Please check your facts
While I was out at Mediation yesterday, Rebecca called and said that she had received an email from someone to all the caregivers in the area saying that some sterilised cats had been caught. This was an area where there are no caregivers and Rebecca had gone down and ascertained there were no sterilised cats there. The caregiver sent an email saying that she had been told CWS had 'approved' the trapping of those cats though she wasn't sure about the veracity of this.
Now I understand she was worried and concerned about the sterilised cats, but by the time I got home, I got an email from someone who wasn't a caregiver in this area saying that another caregiver had said that we had given approval for sterilised cats to be caught, and wanted to know what was happening.
The fact of the matter is - we did NOT give approval and I have emails from the TC and to the TC to prove it. However, a rumour like that can cause a lot of damage. For example, a lot of our work involves trying to cajole people to sterilise and manage to keep their cats safe. If they hear of this rumour and think that we'll ask TCs to trap their cats anyway, then they're not going to want to sterilise or hear what we have to say.
In addition, the person had heard from someone in the AVA who had heard from the pest control guy. The best thing to do in this case is just to ask CWS directly first. It would have best to drop us an email or call us first before sending out that email.
We can also find out why there were sterilised cats, but now there's another SMS going around asking people to call the TC. After a while, the TC is going to feel this is a case of crying wolf and that this is a group of hysterical people who do not know their facts before calling.
Yes a sterilised cat turned up, let's systematically check with the TC why it happened first and then decide what to do. Having 10 people call up is not the best way to do this especially when no one seems to know what is really happening.