Tuesday, February 13, 2007

"Storming" the TC

Someone just wrote into say that they were very upset with CWS because the woman living in their block looked after the cats and claimed to be from CWS. Apparently, she went up to their flat and scolded his wife for not liking cats. He said that he called the TC and that the TC claimed that CWS volunteers had 'stormed their office' to protest the removal of the cats.

I wrote back to him and said this was a serious allegation. Firstly, I had no idea whom this woman is, as we don't know anyone living in the block. Secondly, I do not know of any volunteers storming into their office.

I asked him for the woman's name and also for the name of the TC officer he spoke with. I told him these were serious allegations and that I would like to speak with the TC officer. I would also like to know whom this woman is.

We can't stop people from using CWS' name obviously and claiming to be from CWS. However, there are also a group of people who aren't known to us who may think it's advantageous to say they are CWS volunteers as it confers some sort of backing. Firstly, we can't confer any sort of backing if we don't know what's happening or what we're supposed to be helping out with - and it would be good to let us know before the fact, not after. Secondly, what some people probably don't realise is that if they act in a certain way and then claim to be from CWS, that it brings a bad name to how volunteers and the Society acts. This in turn affects how all other caregivers are viewed and can give a bad name to everyone.

We are more than happy to help out any caregivers, whether they be volunteers, members or complete strangers to us - but they in turn have to act reasonably and sensibly. This complainant for example, complained the woman who approached him was 'paranoid and over zealous'. This has probably reinforced the image to him of a crazy cat lady. Now we obviously have to hear her side of the story (easier said then done since I don't know whom she is), but if how she behaved is true, then it adds credence to how society in general already views cat feeders - as strange, hostile people who only care about their cats and nothing else. And if she did claim CWS is backing her, then it adds even more fuel to the fire.



Anonymous ej said...

uh oh, please don't spoil CWS's good reputation. If need to act 'crazy' , do so on your own personal basis.

13/2/07 10:06 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

ej - it's not so much even the Society's reputation in that CWS only exists to help the caregivers and the cats anyway. The problem is that it reflects badly precisely on caregivers (and the cats too) if a few people do as you put it, behave in a crazy manner. It just reinforces the stereotype and makes it easier to dismiss all caregivers.

13/2/07 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think its better to hear the other side of story, circumstances permitting, before coming to a conclusion that such person actually uses the CWS in the story stated and reacted in that manner.

13/2/07 10:42 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

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13/2/07 10:55 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Of course - but I have no idea whom this person is. Unfortunately this has happened enough in the past for me to believe that it might be true.

13/2/07 10:58 AM  
Blogger iWooiBlog said...

Don't worry Dawn, it is most and very likely that this man is making lots of "empty talks" and allegations. You are already pursuing the matter, in no time it will "不攻自破", meaning "even without attacking, it will self-crumble or self-destruct", because his words do not hold up. And in the most likely scenario, when you pursue and clear up the matter, the man will disappear or keep quiet, because all this long he has been making all the stories up.


13/2/07 11:16 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Unfortunately this is not the first time I've heard this allegation by TCs too - so I want to clear this up.

13/2/07 11:22 AM  

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