Loaning out cat traps
I had an email from one of the caregivers saying that a feeder had asked her to pass a message from one of the vet clincs the feeder used. Someone from a vet clinic (one that we don't work with) wanted to borrow a cat trap.
I called and spoke with the person, and asked him if he was doing sterilisation. He told me where he was trapping the cats and I told him that I would speak with him more when I saw him in person. I was supposed to drop in on Monday but neither of us could make it.
The person SMSed me this morning and said that the client needed a cat trap by this weekend. I tried to call but was unable to get him. I SMSed back and said that we don't pass traps around like that and that we want to meet with the person borrowing the trap to ensure that they're using it for sterilisation and not killing. We also make them sign a form to promise this.
He SMSed back to say that it was okay, the client had called AVA and they were loaning her a trap but that AVA would have to remove the cats. I texted back to say that they did not have to do this - and that if they wanted to, the cats could be still taken for sterilisation.
He just texted me back to say that the client was not a 'cat lover' and that she just wanted them out of her rubbish cans!
I just texted back to say that (1) we do NOT loan traps out to people to trap and kill cats, (2) there are alternatives such as the Scarecrow and the Cat Stop and (3) I hoped the client realised that the cats would be killed.
I just managed to get him on the phone. He said that he hoped by loaning her HIS cat trap, that she might then hand the cats over to him. He said that she wasn't willing to actually give the cats to him but that he was trying to persuade her to let him have the cats after she caught them. Her only complaint seemed to be that the cats got into her rubbish bin.
I told him I didn't think this was a good alternative and that new cats would move in even if he did remove them. He said he wasn't sure about that. I asked what he planned to do with the cats and he said he was thinking of sterilising them and sending them to the SPCA. He was surprised when I said the SPCA has no space to take in cats and would properly have no choice but to put them down. I also told him that new cats would move in and he'd be constantly removing the cats without her being any happier with the situation.
I suggested he ask her to give me a call as there were many ways to keep the cats out of the rubbish bins - one way of course is to get a rubbish bin that secures properly so the cats cannot get into it.