Friday, February 02, 2007

Spoke to the TC officer

I spoke to the TC officer in charge of the area the woman called me about this morning. When I mentioned I called on behalf of a resident, he immediately was able to place her and said he saw her on her feeding rounds and had known her for years and even which block she lived in.

He said the notice up was actually in response to the MP's visit. They had received 7 or 8 complaints about defecation and some notices were put up in the lift lobby advising people to feed responsibly downstairs and to keep their pet cats in their flats if they had cats. I asked him if he knew whom the owners of the cats were and he said that he did not, or they would have gone to speak with them. I told him we had brochures for this purpose and he asked if he could use our brochures to flyer the area which of course I was more than happy to hear.

I asked about the fact that the feeder was worried that they were trapping sterilised cats. He mentioned that this was in response to a request by another feeder that I had written about here. He said that the woman had decided in the end (despite what she had said to me) that she would rather the cats be rounded up. He said he had offered to help move them to her new home but she declined. I just tried to call the woman again but her phone has been disconnected.

The feeder was heartened to hear her own cats would not be caught. She did know the other feeder was moving out. I told her she could call the officer direct in the future since he knew her and she obviously knew him but she said she did not want to. The officer sounded reasonable - it's a shame she does not want to deal with him direct.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This makes me very sad. When caregivers do things like this they become no better than the very thing we all fight against--the prejudice and ignorance that causes the deaths of thousands of cats yearly.

2/2/07 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides, if there is another feeder in the area why the pressing need to remove the cats? They will not starve. They will not die out of loneliness in pining for her. I wonder whether people who do these things do it for themselves or out of genuine concern for their charges. I fear it may be the former.

2/2/07 3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that feeder who wants her cats rounded up raving mad?! Here we are always condemning TC officers and we have the TC officer who is ironically offering to help move the cats but the feeder saying she wants them rounded up.

2/2/07 4:57 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

It does - one of the other caregivers is trying to find out what happened.

2/2/07 7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a really SELFISH act once you think about it. What about the new unsterilized cats that will move in once after the original ones have been removed? How is she being kind?? I dont think the cats would rather die than go hungry either.

2/2/07 11:48 PM  
Blogger Profpig ^@^ said...

Cats are masters of their own destiny. They do not need to rely on human for food. After they realise that no one's gonna feed them, they'll start hunting for food themselves.

This lady is disconnected badly...

3/2/07 2:24 AM  

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