Feeding by several people
I just spoke with a woman who was very upset with the SPCA. She claimed that they came down to help with an emergency this morning and that it was a kitten with an eye infection. After trying for a while to trap the cat, she said that the employee said that they had to go because they had another emergency to attend to. They said they would try and come back this afternoon to help. She got very upset and said that they were not attending to her request.
First of all, I pointed out I'm not the SPCA. I said I do know that they do get a lot of requests for help and in emergencies. I pointed out that it is best to speak with them directly. I also said that there may well have been other emergencies. She said it was highly strange there should be other emergencies at the same time, though I told her that I did think it was quite possible there were.
She then said that she was upset - that she was very broke but she mentioned we had reimbursed one of her rescue claims. I asked why she had not called for help then knowing that. I said perhaps instead of calling the SPCA every time she sees a sick cat (the last time were some kittens with loose stools), she might let us know and let us see if we can help with the costs so the cat goes to the vet.
She mentioned she was very poor and she could give me her jewellery as collateral if I needed it. I told her it wasn't necessary. It turns out that she feeds (and she says she sterilises) a number of cats. She told me that several of these cats are also being fed by other people. She said one colony for example is fed several times a DAY by another man.
I suggested that perhaps she can then cut down on feeding these colonies. She agreed they didn't need to eat so much. She also agreed that they weren't hungry and were amply fed - but she said they were used to her. I suggested perhaps she might feed them every few days as a treat, rather than go down and feed every single day. Or she could just go down and spend time with them without feeding them.
I told her perhaps if she saved the money on the food, it could also then be channelled to medical bills.