the cats, sterilised or not are going to be caught if they are not microchipped, then the caregivers probably won't bother. Which means MORE cats will be born.
I do agree that it is of utmost importance to manage the population - that's a key concept of TNRM - but microchipping is not the way to go.
One important thing to consider is of course abandonment and how to go about tackling it. One thing that I have seen more and more is how the HDB policy against cats in flats encourages semi-pet cats, which cause problems to other residents AND caregivers. Our last letter to the HDB in July did not get a response. I followed up with an email last week. Still awaiting a reply.