What is a caregiver?
We received an email today from one of the TCs. The caregiver had written in because she had two families that did not want to sterilise their pet cats despite the volunteers speaking with them - they suspect these are the people dumping cats in the neighbourhood. In addition, one of them had a cat that just had a litter.
She wrote in to the TC to say that she wished to complain about these two families. It was agreed that there might be times when the TC might need to step in.
However it seems the TC is not very happy about this. I'm not sure exactly why. It was mentioned that this was not the way to deal with caregivers. I'm not sure if they meant that the caregivers are the actual caregivers or the pet owners. I have written in to clarify.
If it is the latter, then there is a serious misunderstanding. Just because someone owns cats, does not make them a caregiver. In fact if they are irresponsible owners, they can cause a huge amount of problems to the caregivers. In this area for example the caregiver mentioned to me that all the good they have achieved through sterilisation is being chipped away because more cats are being dumped and it is due to people refusing to sterilise their own pet cats and the dumping the offspring.