I just spoke with a feeder. Some caregivers in another area found out there were complaints in this area and wanted to see how they could help which is very kind of them. I managed to speak with the feeder today. She mentioned that she does feed the cats, but they're not really her cats - and as a result, they may get angry with her if she tries to trap them. I explained she should consider using a cat trap. However, she said that she did not think this was feasible. She also told me that even if she sterilises them, they might get caught by the TC.
I asked if the TC knows that she is the caregiver there and she said no. She did not have the time to get involved as she has grandchildren. She also said that she thinks her family might not be happy.
We've just sent another email to the AVA to ask about their policy of not returning cats without letters from the TC. However in the meantime what can be done is that caregivers should really try and contact their TCs and let them know they are managing the cats there if they have not already done so. This new policy will actually not have very much impact on people are already working with their TCs as I mentioned in an earlier post. It will however affect people like this feeder who do not wish to work with their TC.
Some people have mentioned that their TCs are unsympathetic or difficult. I do sympathise but then it's important to seek the advice of your MPs. Often what happens is that the TC gets complaints from people who do not want the cats - but no feedback or little feedback from the caregivers. In addition, the MPs do not hear from caregivers, nor are many of them aware that their own residents are putting in time, money and effort to get the cats sterilised. If they are aware of this, many if not all, are sympathetic and helpful. It is important to understand why sterilisation and management are better options so you can explain it to your TC or your MP. If you have need of any information on TNRM, do drop me an email or go to the Society's website and email us there.