One of the town councils wrote the day before Christmas Eve to say that a complainant had called them to say a cat had been going up and defecating for a while, and that this being the festive season she wanted to know what to do. I wrote back to the TC and said that while our volunteers were more than willing to help, they too wanted to have time to celebrate the festive season too. I said I would contact the complainant and the volunteer right after Christmas (which I did). The volunteer went down yesterday and could not find the cat complained of, nor did the people in the area see it the last few days. The officer wrote to say that the complainant (who told me someone is feeding the cats upstairs) said that she wanted the problem solved immediately.
Here's the thing I don't understand. I CAN understand people being frustrated. I can understand people wanting their houses to be nice and clean, especially during festive seasons, but why do they have to wait till the last possible moment to ask for help? Do volunteers not have a right to celebrate the festive season too? Since this is something that had been happening for a time, she surely could have come forward earlier. In addition, there would be a much better chance of solving the problem BY Christmas.
Our adoption volunteer also got a call two days ago. She was rather upset. A woman contacted her and said she had to get rid of a cat that she had picked up by noon the next day. The volunteer suggested several options to her - she would try her best to find a foster but needed more time (especially since it is the festive season and many people are away), boarding, holding the cat for a longer period, etc. The woman said that she was old and had asthma. She said she had asked around and none of the other volunteers in her area wanted to help her. Now the thing is, it turns out that she had the cat for a MONTH. In the first place, the adoption volunteer told me she asked the woman why she had picked the cat up. If you pick a cat up, you have to be prepared to hold it - not some other volunteer, not someone you know - YOU!
In addition, if she had taken active steps to get the cat adopted out, put up posters, sent in an adoption notice, etc, there would have been a better chance of getting it adopted out. Sitting and waiting for a month and asking friends to take the cat is not the most active way of adopting a cat out. If she had acted earlier, the cat would have a better chance of being adopted. The volunteer told her that in essence she would be sending the cat down to be killed. The woman told her apparently that she wasn't doing the sending - she had someone else to do it for her.