Better dead than hungry
I just spoke to a feeder who is moving away from her area and she has 20 sterilised community cats that she looks after. She called the AVA and wanted to know if they can remove the cats for her because she is moving away. I asked if there was a possibility of finding some other friends to come and help or if she could possibly come back and feed them. She said she wasn't sure. One of her friends also said that the cats might not recognise her.
I told the feeder that perhaps instead of asking her friends to come down every day she can ask them to feed the cats a few days each a week. Alternatively, perhaps the cats will have to eat every other day instead of every day. I also told her to give it a try - perhaps the cats might not recognise her friend, but she wouldn't know until she tried.
I asked her if she knew the cats would be killed if sent to the AVA. She said she knew but that she thought there was nothing worst then her cats going hungry. While I understand she is very fond of her cats and of course worried about them, sending them all to a certain death is drastic. I told her that instead of expecting one person to take over the feeding route completely, she can enlist a few friends perhaps and to sponsor the food for the cats.
She agreed it was better to be a bit hungry then dead and so even if they don't eat every single day, at least they do have a fighting chance. She said she would speak with her friends.