They're not my cats
I spoke to a woman this morning who wanted to call for subsidised sterilisation. After she identified herself and where she was from, I remembered that I had spoken with her a few months ago. At her workplace she was told to stop feeding the cats a few months ago. I had offered to help her speak with her management then but she said she was worried she would lose her job. I encouraged her to sterilise the cats but she wasn't keen.
She told me that the cats were in danger of being rounded up again and she said they were not looked after by her anymore. As we spoke, she then admitted that she had been feeding them secretly. She kept insisting that they aren't her cats and that the ones that are hers have been moved into boarding.
She mentioned that another person had come to know of the cats' existence and that the person had decided to start sterilising the cats (though I'm wondering how this other person has access to the property as it is a place with restricted access). She told the other caregiver that she would get her a better rate for sterilisation. I told her that it wasn't a problem, but that I would like to speak with the other person involved so that perhaps the two of us could work something out and not involve the feeder since she felt her job might be in jeopardy. At the same time, the cats would be protected.
The feeder said the cats would not be in danger once sterilised. I told her that we didn't know that - the management might still remove the cats and that if it was possible to work with them to ensure the cats' safety that was for the best. She said this was too much trouble and hung up on me.
I called her back and said that I just wanted to speak with the other caregiver. She said she didn't want me to because the other caregiver often scolded her for what she was doing. She was also told off by the management for feeding the cats. She said it was all too much trouble. I told her that I just wanted to make sure that the cats were safe and we would not mention her at all.
She said she didn't like everyone getting angry with her and hung up again. I rang back one more time and told her that I had already said it wasn't a problem to get her friend the subsidised rates but that of course we got upset if the cats' lives were in danger. I asked her if the cat population had increased since she had not sterilised them. She insisted most of the new cats died. She then said she might remove all the cats once they were sterilised. I asked what would happen to the new cats that moved in. She said that wasn't her problem and that was her management's concern. She said it was all too troublesome for her. She said that she didn't want the subsidised rates any more.